There are several waves of nostalgia waves up on Southern California, from Soul Asylum to Phish, Blondie to Bruce Cockburn, Spin Doctors to Violent Femmes and I’ve even gotten to Billy Joe Shaver yet. Go out and enjoy.
The Satellite hosts a tribute to the great album by Squeeze, East Side Story. Soul Asylum and the Meat Puppets complete their House of Blues tour (they play the Sunset Strip on 7/20) with a show in Anaheim. More nostalgia will be felt at the Greek Theatre where the bill is Barenaked Ladies, Violent Femmes and Colin Hay, whose last album Next Year’s People is quite good actually.
Top Show(s): If you haven’t seen Billy Joe Shaver, make a trip to San Juan Capistrano and catch his show at the Coach House. Uncle Lucius, a twangy rock outfit that has been a favorite in Austin, comes to the Mint in support of their just released The Light.
The Grammy Museum honors Mavis Staples and the late Phil Ochs with the first-ever Woody Guthrie Prize, which is awarded to artists who have had a positive effect on social change. And returning to the nostalgia theme – the Spin Doctors play a free show at the Grove.
The Grammy Museum spotlights the “session player,” with an evening featuring such lauded session musicians as Tony “Cisco” Marsico, Darren “Dewey” Falcone, Gary Mallaber and Pete Anderson.
Juliette Lewis’ band Juliette and the Licks headline the El Rey with Sweethead opening. The popular Midwestern band Red Wanting Blue does an acoustic set at the Hotel Café.
L.A. Live will be throwing a free country party, the Round-up featuring music, dancing, food and other country-related activities. Philly singer/songwriter (and Linda Perry protégé) Hemming has a record release gig at the Hotel Café. Ducktails (aka Matt Mondanile) also has a new album (St. Catherine) and a show at the Getty. Stooges Brass Band do not play horn-based version of Stooges songs (as far as I know) but are a high energy brass band from New Orleans. They have a free show at MacArthur Park. A screening of Hard Core Devo will be held at the Regent Theater.
Steve Barton, from the band Translator, plays Molly Malone’s with Martin Etzioni and Willie Aaron. Jam fans can ease down from their Grateful Dead high by seeing Phish at the Forum. Rickie Lee Jones returns to L.A. for a free show at Pershing Square while veteran troubadour Bruce Cockburn performs for free at MacArthur Park.
Top Show(s): The Echo hosts the Agastock benefit, featuring performances by former Angelenos Randy Weeks, Ramsey Midwood and Mike Stinson along with the Groovy Rednecks, Tony Gilkyson and Waynesboro (with Kip Boardman and Danny McGough). The Skirball has an intriguing panel discussion on Bill Graham and the rise of FM radio with Ben Fong-Torres, Bonnie Simmons and Raechel Donahue slated to be panelists.
There will be “more than feeling” of nostalgia (oh, there’s that word again) at the Forum, which hosts Boston tonight. Or you can head to the Greek where Blondie and Melissa Etheridge share the stage. Not as unexpected as the Elvis Costello/Steely Dan bill but still. The singer/songwriter Noah Guthrie, who appeared on the show Glee (for what that’s worth) performs at the Hotel Café.
The Kills have a pair of small shows in SoCal – tonight at the El Rey and tomorrow at Pomona’s Glass House.