The playlists below are made up of musical selections from bands and musicians who would have played in Los Angeles in October of 2020 if not for the COVID-19 pandemic, and others who had or were part of concerts online. This month the selections include bands that would have played Coachella as well.
So…a lot of events have been canceled already for this weekend due to coronavirus, including Pasadena’s ArtNight. I am listing events currently (as of this writing) still happening but please follow the links below to the event (and Twitter page if available) to confirm that it is taking place.
Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (3/12-3/15/20)-
Zebulon is showing Silver Jew Documentary, a film by Michael Tully documenting two shows by the Silver Jews in Tel Aviv and an afternoon in Jerusalem during their first-ever tour in 2006, 15 years after its founder David Berman began recording under that name. Berman passed away in August of 2019. The film is short but there will also be a selection of Silver Jews and Purple Mountains (his later band) videos. It’s a free event but donations and proceeds from this screening will benefit MusiCares, a nonprofit that has provided more than $60 million in health, financial, and rehabilitation resources to musicians in times of need.
USA Fellow and five-time Grammy-winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard will be at California African American Museum (CAAM) to discuss his legendary career and his nearly three-decades-long collaboration with director Spike Lee, with Hamza Walker, executive director of the Los Angeles nonprofit art space LAXART, moderating the conversation. (free but register)
Heart Attack Man and Better Love are opening for Knuckle Puck at The Echo
The Strokes are playing at The Forum with King Princess and Alvvays
Burgerama 2020 is taking place at The Echo/Echoplex with a huge lineup of Burger Records bands including The Mummies, Tomorrow’s Tulips, Cosmonauts, Healing Gems, Reckling, Psychic Bloom, The Premonitions, and many more
A bit further afield at Fox Theater Pomona is Minor League Music Spring Fest with a ton of Southern California bands including Sad Park, The High Curbs, Kicked Off The Streets, Makeout Reef, Ignant Benches and more
Love is Gay Fest 2020 is taking place at the Bootleg Theater featuring Polartropica, Lucy & La Mer, WASI, Guppy and Rat Fancy
Double features continue at the Aero Theatre with Out of Sight and Jackie Brown
HTRK are playing at the Echoplex with Dry Cleaning and OTZI opening
The Egyptian Theatre has Disarm the Right to Violence!: Recent Mexican Experimental Short Films, a selection of films produced between 2018-2020 in intensive filmmaking workshops at Catedra Ingmar Bergman and Filmoteca UNAM, in collaboration with DocsMX. There will be a conversation to follow with filmmaker Andrea Rodea.
Jazz artist Cécile McLorin Salvant is performing at the Walt Disney Concert Hall with “her most ambitious project yet, combining jazz and bluegrass in the poignant fairytale Ogresse, a wickedly delicious work about a human-eating monster who lives in the woods”.
Screaming Females are playing at the Bootleg Theater with Alice Bag and Generación Suicida
Beverly Cinema is showing Once Upon a Time in…Hollywood with a Q&A to follow with Arianne Phillips (costume designer), Barbara Ling (production designer), Wylie Stateman (sound editing), Mark Ulano (sound mixing), Michael Minkler (sound mixing) and Christian Minkler (sound mixing)
Blackbird Blackbird is performing at The Roxy with vōx
Playwright Samuel Beckett’s rarely performed Quad I and Quad II, directed by Michael Hackett, will be performed at Hammer Museum as part of a county-wide festival of performances inspired by LA Opera’s world premiere of Eurydice
This week from Thursday to Sunday (8/15-8/18/19) is Echo Park Rising and there are SO MANY bands playing- all for FREE! (full list here) There are also deals from local businesses, DJ sets, and more, happening as well so make sure to check out their website.
In the listings below I have chosen some of the best shows to see for each day. I’ve also made a playlist if you want to check out some of the bands ahead of time.
Janelane are playing at The Echo from 6-6:30pm and later Skin Mag are at there from 7:40 to 8:10pm.
Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (8/23-8/26/18)-
The Frights are signing their new album and playing a free show at Amoeba Hollywood
As part of Hammer Museum’s free programming for Made in L.A. 2018, artist Suné Woods, award-winning poet Fred Moten, and pianist & composer James Gordon Williams will present “a multimedia evening of wordplay, found imagery, improvised music, and moving images” titled You are mine. I see now, I’m a have to let you go.
