Music, Dance, Film, Art & Cultural events Feb. 18 – Feb. 24

weekly listHappy President’s Day! Going to be some rain around Tuesday-Wednesday and then back to dry, cool weather the rest of the week! Here are just some of the very many awesome events happening around LA!

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MON 2/18 – President’s Day

Pan African Film Festival @ RAVE Cinemas, Baldwin Hills – all ages
It’s Black History Month and this is the 21st Anniversary of the largest Black History event in the country! You can read my post on a special world premiere of Babe’s and Ricky’s Inn documentary there last week. That’s just one of over 150 great films and this is the closing last day to catch the remaining ones!

Los Angeles Italia Film Festival @ Chinese 6 Theatres, Hollywood – All Ages
The LA Italia film festival features films from Italy and runs from Feb. 17-23.

President’s Holiday Free Day @ Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) – Free, All Ages
Visitors of all ages are invited to a free day at the museum, with bilingual tours, free programs, art-making activities, and live music by Triple Chicken Foot, an old-time trio playing early American fiddle and banjo songs.

K.Flay, Gavin Turek, Beach Party, Mika Ben-Yami @ School Night, Bardot, Hollywood – 18+ $10, 21+ Free
Favorite place on Monday nights for live music is School Night hosted by KCRW DJ Chris Douridas. This week’s lineup features:
K.Flay from San Francisco, who just opened for Sweden’s Icona Pop this past weekend. She describes her music as indie hiphop with electronics and her lyrics are full of attitude & badassery on songs like her latest Fvcking Crazy.
Gavin Turek, LA native, who got discovered by Tokimonsta after her little sister put her home-made music online. Gavin is a triple-threat: trained dancer, songwriter and vocalist, who says she is one spunky lady and no one-trick pony.
Mika Ben-Yami, LA singer-songwriter, by way of Tel Aviv, Israel, who recently won the Best Singer Songwriter award at the Artists in Music Awards.
Beach Party, LA band recently selected by Red Bull Sound Select, a contest for emerging artists.

Mowgli’s with Torches, Ghost Beach, Act As If @ The Satellite, Silverlake – Free, 21+
Mowgli’s February residency continues with great bands joining them. Also, I wouldn’t miss next Monday’s guest Zak Waters!

Gliss, Touché, Baron Von Luxxury, Tic Tic Boom @ Los Globos, Silverlake – Free, 21+
Danish/American three-piece Gliss, are late-night, fucked-up art-pop. They’ve toured w/ Billy Corgan, Glasvegas, The Horrors, The Raveonettes, Editors, and more.

DJ Potira @ Lucy’s 51, Toluca Lake – Free, 21+
One of my favorite LA DJs, Potira is spinning every Monday night in February here. I was there last Monday at her birthday celebration and joined by Quetzal Guerrero and Gisella Sambista, they brought the house down with nonstop thumping music from samba, baile funk, hiphop to old school classics! So start your week right! With positive vibes and great tunes. Drink specials, awesome people, the best tunes and no cover charge.


TUE 2/19

Lunchtime Concert @ Grand Park, Downtown LA – Free, All ages
Twice a month on Tuesdays, feed your soul during lunchtime with food trucks and live music on Grand Park’s performance lawn. Lunchtime concerts are the perfect way to spend a Downtown LA afternoon. On Tues Feb 19, pep your step with Conganas, a salsa and latin-jazz power quartet from Los Angeles. Enjoy Conganas while tasting delicious eats from Ludo Truck, Gourmet Genie and Shmuck With A Truck. Don’t Forget FREE YOGA every Wednesday and Friday at 12:15-1:00pm

Santoros, Blackfeet Braves, Drinking Flowers @ Harvard and Stone, Hollywood – Free, 21+
Local psychedelic rock outfit Santoros headline this free show at Harvard & Stone. They’ll be joined by openers Blackfeet Braves and Drinking Flowers, both of whom are just as psychedelic and old-school. ~

Buke and Gase @ The Echo, Echo Park – $10-12, 18+
Brooklyn-based musical duo are noted for their use of handmade instruments such as the “toe-bourine”; the “buke”, a six-string former-baritone ukulele; and the “gase”, a guitar-bass hybrid. Aleuchatistas open for them.

Lovely Bad Things residency @ The Echoplex, Echo Park – $5, 18+
Lovely Bad Things are joined by Pangea, Dirt Dress, Wyatt Blair, Summer Twins, The Aqua Dolls.


