I could continue on with last week’s nostalgia theme and mention the Hollywood Bowl’s pair of tributes (to the Beatles and Marvin Gaye) as well as an appearance by the Zombies. But I want to make particular mention of some very talented young act. Benjamin Booker has a lot of heat on him for his new album. He’ll be at the Echo on Thurs. Saturday, meanwhile, offers the hard choice between two Americana darlings – Zoe Muth (who’ll be at McCabe’s) and John Fulbright (who will be at the Pasadena Levitt Pavilion.
Tues. Aug. 19
The banjo/cello duo Littlest Birds land at Matt Denny’s Ale House in Arcadia tonight and Kulak’s Woodshed in North Hollywood tomorrow night. The Henry Clay People lead a free tribute show to the Replacements at the Satellite.
Wed. Aug. 20
Top Show: “What’s Going On” at the Hollywood Bowl? A tribute to the great Marvin Gaye album featuring John Legend and Sharon Jones & Dap-tones.
Lake Street Dive keeps on going with their phenomenal success of their Bad Self Portraits album. They’ll stop at Santa Ana’s Observatory tonight and then headlining the Wiltern on the 23rd.
Thurs. Aug. 21
Top Show: Benjamin Booker has generated a lot of talk over his fiercely rocking self-titled album. You can hear what all the excitement is about at the Echo. The Zombies can be seen on the Santa Monica Pier. The legendary ‘60s pop band plays the Twilight Concert Series with the Mystic Braves.
You can spend an evening with Lynda Kay at the Three of Clubs in Hollywood.
Fri. Aug. 22
Top Show: Good and free – that’s the lineup at FIGat7th tonight when The Belle Brigade and In The Valley Below are set to play.
The Hollywood Bowl salutes the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ big concert there with a pair of shows that will recreate this musically historic event. Dave Stewart serves as ringmaster for the event, which includes appearances by Michelle Branch, Billy Ray Cyrus, Martina McBride, Allen Stone and others (it’s a curious non-rock lineup but maybe the Bowl has its reasons). Oh, and Bob Eubanks who produced the concert will be on hand too. Lila Downs and Kinky share the Greek bill while Johnathan Rice & Friends will hold the Largo stage and Keaton Simons has a date at the Hotel Café. The Young Dubliners will deliver spirited Celtic rock – for free – at the Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park.
Sat. Aug. 23
Top Show(s): Zoe Muth showcases her wonderful new album World of Strangers at McCabe’s. John Fulbright, one of the rising stars in the Americana scene, plays a free show at the Levitt Pavilion in Pasadena. Big-time bluegrass stars Steep Canyon Rangers (non-bluegrass fans know them as Steve Martin’s band) has a show of their own at the Roxy.
Southern rock great Dickie Betts comes to the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. Mandolin Orange performs some vibrant roots music at the Hotel Café. The FYF Fest comes to the LA Sports Arena and Exposition Park this weekend with a packed lineup that includes HAIM, The Strokes, Slowdive, Slint, Built to Spill and more.
Sun. Aug. 24
Top Show: The Both (aka Ted Leo and Aimee Mann) perform, what is billed as, an “intimate evening” at Largo.
The Grand Ole Echo offers Whispering Pines, Cliff Wagner, Christy Hays and the Ben Reddell Band for your Sunday afternoon enjoyment.