Go See Hear In L.A. July 28-Aug. 2 (The Rev. Horton Heat/C.W. Stoneking edition)

Somehow it is nearly the end of the week so I will get right at it.

Thur. 7/28

Top Show(s): The Greek delivers a great double bill of powerful music with the National and Lone Bellow; it’s so good that it is sold out. Local troubadour Tom Freund plays the Hotel Café’s Second Stage. It’ll be a good night to go to Largo since it’s the Watkins Family Hour again.


Sean & Sara Watkins

Country star David Nail will shine at the El Rey. Juliette Lewis, who is in the new film Nerve, will do her musical thing at the Fonda. New Orleans roots rockers Cowboy Mouth is touring behind their recently released greatest hits CD so expect a show that covers their career when they play Sainte Rockne tonight. Multi-instrumentalist Sinkane can’t help but to make multi-cultural music. He was born in England, raised in Sudan and then moved to Ohio (my home state) and now lives in Brooklyn. He’ll have a free show at the Skirball tonight. The Santa Monica Pier hosts a pair of innovative Jamaican bands: Raging Fyah and Protoje, while Grizfolk headlines the free show at Fountain Valley’s Mile Square Regional Park.

Fri. 7/29


Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen

Top Show(s): Two country pioneers Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen, who have played together frequently over the years, will play together for two nights at McCabe’s. Another performer from the Southern California scene since the ‘60s, David Lindley will be filling Pasadena’s Levitt Pavilion with a world of music. Benjamin Francis Leftwich performs his thoughtful songs at the Hotel Café.

It’s the last Friday of the month so it’s Jon Brion and guests at Largo. The Pacific Amphitheatre welcomes the timeless tunes of Chris Isaak. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band will be getting down and dirty at the Mint.

Sat. 7/30

Top Show(s): Expect to hear some songs from the British Invasion when Peter Asher and friends Billy J. Kramer and Denny Laine play Pasadena’s Levitt Pavilion. And expect some wonderfully rugged roots rock when Reverend Horton Heat and the Blasters do their free show at Pershing Square. C.W. Stoneking is an Australian with a love for rootsy American music. Check out his awesome new release Gon’ Boogaloo and his early show at the Echo. The great Bonnie Raitt will “dig in deep” when she comes to the Greek this evening.



Honeyhoney serves up some sweet music that blends rock, pop and a little twang at the Troubadour. Sara Melson probably will be sharing some of her genre-blurring songs from her upcoming Safe And Sound CD (due Sept. 9) at Top Tune. Richard Hell is part of the eclectic bill of artists at the Broad Museum tonight. If you are “hungry like a wolf,” then head to Irvine Meadows for the Duran Duran show with Chic featuring the great Nile Rodgers. Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys return to the Coffee Gallery Backstage to play some old-time ditties. Nocona, Ben Reddell Band and The Coals have a no-cover show at the Lost Knight in Echo Park.

Sun. 7/31

Top Show(s): UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro & Mickey, English Beat, Jo Mersa Marley form a one-of-a-kind night of reggae and rock at the Pacific Amphitheatre. McCabe’s has an all-star lineup performing a benefit for Owen Shelly, the stepson of Chad Stuart (of Chad & Jeremy fame). Expected to perform are Billy J. Kramer, The Hollies’ Terry Sylvester, Dennis Tufano of The Buckinghams, The Records featuring John Wicks, Ron Dante (The Archies, Looking Glass), Chris Montez, Coco Dolenz, Rosemary Butler, Andrew Sandoval and John Claude Gummoe of The Cascades,

If you have the chance, get over to the Grand Ole Echo and catch Freddie and Francine’s set; their new CD Gung Ho is worth hearing too. Dylan Earl, Don Gallardo and Summer Dean nicely fill out the GOE bill. Handsome and Gretyl is part of strong lineup at the Mint. It’ll be a nice of smooth crooning when Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs perform at the Greek.

Mon. 8/1

Top Show: Margo Price is a red-hot performer in the Americana scene. She’ll have a chat & play at the Grammy Museum tonight.


Margo Price

Bear Hands and Atlas Genius partner up at Santa Ana’s Observatory.

Tues. 8/2

Top Show(s): It’s another interesting evening at the Grammy Museum as it hosts a special look at the Beatles’ 1964 American tour. Josh Haden and his band Spain start their 5-week residency at the Love Song Bar (in the Regent Theater) tonight to celebrate their new album Carolina.

The rousing blues-folk duo Smooth Hound Smith lands at the Satellite. The Hotel Café has a packed lineup of talented singer/songwriters featuring Keaton Simons, Christian Lopez and Tony Lucca. Meanwhile, the Bluegrass Situation presents Melaena Cadiz at the Hotel Café’s Second Stage. Up-and-coming soul/pop songstress Emily King headlines the El Rey.

About Michael Berick

I am a longtime writer, and lover, of music and pop culture. I have written for Entertainment Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, the LA Weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle, Cleveland Scene and more places (that I wouldn't take up more of your time mentioning now).
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