I am laboring some following Labor Day Monday so this is getting out a little too late to mention to good shows – but that won’t stop me from saying Tuesday the 4th has/had a pair of fine shows: The Tallest Man On Earth at the John Anson Ford and Gaby Moreno at Largo, with guests Van Dyke Parks and the Section Quartet. The former is Swedish troubadour Kristian Matsson who has an Americana sound and a Dylanesque charm. Moreno is a Guatemalan musician with a powerful, soulful voice and she’s celebrating the release of her new album Postales. I really enjoyed Illustrated Songs from last year and her new one sounds just as strong.
Wednesday you have the choice of blues legend B.B. King with the dynamic duo Tedeschi Trucks Band at Hollywood Bowl or the reunited Mavericks talking and playing at the intimate Clive Davis Theater in the Grammy Museum. If you are looking for a lesser-known option, there’s Bay Area “Americali” musician Melody Walker who is worth discovering at Pasadena’s Firefly Bistro.
On Thursday, the sun sets on this summer’s Santa Monica Twilight Series with a bright SoCal indie pop of Best Coast as well as local buzz band NO. John C. Reilly returns to Largo with a show that also includes Tom Brosseau and Gregory Page. John Hiatt has a terrific new album (Mystic Pinball) that hopefully he’ll be showcasing at Agoura Hills’ Canyon Club, although he has enough great tunes to fill a week of shows.
Thursday night fiddle wizard Jamie Laval will be doing a workshop and concert in Encino Park and then he’ll play Genghis Cohen on Friday night. However, the big concert news on Friday is that Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young are playing in town. However, it’s CSN at the Greek and Pegi (Neil’s wife) at McCabe’s.
School is back in session and Social Studies is on tour. The young San Francisco-based band plays 09.08.12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Pehrspace on 9/8, does a Sunday afternoon at Scripps College and a Sunday night show at Fullerton’s Common Wealth Lounge – plus a 9/10 at Origami Records before wrapping up their SoCal swing Tuesday night at Long Beach’s The Prospector.
While Saturday doesn’t have a lot of shows on the radar (although Garrison Starr and Maia Sharp share a bill at Room 5), Sunday is well stocked with good concerts. JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound is a hot rock ‘n’ soul band from Chicago. They put on a terrific show at the Mint earlier this year that I was fortunate to catch. They’ll be at the Satellite this time around. Also on the Eastside, the Grand Ole Echo hosts a ladies night with the excellent Leslie Stevens and Susan James as well as Ladies Gun Club.
You can toast Pink Martini at the Greek, where they’ll be songs from their illustrious 15-year career. This eclectic alt.orchestra recently released a version of Charlie Chaplin’s song “Smile” that they recorded with the late Phyllis Diller. McCabe’s will be populated with O’Brien Party of 7. I had the pleasure of interviewing Tim O’Brien and his sister Mollie and they are just full of joy and pride over this family band project. The group’s CD, it’s worth mentioning, is a tribute to the talented, versatile singer/songwriter Roger Miller.