Friday, November 30, 9:00 p.m., $12
Temple Bar, 1026 Wilshire Boulevard, 310.393.6611
Singer and pianist Frank McComb has been making waves since his teenage years, when he formed his first jazz combo. The Cleveland native went on to work as a music director for the successful early-’90s R&B group Rude Boys and, following that, has played with some of the greatest performers of the genre, including Chaka Khan, Teena Marie, Teddy Pendergrass, and, yes, even Prince. McComb’s latest release, A Tribute to the Masters, is an instrumental piece that pays homage to his music heroes, including Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock.
Sunday, December 2, 7:00 p.m. (sold out) and 9:00 p.m., $20
McCabe’s, 3101 Pico Boulevard, 310.828.4497
A veteran of the early-’60s Greenwich Village music scene, folk singer Tom Paxton has spent over 40 years crafting songs that often serve as a lens to view U.S. society. In that time, his work has been covered by a wide range of artists, including Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton, Marianne Faithfull, the Pogues, and, perhaps most notably, Pete Seeger. Now 70, the musician is still challenging authority with a collection of new and revamped protest songs pertaining to the war in Iraq.