it’s a crazy week – look I’m not even going back to capitalize the “I” in it’s – but I wanted to get out some of these shows. Hopefully I got to most of the significant ones.
Top Show(s): Eli “Paperboy” Reed will serve up some rousing roadhouse revival music at the Bootleg in support of his stirring new CD My Way Home. Saxophonist Pharoah Sanders is a true living legend. He’ll be cooking up some jazz with Harold Mabern at the Catalina Bar and Grill tonight through the 11th. It’s Canada night at the Echoplex as the long-running punky/twangy group The Sadies share the bill with the freshly reformed instrumental outfit Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet (Kids In The Hall fans will recognize that name).
Islands have a pair of new albums to showcase – Taste and Should I Remain Here At Sea? – when they play the Teragram Ballroom with Honus Honus (of Man Man).
Festival sidebar: If you can’t get all the way to Tennessee for Bonnaroo, how about just heading to Ontario for the Huck Finn Jubilee. Disregard the name, this event has an awesome lineup of acoustic acts. On June 10, there’s Special Consensus, Rhonda Vincent and the Range, Peter Rowan and David Grisman. You can hear Della Mae, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Dan Tyminski Band, The Cleverly Trio, The Soggy Bottom Boys and Leftover Salmon on July 11, while Jamie Dailey & Darrin Vincent, Mountain Heart, Elephant Revival, The Infamous Stringdusters and Punch Brothers are scheduled for July 12.
The Hollywood Bowl hosts the Playboy Jazz Festival this weekend. The eclectic bill has Los Van Van, Jon Batiste & Stay Human, Seth MacFarlane and Joel McNeely among July 11’s performers, while Fourplay Silver Anniversary (with Nathan East, Bob James, Chuck Loeb & Harvey Mason), Janelle Monáe, The Robert Cray Band Celebrates B.B. King with special guests Sonny Landreth and Roy Gaines, Pete Escovedo Orchestra (featuring Sheila E.), Big Chief Donald Harrison Jr. and the Congo Nation and Liv Warfield slated for the 12th.
Top Show(s): I don’t know much about Cara Beth Satalino‘s band Outer Spaces but her song “Words” grabbed my attention. Check it out,
particularly if you are fans of Julien Baker or Waxahatchee. The band’s at Pehrspace tonight. The Wild Reeds are a wonderful local Americana band. They have a fine new EP out (Best Wishes) and a show at the Bootleg. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band is a living piece of American music history. Head up to Santa Barbara to see their show at the Lobero Theater.
Hillgrass Bluebilly presents a String Band Extravaganza at Long Beach’s Alex’s Bar with Hogslop String Band, Moonsville Collective and Smoggy Mountain String Band. Over at the Resident, you can enjoy Mutual Benefit’s lovely, airy music, while local Piedmont-style blues picker Roy Book Binder shares the McCabe’s bill with the old-timey Bay Area chanteuses T Sisters. Peter Rowan isn’t the only musician in this family. His brothers Chris and Lorin Rowan also are talented performers. They will be playing at the Coffee Gallery Backstage.
Top Show(s). Robbie Fulks has an early (8 p.m.) show at the Mint. While he has long been known for his witty, funny, often darn sardonic songs, Fulks’ recent albums, including the excellent new one Upland Stories, finds him reaching deeper. This is what I wrote about it http://blurtonline.com/review/robbie-fulks-upland-stories/
Lloyd Cole is an underappreciated songwriter in my book. He’ll be at Largo tonight and tomorrow playing songs from his songbook, covering 1983-1996. Hopefully that will include “Perfect Skin.”
Another local act that deserves attention is the recently reunited Freddy & Francine (aka Bianca Caruso and Lee Ferris); they have a show at the Hotel Café to celebrate their new effort Gung Ho, which is music well worth tracking down.
The Charlie Hunter Trio will lay down some funk-fueled guitar jams at McCabe’s. The local duo The Palms will do a free show at One Colorado this evening. Justin Hayward, of the Moody Blues, performs at The Rose in Pasadena.
Feel the “Bern” at McCabe’s when the talented troubadour Dan Bern shares his songs and stories. Stargazer Lilies, Tennis System and Pale Dien bring the noise to Echo tonight while the Little Lonely, Laura Jean Anderson and Valley Queen are part of today’s Grand Ole Echo show.