If it’s July 4th week, then it must mean it’s time again for the Hootenanny at Irvine’s Oak Canyon Ranch on July 6. This year’s attractions (at least in my book) include the Old 97’s, Phil Alvin & Evene Cervenka, Lindi Ortega, Wheeler Brothers and Social Distortion. The bill also features Face To Face, Roger Alan Wade, Nashville Pussy, Murder By Death and more.
Memphis punk rock legends The Oblivians play the Echoplex on the 5th to showcase their first album in more than 15 years – Desperation, although there are no signs of desperation on this potent set of music.
Oldies fans can get “happy together” when an all-star cast of Sixties popsters (Paul Revere and the Raiders’ Mark Lindsay, Three Dog Night’s Chuck Negron, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, Gary Lewis & The Playboys and Flo & Eddie) play their hits at the Saban Theatre on the 5th. If you like your rock a little harder, you’ve got Ian Anderson playing Thick As A Brick at the Greek on the 6th
July 4th means it’s Fish Fry Time at the Echo County Outpost. Musical highlights includes evening sets from the David Mayfield Parade (if you haven’t heard Good Man Down, then you should) and RT N The 44’s. On the 5th, Pasadena’s Levitt Pavilion hosts 70’s psych folk cult heroine Linda Perhacs, who will perform songs from her revered Parallelograms album with the help of Julia Holter, Becky Stark and Nite Jewel’s Ramona Gonzalez. Dustbowl Revival is part of the Grand Ole Echo scene on the 7th. That’s also the night the New L.A. Folk Festival presents John C. Reilly, Tom Brosseau and Leslie Stevens at Echo Park’s Golden West Church and singer-songwriter Nate Currin has a Hotel Café set.
Tuesday the 2nd the electro-rock band The Colourist will liven things up at the Troubadour. On July 3, Galactic drummer Stanton Moore begins his Wednesday night residency at the Mint. Wil Blades and the Meters’ great guitarist Leo Nocentelli sit in this week with Mike Dillon slated for the 10th and Will Bernard on the 24. Blades is scheduled to play his B-3 with Moore each week except on the 31st when keyboardist Marco Benevento shares the Mint stage with Moore. Singers like Dwight Trible, Georgia Anne Muldrow and Jimetta Rose salute Nina Simone at California Plaza’s free “Young, Gifted and Nina” performance (there’s might be some special guests too).
This film’s music documentary (and it does seem like a weekly occurence) is the highly anticipated Big Star documentary Nothing Can Hurt Me, which opens at the Nuart. Big Star’s Jody Stephens, with the help of pals like The Posies’ Jon Auer, will play some songs on July 5 & 6 at 8:10pm. (Real Memphis rock fans will have the challenge of doing this and seeing the Oblivions across town).
And looking into next Monday the marvelous Miner share their folk-rock at the Bootleg, while Stephin Merritt brings his Future Bible Heroes to the Echo for the group’s first live shows in over a decade.