Thursday, July 7th, The Rumble Los Angeles presents Luke Rathborne, a singer songwriter on the softer side of rock and roll, at the Echo, in Echo Park. Rathborne plays in a lighter style, more concerned with the overall feel of a tune than a flashy riff or theme, the music is understated, and the lyrics are the focus of the work. Rathborne is on a West Coast tour, still supporting his debut Double EP Dog Years / I Can Be One as he has been since its release in March of this year. Also performing are Manhattan Murder Mystery, a local band that plays in a more straight ahead rock and roll style. The show is free with an RSVP HERE , is 21 and over only, and starts at 7:30.
On Friday July 8th, the Bootleg Theater presents Austin TX native Ian Moore, performing in honor of his new CD’s release. “El Sonido Nuevo” is Moore’s 9th album, though equally impressive is the roster of musicians he has shared the stage with. Most recently playing guitar for Jason Mraz on tour, Moore has shared the stage or studio with such musicians as ZZ Top, Bob Dylan, and The Rolling Stones.
To listen to his latest release, is like listening to a musical review of his history. No longer the blues heavy albums he started with, his new material has touches of Bowie, the Beatles, and 60’s pop mixed with the songwriter’s intimate knowledge of song structure and arrangement. If you’re familiar with his catalog the progression will be obvious, and to see how different he is from his early blues-heavier releases is amazing. Also performing are The Wind, and Handshakes, music starts at 10, and the cover is $18 at the door, $15 in advance.
Also on Friday, The York on York, in Highland Park hosts Goldsboro, a heavy duty power trio made up of Los Angeles natives. Actually, a couple of them are quite local, with drummer Chris from Highland Park, and bassist Johnny from Los Feliz. The band is by guitarist/singer Kevin Roentgen, formerly of the band Orson, with whom he enjoyed Platinum sucess in the UK.
In talking with Roentgen, he actually downplayed his msuical history, choosing instead to focus on the band’s new direction, and aim to “do something heavy, and musically honest”, in apparent contrast to the past. The two tracks you can hear on their Facebook page do not dissapoint, and sound like a great addition to the York’s awesome beer selection. The show is free, and Goldsboro will take the stage at around 11pm.
If you’d rather hear some old-time bluegrass and have a foot stomping Saturday night, check out the Summer Square Dance at American Legion Hall post # 206 in Highland Park. Triple Chicken Foot will be kicking it off for the group Bee’s Knees, led by caller Susan Michaels as she directs the square dance and keeps the show moving along. The show kicks off at 7:30, and the cover is only $5 so get out there early, and bring your dancing shoes!