The weather might not yet be hot enough for “mad dogs and Englishmen,” but this week offers an invasion of British hall of famers. Steve Winwood, who was known in his younger days in Traffic and Blind Faith, plays the Pantages on the 24th before he goes out on the road with Tom Petty this summer. Also, on the 24th, John Mayall returns to town with a concert at the Saban Theater. Mayall, who has a new album A Special Life, served as a father figure for the UK blues/rock scene in the ‘60s (Clapton, Bruce, Fleetwood and McVie are a few big names who played in his bands). Ian McLagan manned the keyboards in those hard rockin’, hard partying bands, The Small Faces and The Faces and played with a ton of other groups. Now based in Austin, McLagan has a rollicking, and worldly wise, CD United States (his first new one in a handful of years) that he will sharing at the Mint on the 25th. By the way, folks who drive along La Cienega, you might recognize the cover art.
Mon June 23
Carise Blanton gives jazz a touch of New Orleans in new CD, Not Old, Not New, which she will showcase at the Hotel Café.
Tues. June 24
Top Show: St. Paul and the Broken Bones will be blasting out some dynamic R&B-fueled rock at the El Rey. Their CD Half The City ranks as one of the strongest debuts of the year.
Strong Feelings is Doug Paisley’s first album since 2010. It is a welcome return from this Canadian troubadour. Spanish Gold and Clear Plastic Masks can be found at the Troubadour.
Wed. June 25
Inara George, Susanna Hoffs, Dan Bern and the Living Sisters are among the performers who will salute the power pop things that Mike Viola has done at the Largo in a show that benefits the Plastic Pollution Coalition.
Thurs. June 26
Heather Maloney and Darlingside, who hail from Western Massachusetts, arrives at the Hotel Café to play their rural pop. Colin Hay, of Men At Work fame, will be working the room at Largo. The Satellites has a fine triple bill featuring Early Winters, Chris Stills and Distant Cousins. The Levitt Pavilion in Pasadena will be reverberating with the blues when Janiva Magness plugs in her guitar and plays. She also has a gig at McCabe’s on June 28.
Fri. June 27
Top Show: Karl Wallinger has reassembled his World Party, which will make a rare local concert at the Troubadour.
All Hail, Chuck Prophet when he recreates his Temple Beautiful at McCabe’s. Or you can catch Kathleen Grace as she shares songs from her splendid No Place To Fall at Room 5 or see Merle Jagger, for free, at the Farmers Market.
Sat. June 28
Top Show(s): Ramblin’ Jack Elliott – a true living legend of American music – performs at McCabe’s. Lee Fields is an awesome old-school soul man. Along with his band the Expressions, he’ll be lighting up the stage at the Troubadour. Sharon Van Etten, who is soulful in a haunting way, headlines the El Rey. Her new CD Are We There is another impressive offering from this ever evolving artist.
Sarah McLachlan, who recently released a new album Shine On, headlines the Greek. The Owls and a solo turn by Into It. Over It share the Roxy bill. Sean and Sara Watkins host one of their fabulous Family Hours at Largo
Sun. June 29
Top Show: David Garza and Gabe Witcher are among the friends playing with Gaby Moreno at Largo
The surviving members of Devo will get together at the Wiltern to play their favorite hits. The Grand Ole Echo hosts a Warren Zevon tribute. Wildcat! Wildcat! will run wild at the Petersen. The local rockers unleash their debut No Moon At All in early August.