Where can you find this week’s recommended shows: at hotels (and the Hotel Café), a legit theater, an old church, a museum, a guitar store (McCabe’s, of course) and the Rancho Santa Susanna Park. I’m probably missing something and there so my apologies if I have overlooked something or if I have multiple updates.
Mon. May 19
Top Show(s): New Orleans’ king of the keyboard, Allen Toussaint, will perform an intimate show at the Lyric Theatre, while the Theatre at the Ace Hotel will present Lykke Li, who just released the radiant I Never Learn.
The Valley Below and The Mercy Seat continue their Monday night residency at the Echo.
Tues. May 20
The Grammy Museum screens a documentary about Roy Orbison’s last album Mystery Girl; Orbison’s sons will be part of a panel discussion about the film.
Tom Freund, whose marvelous 2 Moons is coming out soon, has a seaside gig at the Annenberg Beach House. He’ll also appear at the Del Monte Speakeasy on May 22 with Serena Ryder (who guests on his new CD).
Rising singer/songwriter Scarlett Rabe plays Hemingway’s, and she has a set at Room 5 on June 12 and at Witzend in Venice on June 26. The Irish singer Hozier performs at the Troubadour.
Wed. May 21
Top Show: Nickel Creek’s long-awaited reunion tour stops at the Wiltern. The Secret Sisters serve as their openers, making this must-see show all the more special.
Nostalgia comes in a couple ways: Southern Rock pioneers Marshall Tucker Band checking into Saint Rocke while punk legends Black Flag stops by the Anaheim House of Blues. Tom Brosseau continues spreading the good word about his fine new album Grass Punk with a gig at the Standard Hotel. The Hotel Café, meanwhile, welcomes English chanteuse Gabrielle Aplin.
Thurs. May 22
Canadian dance/pop songstress Jessy Lanza plays the Echoplex with Saint Pepsi, while, at the Echo, Nathaniel Rateliff reveals why his new Falling Faster Than You Can Run has attracted a bunch of acclaim.
Fri. May 23
Top Show(s): Former BR5-49 frontman Chuck Mead brings his Grassy Knoll Boys to the Mint in support of their latest Free State Serenade. It’s always a pleasure to catch Mead, who has a wonderful breadth and depth to his music. Largo hosts a pair of awesome songwriters: Ben Sollee and William Fitzsimmons.
Sat. May 24
Top Show(s): The Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Festival happens this weekend at the Rancho Santa Susanna Park. Saturday offers the latest incarnation of Canned Heat, Guitar Shorty John Mayall and while Sunday’s highlights include Tommy Castro, Swamp Dogg and Robert Randolph & The Family Band, with Lisa Haley & the Zydecats and C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band playing both days. Be prepared for some great songs and cool stories when Steve Earle and Shawn Colvin perform together at the City National Grove of Anaheim.
Besides Colvin, two other Lilith Fair stars have Saturday night shows : Joan Osborne will be at McCabe’s and Suzanne Vega will be at the El Rey (with Ari Heist opening). Meanwhile, the mysterious Jandek surfaces at the Church on York.
Sun. May 25
If you can’t be with the one you love, you can be with Stephen Stills at the Fox Performing Arts Center.
Mon. May 26
Guitar master Mark Ribot brings his Ceramic Dog to Largo.