So this will be a quickie because I have other work demands to tame. and hopefully I can return to do the weekend shows.
Top Show(s): The sounds of New Orleans will resonate at the Echoplex as Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster will be serving up their GoGo Juice. There will also be a Mardi Gras vibe at UCLA’s Royce Hall with a double bill featuring Henry Butler, Steven Bernstein & the Hot 9, plus the hot world music ensemble Red Baraat.
The Family Crest and Jukebox The Ghost will make for an eclectic evening at the Regent. Andrew Bird has a new album on the way; see if you previews some of those tracks at the Teragram Ballroom. Sean McVerry shares his dramatic music at the Bardot.
Benefit Festival sidebar: On 2/9 & 2/10, a Fleetwood Mac fest will take place at the Fonda Theater. There will be an all-star lineup of musicians (Joanna Newsom, Doyle Bramhall II, Jamestown Revival, Karen Elson, Butch Walker, to name a few) are scheduled to perform at this benefit for Sweet Relief.
Another great benefit takes place on Saturday night when the Wild Honey Foundation stages a concert that spotlights the Beach Boys music of the 1967-77 era. Among its slated performers are Al Jardine, Micky Dolenz, Susan Cowsill, Debbi Peterson, Steve Wynn, The Muffs, Syd Straw, Cindy Lee Berryhill, Anna Waronker, Rachel Haden, oh the list goes on and on. This show will raise money for the Autism Think Tank and The Children’s Music Fund.
Top Show(s): A couple of L.A.’s finest have shows in town tonight. The lovely Eleni Mandell will make for a fun night at the Bootleg, while Tom Freund can be enjoyed at the Hotel Cafe’s Big Lounge Room. Also at the Hotel Cafe is the Americana outfit Roosevelt Dime.
Guster has a pair of shows at the Teragram. Tonight they will their 1999 album Lost And Gone Forever and tomorrow they will do 2003’s Keep It Together, and, don’t worry, they’ll play other songs too. If you are going to the Albert Hammond Jr. show at the Roxy, get there early enough to catch Nico Yaryan, an intriguing new (to me) singer. Cinefamily screens a film Boardinghouse that was created by the eccentric husband and wife duo Johnima and Kalassu Wintergate (aka Lightstorm).
Top Show: The Supersuckers, Charlie Overbey and The Yawpers, a rip-roaring trio from Denver, will create rootsy, rockin’ ruckus at the Viper Room tonight and Long Beach’s Alex’s Bar tomorrow night, where the Bourbon Saints join the bill.
The psych-rocking UK band Super Furry Animals come to the Roxy on their first UUS tour in 6 years while vet. indie rock Built To Spill will rattle the walls at the Echo.
Top Show(s): The Echoplex has a great lineup of American bands: The Record Company, The Americans and The Dustbowl Revival. Nigel Hall has a great soul album (Ladies & Gentlemen…Nigel Hall) coming out and you can see him live at Club Nokia with Lettuce and Beats Antique.
Peter Bradley Adams, who was once half of the local folk/pop duo eastmountainsouth, returns to town for a McCabe’s show. The legendary Aaron Neville starts his two-night stand at the Broad Stage. Largo hosts Nikki Costa and Strings tonight while Harvard & Stone welcomes local alt-country rockers Nocona. I would have included The Robert Glasper Experiment shows at the Mint tonight through Sunday, but I’m sure they are sold out by now.