By Brad Roberts
Watch out, it's April Fool's Week, and we're surrounded by fools. And an earthquake! It makes me realize how long I've been a Californian to see facebook light up with friends who have never felt one, since I was here between 1985 and 1995 when we had such a rash of quakes. Among the stand outs were the Whittier Narrows quake on October 1, 1987 which threw all my records out onto the floor and destroyed my two big, old fashioned KLH stereo speakers while living in a BRICK(!) building, and the Northridge quake of 1994 which didn't even feel like an earthquake. It was a completely different and violent animal which made the gentle side-to-side swaying motion of most quakes seem like child's play. Put cracks all through the apartment I still live in today. (They've all been painted over.) The seismic drought we've had for the past 20 years has lulled old-timers into a state of complacency and newcomers don't think we really have them. Well, surprise! My own personal opinion (not based on any scientific facts whatsoever) is that small to medium activity keeps the really big one at bay. So I guess I'd rather have some than none at all.
And in the nine years since I started going out to concerts again, I've yet to feel one while in a club or a theatre. Maybe this week will change all that. Here are some shows to get your rock rolling. Monday, Tuesday and Friday and Saturday are conspicuously packed with good choices.
The spectacular show at Space 15 Twenty on Saturday by Manhattan Murder Mystery, where they blew the non-existent roof off the place, demands that you try to attend their show on Monday at The Down and Out. This amazing band is still maintaining a career high both as stage performers and as songwriters.
Beginning this Tuesday, Aaron Embry starts a bi-weekly residency at Hotel Cafe that is going to showcase a lot of new material he's been writing recently and that is always cause to celebrate. He has put together great line ups for the dates of April 1, 15 and 29, this week with Ferraby Lionheart.
Friday gives us First Fridays with Mary & Eli with Madame Headress this week. (They alternate with Dawn Of Sequins every other month during this year long residency) Adding their considerable talents to the proceedings are Bloody Death Skull or Madame Grislee at Pehrspace.