October is rolling along. This week features big names like Neil Young, Cat Stevens, Bob Weir and ZZ Top, but the top show for me would be the Drive-By Truckers/Lydia Loveless shows at the Regent.
Top Show(s): Grammy winner Gregory Porter is one of the eminent singer/songwriters in the jazz world. You can experience his magic at the Orpheum. Guitars will be blazing at the Greek with ZZ Top and Kenny Wayne Shepherd (Gregg Allman had to bow out of this tour due to health reasons). Hall of Famer Yusuf Islam/Cat Stevens starts the first of two nights at the Pantages. He’s doing a few stripped-down, introspective concert to coincide with the 50th anniversary of his first hit single release, “I Love My Dog.”
Here’s a cool clip from 1967
Califone celebrates the 15th anniversary of its debut Roomsound with a show at Highland Park Ebell Club. The experimental, Americana-ish band will feature its original members: Ben Massarella, Tim Rutili, Brian Deck, Ross Andrews and Wally Boudway.
The Empty Pockets will fill the Hotel Café with their entertaining roots rock and the Georgia-based singer/songwriter Corey Smith has a show at the Mint.
Top Show(s): The Greek offers a big bill featuring The Head and the Heart and the Tallest Man On Earth. The Nashville-by-way-of-Birmingham band The Banditos will rattle the walls at the Hotel Café with potent Dixie punk rock. The Hurdy Gurdy Man himself, Donovan, salutes the 50th anniversary of “Sunshine Superman” with a show tonight at the Rose in Pasadena and at Beverly Hills’ Saban Theatre on the 8th. Grouplove comes to the Palladium behind its recently released Big Mess CD and Miniature Tigers plays the Echo in advance of their synth-y I Dreamt I Was A Cowboy. Tourist (aka London-based Grammy Award winning writer-producer William Phillips) visits the El Rey.
Top Show(s): Besides it being Cassette Store Day, you can enjoy the talented mother-daughter duo Suzzy Roche and Lucy Wainwright Roche at McCabe’s. The Dixie Chicks will be indoors at the Forum tonight and outdoors at the Hollywood Bowl on Monday 10/10.The Allah-Las mine a groovy, ‘60s psychedelic rock vibe on their latest effort, Calico Review; you can dig them at the Regent.
Festival Break: Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters, St. Vincent, Questlove, Kyle MacLachlan & Laura Dern, Mel Brooks, Rhye, Frank Gehry and Debbie Harry & Chris Stein are among those scheduled to appear at the The David Lynch Foundation’s first-ever Festival Of Disruption, which will be at the Ace Hotel this weekend. Will Donovan pop by?
Top Show(s): Inara George returns to the bucolic splendor of the Theatricum Botanicum for her annual show there. She’ll have some of her pals joining her for this Theatricum fundraiser. Robyn Hitchcock, one of my all-time faves, will be joined by folks like Emma Swift, Jon Brion and Benmont Tench to celebrate John Lennon’s birthday at Largo.
Check out Robyn and Emma doing “Whatever Gets You Through The Night”
John Batdorf & James Lee Stanley will do an acoustic set of Rolling Stones music at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, while veteran singer/songwriter Patty Larkin plays McCabe’s with Kenny White.
Top Show: Bob Weir has put out his first solo album (Blue Mountain) in a long time and he’ll be bringing his “Campfire Tour” to the Wiltern. The Felice Brothers are known for the spirited live shows; you can catch them at the Echo tonight.
Top Show(s): The Drive-By Truckers and Lydia Loveless will make for a great night of Americana music at the Regent (they’ll be there tomorrow night too!). Legendary UK Two-Tone band The Selector will play the Regent tonight and Pomona’s Glass House tomorrow as they make a rare US tour in honor of the 35th anniversary of their breakout Too Much Pressure album.
Colbie Caillat brings her Malibu Sessions Acoustic Tour to the Ford
Top Show: Neil Young tunes up for Desert Daze with concerts at Pomona’s Fox Theatre tonight and tomorrow.
Eric Hutchinson, Magic Giant and Anya Marina form the triple bill at the El Rey.