Maybe it is the Labor Day Weekend. Maybe it is just me. Maybe it is a combination of the two but it seems like a light week this week. But here are the shows I recommend.
Top Show(s): 20 years ago the Squirrel Nut Zippers were “hot” with the surprise success of their Hot album. Founding members Chris Phillips and Jimbo Mathus have assembled another dandy, swinging band and they have a sold out show at the Teragram. You can catch the impressive Oklahoma troubadour Levi Parham at the Hotel Café’s Second Stage.
The Grammy Museum’s live tribute to the great B.B. King, which features the likes of Keb’ Mo’, Derek Trucks, Jimmie Vaughan, Slash, Susan Tedeschi, Joe Bonamassa, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Joe Louis Walker – would be a top show but this Wallis concert is sold out. The eclectic Unknown Mortal Orchestra headline tonight’s Twilight Concert at the Santa Monica Pier with Steady Holiday opening. Night Beats, C.G. Roxanne and the Nightmares are the bill at the Echoplex.
Top Show(s): Wayne “The Train” Hancock is one of the most authentic honky tonkers around these days. He’ll be out at Corona’s Bar 1650 tonight and the Ventura County Fair tomorrow. He also has a new album arriving later this fall. Kelley Mickwee used to be part of the all-female country trio The Trishas, now she’s doing a solo thing and will be at the Mint tonight.
Top Show: Tobias The Owl is the creation of Seattle singer/songwriter Elijah Dhavvan. Their just released Every Eye Is A Universe holds some really wonderful mix of jangly folk and gently moody indie rock. You can find at the Mint tonight.
The New Blues Festival, happening this weekend at Long Beach’s El Dorado Park, boasts a bill including Bobby Rush, Lee Rocker, Big Lou Johnson, Kingfish and Bobby Cochran. There will be a Ska Festival at the Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park and a “Rock n Roll Fantasy” at the LA County Fair because the legendary Bad Company will be playing there. Meanwhile, you can find the Killers at the Wiltern.
Local country rocker Michael Colton brings his band to the Trip in Santa Monica.
Go enjoy a Labor Day BBQ
Top Show(s): You can discover Reuben Bidez at the Hotel Café. The Nashville singer/songwriter’s impressive new album Turning To Wine comes out 9/30. The Texas alt. country outfit Vandoliers will be rockin’ up the Viper Room; there new album Ameri-Kinda is well worthy of a listen too.
And, not surprisingly, Weezer’s appearance at the Grammy Museum is all sold out.