Go See Here In L.A. July 14-20 (The Blonde On Blonde On Blonde edition)

The week’s subject heading isn’t a direct reference to Bob Dylan but to On Blonde the coincidence that Yukon Blonde, whose new album is named, and Jill Sobule & Tammy Faye Starlite, whose tour is named Blonde On Blonde On Blonde, are all in town this week.

Tues. 7/14

Top Show: Jenn Grant might not be a big name in America but she is, as they say, big in Canada – and with good reason. Her latest release Compostela is an intimate showcase of atmospheric folky songs. She’ll undoubtedly play a tune or two from it at Room 5.

Jenn Grant

Jenn Grant

Wed. 7/15

Top Show: Last week saw Creedence Clearwater Revisited visited the Southland, and tonight CCR’s main man John Fogerty comes to the Hollywood Bowl with his 1969 tour which spotlights tunes from the 3 albums CCR released that year (he actually has recently filed suit against his former bandmates but that is a story for another time).

The modern blues master Keb’ Mo headlines the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills. The Bluegrass Situation presents the Montreal-based singer/songwriter Leif Vollebekk at the Hotel Café. At the Grammy Museum, former Police guitarist Andy Summers presents his documentary, Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police. Lazar Lloyd, an American bluesman in Israel, has a show at Yorba Linda’s Main Street Restaurant.

Thurs. 7/16

Top Show(s): In advance of their CD debut release, the Watkins Family Hour performs at their home stage, Largo. The Deslondes, a terrific young group from New Orleans will play their soulful, rootsy tunes at Roxy. New West has recently released the band’s self-titled debut. Lincoln Durham, a fine Americana tunesmith, has a gig at the Hotel Café, where Dead Rock West will have a set as well.

The Deslondes

The Deslondes


L7, the L.A.-born grungy girl band of the late ‘80s-early ‘90s, have reunited and have a pair of concerts at the Fonda, tonight and tomorrow. The psychedelica synthy pop band Yukon Blonde celebrates their new CD On Blonde with a show at the Satellite.

Fri. 7/17

Top Show: Folk legend Judy Collins plays for free in MacArthur Park. It should be an entertaining evening at McCabe’s as Jill Sobule and Tammy Faye Starlite (performing as Marianne Faithful) bring their Blonde On Blonde On Blonde tour there. The talented Aussie singer/songwriter Ben Lee (remember when he was a teen wunderkin) has a new CD (Love Is The Great Rebellion) and a concert at the Troubadour.

Sat. 7/18

Top Show: The Greek hosts a dang great evening of twang as American music legend Willie Nelson will be perform as will Alison Krauss & Union Station (who, it goes without saying, are pretty great as well). Texas troubadour Ronnie Fauss, who put out the awesome Built To Break last year, has a free show at the Farmer’s Market Ranch Party and out at the Palmdale Amphitheatre will be the reliably dynamic Los Lobos.

Ronnie Fauss

Ronnie Fauss

Things will be more laidback at the Hollywood Bowl as Amos Lee and David Gray share a bill. Pony Farm, a weird lo-fi rock group from Brooklyn, has a show at Lot 1.

Sun. 7/19

‘90s nostalgia reigns at the Greek Theatre with the arrival of the Under The Sun tour, featuring Sugar Ray, Uncle Kracker, Better Than Ezra and Eve 6.

Mon. 7/20

Top Show: The Hotel Café welcomes The Band of Heathens, a potent Americana ensemble from Texas.

Metric plays the Honda Center in Anaheim tonight and the Forum on the 24th.

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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