Kristen’s LA Concert Calendar: 1/14-1/20

Only two weeks into the new year and I already have some new band obsessions. Last Friday’s show at The Hotel Cafe with Red Wanting Blue was the most entertaining and energetic show I’ve been to this year. The Ohio-based band doesn’t come to LA that often, but they had the room in a frenzy. They also have great taste in openers as they selected one of my personal favorites, The Young Romans. Since Friday, I have not been able to stop listening to Red Wanting Blue’s albums…except to listen to a few other recent favorites, The Delta Saints’ Red Letter Jubilee (out this Tuesday!), Mother Mother’s recent release, The Sticks, and European duo Boy’s Mutual Friends.

This year is already so musically bountiful!

This upcoming week looks pretty singer-songwriter heavy for me. I think I’m most excited about Saturday at The Roxy. I mean, how many years has it been since Teddy Geiger appeared on that canceled way too soon TV show about the music talent scout played by Tom Cavanaugh? I was instantly drawn to the show and the young promising talent.

Here’s what else is on my radar. Need more rock in your life? Try Thursday night at The Viper Room or sample The Ten Thousand at Los Globos as part of their January residency.


Monday: It’s a School Night at Bardot featuring Run River North (formally Monsters Calling Home), Meg Meyers, and The Peach Kings (9pm)…FREE with RSVP
ALSO: Amie Miriello and Deadly Birds at The Viper Room (10, 11)
ALSO: Western Scene FREE at Harvard & Stone (8:15)
ALSO: Our Lady J with Justin Tranter at Rockwell Table and Stage (8pm)
ALSO: Kathryn Ostenberg at The Hotel Cafe (8pm)
ALSO: Terraplane Sun FREE at The Satellite (10pm)
ALSO: Monday Monday FREE at Room 5 featuring Scott Mellis, Jesse Thomas, Jackie Does Joel, David & Devine, etc. (8pm)


Tuesday: Madi Diaz at The Hotel Cafe (8pm)
ALSO: The Ten Thousand at Los Globos (11:30)
ALSO: Professor Possessor at Bootleg Bar (11pm)
ALSO: A Tribute to Dolly Parton FREE at The Satellite (9pm)
ALSO: Kaskade at The Grammy Museum (7:30)
ALSO: Beachwood Tuesdays FREE at The Piano Bar (9pm)


Weds: Lucy Rose, Barnaby Bright, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald at The Hotel Cafe (7,8,11)
ALSO: Miner and Steve Taylor at The Echo (9pm)
ALSO: Jake Bugg at The Trouadour (9:30)
ALSO: Andrew Bird at Largo (8pm)


Thursday: “Write the Night” at The Troubadour featuring Curtis Peoples, Lucy Rose, and Joshua James (7pm)
ALSO: Irontom, Transfer, The Parlotones at The Viper Room (8:30, 9:30, 10:30)
ALSO: Kate Earl at The Hotel Cafe (10pm)
ALSO: Wake Up Lucid at The Satellite (9pm)
ALSO: Lifehouse at The Grammy Museum (8pm)
ALSO: Pinback at The El Rey (8pm)
ALSO: Angels Fall acoustic FREE at The Hard Rock Cafe (9pm)
ALSO: Andrew Bird at Largo (8pm)


FridayThe James Douglas Show at The Federal Bar (7:30 AND 9pm)
ALSO: Forrest Day at El Cid (midnight)
ALSO: Fortress Social Club FREE at 3 Clubs (11:30)
ALSO: Abandoned Pools at The Viper Room (10pm)
ALSO: The Dead Ships at The Satellite (11pm)
ALSO: Meika Pauley at The Hotel Cafe (9pm)
ALSO: Andrew Bird at Largo (8pm)


Saturday: Teddy Geiger, Tyler Hilton, Ryan Cabrera at The Roxy (8pm)
ALSO: Irontom at O’Brien’s (10pm)
ALSO: Jenny O and He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister at The Troubadour (9:30, 10:30)


Sunday: ?



To Keep in Mind:
January 23rd: The Airborne Toxic Event at The Mayan Theatre
January 23rd, 24th, 26th: Muse at The Staples Center
January 24th: Words and Music by Dan Wilson at Room 5
January 26th: The Nervous Wreckords at The Satellite
January 27th: Joshua Radin at The Hotel Cafe
Feb. 1st: Tegan and Sara at Club Nokia
Feb. 2nd: Augustana at The Troubadour
Feb. 9th: Ed Sheeran at Hollywood Palladium
Feb. 12th: Ellie Goulding at Hollywood Palladium
Feb. 13th: Papa Roach at Club Nokia
Feb. 13th: Dear Boy at The Troubadour
Feb. 17th: Ed Sheeran at Nokia Theatre LA Live
Feb. 21st: twenty one pilots at The Troubadour
Feb. 26th: Anberlin at The House of Blues Sunset
Feb. 28th: Matthew Perryman Jones at Bootleg Bar
Feb. 28th: Jukebox the Ghost at The Echo
March 5th: Marcus Foster at The Troubadour
March 8th: Boy at The Troubadour
March 13th: Frightened Rabbit at The Music Box
March 15th: Anais Mitchell at McCabe’s
March 20th: Nico Vega, Atlas Genius, and Imagine Dragons at The Wiltern
May 18-19th: Overture Con at The Mint/Central SAPC
April 20th: Tyrone Wells and Wakey!Wakey! at The Troubadour
August 19th/20th: Ed Sheeran at The Staples Center

