Go See Hear In L.A. April 3-7 (The Phosphorescent/Blackberry Smoke edition)

Now I’m back with part two of this week’s concert offerings.

Wednesday features Dominique Pruitt at Pour Vous (around Melrose and Gower). Last year, I discovered Pruitt’s delightful music, which has a retro vibe drawn from rockabilly and ‘50s pop yet also has a modern spirit to it.

Dominique Pruitt

Dominique Pruitt


Charlie Parr arrives at the Echo from his Minnesota home base to share songs from his new disc Barnswallow, which is another stirring effort of dark-hued folk music. L.A.’s Tommy Santee Klaws opens.

Brooklyn-based troubadour Christian Gibbs is touring the country in an RV with his wife and two kids. He has a new album Sleep The Machines and a set at Genghis Cohen on Thursday night. While on the family theme, the Kopecky Family Band (which isn’t actually a family) plays the Satellite on 4/2 just 2 days after their Kids Raising Kids CD’s release.


Kopecky Family Band

Kopecky Family Band


A pair of acts start their first of two local appearances on Thursday. The raucous Southern rockers Blackberry Smoke light up Anaheim’s House of Blues on 4/4 before hitting the HoB on Sunset Strip on Friday.

Meanwhile, Blue October’s front man Justin Furstenfeld brings his “Open Book” one-man show to the Hotel Café on the 4th. He’ll be performing spoken word, doing an audience Q&A as well as playing songs from his latest solo effort, Crazy Making along with acoustic versions of some of his band’s songs. He’ll move on to play Santa Ana’s Observatory on Friday.

 The Troubadour will be aglow with the sounds of Phosphorescent on Friday. His new album Muchacho is muy bien. The Mint will be filled with American Aquarium’s Southern-bred Americana music on the 5th with the Cerny Brothers (Midwestern-bred, L.A.-based) opening.

 It’s always a tremendous treat to experience Syd Straw in concert. She’s not only a wonderfully unique vocalist, but Syd’s also a blast as a performer. On Friday night, she returns to McCabe’s – the site of many of a memorable Straw show.

Another talented and witty performer, Jill Sobule, headlines McCabe’s on Saturday night. The 6th also is the night Gaby Moreno and former Los Abandoned frontwoman Maria Del Pilar share a bill at the Satellite.

Gaby Moreno

Gaby Moreno

 There aren’t many remaining soul singers from the Sixties but Clarence Carter is one of them. The blind R&B legend makes a rare appearance in town on Saturday at the Hollywood Park Casino. Take a trip back to another place and time (the ’80 psychedelic-tinged Paisley Underground) on the 6th when Michael Quercio’s latest edition of The Three O’Clock performs at Pomona’s Glass House on Saturday with Tijuana Panthers.

Oklahoma rockers Taddy Porter, who recently released Stay Golden, have a Viper Room gig on the 6th. That night too, Dumpstaphunk will lay down some New Orleans funk at the Roxy. The weekend wraps up with the Houston quartet The Tontons serving up a Sunday special of hooky rock at the Central in Santa Monica.

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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