Janis Ian, November 10, 8pm
I can still remember the first time I heard “At Seventeen,” Janis Ian’s sad and poignant tale of a young teen’s woes stemming from just trying to fit in. The understated intensity of the song really resonated with me and, to this day, continues to have the same effect.
Come out and enjoy this terrific singer/songwriter whom Ella Fitzgerald referred to as “the best young singer in America.” This Grammy-winning artist is a native New Yorker who has drawn influences from Edith Piaf, Odetta and Billie Holiday.
McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., 310.828.4497, www.mccabes.com, $25
Banyan, November 10, 11:30pm
Any time one gets the opportunity to check out the drumming wizardry of Stephen Perkins in a teeny, tiny Santa Monica club, it’s definitely a “must attend.” Perkins is a San Fernando Valley native and the former drummer and percussionist for Jane’s Addiction and Porno for Pyros. He’ll be performing with jazz/hip hop trumpet wonder, Willie Waldman, former Firm bassist Tony Franklin and Brian Jordan in what should be a rockin’ night. Let them corrode your soul with some alternative stank. You’ll be glad you did.
14 Below, 1348 14th St., 310.451.5040, www.14below.com, $10