4th of July festivities did me in, so this week's report is not as
extensive as usual. There's a lot of great music going on all Summer
long. Check your town's Concerts in the Park schedule for starters.
My pick of this weekend would have to be the annual "CELEBRATION ON
THE COLORADO STREET BRIDGE" in Pasadena on Sat. July 14th. A variety
of live music on 3 stages featuring some of my favorite local bands.
Although they've been around for 20 years, Mercy & the Merkettes are
making their first appearance on the Bridge. They will definitely
provide some friendly competition for veterans Snotty Scotty & the
Hankies (pictured here, click to enlarge) who have their usual slot on
the stage at the west end. More details below...
THURS. 7/5 - RICK SHEA AND THE LOSIN' END @ ARCADIA BLUES CLUB,
8-11:30pm, with special guest DAVID SERBY do
ing the middle set at
E. Huntington Dr.
$5 cover - goes to the guest band
. $2 Miller High Lifes, nightly
drink specials, free pool - what a bargain! Honky Tonk
Blues every Thursday nite!
FRI. 7/6 - LOGAN COATS @ BEANTOWN
IN SIERRA MADRE, 8 - 11pm. 45 N. Baldwin Ave. 626-355-1596. Soups,
sandwiches, desserts, coffee drinks, etc. Logan is a talented
singer-songwriter who does originals as well as unique
interpretations of his favorite songs. Check him out on YouTube. He
played at the Wistaria Festival a few years ago, and is also the great
nephew of my friend Linda!
FRI. 7/6 - BOBBY BRADFORD MOTET @ CAFE 322 IN
SIERRA MADRE, not sure of the start time. 626-836-5414. 322 W.
Sierra Madre Blvd. Full bar, great Italian food. A
fixture on the local jazz scene, Bobby Bradford is best known for his
early 70's work with Ornette Coleman, and was one of my brother Rick's
early musical influences
FRI. 7/6 - PRESTON SMITH @ BARRU IN
2265 Honolulu Ave.
Full bar and kitchen. Jazz duo,
but it sounds like there's 4 or
5 guys on stage!
FRI. 7/6 -
@ THE BUCCANEER LOUNGE IN SIERRA MADRE, 9:30PM. 70 W.
Sierra Madre Blvd
Full bar, no cover, free parking in back. Amazingly talented Blues
guitarist, and quite the babe too, if you like girls! This
is the make-up date for the 6/16 gig she had to cancel..... I warned
you about that!
FRI. 7/6 &
SAT. 7/7 - "THE SUBS" (Better Than Blue's
acoustic alter ego) @ the DOCKSIDE in WEST COVINA, 7:30 - 11:30pm.
3057 E. Garvey Ave. North.
Joe Velosa, Danny Hesse, Felicia Bright. Acoustic rock, soul &
SAT. 7/7 - Open Mic Night @ the FRETHOUSE in
Covina. 309 N. Citrus Ave. (626) 339-7020. Always on the first
Saturday of the month, and just one dollar for performers or audience.
Sign-up starts at 7:30. If there aren't enough slots
for everybody they'll make a list for the next month, and call you.
Each act gets two songs or ten minutes, whichever comes first. The
show starts at 8:00. They'll have desserts and coffee ready. Bring
your friends and family and join the show!
- JEFF STETSON and THE B.O. TRIO PLAY A "MIXED BAG AND SOME
BLUES" AT ZEPHYR COFFEE HOUSE IN
PASADENA, 8:30 - 10pm. 2419 E. Colorado Blvd., just E. of Sierra
Madre Blvd. 626-793-7330. Soups, sandwiches, coffee, tea, smoothies,
SUN. 7/8 - BARRY "BIG B" BRENNER @
FIREFLY BISTRO IN SOUTH PASADENA, 11am - 2pm. 1009
BLUES Brunch under a big breezy tent.
