Pasadenans can choose from tasty mix of concerts and club shows this fall
By Bliss Bowen 09/04/2014
Fall? Really? Yes, despite recent scorching temps and a drought guaranteed to make it feel like perpetual summer, autumn is looming around the corner. So, local music lovers, grab your calendar of choice and start making plans, as there are several worthy musical events on the horizon.
Throughout the year South Pasadena Public Library’s Community Room (1115 El Centro St., South Pasadena) quietly hosts some excellent classical, folk and jazz concerts, and on Sept. 18 it will host the LA premiere of producer/co-director Paul Kendall’s 2013 music documentary “The Byrd Who Flew Alone: The Triumphs and Tragedy of Gene Clark.” The film about the late, troubled songwriter includes commentary by fellow Byrds David Crosby, Chris Hillman and Roger McGuinn, and the free, limited-seating screening will be followed by a performance by Carla Olsen and David Plenn. Also at the library, the Restoration Concert Series will continue with performances by the Jolivet Trio with guest Guillaume Sutre on Oct. 12 and the Tall and Small Jazz Quintet on Nov. 9. Info: http://friendsofsopaslibrary.org/concerts.htm
The Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division is currently planning the next ArtNight, scheduled for Oct. 10. Information about participating bands was not available at press time, but the celebratory event, which coordinates live music and other cultural presentations in museums, galleries and performance spaces across the city, is usually an enlightening way to pass a Friday evening. Info: artnightpasadena.org
Fall’s biggest local rock event will likely be the 16th Annual Eagle Rock Music Festival, a free, all-day celebration of northeast LA’s musical diversity and community slated for Oct. 4; lineup details will be announced right when this issue hits the street. It is the foremost but not the only — nor the only eclectic — musical event coordinated by the Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock (2225 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock). Trevor Anderies Quintet and the Los Angeles Trumpet Quartet will participate in the Open Gate concert on Sept. 7; audience members will be invited to bring blankets or mats to lie down on for “tonal immersion in Planetary Gongs and Crystal Singing Bowls” at the Autumnal Equinox Soundbath on Sept. 18; and adventurous singer Dorian Wood will reprise his stark 2010 album “Brutus” with brass ensemble, plus special guest Simone White, on Sept. 21. Info: cfaer.org, eaglerockmusicfestival.org
If your tastes run to jazz and classical music, check out the offerings at Boston Court (70 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena): conductor/pianist Grant Gershon’s singing debut in David Lang’s “The Little Match Girl Passion” on Sept. 19; pianist Susan Svrcek’s artful “Piano Spheres” presentation on Sept. 20; pianists Bill Cunliffe and Alison Edwards’ “jazzical” collaboration on Sept. 27; Mirror Visions Ensemble’s theatrical “vocal dining music” show on Oct. 3; and French violinist Gilles Apap’s “a cappella” Bach-to-Appalachian fiddling program on Oct. 4. Info: bostoncourt.com
Flamenco, tango and Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” are slated to be on the program when tap dancing dynamo Savion Glover makes music with his feet in coordination with an orchestra conducted by Rachel Worby for a MUSE/IQUE production at Caltech (332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena) on Sept. 7. This fall various campus venues will also host: folksinger, songwriter and song collector Moira Smiley, celebrating her new album “Laughter Out of Tears” (Sept. 27); Northern California folk-bluegrass veteran Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands (Oct. 18); Cirque Zuma Zuma’s exotic mix of acrobats, singers, jugglers and musicians (also Oct. 18); the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (Nov. 9); and Irish ensemble Danú’s “Féile na Nollag” Christmas celebration (Dec. 13). Info: caltech.edu
The Music Circle will present Hindustani slide guitar innovator Debashish Bhattacharya and tabla player Subrata Bhattacharya on Oct. 4, and sitar player Partha Bose with tabla player Indranil Mallick on Nov. 2; both concerts will take place at Occidental College’s Herrick Chapel (1600 Campus Road, Eagle Rock). Info: musiccircle.org
Global East-West fusion sounds will also be emanating from Cal State LA when Malian desert blues heroes Tinariwen, who recorded their new album “Emmaar” in Joshua Tree, bring their haunting drones and rocking guitars to the Harriet & Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex (5151 State University Drive, LA) on Oct. 25. Brazilian singer-songwriter Seu Jorge, familiar to moviegoers thanks to his onscreen performance in “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou,” will headline there Nov. 8. Info: luckmanarts.org
British rockers Coldplay will perform material from “Ghost Stories” as well as older favorites during an evening at Ace Hotel (929 S. Broadway, Downtown LA) on Sept. 17; fans must win tickets through CBS Radio or Beats Music to attend. The LA Bluegrass Situation is coordinating a rootsier extravaganza there with Carolina Chocolate Drops, Josh Ritter and Willie Watson on Oct. 10 and Lord Huron, Blind Pilot, Shakey Graves and Langhorne Slim on Oct. 11. Irish singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow will wax introspective with his melodic “Post Tropical” tunes Nov. 20. Info: acehotel.com
The Coffee Gallery Backstage’s intimate listening room (2029 N. Lake Ave., Altadena) is a regular tour stop for national Americana, folk and jazz artists, and September alone offers four destination concerts: Austin groove monster Ray Bonneville (Sept. 6), virtuoso gypsy jazz guitarist Gonzalo Bergara (Sept. 11), Hawaiian slack-key guitarist Jim “Kimo” West (Sept. 21) and jazz flutist Tim Weisberg (Sept. 28). Info: coffeegallery.com.
The California Roots Union is bringing more roots-rocking sounds to Pasadena via its third-Saturday monthly residency at T. Boyle’s Tavern (37 N. Catalina Ave., Pasadena). Lively bluegrassers the Get Down Boys and sweetly quirky chanteuse Little Lonely will share a bill on Sept. 20; dynamo femme trio Calico will unload an arsenal of instruments and three-part harmonies plus tunes from their new album “Rancho California,” and third-generation California honky-tonker Dave Gleason will likewise keep it country, on Oct. 18; OC’s Michael Ubaldini will make the trek north on Nov. 15; and multiple artists TBA will chime in for the CRU Holiday Bonanza on Dec. 20 — an entertaining way to wrap up fall and welcome the winter. Info: tboylestavern.com, http://californiarootsunion.tumblr.com