Go See Hear In L.A. Aug. 2-4 (The Mofro/Wilco Edition)

No, I didn’t forget that I stopped at August 1 in the last post. So I am back with what’s happening over this weekend.

Turnpike Troubadours will arrive at the Mint on Friday night to deliver their raucous blend of roots rock. Their latest disc, Goodbye Normal Street earned them the Lone Star Music Awards’ Album of the Year honors. The Get Down Boys also will be playing.

In the Mint’s Den Room, the terrific UK band, The Melodic will bring their Friday night residency. I saw this band last week and they greatly impressed me. If you are fans of Brit bands like Camera Obscura, Belle & Sebastian or, going back a little further, Fairground Attraction and Fairport Convention, you will dig this English folk-pop outfit who uses instruments like the Charango and the melodica (sometimes two in one song) to create a beguiling sound that is both earthy and ethereal. They have an EP (On My Way) out on Anti and a full length on its way.

Also on Friday night, master bluesman John Hammond has a show at McCabe’s, while bluegrass will fill the Ford Amphitheatre where Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands and John Reischman and the Jaybirds share a bill. FigAt7th’s free show on the 2nd is a hip, jazzy offering featuring that cool singer Jose James along with Carolyn Malachi.

The Echo hosts guitarist William Tyler (whose The Impossible Truth is his Merge debut) and JJ Grey & Mofro will bring a bit of their southern charms to the El Rey. Bring your earplugs and your memories to Anaheim’s City National Grove where the Rock N’ Blues Festival presents Ten Years After, Edgar Winter Band, Canned Heat, Pat Travers and Rick Derringer. Did I hear someone say “Rock & Roll Hoochie Coo?”

More great guitar playing will be experienced at McCabe’s where the legendary Albert Lee will be performing on the 3rd. The big show on Saturday night is out at Irvine’s Verizon Amphitheatre where Bob Dylan brings his AmericanaramA roadshow extravaganza featuring Wilco, My Morning Jacket and Ryan Bingham.

Closer to home, I would recommend the George Glass gig at Taix. The LA pop-rockers have a great new album Welcome Home that they will be showcasing; here’s a link to their catchy tune “AM Radio.” http://bit.ly/GGAMRadio. Jesca Hoop returns to town with a show at the Hotel Café on Saturday night. In June she released the intimate and intense album, The House That Jack Built. Meanwhile, a nice night of world music can be heard for free at California Plaza with performances by Novalima and Palenke Soultribe

The Pacific Amphitheatre salutes “The Beatles At The Movies” on Saturday night with the Fab Four (not the original, but the tribute band) performing. Another rock legend – Jerry Garcia – will be saluted on Sunday night at the Greek Theatre with the Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration.  Guitar whiz Warren Haynes leads the orchestra through renditions of some great Garcia music. A different type of jamming will be happening at the Hollywood Bowl, where Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, the Sun Ra Arkestra and Oliver Mtukudzi share an interesting and eclectic bill.

Other Sunday night shows include Griffin House and Megan Slankard sharing a bill at Largo and the Delta 88’s rocking things up at the Coach House.

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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