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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

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