Live Music: Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby at Royce Hall

By Mike Finkelstein Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby brought their bluegrass collaboration to a CAP UCLA concert at Royce Hall on Friday night, playing to a very appreciative if not overflowing crowd. Backed by the amazing six-piece Kentucky Thunder bluegrass band, Skaggs and Hornsby took on music ranging from Bill Monroe to Rick James. At… Read More Live Music: Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby at Royce Hall

Live Pop Music: The Rascals “Once Upon A Dream” at the Greek Theatre

By Mike Finkelstein On a brisk Thursday evening none other than the Rascals presented their autobiographical stage show, Once Upon a Dream, at the Greek Theatre. It comes as a pleasant and uplifting surprise to know that all the original members are alive and well, and sounding quite good, indeed. With a strong push from… Read More Live Pop Music: The Rascals “Once Upon A Dream” at the Greek Theatre

Live Music: Furthur, with Bob Weir and Phil Lesh, Celebrate the Music of the Grateful Dead at the Greek Theatre

By Mike Finkelstein It’s rather phenomenal, the way the Grateful Dead tradition continues to thrive. On Saturday evening, Furthur, featuring two original G.D. smembers — rhythm guitarist Bob Weir and bassist Phil Lesh – hosted the second night of a sold out, jam-packed, three-night weekend stint in perfect evening weather at the Greek Theatre. Last… Read More Live Music: Furthur, with Bob Weir and Phil Lesh, Celebrate the Music of the Grateful Dead at the Greek Theatre

Live Music: Heart and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience at the Greek Theatre

By Mike Finkelstein Los Angeles, CA.  Last Friday night at the Greek Theatre, Heart and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience shared the bill and the stage with the looming presence of Led Zeppelin in absentia. There actually were more Led Zeppelin songs played this evening than those of anyone else.   Friday’s show saw Heart… Read More Live Music: Heart and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience at the Greek Theatre

Live Music: Americanarama with Bob Dylan, My Morning Jacket, Wilco and Ryan Bingham at the Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre

By Mike Finkelstein Denver, Colorado. I caught the Americanarama tour in Englewood, CO while on a road trip last week.   I’m not so sure that the bands on the tour ( My Morning Jacket, Wilco, Bob Dylan and Ryan Bingham) are truly representative of the burgeoning Americana genre.   But if you get a chance to… Read More Live Music: Americanarama with Bob Dylan, My Morning Jacket, Wilco and Ryan Bingham at the Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre