This week is shaping up to be something of a hodgepodge week of shows. A number of really good ones but nothing that truly dominates the week.
Monday does hold the wonderful pairing of Death Cab For Cutie at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. However, if you are looking for something a little more low-key, head over to the Hotel Café and catch Jackie Bristow’s set. Kasey Chambers, this New Zealand native show that you can make real gritty, twangy Americana even if you are from Down Under. Her album Freedom is worthy checking out.
On the 9th, Jonathan Wilson headlines the Troubadour. While he has been a major behind-the-scenes player locally, Wilson released a lovely album, Gentle Spirit on Bella Union/Yep Roc last year that got him some well-deserved acclaimed.
At the recent Woody Guthrie Tribute concert, Jackson Browne was all over the stage. Whether backing up other acts or doing own mini-set, we was in fine voice throughout. He’ll have his own, semi-intimate show at Largo on Thursday with Tom Petty keyboardist Benmont Tench and young guitar whiz Blake Mills among his collaborators.
The 10th also marks the first of several local shows from guitarist Gurf Morlix. The one-time Lucinda Williams guitarist has made a number of interesting solo outings over the years. He’ll be at the Hotel Café on Thursday, Sierra Madre house concert on Saturday and a show at Claremont’s Folk Music Center on the 19th.
Friday finds the English Beat making their merry ska-rock at Agoura Hills’ Canyon Club. Later this summer, Shout! Factory will be releasing a best of and boxset of their music.
Saturday holds a varied range of musical options. Anton Newcombe leads his latest incarnation of the Brian Jonestown Massacre into the Wiltern, while Rufus Wainwright celebrates his latest Out of the Game with a show at the Orpheum – a grand locale for a grand performer. Yann Tiersen, meanwhile, will fill the Music Box with his atmospheric music. Don’t just think of Brendan Benson as Jack White’s sidekick; he’s a talented musician in his own right. I discovered him back on his terrific 1996 debut One Mississippi; his latest is What Kind of World.
The New L.A. Folk Fest salutes the new 7-inch of old-time-inspired Americana from the Driftwood Singers with an afternoon-evening show featuring Tom Brosseau, Ferraby Lionheart and, of course, the Driftwood Singers. Another fine singer-songwriter can be found at the Hotel Café, where up-and-coming Austinite Reed Turner will do a set. His new EP Side One: See How Far I Get makes you hope that he does a side two that is a full length.
Mother’s Day offers a pair of artful ladies – Julie Christensen and Cindy Lee Berryhill – at McCabe’s. Over at the Bootleg, the theater piece Evangeline, The Queen of Make-Believe (co-written by Los Lobos’ Louie Perez and based off of the Lobos’ tune “Evangeline”) will be performed as it will on Sundays through May 27.