I don’t have a clever intro this week. Just wanted to get the word out on some great shows. The ones prominent on my list would be Sturgill Simpson at the Troubadour and Charles Bradley at the Santa Monica Pier – I don’t know how to get to both on the same night. The Avett Brothers and Dawes are a terrific bill with Iron & Wine with Glen Hansard not far behind. Well, here is this week’s concert lineup.
Wed. Sept. 10
Top Show(s): The Hollywood Bowl presents two well-matched acts: Iron & Wine and Glen Hansard; they both create smartly-crafted, subtly grand music. The talented Tom Freund treks from Venice to the Mid-City Lounge (behind the Mint) play some of cool tunes. If you haven’t heard his fine new CD, Two Moons, then track it down. Satellites is a Brit-born, Copenhagen-based musician named Johnny Vic who sings in a rich baritone and creates lush rock music that gets compared to the National. He’ll check into the Hotel Café tonight and again on Sept. 17.
Thurs. Sept. 11
Top Show(s): I saw Sturgill Simpson as part of the KCRW/Annenberg Country Music summer series and he delivered a great, if short set. Tonight’s a chance to see him do a full show as he is the main event at the Troubadour. The Band of Heathens will turn the Hotel Café into a Texas roadhouse. I’m still waiting for this excellent group to gain more recognition. A true soul master Charles Bradley headlines at the Santa Monica Pier with King James and the Special Men opening up.
L.A.’s Lily Kershaw has been touring with French/Canadian singer/songwriter Bobby Bazini and they’ll be making a stop at the Mint tonight, while the droll humorist John Hodgman will be performing at Largo.
Fri. Sept 12
Top Show: Veteran roots music eccentric Dan Hicks brings his Hot Licks to McCabe’s.
I was looking for a good clip of “How Can I Miss You When You Won’t Go Away” but found this vintage Hot Licks clip from a 1972 Flip Wilson appearance that I couldn’t resist. Check out the dance moves.
Actor Katey Sagal showcases her singing talent when she performs with the Forest Rangers (who serve as the house band on the TV show Sons of Anarchy) Keaton Simons is the night’s opening act. Little Rock’s Knox Hamilton (a band, not a man) will be rocking the Satellite. Listening to their effervescent single “Work It Out” made me think of Freelance Whales – there’s a similar hooky, shimmery quality to their sound (at least from this song)
NYC’s Slow Magic materializes at the Roxy as they tour behind their new CD How To Run Away. If you are in a driving mood, you can find bluesman Eric Bibb at Ojai’s Matilija Auditorium.
Sat. Sept. 13
Top Show(s): Mark Eitzel fronted the American Music Club during the ‘80s into the early ‘90s before going solo. He hasn’t seemed to be a prolific as he once was and his show at the Echo feels like a rare local gig for him. It’ll definitely be a rare concert at the Greek, where Charles Aznavour, the 90-year-old French music legend, will perform. Passenger, Stu Larsen and The Once team up for a night of melodic music at the sold-out Wiltern.
Lucy Wainwright-Roche has a new CD There’s A Last For Everything due next month so it’s a good guess that she’ll be playing some of those songs at McCabe’s. Dengue Fever has a new EP Girl From The North and a gig at Long Beach’s Federal Underground.
Sun. Sept. 14
Top Show: The Avett Brothers and Dawes offer a marvelous night of rootsy music with plenty of harmonies, hooks and fun at the Shrine Auditorium.
The Grand Ole Echo has a particularly strong bill, featuring David Serby, Amilia K Spicer, Tawny Ellis and Nocona. The Echoplex hosts a benefit for MUSACK (Music Underwriters Service and Concert Klub) with Camper Van Beethoven/Cracker collective. Esteemed folk singer John Gorka shares songs and stories at McCabe’s. He just recently released his 12th album, The Bright Side Of Down. Another top singer/songwriter Steve Poltz stops by the Hotel Café to do a set of his wry music.
Mon. Sept. 15
UK singer Nick Mulvey celebrates the US release of his debut First Mind with a set at School Night at the Bardot.