Best Of The Summer Outdoor Concerts

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, June 6, 2008 01:24am | Post a Comment
Summer is almost here, which means Los Angeles will have a barrage of outdoor concerts. Venues Like The Greek Theater and The Hollywood Bowl have already kicked into gear. Nothing is better than seeing a show outside of a dank, dark club that smells like fifteen years of spilled alcohol and overflowed toilets. My picks center around World Music because that's what I like. Some of the artists are folkloric but most are modern musicians pushing the envelope of modern music beyond what we can see right now. On top of that, most of these shows are free.

Here are my picks for June:

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80
June 20 2008
8:00 PM @ Grand Performances

Seun Kuti is the youngest son of Fela Kuti. Much like his father, his lyrics are politically charged and the Afro-Beat rhythms the band creates are just as infectious as they were in pop's days. His highly anticipated release, Many Things, is due out in June.

Jun 28, 2008
8:00 PM @ Levitt Pavilion (Pasadena)

Los Angeles suffered a major blow late last year when Quetzal moved to Vera Cruz. However, they are back in Los Angeles for the summer and this show promises to be a great welcome home. Their mixture of Son Jarocho, Cuban Son and rock is coupled with one of the best singers ever, Martha Gonzalez. If you haven't bought their last album, Die Cowboy Die, you're missing out. It's the best album to come out of East L.A. since Los Lobos' Kiko.

Sunday, June 29   
7:00 PM @ The Hollywood Bowl
KCRW's World Festival w/
Gilberto Gil • Devendra Banhart
The Album Leaf featuring Mike Heron from The Incredible String Band
Tickets from $10 (cheap seats for the working class) up to $90 (bourgeois)

Gilberto Gil was the most soulful member of Brazil's Tropicalia movement. Gil's last album, Gil Luminoso, was a collection of songs featuring just Gil and a acoustic guitar that recaptured the spirit of those days.

Devandra Banhart is known by the retro- psychedelic folk pagans as a god. To those who don't subscribe to the same hero worship, you'll find that he is has a great voice and original ideas. What won me over was his version of Caetano Veloso's "London London" he performed a few years back with Brazilian singer Ceu. Almost as good as the original...almost.

Coming next blog: Picks For July.

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