by Brad Roberts
OK, after a two week hiatus I'm back. Quite a few good shows this week as we approach the Fall Season. Three sold out nights for Wilco at the beautiful Theatre at Ace Hotel begin on Tuesday, The Dustbowl Revival play The Roxy on Thursday, while Dawes have a show at The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery and local all-stars Local Natives fill The Greek on Thursday.
I first heard Tom Rush in 1966, when his definitive, deep baritone version of Joni Mitchell's "Urge for Going", being played on Boston radio that fall, fed into my own seasonal autumnal sadness and my sense of wanderlust. It was the first Mitchell song I ever heard and I was stunned by the pin-point accuracy and beauty of it's lyrics. I last saw this folk legend back in 1970 at the South Shore Music Circus in Cohasset, Massachusettes when he was touring what was arguably his best album, the self-titled Tom Rush (above) released that year, which had become one of my favorite albums. He is still performing and this Friday he has two shows at McCabe's. I should go.
There's an enticing show at The Echo on Tuesday with the amazing psychedelic soul singer, Jamie Lidell, who so perfectly captures the essence of mid and late sixties soul singers and embodies it in an unlikely white, British artist. Saw him a couple of times back in 06, and his live show is exciting and inspiring. He and his backing band are known as Jamie Lidell and the Royal Pharoahs on this tour.
Locally we get the long-awaited EP Release from Emerson Star, celebrated on Thursday night at Bootleg Bar, a band that deserves a lot more attention. The Buttertones are enjoying a September Monday residency at The Echo, and Gregg Garvey has a gig at The Hi Hat on Sunday.