It’s one of those weeks that is filled with conflicts. Want to start your weekend with some rockin’ jams? The Dark Star Orchestra channels the Grateful Dead at the Fonda Theare, while Phish’s Trey Anastasio performs with the L.A Phil at the Bowl and Gov’t Mule headlines the Orpheum. Interested in going to a folk festival on Saturday. While the Santa Monica Pier will host Way Over Yonder (which starts on Friday afternoon) while Long Beach’s Rainbow Lagoon welcomes the Long Beach Folk Revival Festival. While you ponder those choices, let me run down the full week, just to make things more complicated.
Tues. Sept. 23
Lykke Li and Mapei will make music for the mind and the body at the Palladium. Tall Tales and the Silver Lining plays “California gospel pop” at Harvard and Stone with Little Wings also on the bill.
Wed. Sept. 24
Top Show(s): Lera Lynn is a beguiling Americana chanteuse. She just released her new album, The Avenues, and has a show at the Mint. Witty art-punks The Prettiots have a sold out show at the Troubadour tonight and can be found at the Satellite on 9/25.
The Kooks will showcase their new CD Listen at Santa Ana’s Observatory tonight and the Wiltern on the 25th and Scandinavian rockers the Raveonettes land at the El Rey.
Thurs. Sept. 25
Top Show: Ronnie Fauss won me over with his rugged troubadour tunes on his forthcoming CD Built To Break. It should stick in my top ten for 2014. You can check him out at the Hotel Café.
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club pulls into the Echo to play some old school rock ‘n’ roll. Psych-tinged rockers Temples celebrates Rosh Hashanah at the Fonda, while the Mayan hosts the soulful sounds of Allen Stone, with Bad Rabbit opening.
Fri. Sept. 26
Top Show: Way Over Yonder kicks off its 2-day festival at the Santa Monica Pier. Among the 20+ acts are Jackson Browne, Lucinda Williams, Heartless Bastards, Local Native, Chris Robinson and Wild Reeds.
As I mentioned earlier, Trey Anastasio is at the Bowl with the LA Phil, Dark Star Orchestra lights up the Fonda and Gov’t Mule kicks up a ruckus at the Orpheum. Raucous rockers JEFF The Brotherhood spends the night at the Echo.
Sat. Sept. 27
Top Show(s): Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Aaron Embry, Frank Fairfield, The Americans and Tom Brosseau are all on the Long Beach Folk Revival Festival. Folk legend Gordon Lightfoot plays tonight at the Saban Theatre and the City National Grove of Anaheim on the 28th. Bob Mould has a 2-night stand at the Roxy. An all-star lineup, including members of Big Star, R.E.M., The Bangles, Semisonic, The dB’s, Let’s Active, Galaxie 500 and Yo La Tengo, will perform Big Star’s’ Third and #1 Record at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre to benefit the Autism Think Tank.
Rose’s Pawn Shop comes to the Satellite. George Thorogood & The Destroyers celebrate 40 years together at the Anaheim House of Blues.
Sun. Sept. 28
Top Show(s): Brian Wilson, Norah Jones, Heart’s Ann Wilson and Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd from the Flaming Lips are among those scheduled to salute the music of George Harrison at George Fest. Taking place at the Fonda Theatre, this benefit concert will raise funds for The Jameson Neighborhood Fund. If nothing else, the Pixies, Cat Power and Gogol Bordello will make for an interesting evening at the Hollywood Bowl.
The Grand Ole Echo’s bill features Dan Janisch, Brian Whelan and Phoebe Bridgers.