From ASCAP to Coachella – It’s A Big Event Weekend of Music Events in Southern California

I often write about how many quality concerts take place in a week in Southern California.

The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame has made a rare trip to Los Angeles for its big induction ceremony/party, which takes place Thursday night at LA Live, and its honorees include hometown boy Randy Newman and local legend Lou Adler, along with Heart, Quincy Jones, Rush, Public Enemy and the late Donna Summers.

The ASCAP “I Create Music” Expo (www.ascap.com) is going on through Saturday, allowing songwriters, music-makers and other industry insiders and outsiders will be networking at the Loews Hollywood Hotel. This year, the EMP Pop Conference is having a number of satellite conferences around the country, and what weekend is Los Angeles’? This one, naturally. Get panel and event details at http://www.empmuseum.org/programs-plus-education/programs/pop-conference/2013/emp-pop-conference-2013-los-angeles.aspx

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Record Store Day arrives on Saturday with local indie stores stocked a number of limited editions offerings. Amoeba (www.amoeba.com) has an 8-page list of titles. Not only will Touch Vinyl (www.touchvinyl.com) have RSD specials but baked goods and churros as well. Long Beach’s Fingerprints (www.fingerprintsmusic.com) is offering include new vinyl from local acts like Mike Watt, Laurence Juber, Jimmy Eat World and Best Coast. And many other unique releases can be discovered at other area music emporiums.

and of course, this weekend also marks Coachella Part 2, with little Indio transforming again into epicenter of coolness.

Did I miss anything? Oh, yes – the LA Times Festival of Books has a full slate of performances for the young and old. Visit events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks for all of the “who, when and where” information.

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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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