by Brad Roberts
January was such a surprising and exciting month for music in this town, that I wonder if February can keep up. Judging from this week, it's off to a good start. I'll stop sounding like a broken record next week as this is the last of the Seasons residency nights on Monday at The Echo, but tonight they are appearing with a string quartet and horn section(!), so again they are the show of the week. This should be quite the blow-out with Robotanists, Little Red Lung and Paulie Pesh on the bill. When Seasons take the stage, which should fill up like a can of sardines, the sound will be overwhelming. In addition to selections from the four EP's they've been highlighting all month, I'm sure there will be unexpected surprises. I can't wait! The book cover illustration above is by Marshall Peck III.
A genuine rock and roll legend who deserves this stature is Jorma Kaukonen, who's been playing for nearly fifty years, in Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, Hot Tuna and as a solo act, has four sold out shows on Friday and Saturday at McCabe's. He plays this gig occasionally and it is always sold out by the time I hear about it. Damn! I must keep a closer watch on McCabe's concert listings.
I'm real happy to see Aaron Embry back out making music. Ever since I got to know Aaron and Nikki Embry through Amnion, I've been a fan of his unique and inspired abilities. He has a date in Venice on Monday, which I can't attend, but I'll be at Hotel Cafe on Thursday where he appears at nine o'clock. And on Saturday I'm hosting another Feed Your Head show at Lot 1 with a sparkling line up Cody The Band, The Health Club, Socialistics and Fort KIng.