Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 5/14-5/20

After a week of working overtime, I decided to take some time this weekend and go out…twice (*gasp*). I can’t recall the last time I was so happy to see some live music. I almost feel normal again after Friday night’s trip to The Hotel Cafe for The Creepshow and Saturday at The El Rey for Greylag and the amazing Augustana.

More excellent shows this week. I’m especially excited about seeing Seattle rockers Vendetta Red again after about eight years (they’ve been “on hiatus” for the last five). I’ll be in San Diego next weekend for a conference, but if I weren’t, I would definitely be at The Hudson Block party on Sunday. I discovered some great bands there last year and the food was delicious.

But that’s just the start of all the great shows this week. Here are my recommendations:

Monday: Chasing Kings FREE at Bootleg Bar (11:30)
ALSO: Jesse Thomas and Meiko at The Hotel Café (9:30)…Meiko Record Release Show
ALSO: LP at The Grammy Museum (8pm)
ALSO: Michael Castro & Perrin Lamb and Songwriters in the Round at Room 5 (7, 9)


Tuesday: Harper Blynn, Tim Myers and Meiko at The Hotel Cafe (8, 9:30)…part 2 of Meiko’s Record Release Show
ALSO: An L.A. Ramble for Levon (Levon Helms tribute) featuring The Dustbowl Revival, The Muddy Reds, The Driftwood Singers, etc. (7:30)
ALSO: The Dahl Sisters, Jesse Macht, and Dana Williams at Room 5 (7:30, 9, 10)
ALSO: Emily Wells at The Largo (8pm)


Weds: Maniac at Bootleg Bar (9pm)
ALSO: The Belle Brigade at The Grammy Museum (7:30)
ALSO: Benjamin Francis Leftwich at The Hotel Cafe (8pm)
ALSO: Rocco DeLuca at The Satellite (9pm)
ALSO: Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers at The Troubadour (9pm)
ALSO: Haim and Portugal. The Man with UCLA Philharmonia at Royce Hall at UCLA (7pm)


Thursday: Queen Caveat and The Parlotones at The Roxy (8pm)
ALSO: Jake Newton at The Hotel Cafe (10pm)
ALSO: Adam Bones at Amplyfi (8:15)
ALSO: Viza at The House of Blues Sunset (10pm)
ALSO: Adrienne Pierce at The Mint (10pm)
ALSO: Terra Naomi at WitZend (8pm)


Friday: Vendetta Red at The Viper Room (8pm)
ALSO: Red Circle Underground, Kitten, and Chappo at Bootleg Bar (9, 10, 11)
ALSO: Vanaprasta at The Echo (9pm)
ALSO: Erin McLaughlin, Rob Giles, Garrison Starr, Brother Sal & The Devil May Care at The Hotel Cafe (7pm)…Garrison Starr Record Release Show
ALSO: Gaslight Anthem at The Roxy (6pm)
ALSO: The Boxer Rebellion at The El Rey (10pm)


Saturday: Zane Carney at Molly Malone’s (10pm)
ALSO: Grafitti6 and Eric Hutchinson at The Troubadour (8:30, 9:30)
ALSO: Oak & Gorski at The Hotel Cafe (11pm)


Sunday: Hudson Block Party featuring White Rabbits, LP, Saint Motel, Haim, etc at The Hudson (11am-11pm)…more details here:


To Keep in Mind:
May 31st: Greg Laswell at The El Rey
June 3rd: Deas Vail at The Troubadour
June 5th and 6th: Ben Howard at The Troubadour
June 6th: The Cordovas at Saint Rocke
June 7-10th: Bonnaroo in Manchester, TN
June 13th and 14th: Phantom Planet at The Troubadour
June 16th: Thrice at Club Nokia
June 16th: Scissor Sisters at Hollywood Palladium
June 21st: Crash Kings at The Troubadour
June 23rd: Milo Greene at The Troubadour
June 25th: Graffiti6 at The Troubadour
June 29th: Fiona Apple at Hollywood Palladium
July 14th: Saint Motel at The El Rey
August 13th: The Kills at The El Rey


~ Kristen