Go See Hear In L.A. Oct. 21-24 (the Bon Iver/Blitzen Trapper edition)

Yes, I am a little behind but before I got further behind, I wanted to share some of the great shows for this weekend (and Monday).

Fri. 10/21

Top Show: Lori McKenna’s show at the Hotel Café is not surprisingly sold out, and deservedly so. She is one of the great songwriters around even if she isn’t a household name. The LA Times even did an article on her the other day – http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/la-et-ms-songwriter-lori-mckenna-on-new-album-and-hits-for-others-20161020-snap-story.html

And just because I found it, McKenna doing a bit of “Humble and Kind” in my old stomping grounds of Gloucester, MA


To celebrate the 30th anniversary of his self-titled debut, Peter Case has invited several of his collaborators from that album (like Van Dyke Parks, Steven Soles and Jorge Bermudez) to join him at McCabe’s, and drummer Don Heffington and Dead Rock West will be joining in too. Hey, hey, the Monkees’ 50th anniversary tour swings into the City National Grove of Anaheim. Their show last month at the Pantages was excellent. The Mint has two shows tonight – both are recommendable and both star bass players. The early show spotlights Amy LaVere, who hails from the Memphis roots music scene. The late show celebrates George Porter Jr., the fabled bassman for the Meters. Hinds, the all-female garage rock band from Spain, headlines the Regent.

The Violent Femmes play Pomona’s Fox Theatre tonight and will be playing Beach Goth tomorrow (see below). The Coffee Gallery Backstage serves up a double shot of acoustic goodness with the UK Americana band The Good Intentions and the local outfit Susie Glaze Folk Ensemble (who will play McCabe’s on Sat.). Priscilla Ahn is a SoCal singer/songwriter with a lovely, ethereal vibe; she’ll be at Largo tonight. L.A.’s own Dreamers have a record release show at the Troubadour with Night Riots and Mainland. Ra Ra Riot and Young the Giant is a fun marquee pairing for the Greek while you’ll find Andy Shauf with Scattered Clouds at The Echo.


Sat. 10/22

Top Show: Seeing Hiss Golden Messenger (whose new CD Heart Like A Levee is a must hear) at the Bootleg should be great and having Tift Merritt as his special guests only makes it, well, more special.

Shirley Manson and Donita Sparks are scheduled to appear at the screening of the rock doc, The Smart Studios (the fabled studio founded by Butch Vig and Steve Marker) at the Echoplex. Ronnie Mack, Chad Watson, Paul Zollo and Matt Cartsonis are among those paying musical tribute to the great songwriter Guy Clark at the Coffee Gallery Backstage. Melissa Gotttlieb & E11even The Rave-Ups and Taylor John Williams form tonight’s Mint bill. The 90’s Boston band Letters To Cleo has reformed and will be at the Troubadour. Rachael Yamagata is out with a new album Tightrope Walker; she’ll be playing Santa Ana’s Constellation Room tonight and the Teragram on the 26th.


Festival break: The GrowlersBeach Goth festival happens at the Observatory Grounds this weekend. Saturday’s lineup includes Bon Iver, Patti Smith, Violent Femmes, Albert Hammond Jr., Gang of Four, Hinds and James Blake while Sunday holds Grimes, Devendra Banhart, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Timber Timbre, Dwight Twilley and Moving Units playing Joy Division.

Sun. 10/23

Top Show(s): It bears repeating that Patti Smith and her band (that includes original members Lenny Kaye and Jay Dee Daugherty plus Tony Shanahan and Jack Petruzzelli) will perform her landmark album Horses which came out Dec. 1975. Also on the bill are Bon Iver and Hiss Golden Messenger (with Tift Merritt).

Earlier this year, Bloodshot released Luke Winslow-King’s I’m Glad Trouble Don’t Last Always, a bluesy, rootsy meditation on heartache. LW-K will be sharing tunes from this powerful album at the Hotel Café, which also welcomes San Francisco alt-rocker Megan Slankard. Oregon-based folk rockers Blitzen Trapper will do a small club show at the Bootleg.

Mersey Beat-sters Chad and Jeremy visit McCabe’s on what they say is their final US tour. Quite impressive since the duo did their first single in 1963 and scored their biggest hit, “A Summer Song” in 1964.

Here they are playing the song on American Bandstand


The winner of the first annual Harry Dean Stanton Award is…Harry Dean Stanton. Kris Kristofferson, Father John Misty, Karen O, Inara George, John C. Reilly and Harper Simon will pay tribute to Harry Dean in one way or another at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel.


Mon. 11/24

Top Show: It’ll be fun time at the Echoplex with Supersuckers, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, and Jesse Dayton all playing some form of rocked up roots music. The Fray and American Authors will fill the Wiltern with their anthemic rock ‘n’ roll.

Of Montreal arrives at the Regent with a new album Innocence Reaches released back in August. Up-and-coming honky tonker Aaron Lewis has a date at the Hotel Café. Busman’s Holiday is a fun band from Indiana led by brothers Lewis and Addison Roger. Considering this is L.A., I’m guessing that they’ll be playing “Beach Song” at the Belasco.

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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