Go See Hear In L.A. Sept. 24-25 (the “Sammy Hagar Weekend” edition)

Just wanted to circle back and offer up some weekend options for music-going.

Sat. 9/24

Top Show(s): Yes, it will be a “Sammy Hagar Weekend,” or at a Sammy Hagar Saturday, hopefully. And I am referring to today’s McCabe’s show by Bob Forrest. Apparently it’s his first show there in 25 years. Forrest is an L.A. rock legend, particularly for those around in the ‘80s and ‘90s. He fronted the great (beyond just its awesome name) Thelonious Monster, whose did the song, “Sammy Hagar Weekend.” Man, I wish I could get my hands on that old Stormy Weather cassette.

Here’s a video of a live rendition circa 1989

Pinning a label on U.K. singer/songwriter Lianne La Havas is difficult except to say she’s terrific. She’ll be playing the Teragram Ballroom. There will be great substance to the Peter Hook & The Light’s Wiltern concert as they will perform Substance, the 1987 compilation of Joy Division‘s and New Order‘s music (up to that point), which they will play sequentially. I don’t remember a compilation being the subject of a “play-an-entire-album” concert but I’m sure it has happened before. Sigur Rós graces the Hollywood Bowl stage for the first time in a decade to share their avant-rock soundscapes.

The Armenian-American world music band Element has a free show at Pasadena’s Levitt Pavilion. The final Saturday of the LA County Fair will be a country night featuring Billy Currington and LeAnn Rimes.

The Broad Museum’s Summer Happening series continues into the Fall with performances by JD Samson and SOPHIE as well as by Charles Atlas creating a live video mix to the electro-ethereal music of Julianna Barwick.

Sun. 9/25

Top Show(s): The fantastic power pop outfit Sloan brings their One Chord To Another 20th anniversary tour to Santa Ana’s Constellation Room. I think I had that on cassette too.  Jess Abbott fronts the band Tancred, which serves up some raw ‘90s-style indie rock (I could say something like a punked-up Liz Phair but I haven’t heard enough to start making comparisons. I have heard enough to recommend their show at the Resident.

Take a look and listen to Tancred’s tune “Bed Case.”

Neil Finn and his son Liam play at Largo tonight and on Tuesday the 27th. Tonight’s show is billed was “and special guests” while Tuesday’s is “A Night with the Finns” featuring Sharon and Elroy Finn too plus friends. Either way it will be a night of mighty fine songwriting.

There will also be a family gathering at McCabe’s where the life and music of the great songwriter John Stewart (he penned “Daydream Believer”) will be celebrated by his wife, singer Buffy Ford Stewart, Shana Morrison, Bill Mumy and other friends at McCabe’s. And did you what that And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead will be at the Echo tonight? They will with Creepoid and Culture Abuse also on the bill. The Skirball, meanwhile, welcomes the acclaimed Israeli folk electronic trio A-WA. It’s one of KCRW’s World Music Nights and tonight’s “world” is the world of indie rock with a big bill of heady rock ‘n’ roll featuring Bloc Party, Bob Mould and Ezra Furman.

and yes I know that Bob Mould has done so much great music since Husker Du but this song popped into my head today so I thought I tagged on this video from 1985.

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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