Link Wray, Three Bad Jacks, Moonlight Cruisers at the Henry Fonda Music Box Theatre, 5/28. The original raunch n’ roll living legend plays a rare show.
Dave Alvin, Mike Stinson at McCabe’s, 5/27, 8pm.
Guitar Shorty at Harvelle’s, 5/27
The Leaving Trains (original lineup!) at Spaceland, 5/27
The Cat Empire at The Knitting Factory, 5/26, 8pm.
Leon Russell at The Malibu Inn, 5/26
Cecilia Noel & The Wild Clams at The Malibu Inn, 5/27
The Red Elvises at Rusty’s Surf Ranch, 5/29. Special Memorial weekend show – Siberean rockabilly!
Matinee Kids’ Show with Gwendolyn And The Good Time Gang at McCabe’s, 5/29, 11am.
The Go Go’s with The Ettes at The House of Blues, 6/1
50 Cent Haircut, Skeeter Truck, Soda & His Million Piece Band at Harvelle’s
The Current, Kiltergrey, Count of Four at Rusty’s Surf Ranch, 5/27
Dos Vientos Flamenco at the Skirball Center, 5/28, 12pm. FREE.
Space Vacuum From Outer Space (San Francisco) at The Derby, 5/27.
Playboy Jazz – First Live Concert at The Rose Bowl, 5/28 – 5/30, 10am – 8pm. 1001 Rose Bowl Drive in Pasadena, CA. The Playboy Jazz Festival christens the Rose Bowl in the “first-ever jazz concert held at the world-famous stadium.” Presented by the Pasadena Summer Fest.
Curtis Stigers Quartet at The Jazz Bakery, 5/26 – 5/28.
Billy Childs Quartet at The Vic, 5/26, 8pm and 10pm.
The Santa Monica Oceanaires Barbershop Chorus at the Westwood United Methodist Church’s Fellowship, 528, 2pm and 7:30pm. 10497 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood.
Stanley Jordan at The Jazz Bakery, 5/31
The Hot Club Quartette at Warszawa Patio Bar, 5/26, 8pm. FREE. 1414 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica (310) 393-8831
Jazz Journalist Awards: Honoring Kenny Burrell & Charlie Haden at The Jazz Bakery, 5/29
Olga Loya and Alfredo Lopez and his Group Quetzalcoatl at The Walt Disney Concert Hall, 5/28, 2pm. Outdoor family program.
Late Night Jazz: Raya Yarbrough at The Vic, 5/26, 12mid – 2am.
Judy Chamberlain and Friends at The Millenium Biltmore, 5/28, 9pm. 506 South Grand Ave., Downtown LA. (213) 624-1011.
Sing!Sing!Sing! Songs of History at The Jazz Bakery, 5/29, 4pm.
Readings / Performance
4X4: Performance Series: Four New Latino Works with Joe Quintero, Corky Dominguez, Cristina Frias plus Joe Luis Cedillo and his Tres Chingasos Theatre Collective at Highways, 5/26 – 5/28, 8:30pm. 18th Street in Santa Monica. (310) 315-1459.
Barry Yourgrau at Skylight Books, 5/28, 5pm. 1818 N Vermont Ave., Los Feliz. (323) 660-1175
Hammer Readings: New American Writing Michel Houellebecq in conversation with Sam Lipsyte at The Hammer, 5/29, 5pm.
Flypoet: Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Amanda Dumas, more at The Conga Room, 6/1, 7pm.
Lunchtime Art Talk On Olga Koumoundos’ Sagamore: The Good Life at The Hammer, 6/1, 12:30pm. FREE.
Stitch n’ Bitch Knitting Group at The Talking Stick
The Week Ahead
Thursday, May 26
Alarma, Mother Superior, 1986 (Austin), We’re Wolves at The Silverlake Lounge.
Boom Bip, Fog, Pink Mochi at The Echo
Wisely, Redcar, IO Perry, Peachfuzz at Spaceland
Maktub, Scratch Track, DJ Fat Jack at Temple Bar
Jim Bianco at The Knitting Factory
Ricardo Lemvo at The Conga Room
LA Roundup: Laura Lynn, Brian Kohl at B.B. King’s, Universal City.
Tiger Army with Phenomenauts at The House of Blues
Dan Janisch at The Cinema Bar. FREE.
SongsaLiveShowcase at The Talking Stick
Friday, May 27
King Wilkie (Charlottesville, Virginia), Mike Stinson, Uncle Cowboy, KXLU’s DJ Cowboy Nick at The King King
High On Fire, 400 Blows at The Echo
The Words at El Cid
Jean Grae, Jennifer Johns, Nayo at Temple Bar
Vinnie Caggiano at The Talking Stick
Tiger Army with Dead Be Gone at The House of Blues
Mike Stinson, King Wilkie, Uncle Cowboy, DJ Cowboy Nick at The King King
The Blue Hawaiians: Pre-CD release party at the Lava Lounge
Saturday, May 28
Smog at Amoeba, 2pm. FREE.
Cult of Luna, Breather Resist at Spaceland
Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra at The Echo
Quinto Sol, Pigeon John, Max, DJ Jedi at Temple Bar
Z-Tribe at Harvelle’s
Singer Songwriter Night with Neil Hartman, Brad Bobby Joyner & the Sundowners, Zachariah & the Lobos Riders, Lynda Kay and Merle Jagger at the Mint, 8pm.
50 Cent Haircut and Hobo at 3rd & Fairfax, 7pm.
Papa Joe Grappa and Rumblebees at Rusty’s Surf Ranch
Wilson, Jeff Feliton, more at The Talking Stick
Blue Floyd at The House of Blues
Randy Weeks at The Cinema Bar, Culver City, FREE.
Sunday, May 29
Chapin Sisters, Dame Satan, Garrett Pierce, Moris Tepper at The Echo
DJ Carmen Rizzo, Cheb I Sabbah, Niyaz at Temple Bar
The Toledo Show at Harvelle’s
Rip Masters at The Derby
John Marx at Fais Do Do
Kokopelli, Scott Turchin at The Talking Stick
Sunday Gospel Brunch at The House of Blues
Chuck E. Weiss at The Viper Room
Monday, May 30
Vagenius, Something for Rockets at Spaceland
Izzy Digs The Drums, Kneebody at Temple Bar
All Star Pro Jam at Harvelle’s
Karaoke with The Big Kahuna at Rusty’s Surf Ranch
Patty Booker & Her Cheaters, Lisa Finnie and & the No Way Joses at the Cinema Bar; Culver City.
Tuesday, May 31
Monster, The Living Sisters, Tom Brosseau, Garrett Pierce at Tangier
Anubian Nights, Mozella, Dee Dee Foster at Temple Bar
Pine, AM at Amoeba, 7pm.
Torque at Harvelle’s
Trucker Up, Wadin’ & Wailin’ and Randy Buth & Cathouse at Molly Malone’s
Soda & His Million Piece Band at Westwood Brewing Co., 8pm.
Wednesday, June 1
Rosewood Fall at The King King
Sweethearts of The Rodeo: Sin City Allstars, Bryson Jones, Dusty Wakeman, Dave Raven, Easy Pickens, Chris Lawrence, Carl Byron at Molly Malone’s
Tom Freund at the Cinema Bar in Culver City. FREE.
Beyond the Pale at Tangier
Emile Millar at The Key Club, VIP Room.
Club London Calling at Bigfoot Lodge
Shinehead at Dub Club (The Echo)
Scrappy Hamilton at The Silverlake Lounge
Ill Again, Truth Universe, Johanna at Temple Bar
Jamie James at Harvelle’s
Diane Rose at The Talking Stick