Dead and Co at the Forum New Year’s Eve eve and New Year’s Eve

By Mike Finkelstein Improbable as it may seem, twenty years after Jerry Garcia’s death, 2015 was a very eventful year in the Grateful Dead community. In July, it seemed that the final Fare Thee Well show in Chicago, with Phish’s Trey Anastacio on lead guitar, would be it for the resurrected Grateful Dead. But, as… Read More Dead and Co at the Forum New Year’s Eve eve and New Year’s Eve

Live Music: “Crosscurrents” (Zakir Hussain, Dave Holland, Shankar Mahadevan et al) at Royce Hall

    By Mike Finkelstein On Tuesday night the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA presented Crosscurrents, a truly special ensemble of legendary Western and Indian virtuoso musicians, to a full house. The group members are Zakir Hussain (tablas), Louiz Banks (piano/keyboards), Dave Holland (bass), Shankar Mahadevan (vocals), Sanjay Divecha (guitar), Vikku “V”… Read More Live Music: “Crosscurrents” (Zakir Hussain, Dave Holland, Shankar Mahadevan et al) at Royce Hall

Live Music: Snarky Puppy and Kneebody in a CAP UCLA Concert at Royce Hall

By Mike Finkelstein On Thursday night in a Center for the Art of Performance concert at Royce Hall, Snarky Puppy and Kneebody played a sold out show of what might best be called jazz fusion or simply eclectic music, though trying to label music is probably not a great idea. Still, both units had a… Read More Live Music: Snarky Puppy and Kneebody in a CAP UCLA Concert at Royce Hall

Live Music: Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals at the Greek Theatre

By Mike Finkelstein For years, it seems that I’ve brushed up to a nice bushel or two of “keeper” songs from Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals. These tunes are the good stuff, the type of songs people use in their weddings, and the band’s reputation as performers is similarly top shelf. Still, I never… Read More Live Music: Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals at the Greek Theatre

Musical Theatre: “A Night With Janis Joplin” at the Pasadena Playhouse

By Mike Finkelstein If you have even a kernel of curiosity about the legend of Janis Joplin or if you simply want to see some great rock-related live musical theater, you will want to get to the Pasadena Playhouse and see A Night with Janis Joplin before it closes on August 23. Putting this production… Read More Musical Theatre: “A Night With Janis Joplin” at the Pasadena Playhouse

Live Music: Barenaked Ladies, The Violent Femmes, and Colin Hay at the Greek Theatre

By Mike Finkelstein Last Tuesday night, a good old-fashioned triple bill pulled into town at the Greek theater, a triple bill headlined by Barenaked Ladies, and supported by the Violent Femmes and Colin Hay. It seems that in recent times, acts don’t interact much on stage during one of these tours. They simply go onstage… Read More Live Music: Barenaked Ladies, The Violent Femmes, and Colin Hay at the Greek Theatre