The whirlwind known as the Grammys has come and gone but in its wake are some mighty fine shows. Women seem to outnumber the men when it comes to this week’s recommended shows.
Top Show: Lee Ann Womack has hung around post-Grammys to headline at the Roxy. She is still going strong with her The Way I’m Livin’.
Melaena Cadiz, still rather newly L.A.-located, showcases her earthy, ethereal music from her upcoming Sunfair! album at the Standard Hollywood. Miranda Lee Richards is at the Satellite while Emily Wells performs at the Lyric and the Troubadour hosts indie troubadour Cass McCombs.
Top Show: Canadian countrypolitan songstress Whitney Rose, who had Raul Malo produce her debut disc, is definitely one to watch and her Hotel Café show is her first in L.A. Also on the Hotel Café lineup is Jenny O (whose next album is being produced by Jonathan Wilson) and the duo Striking Matches (T Bone Burnett produced their debut).
Joe Purdy often plays the Hotel Café but tonight you can find him at the Troubadour; he is working on a new CD too. Ben Folds’ current album So There infuses some classical elements into his sound. His appearance tonight at the Grammy Museum looks to be sold out.
Top Show: Dr. Dog celebrates their latest The Psychedelic Swamp at the Wiltern. Opening will be Saddle Creek’s Hop Along, whose music has an intriguing freak folk/rock flavor.
The Hotel Café has a good bill on Friday night with Tim Bluhm, from the long-running Bay Area roots band Mother Hips, and Nashville-based singer/songwriter Griffin House. The inimitable Rickie Lee Jones headlines the Rose in Pasadena while another distinctive singer/songwriter Al Stewart starts his two-stand at McCabe’s. Nostalgia will be in the air at the Saban Theatre, which welcomes two singers from two of the ‘60s/’70s top bands: Three Dog Night’s Chuck Negron & Grand Funk Railroad’s Mark Farner.
It will be a hot time at Santa Ana’s Underground where Shooter Jennings and Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real will stir things up. More raucous country rock at the Echo where Speedbuggy USA will be doing their twang thang with Alice Austin also on the bill. Stockton “garage soul” rockers Current Personae plays the Mint. Janet Klein brings her old timey to the Coffee Gallery Backstage and the acclaimed jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves headlines Disney Hall. Haim and the Struts among the eclectic lineup of bands scheduled to perform at the Air + Style festival downtown around the L.A. Coliseum.
McCabe’s hosts another talented troubadour tonight as Steve Poltz takes the stage to share his songs and stories while Shawn Mullins plays Hermosa Beach’s Saint Rocke tonight and the Hotel Cafe on the 23rd.
Top Show(s): Soul singer Judith Hill had something of a breakout year in 2015. The LA native will be at the Grammy Museum for an evening of songs and conversation. KSCN has Bonnie Raitt headlining their benefit concert at the Valley Performing Arts Center. Maia Sharp will be opening the show.
Top Show: John Moreland had one of my favorite albums of 2015, High On Tulsa Heat. The Tulsa troubadour will be headlining the Troubadour. Lily Hiatt, who caught folks’ attention last year with her Royal Blue CD, opens the night.
Sugarland‘s Jennifer Nettles is out on a solo tour; she’ll be performing at the Wiltern. You have a second chance to see Miranda Lee Richards who has an Amoeba in-store tonight.