Man, it is hard to believe that it is nearly the end of August. It may be time to think about the new school year or just September but there are some cool shows for these final August nights.
Top Show(s): The Hollywood Bowl presents a very special night of music virtuosity. Mega Nova features the unique talents of Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Marcus Miller, Carlos Santana, Cindy Blackman Santana and Karl Perazzo. If that isn’t enough Booker T and the Stax Revue opens the show. Belly is back. Tanya Donelly has gotten her band (circa King) back together and they will be at the Teragram tonight and tomorrow playing their ‘90s left-of-the-dial jangly rock.
You can catch some fine Americana music at South Pasadena’s Arroyo Seco Golf Course, where Melanie Devaney, Ernest Troost and Ray Bonneville will be performing; Bonneville and Troost will play McCabe’s on Saturday night. Acclaim rock journalist Joel Selvin will be at Book Soup talking about, and signing, his new book Altamont: The Rolling Stones, the Hells Angels, and the Inside Story of Rock’s Darkest Day
Top Show(s): D Generation brings their NYC grit and snarl to the Roxy. Jesse Malin has reassembled his old crew and they are out supporting their recently released Nothing Is Anywhere.
here is one of their tenacious new tunes
Bluegrass is on the menu at the Mint as the O’Connor Band, featuring Mark O’Connor and various family members will be performing; they just put the mighty wonderful Coming Home. Julien Baker playing her wise-beyond-her-years songs at the El Rey before being part of the FYF bill this weekend.
If the Belly reunion isn’t enough ‘90s nostalgia, Save Ferris will be playing the Santa Monica Pier with Cibo Matto. The Grammy Museum welcomes Nashville’s The Wild Feather, who will be talking about their new album Lonely Is A Lifetime that they say was inspired by Gram Parsons.
Top Show(s): Play Misty for me. Father John Misty, that is. He’ll be having fun at the El Rey. He will also be at FYF as will Beach House, who have a full concert at the Theater at the Ace tonight. Troubadour Steve Forbert brings his Mississippi-bred music to McCabe’s
Well-regarded songwriter Sean McConnell will be at the Hotel Café, sharing songs from his recently released self-titled album. Josh Groban will headline the Greek tonight and tomorrow with Sarah McLachlan and Foy Vance also on the bill. And since it is the final Friday of the month, you can find Jon Brion and his pals at Largo.
Festival Break: So, the FYF will fill Exposition Park with two massive days of music, including sets by Air, Charles Bradley, Chelsea Wolfe, Explosions in the Sky, Grace Jones, Hop Along, Julia Holter, Kendrick Lamar, Mac DeMarco Peter Bjorn and John, LCD Soundsystem, Tame Impala, Ty Segall & The Muggers, Wild Nothing, the previously mentioned bands and more. Down at Dana Point’s Doheny State Park, the Ohana Festival also has an impressive lineup of acts this weekend, such as Eddie Vedder, Lana Del Rey, Elvis Costello, City and Colour, Band of Horses, Cat Power, Corinne Bailey Rae, Ryan Bingham, Mudhoney, Jonny Two Bags and Wilderado.
If you looking for some good songwriting, head up to Santa Barbara Lobero Theater where Eric Brace, Peter Cooper, Thomm Jutz and Michael Fracasso will be doing a “Sings Like Hell” concert.
Here’s a slightly old but totally fun Brace & Copper tune
Kaki King performs her multi-media piece The Neck Is a Bridge to the Body at the Ritz in Santa Ana.
Top Show(s): Bill Kirchen, “the Titan of the Telecaster,” will be laying down some hot licks at McCabe’s; he will be playing with his longtime collaborator Austin de Lone who was a founding member of the pioneering pub rock band Eggs Over Easy (whose terrific retrospective came out earlier this summer). The Claire Lynch Band headlines Bluegrass at the Ford, which also features The Brombies and Burning Heart Bluegrass. The Go-Go’s bring their Going, Going Gone Farewell Tour (I just love that tour title) to the Segerstrom in Costa Mesa.
The California Feetwarmers will heat up the Pasadena Levitt Pavilion while Moonsville Collective headline the Grand Ole Echo.
Longtime Black Crowe guitarist Rich Robinson released his latest solo effort Flux in June and he will be talking about it (and playing some) at the Grammy Museum. The Academy of Motion Pictures hosts a special screening of Purple Rain in its Samuel Goldwyn Theater – director Albert Magnoli, actor Jerome Benton, producer Robert Cavallo, and costume designer Marie France will be there to talk about the movie in a discussed moderated by director/writer (and Academy governor) Reginald Hudlin.
When my brother Dan was going through his Prog Rock phase, many of Yes album was played in our house. Tonight the band will be performing Drama, plus Tales From Topographic Oceans (sides 1 & 4) and various greatest hits (hopefully “Close To The Edge” will be among them). Corrine Bailey Rae’s appearance at the Grammy Museum is already sold out – sorry about that. The Mile High Club celebrates its sophomore CD Skiptracing at the Echo.