Live Music: Tony Bennett at the Hollywood Bowl

By Don Heckman Any night one hears Tony Bennett in action is a night to remember.  And his performance Friday night at the Hollywood Bowl was no exception, made even more memorable by the fact that it was taking place the day before his 87th birthday. Hearing mature artists in performance at the Bowl is… Read More Live Music: Tony Bennett at the Hollywood Bowl

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Live Country Music: Brantley Gilbert, Jack Ingram and Rachel Farley at the Greek Theatre

By Mike Finkelstein On a perfect Friday evening, KKGO radio hosted a triple bill bonanza showcasing the new sound of country music at the Greek Theatre.  What transpired was lovingly devoured by one of the most enthusiastic and attractive crowds you could hope to see.  It was beautiful. The bands rocked and the crowd rolled… Read More Live Country Music: Brantley Gilbert, Jack Ingram and Rachel Farley at the Greek Theatre

Live Music (and More): Garrison Keillor and A Prairie Home Companion at the Greek Theatre

By Mike Finkelstein On Friday night Garrison Keillor and the cast of A Prairie Home Companion descended upon the Greek Theater ostensibly to record the latest installment of their delightfully entertaining radio show for public radio.    It was a beautiful evening as the sun started to set over Griffith Park.   You couldn’t imagine a more… Read More Live Music (and More): Garrison Keillor and A Prairie Home Companion at the Greek Theatre

Live Music: Rita Coolidge at Catalina Bar & Grill

By Don Heckman Hollywood, CA. There was a distinct feeling of time warp in the air Friday night during Rita Coolidge’s performance at Catalina Bar & Grill.  “Nostalgia” couldn’t quite describe the experience of hearing her embracing voice singing “Superstar,” “Born Under A Bad Sign,” “You’re Love Takes Me Higher,” and more. I first heard… Read More Live Music: Rita Coolidge at Catalina Bar & Grill

A Twist of Doc: The 2013 NAMM Convention Performance Highlights

 By Devon “Doc” Wendell The 2013 NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) convention took place in Anaheim California between Thursday, January 24th and Sunday, January 27th. Despite throngs of inebriated metal heads roaming the Anaheim streets, instrument booths in the convention hall, and thousands of music merchants packed into the Anaheim Convention center like sardines,… Read More A Twist of Doc: The 2013 NAMM Convention Performance Highlights

Live Music: Steve Earl and Allison Moorer in a CAP UCLA Concert at Royce Hall

By Mike Finkelstein Last Saturday night, veteran folk singer Steve Earle and his wife Allison Moorer played a stripped down show in a CAP UCLA concert at Royce Hall.   They used a short rotation of his guitar, harmonica, and mandolin, with her guitar, accordion, and piano to give us all a reminder of how the… Read More Live Music: Steve Earl and Allison Moorer in a CAP UCLA Concert at Royce Hall

Live Music: David Grisman and David Lindley at Royce Hall

By Mike Finkelstein The David Grisman Sextet rambled through a CAP UCLA performance at Royce Hall on Friday night, playing to a warm and delighted reception from a smaller than anticipated crowd.   Still, it was a hugely satisfying night of music with none other than David Lindley opening up the festivities. Both Grisman and Lindley… Read More Live Music: David Grisman and David Lindley at Royce Hall

Live Music and Film: Bill Frisell and “The Great Flood” at Royce Hall

By Michael Katz One of my regrets from the Monterey Jazz Festival was missing guitarist Bill Frisell’s commissioned piece.  So Saturday night’s performance in support of the Bill Morrison film The Great Flood at UCLA’s Royce Hall gave me the opportunity to experience another facet of Frisell’s diverse musical oeuvre The 75 minute film, presented… Read More Live Music and Film: Bill Frisell and “The Great Flood” at Royce Hall

Live Music: Maia Sharp with AG, Garrison Starr and Linda Taylor at Jonathan’s in Ogunquit

BY BRIAN ARSENAULT Ogunquit, Maine.   Maia Sharp went “around the horn,” as she said, with AG (Adrianne Gonzalez) and Garrison Starr at Jonathan’s in Ogunquit, Maine Thursday evening, and made a joyous sound to an enthusiastic but too small crowd. More promotion required. Trading lead vocals and instruments and backed throughout by the wonderful Linda… Read More Live Music: Maia Sharp with AG, Garrison Starr and Linda Taylor at Jonathan’s in Ogunquit