Go See Hear In L.A. July 16-22 (The Pink Martini/Red Baraat Edition)

Got to get into overdrive here to get through this week’s zigs and zags but here I go. And let me know if you would have preferred me calling this the “Best Coast/Rogue Wave Edition” or “Hey Marseilles/Passenger Edition.”

Promising singer/songwriter Aidan Knight supplied a big reveal of his understated talents (think Richard Buckner-meets-Ron Sexsmith) on his soon-to-be-released CD, Small Reveal (the tune “Margaret Downe” is a standout). He has a set at the Hotel Café on the 16th. Tuesday also finds the “electro swing” collective Caravan Palace rolling into the Henry Fonda Theater. Madi Diaz and Carousel share a Bootleg bill, while Calgary’s Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk will stampede the Mint’s stage.

If you are up for a roadtrip on Wednesday, head north to the Santa Barbara Bowl and try to find your way into Belle & Sebastian’s only SoCal show. Best Coast is their locally appropriate opener. The glorious Alabama Shakes will rock ‘n’ soul it at the Palladium on the 17th and 18th. The Santa Monica Pier should be a lively place on Thursday night as Meshell Ndegeocello and neo-soulsters The Record Company will be performing.

The wonderful Ian McLagan graces us with his songs and stories this week. On the 18th, he’ll be at McCabe’s (yes, it’ll be “Mac at McCabe’s) and then the following day he’ll have a sit-down at the Grammy Museum to talk about the Small Faces, the Faces and various other adventures in rock ‘n’ roll and play a little too. His Bump Band comrade Jon Notarthomas will be accompanying him at both gigs.

Friday holds any number of options. Drive-By Truckers’ Patterson Hood takes a solo spin at McCabe’s (and he’ll be that Saturday too). The eclectic dance band Red Baraat has a free show at the Fig & 7th with La Chamba’s Peruvian music opening the evening. Country rules at the Greek on the 19th with a Music Row-friendly bill of Brantley Gilbert, Rachel Farley and Jack Ingram (remember when Jack was a Steve Earle-style Austin troubadour playing the Mint?).

But wait there’s more. Joe Henry has a rare solo outing on the 19th, although you’ll probably need some luck getting a Largo ticket now. Harper Blynn ply their well-crafted music at the Satellite, while Passenger pays a visit to the El Rey to shares some laidback music. Things will be more swinging at the Hollywood Bowl where Pink Martini headlines.

Hey Marseilles and Rogue Wave team up for should add up to be summer-y show at the El Rey on Saturday night. Another cool show will be Brass Bed’s gig at the Hotel Café. Things will get noisier at Perhspace where powerdove performs, while the Silverlake Soul Revue – some 30 pieces strong – will perform the songs of Jesus Christ Superstar at the Satellite.

Be prepared for some rowdy times Sunday night at the Echoplex as Shooter Jennings and Scott H. Biram will be taking no prisoners. Twang fans will also enjoy catching the terrific Anne McCue at the Hotel Café on the 21st. Meanwhile, the Mayan hosts a celebration to Fela Kuti, featuring acclaimed Nigerian drummer Tony Allen and Kuti’s godson, the L.A.-based Nigerian percussionist Najite Agindotan.

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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