June turns into July this week; the Summer just keep motoring along.
Here are the shows that stand out for this week that leads up to July 4th.
Frank Fairfield (www.myspace.com/frankfairfield) cultivates an intriguing old-school country sound. He has gig at the Redwood Bar and Grill Monday Night coincides with the release of the first release on Fairfield’s label Pawn Records. Unheard Ofs & Forgotten Abouts draws upon “vernacular music” from around the world and reveals his love for 78 rpm records.
Sloan (www.myspace.com/sloan) swings down from the Great White North for the concert at the House of Blues on July 1 – which is appropriately enough Canada Day. While Sloan’s a huge group in their native land, Sloan is known more here mainly by power pop aficionados and there is much to love in the melodic music that they have creating for nearly two decades now.
On July 2-3, Free Energy (www.myspace.com/freeenergymusic) will be lighting things up at the Echoplex. This Philly band offers a fantastic blast of ‘70s riff-happy rock that makes for a great soundtrack for the summer. Their disc Stuck On Nothing is nothing but fun, good-timin’ rock ‘n’ roll and stands as one of the top debuts of 2010. Also on the bill is the hooky pop-rock duo Mates of State and musician/comedian Nick Thune.
The annual Hootenanny (www.myspace.com/hootenanny) down at Irvine’s Oak Canyon Ranch offers some All-American rock ‘n’ roll Hall of Famers topping the bill: Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis, with the Old 97’s and Shooter Jennings also notable acts on this day long, pre-Independence Day festival.