Stagecoach riding off into the sunset and April quickly evaporating as well, and the shows just keep coming.
Veteran singer-songwriter David Poe stops by the Hotel Café on Monday night, while the young NYC-based band Baby Alpaca shares its delicate pop at a free Echo show. But Monday’s top event is at the Grammy Museum, where acclaimed producer Joe Boyd talks about his recent Nick Drake tribute album with Lucinda Williams offering musical support.
Hitchcock and his band, the Venus 3 (including Peter Buck), have a full show of merriment at the Troubadour on Tuesday to celebrate his latest effort, Love from London. Marnie Stern (who also has a new CD – The Chronicles of Marnia) will show off her guitar expertise at the Satellite on the 30th. Also that night, the Bluegrass Situation hosts another one of its shows at the Mint with Spirit Family Reunion as headliners.
Wednesday welcomes May as well as wealth of musical options. The Old Crow Medicine Show makes a rare L.A. appearance. These Americana titans headline the El Rey with the young and talented Robert Ellis opening. More fine Americana can be mined at the Mint where the Dustbowl Revival headlines the night. Adam Green and Binki Shapiro return to town with a gig at the Echo. The Felice Brothers open for the Killers at the Honda Center on Wednesday. The Grammy Museum has another interesting program on May Day as photographer Alfred Wertheimer talks about “Elvis and the Birth of Rock and Roll.”
Brazilian psych-rock legends Os Mutantes storm the Troubadour on the 2nd, days after the release of Fool Metal Jack. The Cars’ Elliot Easton brings his Tiki Gods to the Hotel Café, where Taylor Greenwood and Cathy Heller also will perform. The Echo will host Maps & Atlases, while Little Boots shake things up at the Echoplex.
My top show for Thursday (and maybe the week), however, is the Caitlin Rose/Daniel Romano bill at the Bootleg. Rose is simply a wonderful singer-songwriter who is quickly outgrowing the borders of Americana. Both her debut Own Side Now and her recently released The Stand-In are albums to spend days with. Romano’s Sleep Beneath The Willow is an entertaining slice of old school country.
First Friday at the Natural History Museum offers Javelin and Helado Negro, while the Bluegrass Situation presents Head for the Hills at the Mint. Lisa Germano can be found at the Church in Ocean Park – she has a performance there. And then there is this band called the Rolling Stones, who are making the extraordinary jump from playing the Echoplex this past Saturday night to headlining the Staples Center Friday night. Good luck to those lads.
Saturday night, the young local band Miner deliver some stirring folk-rock at the Bootleg and, a little further east at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, John Zipperer and Friends share their home-grown Americana. Molly Malone’s hosts a BritWeek show on 5/4 featuring blue-rock vocalist Steve Cooke while Alice Russell will fill the First Unitarian Church the night with her powerful, soulful singing. Matt Costa returns to Santa Ana’s Observatory on the heels on his dandy self-titled disc of jangly pop. “Loving You” is a song to love from that album.
The Hotel Café, however, offers Saturday’s strongest line-up – with the eclectic ‘90s act K’s Choice (supporting Echo Mountain and its acoustic companion Little Echoes which were released in mid-April), the terrific jangle rock outfit A Fragile Tomorrow (power pop fans will dig their Be Nice, Be Careful CD) and pop funkster Keaton Simons sharing the bill.
Sunday is Cinco de Mayo, so the natural spot to be is at the Greek Theater for a powerhouse night with Los Lobos, Robert Randolph, Kinky and El Chicago. However, fans of the Mighty Zim will want to head to the Torrance Arts Center, where Andy Hill and Renee Safier host DylanFest. Rich McCulley celebrates his heartwarming new album The Grand Design at the Grand Ole Echo, and Grant Langston also is set to perform. Even Topanga gets the Blues – as Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum hosts the annual Topanga Blues Festival, with Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater topping the bill. And no joke, 80s post punks Killing Joke plays the Fonda on Sunday night. The Chief will have his own show at Tarzana’s Maui Sugar Mill Saloon on Monday night.