WED 2/20

OV FILM SERIES: The Power of Community – How Cuba Survived Peak Oil @ Venice – Free, All ages
OV Film Series is back with a great film and discussion of Post Petroleum Society, Urban Farming and Community Building. “The Power of Community” A 50 min. documentary on how Cuba survived Peak Oil and the collapse of the Soviet Union. This fascinating film explores the human stories of Cuba’s brave citizens as they struggled with near collapse of their society after they were cut off from their oil supply. Turning to urban farming they are forced to band together to survive.
Speakers on a post petroleum society, urban farming and permaculture will also appear. We will discuss concrete solutions that can transform our society and practical solutions to food security right now. As usual we will feature a free buffet for all guests. This time with a Latin twist. We also have a some live music to compliment our topic. Donations of time and money are appreciated! Please promote amongst your friends and lists.

FORRÓ! (Brazilian Dance Party) with MÔFO @ Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock – $8-10, All Ages
A new monthly concert series exploring the music and dance culture of Northeastern Brazil, as well as Subtropical experimental sounds. Forró (fo-HAW) is a style of dance and music popular in Northeastern Brazil. Bring your dancing shoes, as we will teach you the celebratory dances of forró. Dance lessons will be taught by Fabio Santana de Souza and Andrea Lopasso!!! Featuring: MÔFO (pronounced MOE-foo) – LA’s newest forró group playing in the traditional “pé de serra” style featuring the accordion, guitar, zabumba, triangle, agogô, and voice. Forró encompasses various styles of music and dance including côco, baião, xaxado, and xote.

Subsuelo @ Eastside Luv Bar, Boyle Heights – $5, 21+
My favorite monthly party Subsuelo, every 3rd Wed of the month! Global bass party with tropical funk, cumbia, hip-hop and flamenco….featuring resident selectors El Canyonazo, Gozar and DJ Ethos. Hosted by Gnotes, featuring live percussion + flamenco dance performance by La Tigresa and photography by Farah Sosa. Read the rave reviews on ABC/Univision on their Grammy party with Mad Decent, LA Weekly and LA Times and you’ll see why this is the best underground progressive party in LA! This month features a live performance from San Francisco’s genre-bending, boundary-pushing flamenco/rumba/funk/reggae/cumbia band LoCura. Plus a trio of superduper guest DJs: Yukicito, morelian & izzy*wise.

Dub Club: Arise Roots album release party @ Echoplex, Echo Park – Free b4 10pm, $10 – 21+
LA has one of the best reggae scenes anywhere, come celebrate that with us as we have a party for the release of Arise Roots new album, and welcome The Expanders and Quinto Sol back to the Dub Club stage. Plus the Dub Club DJs slinging the vinyl and Jah Faith and special guests on the mic.

Psychic Friend album release party with special guest comedian @ The Satellite, Silverlake – $6-10, 21+
I saw these guys at School Night and they were cool. Special comedy set by a hairy armed, former bedwetting, celebrity comic superstar Jewess!(Rhymes with GARAH GILVERMAN).

Luminous Movement @ Zanzibar, Santa Monica – $5 b4 10pm, $10, 21+
Lu Fam Pro presents the Luminous Movement every Wednesday at Zanzibar in Santa Monica. Special guest host Clayton Joseph Scott.
This week’s theme: The Bohemian Blues GhettoFunk Soul Train Adventure
● WORTH from Portland ● DJ Jedi ● Phunky Brewster ● The Electric Fairy Hoopers ●

La Bestia @ Conga Room, Downtown – Free, 21+
With East LA punk rock roots and fronted by flamenco dancer Rocio Ponce, La Bestia plays at the Conga Room and you can get free tickets through their link on the FB event:

Japanther, Warm Soda, Brannigans Law and Corners @ The Smell – $7, All Ages
If you wanna rock out on Hump Day!


THU 2/21

The Third Root: The Musical Legacy of the Afro-Mexicans @ El Consulado General de Mexico – Free w RSVP, All Ages
Africa was considered the “The Third Root” of Mexico by the Mexican government in 1992 in commemoration of the 500 anniversary of the Spanish conquest. Joining the celebrations of African-American History Month, the Consulate General of Mexico has decided to shed light on the vast and unexplored musical legacy of African culture in Mexico. Curated by Mexican composer-musician Jose Gurria, the concert will feature a musical repertoire covering the roots of the Mexican baroque of the XVII century through chaconas, guarachas, fandangos and españoletas, transitioning to Son Jarocho and closing with a modern interpretation of these folkloric genres, jazz and contemporary music.

