Go See Hear In L.A. Nov. 18-22 (the Leon Russell/Mose Allison edition)

While I ponder how Thanksgiving is a week away, here are some shows to check out before then..


Fri. 11/18


John Mayall

Top Shows: Blue rock pioneer and hall of famer John Mayall will be at the Rose in Pasadena. The 80-something hall of famer has a new album Talk About That slated for an early 2017 release. Sarah Simmons, who just released a new CD Freedom, showcases her powerful, soulful vocals at at Hotel Café’s Second Stage.
McCabe’s welcomes Mary Fahl, co-founder of mid-1990s folk-rock/adult alternative group, October Project. Moon Hooch brings its horn-blasted genre-busted music to the Echoplex, while the UK pop rock duo Slow Child will be at the Echo. Jon Brion makes an early appearance at Largo since the last Friday of the month is Black Friday. You can spend a merry night at the City National Grove of Anaheim with the Aquabats.


Sat. 11/19

Top Show(s): The popular electro pop trio LANY delivers their catchy, catchy songs at the Fonda tonight and tomorrow.  That cool couple from the Bay Area, Chuck Prophet and Stephanie Finch visit McCabe’s for a night of stimulating music. Prophet, who was in Green On Red back in the day, has a new CD coming out on Yep Roc Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins in Feb. Here is a song from it (I love the album cover and the tune too).



Dirtwire, featuring David Satori (Beats Antique) and Evan Fraser (Hamsa Lila, BOLO), play their electro-Americana hybrid at the Mint. Master bluesman Guitar Shorty returns to town with a gig at the Arcadia Blues Club. Singer/songwriter decker comes up from Arizona to play the Resident in support of his new EP Snake River Blues while Nashville-based tunesmith Tony Lucca plays the Troubadour tonight.


Sun. 11/20

Top Show(s): Austin legend Bill Carter comes to McCabe’s ahead of his next album Innocent Victims and Evil Companions, due 2/26/16.

Santa Ana’s Observatory offers a night spotlighting some fine vocalizing. Lucius, who recently backed up Roger Waters on tour, shares the vintage twang harmonizers Cactus Blossoms.


Cactus Blossoms


Midwest rockers The Orwells helps up brave the new world with a show at the Resident.


Mon. 11/21

The Troubadour hosts a pair of troubadours: NoCal’s Matt Simons and the Irish singer Gavin James.

 Tues. 11/22

Sweden’s El Perro Del Mar has a concert at the Echo where she’ll undoubtedly play music from her recently released KoKoro, which ranks as her most ambitious album yet. Yes men – Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman – perform as ARW at the Orpheum. It’s the first time they’ve played together since 1990.


Sadly, I am closing with another in memoriam. Actually two of them: Leon Russell and Mose Allison. A pair of piano-men who just seem like two cool cats. Their music both had blues roots but Russell took his into the rock and country worlds while Allison favored jazzy vibes. Both leave a treasury of great tunes.

While “Tight Rope” might be my favorite Russell song, I liked this vintage clip of him doing the always fabulous “A Song For You”



Allison, who is the father to the talented singer/songwriter Amy Allison, had a wonderful way with words. Again, there are a lot of excellent example to use, but went with “Your Mind’s On Vacation”



have a good Thanksgiving everyone.

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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