I had been curious why Johnny Rivers was playing at the Saban Theater during the Whisky’s big anniversary week and thanks to an article in the LA Times by the always interesting Randy Lewis, I found out that Rivers had to put on his own concert even though he helped to launch the Whisky back in the ‘60s
By the way, proceeds for this show tonight will go to his organization that supports music education in public schools – the John R. Ramistella Foundation.
I also realized that there are a couple of other shows this weekend worth noting.
Ray Stinnett makes a rare local appearance at the Mint on Saturday. I don’t know much about this Memphis musician. He was a founding member of Sam The Sham (which scores points with me) and he made some little known, esoteric rock albums in the early ‘70s that have gained a cult following. The show is presented by Light In The Attic Records and Aquarium Drunkard, which substantiates the cult figure status statement. And for those longtime Pittsburgh Pirate fans out there, I believe Ray is no relation to Rennie Stinnett.
Here’s a Ray Stinnett track to check out
McCabe’s welcomes two fine singer/songwriters Willy Mason and Tom Brosseau on Saturday while Sam Phillips will be part of the Watkins Family Hour at Largo. On stage at the Laguna Playhouse currently is the Johnny Cash jukebox musical Ring of Fire and on Saturday Robert Hilburn will be there to talk about his excellent new biography on Cash before the afternoon matinee and the evening performance.