Coachella, Coachella, Coachella. Sure a lot of folks are excited about this weekend’s opening weekend for the mega-festival. However, there are a lot of big little shows happening around L.A. that I am excited about.
Top on the list is “This Land Is Your Land” – The Woody Guthrie Centennial Concert, which is happening Saturday night at Club Nokia. This Grammy Museum-organized event boasts a lineup that includes Jackson Browne, Crosby and Nash, Kris Kristofferson, Dawes, John Doe, Joe Henry, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, Tom Morello, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Van Dyke Parks, Joel Rafael, and Rob Wasserman. It shapes up to be an excellent, exciting group of talented musicians saluting an American icon.
Ramblin’ Jack will also be part of the song swap happening at McCabe’s on Friday night along with Tom Russell, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Jon Langford. I believe the show’s sold out, which isn’t a surprise considering the awesome quartet of singer-songwriters.
Sunday features the kick-off of the Grand Ole Echo. The terrific Old Californio headlines the opening show, with Nearly Beloved, Jeremy Little and Walter Spencer and Friends also performing. I will be talking about this awesome series later on.
A couple big time country acts, who also more than just hat acts, are coming through town this weekend. Dierks Bentley tops the bill at the Nokia Theater on Friday night with Eli Young and Will Hoge also on this tour-date. Hoge is a particular favorite of mine so it’s nice to see he’s getting to bigger stages.
The Zac Brown Band, meanwhile, is coming to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on Sunday night. Nic Cowan opens the show.
There are a number of other worthy shows taking place throughout this week.
Americana purist Frank Fairfield has a Monday night residency during April at the Redwood. Also on Monday, the Canadian folk duo Madison Violet arrives at the Hotel Café, to celebrate their really engaging new album, The Good In Goodbye (which, according to reports, is inspired by the end of their relationship).
Wednesday night, Wayne “the Train” Hancock rolls into town to play his old school honky tonk at Viva Cantina. Also on the bill is Moot Davis, who will return on Thursday and Saturday there as well. Davis has a fine new album, Man About Town, that retains yet expands upon his classic country sound. L.A.-based singer-songwriter Jim Hanft has a CD release show at the Hotel Café. I was really impressed with his new disc, Weddings and Funerals – an impressive set of story songs. It’s well worth a listen.
The talented and prolific Joseph Arthur comes to Largo on Thursday. Largo also hosts a special show on Friday night with a that dog reunion (featuring Anna Waronker, Petra Haden, Rachel Haden and Tony Maxwell). A notable show on Saturday night is Midwestern singer-songwriter Jeffrey Foucault’s appearance at McCabe’s.