The countdown to the Grammys has begun and while the special Grammy events are happening around L.A. there still are plenty of cool shows happening.
Mon. Jan. 20
Austin singer-songwriter Jesse Woods begins their trilogy of L.A. shows at School Night at Bardot. On Tuesday, he’ll play the Del Monte Speakeasy in Venice and Wednesday finds him at the Bootleg with La Luz and Pure Bathing Culture. Woods, who once was a wide receiver at Texas A&M, also has a genuine talent for making enchanting lo-fi folk-pop.
Tues. Jan. 21
Top Show: Josh Ritter will be performing his lovely, literate tunes in an acoustic show at the Wilshire Ebell, with Gregory Alan Isakov opening.
Montreal’s Islands surface at the Troubadour to play its lush indie-pop.
Wed. Jan. 22
Top Show: Sarah Jarosz stands as one of the top young talents in the Americana field. The talented multi-instrumentalist (who Sugar Hill signed while she was still in high school), Jarosz really revealed her blossoming as a terrific songwriter/performer on last year’s acclaimed Build Me Up From Bones CD.
Besides Woods’ recommended set, the Bootleg also boasts a set from Pure Bathing Culture also is a band to seek out. The on-the-rise group creates delightful orchestral pop.
Thurs. Jan. 23
Mercurial singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur merits McCabe’s having a rare Thursday night show. The Mint offers a strong bill that includes Texas blues-rocker Carolyn Wonderland and troubadour (and one-time Norah Jones guitarist) Adam Levy. The Art Theatre of Long Beach will be shaking with the danceable indie pop grooves of Of Montreal and Wild Moccasins.
Fri. Jan. 24
A number of intriguing shows happen on Friday. The much buzzed about UK troubadour Jake Bugg comes to the Wiltern with the Strokes’ Albert Hammond Jr. opening. The Robert Glasper Experiment experiments with jazz boundaries at the Troubadour. Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue begin their two-night L.A. with a show at the Fonda, followed by a Saturday night gig at the El Rey, while SoCal icon David Lindley brings his eclectic music to McCabe’s tonight and Sat. the 25th. The Canadian songstress Jessy Lanza shares her blended synth/organic pop at the Bootleg with the Drum also on the bill. Rich McCulley and the Jolenes (featuring Grant Langston, Dan Janisch, David Serby and Dale Daniel) will be having fun at the Cinema Bar.
Sat. Jan. 25/Sun. Jan. 26
The town will be filled with Grammy parties and the Award show itself on Sunday. For those with invites, there’s ‘70s/’80s AOR rock gods Blue Oyster Cult at Beverly Hills’ Saban Theater on Saturday night while Hank Linderman and John McFee (who has played with so many musicians from Elvis Costello to the Doobie Brothers) share the McCabe’s stage.