That darn July 4th 4-day holiday weekend. Just when I am thought I was catching up, things get derailed again. So here’s a quick once over on the concert week ahead.
Innovative jazz drummer Allison Miller (and sometime Ani Difranco band member) shares her new album Boom Tic Boom at the Blue Whale on the 10th, which is the same night Anadou & Mariam plays the Fonda
Local rockers Surfer Blood roll onto the Santa Monica Pier stage to headline the opening night of the annual Twilight Concert Series. Another good, free show Thursday night is the bluegrass rappers Gangstagrass’ appearance at MacArthur Park’s Levitt Pavilion.
I have been impressed with the Melodic’s hooky rock music. They will play the Bootleg on the 11th, McCabe’s on the 12th and Bardot’s School Night on the 15th. Also in town for several shows is Icelandic multi-instrumentalist Olafur Arnalds. He will be at Largo on the 11th, Hollywood Forever on the 12th and Pomona’s Glasshouse on the 13th.
Portugal, The Man and Avi Buffalo come to the Wiltern on the 12th, while Akron/Family and Peaking Lights do a free show at Fig at 7th on Friday night.
This weekend offers several New Wave survivors in concert. The Psychedelic Furs can be found at the Anaheim House of Blues on Friday night while the Go-Go’s are at the Pacific Amphitheatre on the 14th. Those polka punks, Brave Combo, are back and they play the Mint on the 11th (on a bill with Mike Dillon and Remain In Light) and at McCabe’s on the 13th; that same night the Greek hosts the Gin Blossoms and Fastball (as well as Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth and Vertical Horizon).
The coolest nostalgia act this weekend is those cult heroes the Flamin’ Groovies. The group, which includes Cyril Jordan, Chris Wilson and George Alexander, have a Saturday night show at the Echoplex.
Saturday night also offers Cameron the Public at Malone’s in Santa Ana while Sam Phillips (her new album Push Any Button is classic Sam Phillips) and Matthew Sweet are among the eclectic lineup of performers at the Twentywonder Benefit at the Doll Factory in DTLA. Sunday’s options include a free performance by Dirty Dozen Brass Band at Pasadena’s Levitt Pavilion, BR549 co-founder Chuck Mead getting his twang on at McCabe’s, local country ace Rick Shea will be the Echo and the Hollywood Bowl presents a fascinating lineup of Rodrigo y Gabriela, DeVotchKa and Lord Huron.