The Delirians and Jackie Mendez are playing a free show at the Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park
Lee Fields & The Expressions are performing at the Echoplex
The Wende Museum in Culver City is hosting a Happy Hour with drinks in the garden and a curator’s talk on art and alcohol (free but RSVP required)
No Parents are playing with The Paranoyds, Junkie, and The High Curbs at 1720
Church in The Park, described as “equal parts jazz club, dance party and live remix experiment”, is taking place free at Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park with Mark de Clive-Lowe, The Beat Junkies, Ras G, Linafornia and more
For The Getty’s free music night, Off the 405, Combo Chimbita will be performing
Hammer Museum is hosting a group therapy session followed by a sewing workshop (free)
LACMA’sSummer After-Hours Party Muse ‘Til Midnight, includes late night access to the special exhibition 3D: Double Vision and LACMA’s permanent collection of Modern Art and European Painting and Sculpture in the Ahmanson Building, DUBLAB DJs, visual installations, performances, drinks, and more ($30)
Summer Happenings at The Broad continues with a night of “Chinese punk, post-punk, ritual performance, film, psychedelia and more” with performances including- Xiu Xiu and Re-TROS, Daniel Collás, Juliet Swango and Jie Ma performing Collás’ original score to accompany Zhou Hongbo’s film Lotus Ferry and more
Mura Masa is performing at The Novo with Empress of opening
Highland Park Bowl is hosting a free night of music with Insect Surfers, The Hidden Depths, and King Flamingo
Billy Changer and Rudy de Anda are opening for Combo Chimbita at The Echo
LAMAG is hosting the free talk A Guide to Gallery Representation, moderated by Jonathan T.D. Neil, exhibition artists Andrew Norman Wilson, Lena Daly, and Château Shatto Director/Founder Olivia Barrett from 2-4pm at the gallery in Barnsdall Art Park as part of LAMAGLearn
In conjunction with Adler Guerrier: Conditions and Forms for blck Longevity at the California African American Museum, Guerrier and Los Angeles based artist Todd Gray will discuss their related interests in examining landscape and history through photography and collage, moderated by curator Diana Nawi. This event is followed by a special garden tour from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Natural History Museum that includes free NHM admission with event RSVP.
CHANGES: Works at Union Station, is a free afternoon (1-6pm) of 20 site specific performances and interactive works from Los Angeles artists taking place in and around Union Station
LACMA has a free screening of United Shades of America: The Border which includes a conversation with W. Kamau Bell
MOCA Music returns to The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA with performances by Berhana, Rayana Jay and Linafornia plus Modern Funk Fest DJs, food trucks, and drinks. You can also check out the Adrián Villar Rojas exhibition at the museum (free with RSVP)
Peach Kelli Pop are celebrating their new EP, Which Witch, with a free in-store performance at Permanent Records and later in the evening Permanent Records is hosting a free Record Store After Party at The Hi Hat with Hooveriii, RFRC (Rearranged Face & Red Channel), and Golden Grease
The Aero Theatre is showing a Godard double feature of Breathless and Band of Outsiders
Frankie Rose, Cold Beat, and Business of Dreams are playing at Zebulon
The Nude Party are playing at the Bootleg Theater with Liily, and The Pantones opening
The Mynabirds are playing at the Moroccan Lounge with Doe Paoro and Hayley Coupon opening
The High Curbs, The Ombres, Ariel View and The Chonks are all playing at The Smell
Sun Seeker are opening for Jessica Lea Mayfield at The Echo
Night on Broadway is a great annual free arts and music event starting at 3pm with many of the theaters opening their doors for performances and art installations as well as outdoor stages on Broadway and musical performances that include- The B-52s, War, La Santa Cecilia, Madame Gandhi, Buyepongo, Combo Chimbita + tons more things to see and do
As part of Night on Broadway’s free programming- the Orpheum Theatre has a great list of bands playing including Sugar Candy Mountain, Morgan Delt, Frankie and the Witch Fingers and The Entire Universe
Lyle Ashton Harris will be signing his book as well as having a discussion with Walead Beshty, Charles Gaines and Naima J. Keith at Arcana Books
Hammer Museum is having an opening celebration for its Winter Exhibitions (free but register)
Facial and dimber are opening for Piebald for The Hi Hat’s 2nd Anniversary
Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (11/30-12/3/17)-
Writer Raquel Gutiérrez will be giving a walk through and discussing certain works from Hammer Museum’s exhibition Radical Women. Later in the evening there is a film screening of various experimental films created by Latin American women artists (both events free)
HUNNY’s Winter Talent Show at the Echoplex includes bands Potty Mouth and King Shelter
The High Curbs are opening for Hockey Dad at the Bootleg Theater with Jurassic Shark
Artist Alec Soth will be in conversation with photographic historian Kate Albers at Arcana with a book signing to follow
LAXART will be screening States of Crisis at the City of West Hollywood Library- a video program that includes videos by artists from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Honduras and Peru reflecting on political, economic and ecological crises. This program is in conjunction with the exhibition Pacific Standard Time LA/LA: Video Art in Latin America at LAXART. (free)
John Waters performs A John Waters Christmas, his one man show, at The Comedy Store