Jack Bruce Dead, Grateful Dead Doc, Grant McLennan Books and Go See Hear for the rest o’ October.

I was saddened to see the news of Jack Bruce’s passing. I saw him a few years back as part of one of those Hippiefest shows. While it was fun to hear the big hits of Badfinger, Melanie, Jonathan Edwards and Flo & Eddie/Turtles, it was Jack Bruce and, to a slightly lesser degree, Eric Burdon who seemed to playing music with some substance.

Here is just his solo from White Room from that tour (according to YouTube)

Coincidentally, a Cream boxset of its 6 studio and live albums will be released by Universal Music Enterprises on Nov. 24.

Word came out this week that Martin Scorsese is making a documentary on the Grateful Dead. Well, the man behind the great rock docs The Last Waltz and No Direction Home will serve as the exec. producer of this film, which is slated to come out next year. 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the Warlocks (nee The Grateful Dead) as well as the 20th anniversary of Jerry Garcia’s death. Amir Bar-Lew will be the actual director.

 I wrote recently about the forthcoming Go-Betweens boxset. Well, here’s an update. If you are among the first 600 people to order G Stands For Go-Betweens Vol. 1, you can get a very specific gift – a book from Grant McLennan’s personal library. It seems like a perfect bonus for this very literate band. Here’s the story. McLennan, who sadly passed away in 2006, loved books. His son Nathan didn’t know what to do with the 30 boxes of them that had been stored since his death. After discussing the situation with Go-Betweens’ co-founder Robert Forster, they decide to share them with fans. So a third of the collection will be distributed to the early buyers of this collection. The book will also include a Forster-designed bookmark. Learn more at http://www.go-betweens.net.


Neil Young, meanwhile, will showcase his painterly side when an exhibit of his watercolor paintings and prints will up at the Robert Berman Gallery in Santa Monica. The show, entitled Special Deluxe, will be up starting Nov. 3 through the end of the month. It coincides with the Nov. 4 release of his latest album, Storytone (which he recorded with a couple of orchestras and a big band), that sports one of his watercolors.

I have never said that I know about all of the shows happening around town, but I am disappointed I didn’t know about the Songs for Unseen Warhol Films concert at Royce Hall on the 24th. Tom Verlaine, Dean Wareham, Martin Rev (from Suicide), the Fiery Furnaces’ Eleanor Friedberger and Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox were the scheduled performers. Anyone see the show?

Mon. Oct. 27

Top Show(s): BRONCHO (yes, all caps) headline the Satellite with the Low Litas (nice pun). BRONCHO caught my ear with their super catchy tune “Class Historian.” Ben Howard, who has a bit like a 21st Century Nick Drake, plays the El Rey.

Singer/songwriter Rachael Yamagata and the Troubadour make for a nice fit. The Australian “electric soul” band Saskwatch performs at School Night at Bardot.

Tues. Oct. 28

Top Show: Well, topping tonight is Leon Russell’s appearance at the Grammy Museum; however, it is sold out already.

You can get into a spooky Halloween mood at the LA Folk Festival’s Murder Ballads & Dark Song night at the Echoplex. Z Berg and Spindrift are among the performers. Shawn Mullins and Max Gomez make for a solid bill of veteran and youthful singer/songwriters at the Mint. The Roxy welcomes Bear Hands and Fences, while Wild Party and Neon Gold will light up the Echo. The Rural Alberta Advantage arrives at Santa Ana’s Constellation Room tonight and then the Roxy on the 29th.

Wed. Oct. 29

Top Show(s): You could call Barry Goldberg, the Zelig of the blues, but it’s better just to think of him as a talented songwriter and keyboard player who folks like Bob Dylan, Charlie Musselwhite and, more recently, Stephen Stills and Kenny Wayne Shepherd have wanted to play with. He’ll be at the Mint with a band that features Marcy Levy (Clapton fans know her name) and Don Heffington. Apache Relay and Wild Feathers are two fast rising rock bands that are sharing the stage at the El Rey. The Echo also has an excellent double bill, in the troubadour mode, with Robert Ellis and Jonny Fritz. Both Ellis and Fritz know their way around telling a story.

Lonesome Leash

Lonesome Leash

Thurs. Oct. 30

Top Show(s): It’s Halloween Eve and O Death comes to L.A. with a show at the Echo that also Lonesome Leash (aka Walt McClements), which has an intriguing British-infused Americana sound. El Cid’s Honky Tonk Hacienda celebrates its 1-year anniversary with a celebratory show featuring Leslie Stevens, Rose’s Pawn Shop and Jonathan Tyler.

Also, there will be an Airborne Toxic Event at the Greek.

Escovedo & Buck

Escovedo & Buck

Fri. Oct. 31

Top Show: The Mint has a show on Halloween (and Nov. 1) that will make some scream with delight. Alejandro Escovedo and Peter Buck have teamed up for a night of who knows what. Whatever it turns out to be, I’m sure it will be special.

Norwegian troubadour Bernhoft, who has been compared to everyone from Richie Havens to Robin Thicke (I’m scratching my head at that one), plays Santa Ana’s Constellation Room tonight and the Troubadour on the 2nd.

About Michael Berick

I am a longtime writer, and lover, of music and pop culture. I have written for Entertainment Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, the LA Weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle, Cleveland Scene and more places (that I wouldn't take up more of your time mentioning now).
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