Wanted to get this up and out because there are some excellent shows this week as Josh Ritter, J.D. McPherson, Dave & Phil Alvin, Dawes and Dwight Yoakam all have concerts in Southern California. Here is what I have come up with..
Top Show(s): I know my daughter will list the sold-out Panic! At The Disco concert first here, I am putting Josh Ritter’s show at the Fonda in the top spot. His Sermon On The Rocks was one of my top albums of 2015. He’ll be backed by his band, the Royal City Band. Get there early to see openers Elephant Revival.
23-year-old Matador Records artist Will Toledo, who goes by the great name Car Seat Headrest, is a super prolific, super talented musician who will be playing the Bootleg as part of his first West Coast tour. Michelle Phillips will be appearing at Amoeba to celebrate the recently released The Mamas and the Papas: The Complete Singles—The 50th Anniversary Collection from Real Gone Music.
The Nashville bluegrass outfit Chris Jones and the Night Drivers will be at the Coffee Gallery Backstage while Night Beats will lay out their indie beats at the Echo. Emilie & Ogden are an interesting Montreal-based band, featuring harpist Emilie Kahn opens for Half Moon Run at the Troubadour and local soulman Mayer Hawthorne will lead his band at the Teragram Ballroom.
Top Show: J.D. McPherson put out another of my favorite 2015 albums and he’ll “let the good time roll” at the Teragram. I see over the summer and he was fantastic set of hot, retro-fueled roots rock. Opening will be cool Americana duo Honeyhoney, whose new album 3 was produced by the super hot Dave Cobb. They’ll be at Long Beach’s Alex’s Bar on the 21st with Big Sandy serving at DJ.
Local troubadour Sam Morrow will be at the Echo with Jake Mullen and Kat Myers & the Buzzards. Singer/songwriter Vanessa Carlton has a lovely new album Liberman that she’ll be sharing his new songs at the Grammy Museum tonight before headlining the Roxy on the 21st (and then play Big Bear’s The Cave on the 22nd).
The El Rey welcomes the popular Americana group The Wood Brothers while more twangy jams can be found at the Echo where the Austin outfit The Bright Light Social Hour will be playing. The great South African band Ladysmith Black Mambazo has a concert at the Valley Performing Arts Center. Grammy Museum hosts members of the Otis Redding family and other special guests in honor of the new museum Respect!: Otis Redding And The Revolution Of Soul exhibit.
Longtime folk/blues/jug band man Jim Kweskin shares the McCabe’s stage with Meredith Axelrod and Suzy Thompson. The ‘90s fun punk outfit the Muffs have a reunion gig at the Echoplex. Quirky Nashville troubadour Jonny Fritz performs at Long Beach’s Alex’s Bar (with the potent blues/punk duo Snakearm and trad. banjo & fiddle man Ben Townsend in support) while another Nashville band, psych-rockers All Them Witches, will be brewing up something interesting at the Roxy. English acoustic guitar ace Andy McKee visits the Hotel Café for a set.
Top Show(s): Dawes and Vetiver make for an excellent night of smart, slightly acoustic indie rock at the Theatre at the Act Hotel. The Fonda also boasts a strong bill with headliner White Buffalo paired with Rose’s Pawn Shop. Fiesta Mexico-Americana – a celebration of Mexican American Heritage – will take place at the Cerritos Center, featuring Los Lobos and Ballet Folklorico Mexicano. But they all come behind Dave & Phil Alvin playing tonight and tomorrow at McCabe’s – which I believe are both sold out.
Cas Haley brings his bluesy roots music up from Texas to the Mint, where Ethan Tucker Band, Brightside and Grit Harbour also are on the bill. Janet Klein & Her Parlor Boys enlivens some tunes from the ‘20s and ‘30s at the Coffee Gallery Backstage and the curiously twisted folk-rock of L.A.’s Sci-Fi Romance can be enjoyed at the Pig ‘N Whistle.
Top Show: Dwight Yoakam put out the first-rate Second Hand Heart last year. He’ll be playing songs from that and other faves at the City National Grove of Anaheim.
Leo Nocentelli, the guitarist for the legendary New Orleans party band The Meters will be among the performers at The Meters Experience happening at the Mint.
Top Show(s): Susanna Hoffs has one of her periodic nights at Largo. Tonight’s special guests include Belinda Carlisle – so bring your Team Bangles or Team Go-Go’s t-shirts. The Mississippi blues legend Bobby Rush will have a free in-store appearance at Amoeba tonight in advance of his Mint gig on Tuesday. Omnivore recently put out a wonderful 4-CD set covering Rush’s 50 years of music making.
The High Highs arrive from Brooklyn to serve up their New Wave-ish indie pop songs at School Night at Bardot.
Besides the Mint’s Bobby Rush, tonight also features the Coffee Gallery Backstage celebrating the 70th birthday of Nitty Gritty Dirt man John McEuen, who will be leading his trio in some fine acoustic music making, the young veteran singer/songwriter Tony Lucca stops by the Hotel Café to share some tunes.