The Grammy Awards happen Sunday, so that night is a quiet one in clubs but the rest of the week is packed with great shows.
London’s Lewis Watson performs to School Night at Bardot on Monday night. Watson is a young but seemingly hugely talented singer to keep an eye on. Monday is also the night that the Copenhagen/L.A. artful rock group Gliss begins its month-long Los Globos.
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down serves up a free Tuesday show at Long Beach’s Fingerprints Records on the release of their strong new disc, We The Common.
Mardi Gras is just around the corner but you can start celebrating with the smokin’ sound of New Orleans’ Hot 8 Brass Band on Tuesday at the Bootleg and then Trombone Shorty enlivens the El Rey on Friday and Saturday with the Stone Foxes (a hard-playing rootsy rock outfit moving to the big time with their new disc Small Fires) being Friday’s openers and Orleans Ave. leading off Saturday’s show. The 9th is also the night that one and only Dr. John headlines the Fonda.
There’s a double-blast of soulful music at the Troubadour when two hot young acts, ZZ Ward and Delta Rae share a bill. My top spot for Feb. 6, however, is the Hotel Café where Holly Williams introduces her terrific new disc The Highway. Also checking into the Hotel Café that night is the vibrant Lucy Michelle. She’ll be returning there on the 20th as well as opening for The New Standards (with Dan Wilson and John C. Reilly) at Largo on Feb. 27.
Barry Goldberg, the renowned rock keyboard man has a Wednesday night residency at the Mint during February. Goldberg has played with folks like Bob Dylan, Howlin’ Wolf and Rod Stewart.
M. Ward, who had to postpone his show at the Orpheum back in October while try again on the 7th. Come early to check Karen Elston’s opening set.
The Grammy Museum hosts a salute to Mississippi Music with performances from troubadour Steve Forbert and modern blues masters the North Mississippi Allstars. Grant Langston and his band will salute Willie Nelson by performing his Shotgun Willie at the Cinema Bar. Meanwhile, Hey Ocean! rolls into the Bootleg to play some mighty fine hooky rock.
The legendary folk/bluesman Spider John Koerner makes his second local stop of the new year when he comes to McCabe’s on Friday. Also on the bill is Christine Collister, who is an under-rated UK singer unless you’re an old fan of her duo Gregson & Collister.
Chelsea Wolfe and Sarah Jaffe form a potent double bill at Friday’s Church Sessions at the First Unitarian Church. There’s another interesting Church Session on Saturday when Petra Haden (whose new disc Goes To The Movies is a highly unique set of film music done mainly with just her vocals) performs with the Portland Cello Project and the Alialujah Choir.
Not surprisingly, Grammy’s Eve offers more shows than you can possibly see. The blazing hot blues rocker Gary Clark Jr. has a set at the Roxy. UK songstress Ellie Goulding will be performing at the Wiltern, although she’s be returning to town with a show at the Palladium on the 12th. St. Lucia opens both gigs. Austin rockers What Made Milwaukee Famous hit the Hotel Café stage on Saturday the 9th. Ozomatli will be jamming the night away at the Canyon Club, while the Satellite hosts the psychedelic stylings of Incan Abraham and Cuckoo Chaos.
There are two Grammy-related shows that I want to mention too. Saturday morning all of the Children’s Music nominees (including Elizabeth Mitchell and Bill Harley) will have a benefit show at the Mint and that night, nominees Quetzal, Los Cojolites, and Sistema Bomb will be among the performers doing a free show at the Breed St. Shul.