Go See Hear In L.A. Oct. 7-13 (The Biggest Week For Shows Of The Year edition)

Is there something magical about the date 10/10? Is it the most star-studded concert night of the year? What is making me feel this way? Well, John Fogerty will be at the Nokia Theatre in support of his all-star Wrote A Song For Everyone, which suggests he may have a guest or two stop by. You can also stop by the nearby Grammy Museum to check out the Fogerty exhibit now there. Over at Pepperdine’s Smother Theater, Roger McGuinn shares the bill with Marty Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives. The Greek Theater hosts Once Upon A Dream, a part Broadway show/part rock concert featuring the Rascals (Felix Cavaliere, Eddie Brigati, Dino Danelli and Gene Cornish), while another Sixties rock star Tommy James will fill the Saban Theatre with “crimson & clover.”

But wait there’s more music action on Friday. Steve Earle and the Dukes will commandeer the Ford Amphitheatre, while Royce Hall hosts one of Israel’s top acts the Idan Raichel Project. Fast rising UK rockers White Lies have a sold out show at the El Rey. The Bluegrass Situation brings Lee Bains & the Glory Fires and New West Records’ Austin Lucas to the Mint.

If you haven’t overdosed on rock legends on the 10th, you can experience Eric Burdon on the 11th at Beverly Hills’ Saban Theatre. Earlier this year, he released a very fine CD, ‘Til Your River Runs Dry. Also, that night, America will exit the “Ventura Highway” to do a show at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza with Karla Bonoff.

The week also features some important musicians from the ‘80s. On Monday the 7th, The Waterboys anchors at the El Rey. They are doing their first US tour in 6 years to support their WB Yeats “collaboration” An Appointment With Mr. Yeats. Mark Olson, of the Jayhawks fame, has a solo show at the Coffee Gallery Backstage on the 8th. On Wednesday, The Church’s Steve Kilbey and Afghan Whigs’ frontman Greg Dulli bring their duo tour to the Echo (I think it’s a sold out show). You can melt again with Modern English, when the band plays the Viper Room on the 12 and Fullerton’s Slidebar on the 13th. UK psychedelic rockers Primal Scream play the Fonda on the 13th and Pomona’s Glass House on the 14th.

Then there’s (former?) Dixie Chick Natalie Maines will be showcasing her solo outing Mother at the El Rey on the 8th and Anaheim’s House of Blues on the 9th. Another outspoken performer Hank III has a show at Santa Ana’s Observatory on the 8th.

So those are bands with some history behind them, but there are also great young acts swinging through town this week too.  Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside lands at the Satellite. Their raw, soulful old school rock sound makes me think of the Alabama Shakes.  Speaking of soul, Vance Joy shares the El Rey on the 9th with Tom Odell. Joy just has a hard-to-resist smooth style to his music. Dan Croll comes to the Troubadour from Liverpool with this genre-splitting tunes.

Nashville-based singer-songwriter Andrew Combs will be at the Mint along with the fine Indiana band Houndmouth – this is what they were like when they played Conan  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_l-dFMTJbFA.  Also on the 9th, the Avett Brothers will undoubtedly bring songs from Magpie and the Dandelion (which comes out on Oct. 15) to their show at the Shrine Auditorium.

The 11th will a wonderful day to get a big dose of roots rock. J. Roddy Walston & The Business showcase their Essential Tremors album at the Troubadour, the Brothers Comatose will put on a spirited set at the Mint and the UK Americana group The Dunwells perform at the Smothers Theatre. The wily Nashville cat Phil Lee will be dropping by the Coffee Gallery Backstage and the fine troubadour Joe Pug has an early show at the Satellite. The Pack AD and Lady Dottie and the Diamonds top a packed Hillgrass Bluebilly bill at Alex’s Bar on Saturday.

Xander Smith will be at Genghis Cohen on Tuesday while the talented Liam Finn headlines Largo that night. Sam Amidon comes to McCabe’s on the 11th. Also that night, Les Jupes, a dandy young band from Winnipeg, will do a Hotel Café set. Into It, Over It (aka Evan Weiss) shares the bill with Saves The Day at the Troubadour on the 12th.

Between Oct. 9-12, Culture Collide Festival brings in bands from around the world (too many to mention). There are also several international acts coming to today. Francophiles can see French rock band Vadel make their US debut at Theatre Raymond Kabbaz on the 9th and catch Lou Doillon (Jane Birkin‘s daughter and Serge Gainsbourg‘s stepdaughter) at the El Rey on the 11th. Also, on Friday the French  Gypsy art/punks Gogol Bordello shakes things up at Pomona’s Fox Theatre on the 11th. On the 12th, The Ford Amphitheatre salutes the music of Freddy Fender with a show featuring Los Texmaniacs, Rick Trevino and more Tex-Mex-y bands. Jackson Browne presents Cuban singer-songwriter Carlos Varela on the 13th.

And if that isn’t enough…Bear’s Den and Daughter are on the Wiltern marquee on Tuesday, while singer-songwriter Heather Stewart does a set at Room 5. Sondra Sun-Odeon brings her psyche-folk to the Hyperion Tavern on the 9th. The 11th finds Nashville star Josh Turner headlining the Valley Performing Arts Center. KT Tunstall plays Hollywood Forever’s Masonic Lodge with Brian Lopez in support on Oct. 11 and 12. Also on the 12th, Serena Ryder will be at the Fonda.  The Coathangers and Guitar Wolf will make some noise at the Satellite on Sunday night.

Worth noting too, the musical Ring of Fire about Johnny Cash will be performed at the Cerritos Center on the 11th, also that night CBGB (the movie) will be screened at the Aero Theatre.

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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