Go See Hear In L.A. Dec. 21-31 (The Christmas-to-New Years Holiday edition)

Since I am getting a very late start on this week, I thought I just continue on through the end of the year.

Friday offers several early Christmas gifts: the what-seems-to-be annual X Xmas show (at the Fonda), the rootsy Jingle All The Whiskey at the Satellite (with folks like David Serby, Grant Langston, Jason Heath, Bliss Bowen and many more), Christmas 101 with Rufus and Martha Wainwright plus special guests (at Royce Hall). The Wainwrights show returns on Saturday, which also finds the Brian Setzer Orchestra swinging in the holidays at the Gibson Amphitheatre and Tenacious D hosting a benefit for The Pablove Foundation at Largo.

Marissa Nadler

Marissa Nadler

There are some “regular” shows during this holiday time. Boston singer/songwriter Marissa Nadler is sharing the Dec. 22 Bootleg bill with the Entrance Band’s Guy Blakeslee. Nadler, who is known for her intimate, intense music, will undoubtedly be sharing songs from her new CD The Sister. The 22nd also is when the English Beat will be bringing their brand of ska-ish joy to the Anaheim House of Blues.

On the 26th, Texas swing icon Ray Benson, of Asleep at the Wheel fame will deliver some Lone Star State holiday cheer to the Mint. Although it’ll be the day after Christmas, let’s see if Benson performs one or two of his Christmas tunes.

The Reverend Horton Heat gets the New Year’s Eve partying started early with a show at the Fonda on the 27th and Anaheim’s House of Blues on the 29th. Jello Biafra and Tijuana Panthers also are on the bill. If you are in the mood for something for laidback for the 29th, Father John Misty (aka J. Tillman, formerly of the Fleet Foxes) headlines the El Rey, while singer-songwriter Zach Broocke has a Genghis Cohen gig.

Which brings us to New Year’s Eve. There are many shows happening where can ring out the old and ring in the new, but here are some particularly special ones.  Guitar Shorty will be laying down some heavyweight blues at Harvelle’s in Santa Monica. Santa Barbara’s own Rebelution comes down the coast to the Hollywood Palladium for a show with  The Expanders, DJ Unite and other guests. The group has become a popular fixture on the jam band scene and they’ll surely serve up a festive show. More merriment can be had at the Wiltern where the always fresh Cake has a special NYE concert. My top pick for New Year’s Eve, however, is Vintage Trouble. I saw them play earlier this year and they put on a high-energy, thoroughly entertaining show packed with dynamic rock ‘n’ soul music.

Vintage Trouble

Vintage Trouble

Hope everyone has a fun holiday time and a happy, and healthy 2013.


About Michael Berick

I am a longtime writer, and lover, of music and pop culture. I have written for Entertainment Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, the LA Weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle, Cleveland Scene and more places (that I wouldn't take up more of your time mentioning now).
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