SUN. 7/8 - GRANT PARK SOFTBALL - ALL ARE
WELCOME! NOT A LEAGUE - JUST FOR FUN. CORNER OF
BLOCKS WEST OF PCC. BATTING PRACTICE 12:30, GAME TIME ASAP. BRING
YOUR GLOVE, BAT, CHAIR, ICE CHEST, ETC. EVERY SUNDAY....
SUN. 7/8 - have lunch with
NEW ASTROTURF @ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE, 1:30 - 4:30pm. 322 W.
Sierra Madre Blvd.
626-836-5414. Full bar
and great Italian food. Thanks to
all who came out 2 weeks ago and made this such a great success! We
hope to see you regularly!
SUN. 7/8 -
FUR DIXON & STEVE WERNER @ the
Peter Strauss Free Concert
Series in Agoura Hills, 3 - 5pm.
traveling music in the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains. Playing
with Fur & Steve that day will be Mike Heinle on the upright bass,
Cliff Wagner on banjo and fiddle and John "Groover" McDuffie on peddle
steel and dobro. There'll be an
open jam session at 2pm prior to the show. Bring your instruments!
Directions to the Peter Strauss Ranch
from either the greater Los Angeles area or the greater
Ventura/Camarillo area: Take the Ventura Freeway (101) to the Kanan
Road exit. Go south on Kanan Road 2.8 miles to Troutdale Road.
Turn left on Troutdale Road and go two blocks to Mulholland
Highway. Turn left on Mulholland Highway then make an immediate
right under the arch into the Peter Strauss Ranch parking lot. Walk
back across the bridge on Mulholland Highway and enter the main gate
into the ranch. Free Parking.
7/12 - Every Thursday at the
Better Than Blue
continues to host a weekly Jam Night. It runs from 8:30 PM
until 12. 3710 N.
. Above the Sun Palace Chinese Restaurant.
SAT. 7/14 - The 15th Annual "Ann The Raven's Blues Party". This year
instead of the
Blues Festival she will have her annual Blues
Birthday Party at "REVO" Jazz and Blues club in Glendale, 6pm. 1022
E. Chevy Chase Dr. 818-549-0809. $10 cover.
A large number of local high profile Blues bands, one of
which is a new Blues Band called "Why Lie" featuring Tony Sales and
Burke Wallace formally of the
Band and of course The Legendary Great
with The Max
Show, The Blues Stand Band, Fat Danny & Hard Tymz, The Bullfrog
Blues Band, Chicago Red, and more.
SAT. 7/14 - "CELEBRATION ON THE COLORADO STREET BRIDGE", 6 - 11pm.
$15 at the door/$13 in advance. 626-441-6333. Festive dining,
dancing & drinks.
music on 3 stages:
Jaymee Carpenter (aka
Wreck 'n' Sow (bluegrass)
Hollywood Combo (swing)
Cain Enablers (blues)
Mercy & the Merkettes
(R&B, funk, Motown,etc.) 8-10:30pm
the Superstitions (blues,
Snotty Scotty & the
Hankies (the ultimate garage band) 8-10:30pm
SAT. 7/14 - HORSES ON
ASTROTURF @ THE BUCCANEER LOUNGE IN SIERRA MADRE, 9pm - 1:30am. 70
W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-355-9045. No cover, full bar, cheap
drinks! Hillbilly Hippie Rock 'N' Roll.
Come on over after the Bridge
- CHRISTINA ORTEGA, I SEE HAWKS IN L.A. and more.... @ the "GRAND OLE
ECHO" in Echo Park, 5 - 9pm. Country Music & BBQ.1822 Sunset Blvd.
213-413-8200. No cover charge.
Please remember to call and verify all info. before making plans.
Everything is subject to change. This is show biz, after all.
Hope to see you out & about,
|We're going to post
links to past Music News columns, not because it makes sense to post
outdated calendar items, but just so you can look up the name of the band
that played at that place last Thursday that it's driving you crazy that you
can't remember. Actually, we may also add to some of the old columns
by creating links at the blurb about an event, if we cover it and have
either photos or videos that we've posted for that event.