Go See Hear In L.A. May 6-12 (The Nickel Creek Non-Reunion edition)

This week’s shows answers the questions (if vaguely) where will Sara Watkins, Sean Watkins and Chris Thile do while in L.A. May 9-10 and answers the question – if indirectly – what is Ione Skye up to

Tuesday finds a record release show for Joshua Radin at Largo. His new self-release Wax Wings is inspired by the story of Icarus.  Ben Lee celebrates his new CD Ayahuasca: Welcome To The Work a week early with a concert at Besant Lodge. This album is, to quote the press release, “a ‘sonic document’ of his experiences with the medicinal plant Ayahuasca. 100% of his royalties will go to MAPS (The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) and the Amazon Conservation Team. The CD packaging (designed by his wife Ione Skye Lee) comes with embedded wildflower seeds.

Laura Stevenson

Laura Stevenson

The delightful Ash Reiter has a show at the Satellite with Yoya and Young Hunting on 5/7 while Laura Stevenson plays the Echo. Her recently released Wheel offers a powerful set of music that is intimate and grand, quiet and loud.

The Dustbowl Revival continues its Wednesday night residency at the Mint on the 8th. The Overstreets New Orleans Jazz Band and the California Feetwarmers will be joining them. Bluegrass legend Roland White stops by the Coffee Gallery Backstage on Wednesday and then will be picking at McCabe’s on Saturday. The Troubadour hosts a dynamic duo of duos – Bleached and Ex-Cops. The Milk Carton Kids will be strumming up some fun at Largo on Wednesday and Thursday night.

Things will undoubtedly be festive at the Echoplex as Of Montreal comes to play on the 9th. UK pop singer Kate Nash showcases her new work, Girl Talk, at Santa Ana’s The Constellation Room on the 9th and the Troubadour on the 10th. The lovely Sara Watkins also has a pair of local shows – she’ll be at the Bootleg on Thursday and McCabe’s on Friday. Thursday show will be particularly interesting because also on the bill is Fiction Family – a collaboration between Switchfoot’s Jon Foreman and Sara’s brother, Sean Watkins.

Just to make life more Nickel Creek-y, Chris Thile will play Largo on the 10th with guitarist Michael Daves. Their collaboration, Sleep With One Eye Open, contains their versions of classic bluegrass tunes. Friday also finds Jay Brannan at the Hotel Café while the Mint welcomes a terrific tandem of Jerry Joseph and Walter Salas-Humara. If you are looking for the answer to Man or Astro-Man?, it might be answered at the Echo on the 10th.

Tom Jones

Tom Jones

Meanwhile Saturday’s question might be Jim James or Tom Jones? Mister My Morning Jacket has a solo sold-out show at the Fonda. Jones, who has another terrific rootsy album, Spirit In The Room out, plays the Troubadour Saturday and Sunday night. Long-time Little Feat keyboardist Bill Payne brings his one-man show of music, photography and stories to the Mint on the 11th .

The weekend wraps with singer-songwriter Catie Curtis coming to McCabe’s. Stephen Kellogg showcases his upcoming solo outing Blunderstone Rookery at the Hotel Café, with Rebecca Pidgeon also on the bill. The Hollywood Forever’s Masonic Lodge hosts a rather unique show featuring the music of Chrysta Bell and the visuals of David Lynch.

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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