This first full week of February holds the launch of several recommendable residencies.
On Mondays this month, you can find Jenny O at the Bootleg. This buzz-worthy singer-songwriter released a strong EP Home and she will also be welcoming some talented acts to these Monday shows including Everest and The Belle Brigade Feb. 7, Henry Wolfe Feb. 14, Harper Simon Feb. 21 and J. Tillman Feb. 28.
Joseph Arthur has his own Bootleg residency on Tuesdays (2/8, 2/15, 2/22 and 3/1). He’ll undoubtedly have an intriguing collection of sets and guests; his last disc Fistful of Mercy was a collaboration with Ben Harper and Dhani Harrison. This Tuesday, the talented Tom Freund shared the bill.
Leila Broussard will have shows at the Hotel Café on Thursdays Feb. 10. 17 and 24. Her tune “Satellite” is one of my favorite tunes now (I plan to have more to say on the song in a subsequent blog) and she has a winningly quirky singer-songwriter style.
Lovers of singer-songwriters might also want to seek out David Gergen on Tuesday the 8th at the Viper Acoustic Lounge, Grant Langston (who is working on a new album) is at the Cinema Bar on the 11th, Jackie Greene at the El Rey on the 12th and Chris Velan at Room 5 also on the 12th.
If you are going to see ALO at the Troubadour on the 11th, makes sure you arrive early enough to see Nathan Moore. The East Coast troubadour has an impressive new disc Dear Puppeteer out that is worthy a long listen.
Any conversation on singer-songwriter shows this week must include Kim Richey’s appearance at the Hotel Café on Feb. 10. She is one of the top songwriter in Nashville today and makes her own fine music, which smoothly blends country and pop elements.
The eclectic Mia Doi Todd will be playing at Footsie’s on Feb. 9 and Martha Wainwright has a pair of shows at Largo on Friday and Saturday (11th and 12th) in which she will be singing the songs of Edith Piaf.
The 12th offers more recommendable selections. The Decemberists at the Wiltern on the 12th. The King Is Dead is an early favorite for album of the year. Go early to check out the all-female outfit Mountain Man.
Another terrific album that has come out this year so far has been the debut from Apex Manor, the new band from the Broken West’s Ross Flournoy. The band will be playing tunes from The Year of Magical Drinking at the Satellite on the 12th.
Other Grammy eve show include Trombone Shorty and Los Amigos Invisibles at the Congo Room, Stan Ridgway at the McCabe’s and Leslie and the Badgers at the Hotel Café. The Smith Westerns will be at Costa Mesa’s Detroit Bar after a show on the 11th at the Echo.
Music fans might want to check out a rare screening of the Beatles’ Complete First American Concert (filmed at their Feb. 11, 1964 show in Washington DC) at the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theater.