The year has gotten off to something of a stumbling start as I have dragged down by a cold and cough but the concert schedule is going stronger.
Take Saturday the 12 as a starting point. Multi-instrumental maven David Lindley picks and plucks at McCabe’s while Creole String Beans cooks up some hot New Orleans music at the Mint. The Pantages will be filled with some sweet rock music as Keane and Youngblood Hawke share a bill. Eclectic singer-songwriter Jennifer O’Connor, who is working on a new album, has a gig at the Bootleg.
The night’s top show happens at Royce Hall, where the Living Sisters will open the night for Steve Earle & Allison Moorer. The Living Sisters have a new dandy little CD of covers, aptly named Run For Cover. Earle and Moorer, obviously, have a wonderful treasury of tunes from which to play.
On Sunday, McCabe’s welcomes back SoCal folk/roots-man Ernest Troost, who did a live album in this fine room. Tuesday night is Dolly Parton Night at the Satellite where a local tribute to the country icon will take place.
Calexico comes to the El Rey on the 16th (a makeup show for a postponed show from last fall). Also playing is Bahamas, which adds up to a terrific night of atmospheric music. Bahamas’ smooth and soulful Barchords was one of last year’s gems. Jake Bugg, a British troubadour generating a lot of buzz, plays the Troubadour on the 16th. It’s also the night that Andrew Bird lands at Largo for the first of three shows.
Thursday finds the impressive Kate Earl singing her songs again at the Hotel Café and Nocona banging out their wild country/punk/blues at The One-Eyed Gypsy. The Bernie Worrell Orchestra will be bringing the funk to the Mint on Friday night and there will be more movin’ & groovin’ at the El Rey, where Femi Kuti and the Positive Force will perform. However, it will be worth the drive to the Observatory in Santa Ana to see Trampled by Turtles deliver their energetic Americana music.
Shooter Jennings will be at the Mint on Saturday night to play with the Erik Deutsch Band. The 19th also holds a CD release show by He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister at the Troubadour to celebrate their tuneful debut, Nobody Dances In This Town as well as outsider folkie Michael Hurley at McCabe’s and Bill Evans (no, not the late, great jazz pianist) presenting “The Banjo In America” at Boulevard Music.