This week’s forecast calls for a blizzard of Lucinda Williams shows. The Americana music icon seems to be playing everywhere in the next couple weeks except my backyard. She kicks things off on Tuesday the 18th at the Troubadour with the Kenneth Brian Band also playing. On the 21st, she’s at the Glass House, the 23rd at the Coach House, the 24th the Belly Up Tavern in Solano Beach, the 25th at the Echoplex, the 27th at Canyon Club and then wrapping up (unless I missed something) at McCabe’s on March 1 and 2. If you don’t have tickets yet, good luck getting one for these rare small venue appearances.
Mon. Feb. 17
Before he was Mr. Broadway, Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening) was a singer/songwriter (he was one of those guys who appeared on my radar during the KSCA era in L.A.). Don’t know what hat he’ll be wearing at the Hotel Café, however. Another talented tunesmith Tony Lucca also is on the bill. Jess Williamson lingers in L.A. for a set at Bardot; her Native Son disc is worth checking out.
Tues. Feb. 18
Top Show: The Belle Brigade will be ringing out their stellar indie pop at the Echo (and the show is free – and they will have another free show there on the 24th). Sleeper Agent will are arising at Santa Ana’s Constellation Room tonight and the Troubadour on the 19th. The recorded their new album About Last Night with Nashville ace producer Jay Joyce.
Wed. Feb. 19
Top Show: If you like singer/songwriters, Largo offers a two fine ones: Willy Mason, who returns to L.A. for a rescheduled show from Jan. 28, and Tom Brosseau, fresh off of a fantastic LA Times article and with his new album Grass Punks to share.
The beguiling songstress Sky Ferreira has an in-store appearance at Amoeba. Jukebox the Ghost rocks the Echo, while Public Service Broadcasting bring their unique found-sound music to the Bootleg.
Thurs. Feb. 20
The Echo will be filled with the stone-cold soulful singing of Allen Stone.
Fri. Feb. 21
Top Show: I have been listening to Noah Gundersen’s Ledges album a lot recently as I just reviewed it for Blurt. His music is quiet but hauntingly memorable as he works out various struggles with love and life in his songs. He plays the Troubadour with another talented young singer/songwriter Carly Ritter.
Friday actually offers a feast of fine concerts. Wiltern hosts an evening of excellent Americana with Amos Lee (who is a bit more on the soul-infused troubadour side) and Langhorne Slim (who has a little more of a raucous sound). A pair of legends has concerts in the O.C. The award-winning soul legend Roberta Flack performs at the Cerritos Center, while Dr. Lonnie Smith (I think he has a Ph. D in the Hammond B-3) has shows Friday and Saturday at the Segerstrom.
It’s be an eclectic night of music at the Church on York where Sophia Knapp, Pink Mountaintops and Marissa Nadler (whose latest CD July might be her most fierce recording). Another east side gig finds Nashville rockers The Weeks at the Satellite with The Singles and Ranch Ghost. The Hotel Café welcomes Danielle Ate The Sandwich (a name so goofy it’s great). A band with an even greater name: We Were Promised Jet Packs lands at the El Rey. The John Butler Trio comes to the Fonda from Down-Under in advance of their forthcoming CD Flesh & Blood. If you are looking for something different – head to the Broad Stage where Carlos Nunez, who has performed with the Chieftains, will be playing the “gaita” (Galician bagpipes) while doing Celtic, Spanish and other music styles from around the world.
Sat. Feb. 22
Top Show: Ane Brun and Linnea Olsson form a wonderful double bill at the Mint. The two Scandinavian songstresses create coolly scintillating tunes that will be warming up the Mint.
Colleen Green and The Thermals come to the Troubadour. Mas Ysa (aka Thomas Arsenault) and Lawrence Rothman conjure up an evening of atmospheric mood music at the Bootleg. The late Pete Seeger will be honored with a show at the Folk Music Center, while Frank Fairfield serves up old school-style country tunes at McCabe’s. America (or at least founding members Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell) will be at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center.
Sun. Feb. 23
It’s ladies night at McCabe’s with a show featuring steel pedal standout (recently a member of Dave Alvin’s Guilty Women) Cindy Cashdollar, violinist (and Rolling Thunder Review survivor) Scarlet Rivera and legendary folk singer Sylvia Tyson (as in Ian & Sylvia).