by Brad Roberts
Summer really gets underway this week with the Annual 4th of July Holiday on Friday inaugurating a three-day weekend of parties and revelry. There's a huge downtown Los Angeles block party that includes fireworks launched off the surrounding rooftops and billed as "bigger, better and FREE FOR ALL!" Grand Park 4th of July Block Party with fireworks and indie rock and alternative bands performing on the ALTimate MAIN STAGE, across from City Hall. Semi Precious Weapons, Wild Cub, Phantogram, Brick + Mortar and Echosmith are featured highlights, beginning around 4 PM.
The Hollywood Bowl has put Steve Martin in charge of overseeing three nights of fireworks displays commemorating the 4th of July, Wednesday through Friday, and offering music with his band, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers. The injection of humor should be a refreshing change of pace from what can be a pompous and over-serious holiday.
I have a wonderful Feed Your Head show at Lot 1 on Saturday, July 5th, with a Very Special Guest, who is also a popular favorite, and co-headliners, LoveyDove, who have a brand new album ready for release. Neil Malick, who plays under the name The Sixth Son, has played for me a few times already, but it's been a while and he'll be presenting new stuff. Can't wait. There's a bunch of other good shows after the break.
My collection of upcoming tickets continues to bulge with the addition this week of one for Broken Bells at The Orpheum in October, which is a seated show. Got the shot at left at the show by EELS a couple of weeks ago at this beautiful theatre! I didn't quite expect to go as I just saw Broken Bells at El Rey when they played here between Coachella weekends. I got an email for pre-sale and just thought I go online and see what I came up with. They're playing two nights, Friday, Oct. 24 and Saturday, Oct. 25 so I tried Friday and came up with row N. I tried Saturday night and came up with row A, seat 12, Pretty much "front row center" so, in spite of the cost, I went for it. How could I let that go! Also the just announced premiere of the new documentary, Beyond There, about the Chinese and Asian tour by The Album Leaf, and featuring a live performance from the band at The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery on July 15th. And, of course I had to get a ticket for the Pinback tour celebrating the tenth anniversary with a live performance of the decade old Summer in Abaddon album in October at El Rey.