Top Show(s): The Garrison Keillor retirement tour comes to the Hollywood Bowl with some talented companions for the Prairie Home Companion host – Christine Digiallonardo, Sarah Jarosz, Heather Masse, Aoife O’Donovan and Sara Watkins (interestingly, Watkins’ old bandmate Chris Thile takes over the PHC helm next season). Take a ride to McCabe’s to catch rock legend Mitch Ryder, who will command the stage there tonight and tomorrow; local singer/songwriter Trevor McShane opens both nights.
Here’s a 50 year old clip of Ryder and his band performing on a local Detroit station
In advance of latest CD They Moved in Shadow All Together, Emily Jane White will dish out some arty, spooky rock at El Cid and the Bootleg will be shaking with Brass Bed’s psych-tinted rural rock.
Top Show: Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band (featuring Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Steve Lukather, Richard Page, Warren Ham and Gregg Bissonette) will fill the Greek will love and classic songs. By the way, the Grammy Museum just opened an exhibit on the Beatles and Ringo’s birthday is on July 7 (he’ll be 75). Alice Bag was part of the original L.A. punk scene of the late ‘70s. She celebrates her long-overdue solo debut, Released at the Echo, with Generacion Suicida and Kim and The Created also on the bill.
Eric Gales will lay down some wicked blues guitar playing at the Arcadia Blues Club. Chicago is the guest band for the Hollywood Bowl’s 3-night July 4 Spectacular. While I had relegated the band to the soft rock ghetto, I was reminded of their rock chops watching them on the Rock Hall induction show.
Veteran blues/folk-man Jim Kweskin returns to the Coffee Gallery Backstage. The Brooklyn band Big Thief has generated some big buzz with their new disc Masterpiece; they play the Bootleg tonight.
Hang out with your friends and family and watch some fireworks.
Steven Tyler is the latest rocker to do a country album; his We’re All Somebody From Somewhere comes out later this month and he has a concert at the Dolby Theatre.
Top Show(s): L.A.-based troubadour Shane Alexander has a record release show for his latest Bliss at the Troubadour on a strong bill that also holds GospelbeacH and Dead Rock West. Mitski presents her alluringly eerie electro pop at the Constellation Room tonight and the Echoplex tomorrow.
The Hotel Café has an eclectic bill tonight. There’s the soulful young crooner Sam Fischer as well as the Dirty Knobs, a group composed of guitarist Mike Campbell (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers), bassist Lance Morrison (Don Henley) and session aces: drummer Matt Laug and guitarist Jason Sinay.