February 1, 7:30 p.m., free
Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, 310.440.7300
For over 30 years, singer-songwriter Peter Case has enjoyed an eclectic career. In 1976, his San Francisco-based punk trio, the Nerves, released the single “Hangin’ on the Telephone,” which became a hit for Blondie a few years later. In the early 1980s, after moving to Los Angeles, Case formed the much-loved new wave band the Plimsouls, which scored a hit with “A Million Miles Away” (a song well-remembered for its appearance in the movie Valley Girl). Since 1986, he has released numerous solo albums and penned the memoir As Far as You Can Get Without a Passport. Case has previously worked with the Getty as a musicologist and is returning as a performer for this special engagement.
Venice Beach Marching Society
February 2, 7:30 p.m., $10
Warszawa Restaurant, 1414 Lincoln Blvd., 310.393.8831
“It began after Katrina,” says singer-songwriter Kathy Leonardo of Venice Beach Marching Society. “We started to march for [New Orleans residents] and it became a really refreshing thing on the Boardwalk. People got to know us. I can’t begin to tell you about the cheers that we got and the smiles that we got.” The group, which was founded by former Bob Dylan collaborator Bruce Langhorne and also features Rickie Lee Jones’ former sideman Alfred Johnson, will be bringing the sound of New Orleans street music back to the Westside for one night only as part of Califia’s Topsy Turvy Cabaret. Produced by Eric Vollmer, of Voice in the Well Ensemble, this Carnival event will also feature performances from Christina Lindhardt and Andre Rowell.