From Malibu with Love III: Mudcrutch
April 12, 6 p.m., $150-2,500
Malibu Performing Arts Center, 23815 Stuart Ranch Road, Malibu, 310.456.6722
Before there was Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, there was Mudcrutch, the band that drove cross-country from Florida to California with little more than a dream of rock stardom. Decades have passed and Tom Petty, Tom Leadon, Randall Marsh, Mike Campbell, and Benmont Tench have reunited to celebrate the band’s 30th anniversary. Mudcrutch will open its U.S. tour with this benefit show for Midnight Mission, the largest secular homeless shelter serving Los Angeles’ Skid Row. The event, hosted by KNBC 4 meteorologist Fritz Coleman, will also feature cocktails and both a silent and live auction.
April 17, 8 p.m., $32-54
UCLA Live at Royce Hall, 340 Royce Drive, Westwood 90095,
Dubbed the “Solo Reunion Tour –– Together at Last,” Guthrie’s engagement at UCLA Live is in direct opposition with his last CD release, In Times Like These, which was recorded live with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. But, Guthrie is a living legend, the second in a family line of folk singers who used verse to shed light on social injustice, and the occasional humorous jab at himself surely helps balance the often somber subject matter of his music. This date is actually part of the second stretch of “Solo Reunion Tour” and the musician is intending to work in some new tunes. According to his website, Guthrie should have a new album scheduled for release in the near future.