First let me start off talking about the holiday weekend’s festivals. The Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival marks its 25th anniversary with a partially awesome lineup. Saturday serves up Eric Burdon & The Animals, Doug Kershaw with Steve Riley, Barbara Morrison and Rebirth Brass Band while Sunday offers Booker T, Jo-El Sonnier and Leon Russell. The Topanga Days Country Fair features the Fishtank Ensemble on the 28th, Incendio, Blame Sally and Los Lobos on the 29th, Venice and Calico the Band on the 30th.
While not quite a festival, the Coffee Gallery Backstage hosts a tribute on Saturday night to the late, great Merle Haggard with Dillon O’Brian, Ed Tree, Paul Zollo, Chad Watson and Dean Parks. Sunday night, Emmett Sky and Carah Faye are among the performers saluting Tim Buckley at the Hotel Café.
Top Show(s): Phranc, a punk folk dynamo in the ‘80s and ‘90s, hasn’t been heard from lately but has a show at McCabe’s, which (hopefully) will be a welcome return. Los Lonely Boys headlines a Latin music night at the Greek with War and Malo.
The noir rock duo Peach Kings will rule at the Hi Hat while the Vancouver band Supermoon will shine at Hams & Eggs Tavern with their moody pop tunes. Sophia Wolfson plays her wiser-than-her-years music at Genghis Cohen.
Brian Johnson Massacre kicks off its 3-night stand at the Teragram Ballroom tonight. Mike Love takes a solo turn at Saint Rocke in Redondo Beach. Mike Watt & the Secondmen headline the Liquid Kitty bill and the Ruby Friedman Orchestra livens up the Federal Bar.
Top Show: Louisiana transplant Rod Melancon is a terrific young Americana singer/songwriter; you’ll find him at the Silverlake Lounge tonight.
The Brombles spend Memorial Day evening at Cody’s Viva Cantina.
Top Show: Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop will be sharing songs from their fine, recently released album Love Letter For Fire at the Greek.
Chris Stills and Katy Rose are among the performers tonight at the Hotel Café