I just wanted to get back and finish up with the notable shows for the rest of the week…
Fri. Oct. 9
Top Show(s): It’s Country night in L.A. Ray Wylie Hubbard, a rough-hewn Texas outlaw troubadour, will command McCabe’s stage. His latest The Ruffian’s Misfortune is a blast of real hard country music. Daniel Romano has a wonderful old-school country sound that he shows to great effect on If I’ve Only One Time Askin’. He plays Don the Beachcomer tonight and the Bootleg on the 10th. Alice Wallace, a rising talent on the SoCal country scene, has a record release show at the Hotel Café.
Don Henley returns to the LA Forum on his Cass Country Tour. Shawn Colvin will be his opening act. Zac Brown Band starts its 2-night stand at the Hollywood Bowl while Anaheim’s House of Blues with Jon Pardi and Brothers Osborne.
Among the rock shows, the buzzed-about L.A. band Corsica Arts Club sets up shop at the Satellite. The Mynabirds were at Santa Monica Pier over the summer; now they’ll headline the Echo; their new one, Lovers Know, is a pretty cool disc.
Sat. Oct. 10
Top Show(s): The great guitarist Albert Lee has a special show with Peter Asher (half of Peter & Gordon and a noted producer) at McCabe’s tonight and tomorrow. The fine Southern California roots rock outfit The Wild Reeds, who played the Bluegrass Situation last Saturday, have a free show at One Colorado in Pasadena. San Francisco troubadour Jeff Campbell celebrates his just-released The Kitchen Sink at the Hotel Café.
The Minnesota-based Hippo Campus has a more nimble rock sound than their name suggests; check them at the Teragram Ballroom. Local twang ensemble Moonshine Collective will be playing at Long Beach’s Beer & Wine Festival, while the Bird and The Bee can be found at Pasadena’s Taste Of South Lake Festival.
Long-time folk duo The Kennedys (who’ve heard them on A Prairie Home Companion) has a show at the Coffee Gallery Backstage. Australian-born pop singer Cody Simpson headlines the El Rey. UB40, featuring Ali Campbell, vocalist Astro and keyboard player Mickey Virtue, have a concert at the Cerritos Center.
Mon. Oct. 12
Top Show: There is a really great concert – at least in theory – at the Orpheum tonight. Entitled Echo In The Canyon, the show has musicians like Fiona Apple, Beck, Jakob Dylan, Cat Power, Regina Spektor and Jade (formerly of Edward Sharpe) playing songs from the golden age of Southern California Folk-Rock – the music of the Beach Boys, The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, The Mamas & the Papas, Love and the Association (hey, what about the Turtles?)
here’s a Byrds‘ tune that will probably be played…
Also wanted to note the passing of Billy Joe Royal earlier this week at the age of 73. Royal had several big hits during the ’60s, most notably two Joe South songs: “Down In the Boondocks” and “Hush,” which Deep Purple made into something huge. But here is Royal’s version.