Wild Pack of Canaries with Chicano Batman @ Silverlake Lounge, Silverlake – Free, 21+
February is jazz/prog appreciation month at the Silverlake Lounge as Long Beach’s Wild Pack of Canaries perform a residency every Thursday night, be joined by a variety of artists. This week, they are joined by Chicano Batman, Drug Cabin and Brown and Blue. ~

Red Bull Sound Select: Zola Jesus, Wildcat! Wildcat!, Oddience, Beach Party @ Echoplex – $3 b4 10pm, $10, 21+
Red Bull Sound Select Presents: Los Angeles is a new monthly live music showcase that highlights some of the city’s most exciting emerging artists. The first installment will be hosted on February 21st at the Echoplex featuring headliner Zola Jesus and local artists Wildcat! Wildcat!, Oddience and Beach Party. All proceeds go back to support the opening local bands.

Malbec Mayhem Fundraiser@ Fatty’s, Eagle Rock – $20, 21+
Center for the Arts Eagle Rock and fatty’s & co.  invite you to a wine tasting party featuring the Wines of Argentina. Multiple choice flights for $20 including snacks. Benefitting Center for the Arts Eagle Rock nonprofit.

New Fangled Opry Featuring Herbert Bail Orchestra @ Los Globos, silverlake – $7-20, 21+
If you like supporting artists & comedians who put their hearts out there on stage for u, u can’t miss this new weekly vaudeville act, New Fangled Opry, in Silverlake. There are so many superbly talented performers in the show that is hilariously funny & often improv. It’s normally $20, $13 if u dress up in vaudeville (think 1920s 1930s speakeasy swanky cirque), and limited $7 presale. This week’s new headlining band is The Herbert Bail Orchestra.

Micah Brown @ Hotel Cafe, Hollywood – $10, 21+
Come check out Micah’s new songs with the full band from his newest release “The Isle of Her” NOMINATED FOR ORANGE COUNTY MUSIC AWARDS ♪ ♪ ♪ 2012 ALBUM OF THE YEAR ♪ ♪ ♪

Third Thursday Film Screenings @ Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock – Free, All Ages
Third Thursday Film Screenings feature local contemporary filmmakers screening their films along with other works of their choice. This month: A pairing of video-essays organized by Alice Wang, featuring BAGHDAD IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER, 2003 (51:00), Paul Chan and The fallacy of misplaced concreteness, 2012 (35:27), Alice Wang.

Afro Funke’ @ Zanzibar, Santa Monica – $7 b4 10pm, $10, 21+
AEvery week is Afro Funke world music night at Zanzibar in Santa Monica, hosted by KCRW’s Jeremy Sole and Glenn Red with special guest performers and DJs.


FRI 2/22

The Action Committee for Women in Prison Fundraiser @ Lineage Performing Arts Center – $50, All Ages
Join us on Feb 22 to help fundraise for our February non-profit of the month, ACWIP! ACWIP is a non-profit that advocates for the humane and compassionate treatment of all incarcerated women and is dedicated to reforming the criminal justice system. For tickets visit:

B-Side Players, Raquel Rodriguez @ The Mint – $10, 21+
B-Side Players is a great world band from San Diego and Raquel Rodriguez is an LA native who recently graduated from the prestigious jazz program at USC’s Thornton School of Music.

Dr. L. Subramaniam’s Global Fusion @ Skirball Cultural Center – $25-35, All Ages
Catch the L.A. premiere of this critically acclaimed world music ensemble! Master South Indian violinist, composer, and conductor Dr. L. Subramaniam is one of the pioneers of fusion between Carnatic (South Indian) music and Western classical, jazz, and rock. His Global Fusion project has toured to critical acclaim around the world, each time integrating different musical traditions and showcasing different guests. Be there as Subramaniam takes the stage at the Skirball with his eight-piece band, featuring virtuoso blues harmonica player Corky Siegel, violinist Ambi Subramaniam, keyboardist Chris Rhyne, guitarist Mark Spagna, bassist Jerry Watts, and drummer Joey Heredia. Presented as part of the Skirball’s new concert series, Journeys and Encounters, presenting surprising collaborations between musicians of diverse genres.

Boyle Heights Hop @ Corazon Del Pueblo, Boyle Heights – $5, All Ages
East Los Angeles Brown Berets Present: BOYLE HEIGHTS HOP At Corazon Del Pueblo!
Womyn and men. Boy’s and girl’s. Pachucos and Pachucas. Zoot Suiter’s, vat@s, cool cats, aliens etc. Come join The East Los Angeles Brown Berets and Corazon Del Pueblo, have a gas and listen to the funkiest, outta sight, most firme and chingon music you’ve heard since 1940, ’50 & ’60!!! $5 at the door, Food & Drinks will be sold, RAFFLE TICKETS & AWESOME PRIZES, Dance Contest, and more T.B.A!!!!

