Well, July 4th has come and gone. Hopefully, you all had a fun holiday weekend and didn’t try to shoot a firecracker off of your head. But let’s concentrate on music as this first full week of July has some pretty cool shows.
Top Show(s): An evening of Calexico and Matthew E. White at the Regent should make for an interesting night of artful Americana. The Spirit Family Reunion will lift your spirits at the Mint. As their latest effort Hands Together reveals, the NYC-based band creates an alluring thrift-store Americana sound.
Cool UK chanteuse Lianne La Hava’s Troubadour concert would have made the Top Show list too but it is sold out. The soulful singer will be showcasing songs from her forthcoming Warner Bros. disc Blood.
Brad Paisley will head a benefit for Tom Sherak’s MS Foundation that will take place at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills.
Top Show: Okay, this is really a film screening and not a show but the the previously unreleased Leon Russell documentary A Poem Is A Naked Person, which was made by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Les Blank in the early ’70, will screen at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel. Russell and Les’ son Harrod Blank are scheduled to appear at a Q&A hosted by T-Bone Burnett; the film will play at the Cinefamily through 7/16.
Some high-energy roots music will be laid down by Frontier Ruckus and Sons of Bill at the Satellite. Jon Brion makes a special Thursday night appearance at Largo, where will be performing a night of solo piano pieces.
Bluesman Walter Trout has recovered from his liver transplant and has hit the road; he’ll be at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano tonight.
Top Show: If you are looking to hear some expert music-making, head to McCabe’s where two virtuosos, guitarist Albert Lee and pedal steel queen Cindy Cashdollar, will be performing tonight and tomorrow night. Flashback to the flipside of the ‘90s Lilith Fair scene when the Muffs and Veruca Salt team up for a night of fem-fronted alt. rock at the El Rey.
The long-running roots outfit Cowboy Mouth celebrates its 25th anniversary and their fine new CD Go! at the Mint. The Echo hosts Dean Engle’s hooky twee-punk group, Quarterbacks. Ryn Weaver’s debut disc The Fool came out last month and she has a pair of celebratory shows: tonight at Costa Mesa’s Constellation Room and the El Rey on Monday, July 13.
Top Show(s): The week wraps up with a busy Sunday. Death Cab For Cutie headlines a Hollywood Bowl show also featuring tUnE-yArDs and Mikal Cronin. The Bird and The Bee land at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel in advance of their new one, Recreational Love.
Singer/songwriter JD Souther had a hand in many of the Eagles and Linda Ronstadt hits, will be performing at Largo. Creedence Clearwater Revisited, featuring CCR’s original rhythm section Stu Cook and Doug Clifford, come to the City National Grove of Anaheim. Needtobreathe, Switchfoot, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors and Colony House bring their Tour De Compadres to the Greek Theater.
Top Show: This is one of the most unexpected summer tour pairings: Elvis Costello and Steely Dan. You can find out how their sets will fit together tonight at the Hollywood Bowl.
I resisted including an old photo of Steely Dan from back in their long-haired days…