by Brad Roberts
Heartbroken over the loss of one who meant so much to the local music community. Asa Ferry (at right) was one of the nicest people I've met over the past ten years and he is, rightfully, an inspiration to all his musician friends, as was obvious from the outpouring of emotional postings on Facebook.
Kind Hearts and Coronets was one of the first local band I saw upon my return to rock and roll. When I started doing shows at Lot 1 in 2012 I wanted to get them to play, but they were on hiatus and Asa kindly brought his side project, Alpha Beta, to a show in 2013. If you can, please donate to the GOFUNDME campaign for his wife and son.
Blitzen Trapper are beginning a Fall Tour to play their new album, All Across This Land, for us and will be at Teragram Ballroom on Friday night. I try not to miss them every time they play here and it'll be my first trip to Teragram Ballroom so I'm doubly excited for this one.
There's a bunch of competitive nights this week so here I'll recommend the ones I have to pass up so that maybe you can attend for me. Echoplex with the Summer Twins residency bringing Rachel Goodrich, Cobalt Cranes and Francisco The Man on Monday. In The Valley Below at El Rey is competing with Mother Falcon at Teragram Ballroom on Wednesday and I'm passing on both of them because of shows Thursday and Friday. Alright Alright is back on stage (I have missed them) and plays with The World Record (solo), Veterans of Future Wars and Rafael Bustamante at Lot 1 on Friday, and if I'm still standing on Saturday, I'll go to see Wages, The Breakups and Lael Neale at El Cid.