I still am playing catch-up and it is feeling like a perennial state but hopefully this gives you a good idea of what shows are happening in the next set of days.
Thurs July 24
The Santa Monica Pier welcomes a pair of young upstarts: Papa and Cayucas. Another local band, Yacht, has a launch party event at the Mack Sennett Studios to celebrate the new app – 5 Every Day. It really is a cool app about cool things to do around L.A.
Fri. July 25
Top Show: While Friday night has an air of nostalgia, the show that tops my list is the Birds of Chicago gig that is happening at the Hotel Café. Fronted by JT Nero and Allison Russell, this ensemble (from, yes, Chicago) serves up some quite tasty roots music that well worth checking out.
Among the oldies but goodies, there is a show by folkies Don McLean and Judy Collins at the Fox Performing Arts Center. David Lindley, a name that was one every third album made by a Southern California pop/folk/rock musician in the ‘70s, gives a free show at Pasadena’s Levitt Pavilion. The Go-Go’s ruled in L.A. during the early ‘80s and they will be playing the Pacific Amphitheater. Friday nights were Jon Brion’s at Largo during ‘90s and he returns with special guests for his now monthly show this Friday. It’s country dude night at the Greek with Dierks Bentley headlining a bill with Chris Young, Chase Rice and Jon Pardi.
Sat. July 26
Top Show: Free shows are hard to beat particularly when it is the pairing of Shelby Lynne and Jamestown Revival that is show #2 of the KCRW/Annenberg summer series of country music. Last Saturday’s show with Sturgill Simpson and Gregg Allman was quite memorable. If you are going, try to get there early to find a nice spot for your blanket and time to get some food from the trucks.
Meanwhile the Clientele and the Tyde roll up at the Satellite. Haerts, the Lower 48, and Au Revoir Simone share the Roxy bill. Tara Jane O’Neil teams up with Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs for a multi-media show at the Hammer.
Sun. July 27
Top Show: The Echo hosts a benefit for the SCCC’s Traum Training Program and scheduled performers include Tony Gilkyson, Sarah Stanley and Waynesboro (featuring Randy Weeks and Ramsey Midwood).
More nostalgia is in order at the OC Fair as John Kay & Steppenwolf take you on a magic carpet ride.
Mon. July 28
Top Show: Josiah Early has an early set at the Hotel Café to showcase his fine new EP The Virginia, Lay Me Down, which comes out on the 29th.
The Buffalo-based indie pop rockers The Tins aren’t wasting their time in L.A. They will do an early show at the Bootleg and a late one at the Mint. Hope their GPS is working well.