A lot of good tunes can be heard this week as a number of talented singer-songwriters come to Southern California, plus some symphonic Cheap Trick and Aussie Wagons.
Andrea Correa showcases her current band, Correatown, and her current – and impressive – album Pleaides with a show at the Bootleg on Tuesday the 20th.
Wednesday offers a big night of show options. The Australian band, Wagons, come riding into town for a show at the Hotel Cafe. I had the pleasure of doing their press bio so I got an early listen to the raucous roots rock on their US debut, Rumble, Shake & Tumble. Local songstress Gwendolyn has put her kids music Good Time Band on hold to do a fine album of grownup music, Bright Light. She has a record release show at the Bootleg with RT n’ the 44’s and Old Californio. Meanwhile, Loch Lomond has a gig at the Satellite and Diamond Ring will shine at the Troubadour.
The Troubadour on Thursday the 22nd will host the multi-talented Joseph Arthur while Grouplove, The Lovely Forest and Two Door Cinema Club will have triple bill at the Wiltern. Movies and music will come together at the Aero Theatre where the American Cinematheque screens the Hollies doc, Look Through Any Window.
The Dream Police will be out in full force at the Greek on Friday when Cheap Trick performs their iconic album with the Bombastic Symphonic Philharmonic wth Rhythmic Noise Mind Choir. The mood will be less “bombastic” at McCabe’s where the terrific young singer-songwriter Bobby Long has a show and at the Bootleg where Inara George has a solo set..
Saturday is a night for singer-songwriters, James Vincent McMorrow and William Elliot Whitmore have a double bill of dark songs at the Bootleg. Jennifer Warnes (who is known more for her exquisite interpretations of songs) will be singing at McCabe’s. The NoCal pair Jeff Campbell and Megan Slankard comes down to play at Genghis Cohen, while Bodie House Concerts presents Ray Bonneville at the Thousand Oaks Library. If you are looking for something more rocking, 90’s Glam punkers D-Generation, fronted by Jesse Malin, have gotten back together and they will be at the Troubadour on the 24th.
The weekend wraps up with two more great singer-songwriters – Jim Lauderdale and Pieta Brown, who share the bill at McCabe’s.
If that isn’t enough for singer-songwriter fans, Monday night the 26th brings Steve Earle and the Dukes (plus the “duchess” Allison Moorer) to the Anaheim House of Blues before their Hollywood House of Blues appearance on the 27th.