Either the year is getting off to a slow start or I am. Maybe both. Only a few shows have popped up on my radar for this week.
Friday has a pair of interesting, although quite different, options. Meshell Ndegeocello will be at the El Rey. Her new album Weather was produced by Joe Henry, which is suggest an intriguing collaboration at the very least. Over at McCabe’s Ernest Troost will be having an album release show, and McCabe’s is an appropriate location since this CD is him Live At McCabes. Troost is an impressive country/folk musician. If you aren’t familiar with him, this show is a fine way to make your introduction.
You undoubtedly need no introduction to Elvis Presley. The King will be feted yet again with the annual birthday bash on Sunday night. With Jonny Whiteside serving as host, the Echo will be rockin’ Presley-style with Rosie Flores, Ray Campi, Carla Olson, Dave Stuckey, Jimmy Angel, Lisa Finnie among the scheduled performers (although there often are unscheduled surprise guests joining the fun but Elvis himself probably won’t be there). Proceeds will go to the L.A. Mission.
The Grammy Museum also is saluting Presley with January being Elvis Month for them. There will some special events, including several evening classes about the rock ‘n’ roll legend led by the Museum Executive Director Robert Santelli. The remaining Elvis class will take place Jan. 10 and Jan. 17 at 8 p.m