by Brad Roberts
Summer is really gearing up and the season's schedule is filling up quickly with amazing shows typified by this week's appearances of Fleetwood Mac at Hollywood Bowl and The Rolling Stones, back at The Staples Center. Just last week tickets went on sale for another announced outdoor show at The Hollywood Forever Cemetery, this time with Grizzly Bear on Friday, August 9, which joins another show two days later, The National on Sunday, August 11, keeping me in the cemetery (above) most of that weekend, except for the detour to The Greek on Saturday night for another show by The National. Luckily, I acted fast and was able to get tickets for all three. I love my outdoor summer shows in Los Angeles.
This week looks fairly mild compared to what's coming up as we head toward June and the start of a bunch of festivals. Monday is, as usual, one of the highlights of the week. This Los Angeles idea of free Monday night residencies has become such a long-standing tradition that all the clubs are packed every Monday night and the acts are usually so stimulating that you just want to go out every night for the rest of the week. Tonight I start with The Sixth Son and LoveyDove at Los Globos, then venture over to The Echo for the Torches residency with Seasons.
Friday night offers a special show not to be missed. Amanda Jo Williams is releasing a new record and is having a release party at El Cid with a dynamite bill including Tommy Santee Klaws and Dorian Wood. A few other treats are buried inside...