World Party LA, Very Be Patient: #Escovedo, #Sanchez, #Souleyman

 

Omar Souleyman

Omar Souleyman

Another week, another music festival to mix and match, tailor to your own designs, tweak to your own proclivities. Last week the best gigs for me were Orquesta Charangoa at LACMA’s Latin Sturdays, one of the village’s best-kept secrets, along with Jazz Fridays, featuring the best in jazz’s extended circles, everybody you hear on K-jazz’s all over the country playing right here sooner or later, most of them, anyway, since many, if not most, are based right here, getting work on film scores and TV jingles that they can’t get elsewhere.

Then there was Quetzal’s 20th anniversary party at Grand Performances in downtown LA, another pleasure to behold, featuring guests from all friendly genres and many fellow travelers, including members of La Santa Cecilia. The band’s own stuff has progressed far beyond the son jarocho that inspired and informed their early efforts, now evolved into a signature sound that is both indie and trad, Americana and Mex, past and future pop for now people…

Shelby Lynne

Shelby Lynne

This week looks good, too, with Nina Diaz, of the San Antonio conjunto/country/punk all-girl Girl in a Coma and David Lindley likely best bets for tonight, Friday, at Levitt Pavilions McArthur Park and Pasadena, respectively. Tomorrow Shelby Lynne at Century Park looms large at KCRW’s ‘Country in the City’ at Annenberg Space for Photography, with Jamestown Revival, getting underway 5pm-ish. How this lady accomplished the transition from mid-level Nashville crooner to indie pop darling is an on going story. I recommend checking it out…

Sunday’s no day of rest, with Pete Escovedo at Levitt Pasadena 5-ish. Who knows? Maybe daughter Sheila E will show up. She did last time I saw him at Hollywood and Highland’s Wine and Jazz. They hold forth on Tuesday nights, 7-ish, BTW, this week featuring Poncho Sanchez, otro maestro. How’s that for a one-two punch? But the real deal for world music comes Thursday night at Santa Monica Pier with Omar Souleyman, the Syrian wild-ass wedding singer. Be there or not to be…

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