~ Kristen

Kristen’s Concert Calendar: 6/7-6/13

This week I write to you from San Diego. Tonight I have a ticket to go see The Silent Comedy open for Mumford & Sons. Needless to say, there is a great deal of excitement involved. Friday night The Silent Comedy played at The Royal Dive in Oceanside so I decided to make a weekend of it in San Diego. Not that it’s been all fun and games…actually it’s mostly been paper-writing, but the change of location was good I suppose. And I get to see one of my favorite bands twice!  And speaking of the marvelous The Silent Comedy, they are coming back up to LA June 17th. Playing a NEW VENUE called Speakeasy over in the Silverlake area. Also playing that night: Queen Caveat! It’s gonna be a good one, so mark your calendar!

But if you want to know what to put on your calendar this week, here’s what I’ve got on mine:

Monday: Paris Carney, Songwriters in the Round (featuring Kathryn Ostenberg, Joel Eckels, Buddy, and Brother Sal), Jay Nash at Room 5 (8, 9, 10:30)…are you seeing this line-up!?! A good night to check out my favorite place to hang Monday nights
ALSO:  it’s a school night at Bardot featuring Super Secret Act (10pm)…I semi-recall them saying something about Hot Hot Heat, but no matter who it is, it will be a fun night, but don’t forget to RSVP (
ALSO: Thao and Mirah with The Most of All at Bootleg (10pm)
ALSO: The Delta Spirit FREE at Amobea (7pm)
ALSO: Abbot Kinney at Molly Malone’s (9pm)…Jared from Abbot Kinney starts his month long residency at Molly Malone’s…AKA Abbot Kinney’s Summer of Exploding Hearts

 Tuesday: The Shakers EP Release FREE at The Viper Room also featuring Automatique and New Liberty (Philly band alert!) (11, 12,8)
ALSO: Alice Wallace at The Mint (8pm)
ALSO: Greg Holden at Room 5 (9pm) 

Weds: Allen Stone and Dave Barnes at The Roxy (9pm)
ALSO: Alex Lambert (yes, the one from American Idol) at The Mint (7pm)
ALSO: Ashes Divide at The Viper Room (11pm)
ALSO: Crash Test Dummies at The Hotel Café (7pm)…yes you read that right…I recommend getting advanced tickets
ALSO: Hot Hot Heat at Bootleg (11:15) 

Thursday:  BONNAROO BEGINS! Let’s take this moment to lament the fact that I am not there…silly classes having everything due this week
ALSO: Ian Axel, Amber Rubarth, Holly Conlan, TD Lind, and No Country at The Hotel Cafe (7pm)…just go for Ian and stay til the end…seriously good night of music
ALSO: Chantal Kreviazuk at The Mint (9pm)
ALSO: Fitz and the Tantrums at Spaceland (10pm)
ALSO: Amber Pacific at Whiskey a Go-Go (7pm) 

Friday: Iglu and Hartly at The Roxy (9pm)
ALSO: Helen Stellar at Spaceland (10pm) 

Saturday: Greg Laswell, Brian Wright, and SO & So at The Hotel Cafe (8, 9, 10)…The Greg Laswell/Brian Wright portion of the evening seems to be Sold out, but go see So & So…
ALSO: Mayer Hawthorne at The Ghetty (6pm) 

Sunday: Greg Laswell, Brian Wright, and Austin Hartley Leonard  at The Hotel Cafe (7, 8, 9)…this one, not sold out last I checked
ALSO: Beth Hart and Garrison Starr at The Echoplex (8pm)
ALSO: Taproot at Whiskey a Go Go (8pm) 

To Keep in Mind:
June 17th: The Other Side of Morning at The House of Blues
June 17th: Queen Caveat and The Silent Comedy at Speakeasy 
June 25th: Warped Tour in LA
June 25th: The Rescues CD Release at The Troubadour
June 21st: Carney at The Troubadour
June 21st: Gaslight Anthem at El Rey
July 7th: Carbon Leaf at The Troubadour
July 8th: Michelle Branch at Greek Theater
July 10th: Lilith Fair
July 18th: The Swell Season and Bird and the Bee at Hollywood Bowl
July 30-31st: Morceeba at Hollywood Bowl
August 12th: Semi Precious Weapons at Staples Center (with Lady GaGa)
September 25th: Band of Horses at Greek Theater
September 25th: Muse at Staples Center

~ Kristen