by Brad Roberts
There's a couple of worthwhile benefits to recommend this week. Lyme Light is a charity event on Thursday at El Rey, for the Tick-Borne Disease Alliance to help fight Lyme Disease and featuring some dedicated and benevolent local musicians including Youngblood Hawke, The Lonely Wild, In The Valley Below and Aaron Embry, to name a few of the participants. Oklahoma's All American Rejects are the headliners.
This week's First Fridays w/ Mary & Eli presents a Franklin Elementary Fundraiser (above) at Pehrspace with Alright Alright, Dawn of Sequins, and three other acts. Proceeds go for school supplies (which are desperately needed in the current climate of right-wing demonizing of public schools with the ultimate aim of privatizing all education) and with a line up made up of parents of current students. They are to be applauded.
Also on Friday night Ruthann Friedman w/ The Now People is bringing her stunning show back to Taix Lounge where she celebrated the long-awaited release of her album, Windy: A Ruthann Friedman Songbook, last September with a most memorable performance. Let's welcome Melpo Mene, who have recently moved to Los Angeles from their native Sweden, as they play for the final Moscow Rosco Monday residency at The Satellite. There's loads of other shows every night.
I lapped up concert ticket like a thirsty dog last week; The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Mimicking Birds, Maximo Park, because some of them I haven't seen for a very long time. Looking forward to a very busy April and May.