This will be a bit of a stripped down version but, hopefully, better a little than none at all…
Top Show(s): Howe Gelb has been mining fascinating desert-baked sound as Giant Sand for many years now. He returns to L.A. to share music at the Echo. Largo will be overflowing with songwriters and their songs when Inara George hosts In The Round, with her (scheduled) guests Eleni Mandell, Mike Viola, Mike Andrews and Ultan Conlon.
We Were Promised Jetpacks is one of my favorite band names; they’ll be at the El Rey with Tokyo Police Club.
Top Show(s): One name to start tonight’s shows: Dylan. Mr. Bob Dylan brings his latest tour to the Shrine Auditorium behind his latest album of songs from the “good old days.”
Sarah Jarosz’s Undercurrent is one of the standout works of the first half of ’16. You can find her at the Troubadour tonight and McCabe’s tomorrow. Craig McMurtry (James’ kid) opens for her. If you are in the traveling mood, head out to Pappy and Harriet’s where Jay Farrar performs his landmark album Trace. It’s Rademarker night at the Echo. Darren and Brent Rademarker will be represented in two of tonight’s bands: The Tyde and GospelbeacH – both of which take SoCal country-rock down some interesting roads. Another great bill is at the Teragram Ballroom, with The Dustbowl Revival, Eagle Rock Gospel Singers and We the Folk.
The Hotel Café hosts The Humming House, the Nashville-based group that has a very fine acoustic sound. The airy OC rock group Hawai’s celebrates their debut EP Working All Night at Dirty Laundry. Lee England Jr. and The Soul Orchestra serve up some great grooves at the Mint.
Top Show(s): Reggae legends Toot & the Maytals make a rare appearance at the Fonda.
Lee Gallagher and the Hallelujah make fun, old-school rock ‘n’ roll, drawing some on psychedelica, Southern blues and all things that make rock wonderful; they’ll be delivering their energetic music at Villains. Two of the area’s Americana mainstays, I See Hawks In L.A. and ace guitarist Tony Gilkyson are at the Coffee Gallery Backstage. Rogue Wave and Floating Action roll into the Teragram Ballroom while Day Wave is at the Echo with Nico Yaryan. Local ska-punk act The Interrupters have a sold out show at the Roxy to celebrate their new one, Say It Loud. Blues guitar guru Gary Hoey plays Sainte Rocke in advance of the July release of Dust & Bone. Zoe Keating creates a one-woman orchestra using, basically, her cello and her laptop. See how she does it tonight at Largo.
Top Show: Steely Dan kicks off the Hollywood Bowl summer season; they’ll be performing with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.
Sunstock Solar Festival, which is fueled by alternative energy, is at the Autry this weekend, with guitar wizard Kaki King as the headline act. Blues-rocker Kara Grainger, an Aussie transplant, will be at the Arcadia Blues Club. The legendary East L.A. group Thee Midniters (featuring Greg Esparza) are at the Regent with Soul Clap (with Jonathan Toubin). Moses Sumney, who’s an outstanding vocalist, appears at the Getty.
Top Show: Yet another guitar giant, Al Di Meola showcases his fancy fretwork at the Coach House. The Teragram Ballroom presents a great double-bill of Beth Orton and Emmy the Great.
Carolyn Wonderland brings his Texas-bred blues rock to the Mint.
Top Show: If you are fan of songwriting, the Grammy Museum is your destination tonight. The great tunesmith John Prine will be there along with Sturgill Simpson who is pushing out of Americana country with his latest A Sailor’s Guide To Earth.
Yes, Eliot Sumner is Sting’s daughter but she also makes intriguing dance-friendly electro-pop. Cage The Elephant does draw on rock’s past but they also have forged an engaging sound that has made them one of the best young rock bands today. They headline the Shrine tonight. You Won’t, a Massachusetts duo that makes clever indie rock, come to the Bootleg.
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band founder John McEuen returns to the Coffee Gallery Backstage.