by Brad Roberts
Plenty of tasty morsels to choose from this week culminating in a show that is, for me, one of the major concert events of my lifetime, Cat Stevens. And in between now and that I see Kan Wakan at The Troubadour on Tuesday, Allah-Las at El Rey on Friday and The Lonely Wild at Bootleg HiFi on Saturday. Busy and great week. Perfect way to begin a festive holiday season.
The biggest gift of course was scoring a ticket for the instantly sold out return of Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam) to the performing stage. I'm halfway back in the large Nokia Theatre and thrilled to be that close. We'll see how thrilled when I get there. It's my first trip to that venue.
I became a fan and bought Tea For The Tillerman in early 1971, so that when Harold and Maude opened that December, I was already well aware of the music that helped that movie go from enormous box-office flop to cult film within a few years. By 1974 it had already been rediscovered and was playing year-long engagements in many cities across the U.S.A. So every time I've watched that film over the years (25 times probably) I've regretted not having seen him perform live. Adding to the excitement is the fact that he sounds remarkably like he did forty years ago.
Hotel Cafe gets a jump on the seasonal celebrations with "Hohotel Holiday Shows" on Thursday and Friday and featuring huge line ups of Cafe regulars and a few surprises. Rachel Stolte and Solon Bixler, of Great Northern, have a new project called W.A.R.S. and they play Monday at The Satellite with Kissing Cousins, Joel Jerome has a show at Echoplex on Tuesday, the same night as Halfbluud and Nightmare Air appear at Bootleg HiFi, while Halfbluud are also at "School Night!" on Monday night at Bardot. L A River Bend have a date at Silver Lake Lounge on Wednesday, De Lux inaugurate the first show since Live Nation took over programming at Club Bahia on Wednesday, as Hobart W. Fink presents a new line up for his birthday show on the same night at The Satellite.