Go See Hear In L.A. Dec. 8-14 (the Wild Reeds/Cactus Blossoms edition)

2015 is barreling to its last days. Try to find some time away from holiday shopping and parties to check out the music around town.


Tues. 12/8


Israel Nash

Top Show(s): There’s than a little Neil Young in Israel Nash but his latest Silver Season finds him solidifying his own unique psychedelic Americana. Check him out at the Echo. More crazy twang can be enjoyed at the Bootleg where eccentric Nashville singer/songwriter Jonny Fritz returns to town on a strong bill with Aaron Embry and the female trio the Lemon Tree (Kathleen Grace, Leslie Stevens and Jamie Drake). Rising Nashville rock band Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown will open for ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons who is out touring to support his fine, new solo album Perfectamundo.

Wed. 12/9

Top Show: Things will be trippy at the El Rey where the Chris Robinson Brotherhood lay down some jams.

The interesting indie rocker Ezra Furman shares the bill at the Echo with Guy Blakeslee, formerly of the Entrance Band.


Thurs. 12/10


Nick Lowe

Top Show(s): One of my all-time, all-time fave Nick Lowe makes a rare L.A. appearance to bring a little holiday cheer. He’ll bring his Quality Holiday Revue featuring Los Straitjackets to the El Rey. Opening is the Catcus Blossoms, a duo you’ll be hearing more about in 2016. The Minnesota-based Burkum brothers have a cool update on the Everly Brothers. Local sax man Kamasi Washington created huge buzz this year with is triple CD, the aptly named The Epic. He’ll be playing tonight at Club Nokia.

The Orpheum Theatre hosts Death Cab For Cutie while Nikki Costa returns from a “baby break” to play Largo at the Coronet.

Fri. 12/11

Top Show(s): Two of L.A.’s best Americana groups – The Wild Reeds and Dustbowl Revival team up for a concert at the Teragram Ballroom. The terrific SoCal honky tonker Sam Outlaw (check out his debut Angeleno) performs Don The Beachcomber in Huntington Beach tonight with Moonsville Collective and then heads to the Bootleg Saturday night to play with Rev. Baron and Elle Mae & The Ricohets.


Spend an evening with Sun Kil Moon at the Regent Theater. The Echo will be rocking & Krol-ing as local rocker Mike Krol comes home in support of his Merge debut Turkey. Two talented singer/songwriters Chauncey Bowers and David Serby share the bill at the Coffee Gallery Backstage. Willie’s kid Lukas Nelson and his band Promise of the New have been backing up Neil Young. Tonight they will have a show of their own at Malibu’s Casa Escobar. The Wiltern, meanwhile, will be illuminated with the electro-pop sounds of Lights.

Sat. 12/12



David Wax Museum

The Mint becomes the David Wax Museum with the eclectic band serving up its Mexo-Americana music. The rocking country outfit The Eli Young Band has a show at Anaheim’s House of Blues. Alex Bleeker, of Real Estate, brings his new solo project to the Echo, backed by the Freaks. John Pizzarelli shows off his guitar mastery at the Valley Performing Arts Center.

Sun. 12/13

Top Show(s): Brian Whelan, Chris Shiflett, Eugene Edwards, Rick Shea and Little Lonely are among the act performing at the Grand Ole Echo’s big Winter Dance Party. Largo welcomes back Colin Hay, of Men At Work fame, who put out a really good CD this year (Next Year People). 2Ton Bridge, aka Alexander Wright, will bring a little Americana to the Trip in Santa Monica.

 Mon. 12/14

Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders bring their dark and dreamy tunes to the Echo.

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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