Somehow it is already Friday. It has been one of those weeks. But I did want to chime in with show recommendations before it is really too late.
SoCal music mainstay David Lindley returns to McCabe’s for two nights of undoubtedly eclectic music. The prominent World Music artist Loreena McKennitt performs at Theatre at Ace Hotel tonight and Segerstrom Center for the Arts on the 13th. Jose Gonzalez will be joined by yMusic at Disney Hall tonight and tomorrow for evenings of elegant music. Blues guitarist Bob Margolin, who played in Muddy Waters’ band, has a gig at the Arcadia Blues Club. Electro-flavored rockers Tigertown arrive from Australia to play the Echo with Flor also on the bill.
Top Show(s): Anderson East, who is part of the David Cobb circle, has a sold out show at the Troubadour. If you don’t have a ticket at least check out his last CD Delilah, a wonderful slice of Southern soul music. Opening will be Dylan Leblanc, another terrific singer from the South; his latest Cautionary Tale, came out earlier this year. One of Americana longtime bright lights, Rosanne Cash has a concert at the Valley Performing Arts Center, where she’ll be accompanied by John Leventhal.
The versatile veteran Americana outfit Marley’s Ghost has a show at the Claremont Folk Center. Peter Frampton will come alive tonight at the Thousand Oaks Civic Center tonight; he’ll also bring his “Raw, An Acoustic Tour” show to the Fox PAC in Riverside tomorrow night. The Hotel Café welcomes the rootsy duo Smooth Hound Smith as well as Los Kingdom (a new project from Arielle Verninis and Dave Green of The Filthy Souls).
Top Show: Syd Straw has a show at McCabe’s. I won’t admit to how many years ago I saw her play there, but Lucinda Williams was her opening act. Syd possesses both a wonderful voice and great sense of humor.
Pioneering jazz/rock flautist Tim Weisberg, best known for his collaborations with Dan Fogelberg, will be playing the Coffee Gallery Backstage. Impressive young group Pure Bathing Culture will share their alluring poppy music at the Echo while the Troubadour welcomes the Brooklyn-based folktronica quartet Howard and Bronze Radio Return.
Young UK Jake Bugg has a sold out at the El Rey with Mystic Braves opening. The iconoclastic singer/songwriter LP begins her first of three Mondays at the Echo; she has an EP slated for May.
Top Show(s): Grammy-winning Esperanza Spalding is touring behind her ambitious new project Emily’s D+Evolution and she’ll be playing the Belasco Theatre tonight. Bruce Springsteen starts his final concerts at the LA Memorial Sports Arena as part of his “The River Tour” with the E Street Band. He seems to have been playing that arena forever but it will be torn down soon. What are the odds that he will perform “Wrecking Ball?”