I’d like to recommend some upcoming shows you might enjoy if you’re not heading to SXSW. Good reasons to stay here in LA!
1. I’ve mentioned this concert in a previous post, but it is worth repeating: Vicente Amigo at the Wilshire Ebell Theater this Friday, March 18, 8 p.m. Paco de Lucia is no longer with us, but if you are a fan of flamenco, you should attend this show. Vicente Amigo is one of flamenco’s greatest guitarists, and he rarely visits the U.S. He’s bringing a full band plus a top flamenco dancer, which always adds fire to flamenco shows. Accompanying Vicente: 2nd guitar, Antonio “Añil” Fernández, vocals, Rafael de Utrera, bass, Ewen Vernal, percussion, Francisco “Paquito” González.
2. Dr. Um and the Lost Pages: This is Peter Erskine’s contemporary band, with great players at a great venue, the Moss Theater, this coming Sunday, March 20, 4 p.m. I’ll be doing a pre-show talk with the guys starting at 3 p.m. Peter, the great drummer with Weather Report, told me this was what Weather Report might sound like today, and he ought to know.
3. Shujaat Khan, sitar: A Musical Homage to Dr. Mohinder Sambhi. This is a free concert on Saturday, March 19, 8 p.m. at Schoenberg Hall, UCLA.
Shujaat Khan teaches at UCLA, is one of India’s best sitarists, and this is a free show! He’s accompanied by Abhiman Kaushal and Dibyarka Chatterjee, tablas.
For more information, call (310) 825-5947 or visit the website.
4. The New Luis Muñoz Jazz Quintet feat. Brazilian vocalist Téka: Saturday, March 19, 8:30 p.m. Moss Theater, New Roads School, Santa Monica.
Ruth Price and the Jazz Bakery are producing this show. Costa Rican Muñoz, São Paulo-born Téka, and an all star group are performing — including Jonathan Dance, Brendan Statom, and Daniel Zimmerman.
5. Heritage 2016: An Afternoon of Indian Music and Kathak Dance: Sunday, March 27, 2-4 p.m. A matinee performance of Indian music and dance presented by the Los Angeles International Music and Arts Academy. The venue is ACME Hollywood Theatre, 135 N. La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036. Click here for information.
And, finally, two shows a little further down the road at UCLA’s Royce Hall.
6. Anoushka Shankar will perform selections from her new Deutsche Grammophon CD on Wednesday, April 13.
7. Armenian pianist Tigran Hamasyan will perform selections from his gorgeous ECM CD “Luys i Luso” with soprano Jenni Nazarian and the Yerevan Chamber Choir on Saturday, April 30.