Things may be a little slow this week due to the big July 4th holiday weekend but still go out and grab some live music before being distracted by the bright lights of fireworks.
Psychedelica-flavored rocker Jacco Gardner swings through Southern California with at show at Costa Mesa’s The Wayfarer tonight and the Echo tomorrow with Calvin Love.
Aussie indie rockers The Griswolds have sold out the Troubadour for tonight’s show; they’ll be at Santa Ana’s Constellation Room tomorrow.
Top Show: Legendary bluesman John Mayall, whose resume few can rival, will perform at the Whisky A Go Go. Make sure you get there early enough to see Brigitte DeMeyer whose bluesy, twangy music has a hint of Lucinda in it. Her current CD Savannah Road is well worth checking out.
Honeyhoney, an alluring local alt.country outfit, celebrate their sweet new CD 3 at the El Rey. Cult pop-punkers The Clorox Girls have reunited and have several area appearances: tonight at Long Beach’s 4th & Vine, tomorrow at L.A.’s Redwood and Fri. 7/3 at San Pedro’s Harold’s.
Top Show(s): Tonight’s top shows are totally different in their decibal levels. The talented trio of female singer/songwriters Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan have teamed up for a tour, called I’m With Her. They’ll be performing at Largo. The iconic NYC punk band Television are back and you can tune into them at the Teragram Ballroom tonight (which is sold out) or tomorrow (which might be sold out by now).
SoCal honky tonker David Serby headlines the Honky Tonk Hacienda at El Cid, while the melodic country trio Honey Country have a return gig at the Hotel Café. The Ting Tings will do their thing thing at the Fonda. Mitski’s music could be described as a more intense, rougher Mazzy Star. She’ll be playing the Echo tonight.
Top Show: Santa Ana’s Observatory will be jamming as the Aussie roots rockers The John Butler Trio will be sharing the bill with Anderson East, whose rock ‘n’ soul music lit up the Hotel Cafe last week.
Tristen, who has played in Jenny Lewis’ band, has a solo outing at Madame Siam and the John Butler Trio
Top Show(s): Celebrate the Fourth of July with that rockabilly pioneer Wanda Jackson, who headlines a special show at the Observatory, with Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys, Isaac Rother & The Phantoms and Cutty Flam. Or head over to Pasadena’s Levitt Pavilion for a free show by the Americana ensemble Dustbowl Revival.
Top Show: The raucous Southern rockers Banditos will be ripping things up at Harvard & Stone in support of their high-spirited Bloodshot debut.