Pakistan and the Girnari Jogi Groove, a night of film, art and music @ Levantine Cultural Center,  – $10-15, All ages
Pakistan and the Girnari Jogi Groove is an evening of art, music & film devoted to Pakistani and Central Asian cultures with a live musical performance by Tablapusher, plus a special screening of music performances by the Girnari Jogi Group and a film screening of the inventive animated short film Gul by Adnan Hussain. The Girnari Jogi group is a small ensemble of 7th and 8th generation musicians based out of Sindh, Pakistan. Jogis (not to be confused with yogis) are traditionally snake charmers who use the enchanting sounds of the murli to entrance snakes, humans and jinns.

#KCRWmoves Pop-Up Gallery @ Atwater Crossing Arts & Innovation Complex, Glendale – Free, All Ages
Join us at Atwater Crossing for the first #KCRWmoves Pop-Up Gallery. Check out some of amazing artist portraits taken in the KCRW studios by longtime KCRW photographer Larry Hirshowitz, and get a peak at the awesome talent passing through KCRW. We’ll be raffling off a framed Adele print, an iconic image from KCRW history! Plus, KCRW DJs Anne Litt and Travis Holcolmbe will provide the soundtrack for what’s sure to be a great party! And, The Border Grill and Coolhaus trucks will be on hand with ATX Kitchen providing delicious food and cocktails.

Lightning Strikes: Joey Arias and Kristian Hoffman @ Bootleg Theatre, Filipinotown – $25-50, 21+
Before there was Madonna, RuPaul, Lady Gaga, there was fashion and style diva and carbaret queen, Joey Arias! Borrowed from the title of a Klaus Nomi song, Lightning Strikes marks the first collaboration between New York icon Joey Arias and acclaimed singer/songwriter Kristian Hoffman – both of whom were close friends and collaborators of the late German counter-tenor. [Nomi and Arias famously backed up David Bowie on Saturday Night Live in 1979 and the two were close friends up until the time of Nomi’s death. Hoffman wrote some of Nomi’s signature songs (“Nomi Song,” “Total Eclipse, “Simple Man”) and did the arrangements for others.] In addition to a Nomi song or two, Lightning Strikes features a mix 70’s rock anthems, popular standards, original material and Arias’ signature ‘channeling’ of Billie Holiday.

Rangdu LA Premiere @ Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock – $12-18, All Ages
The Los Angeles premiere performance of Rangda featuring Sir Richard Bishop (Sun City Girls), Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance) and Chris Corsano (Bjork and many others) with Blues Control (NYC) and Crooked Cowboy and the Freshwater Indians (Los Angeles).


SAT 2/23

Liquid – Dream Circus Theatre with Help A Life Fundraiser @ Downtown LA – $15, 18+
My friends run a wonderful nonprofit Help A Life Foundation to provide housing and education for orphaned girls in poverty distressed areas in Ethiopia. They are collaborating with Dream Circus Theatre to put on an amazing fundraiser night! This party is packed with entertainment from Los Angeles happening DJ Jean Louis/ DJ Kristo plus Special Guest DJ. Video Projections by Michael Allen, the “LIQUID” Costume Show show from Dream Theater plus more will be held in a 100 year old loft in Downtown Los Angeles. This will go from 10 pm to 3 am so please bring your dancing shoes and plenty of adrenalin for the nights revelry!! Please purchase your tickets early because space is limited and we want to make sure there is room for you. 100% of proceeds benefit Help A Life Foundation.

Quita Penas @ dba Wine Bar & Gallery, Pomona – Free, 21+
Cumbia tropical lands in Pomona as IE band Quita Penas gets down at dba bar. Also featuring music by DJs Mike Styles, Stryke Uno, Gabe Real, JD, and Subira. Help get them to SXSW! ~

Bombilla 2 Year Anniversary with Buyepongo @ Melodys Sports Bar and Grill, LAX area – Free b4 10pm, $10, 21+
It all started with drunk talk!! In between DJ sets in Downtown L.A, DJ Creepy and Eazy Uno talked about how a lot of parties that incorporated cumbia, world music & reggae were mostly being held on the East side of town. We needed to start a shindig that had all the great music we loved and was nearby for our west side folks and Bombilla was born! This month we celebrate our TWO YEAR Anniversary by welcoming Los Angeles heavyweights BUYE PONGO! The hardest working group in town, you will find these guys playing everywhere from a neighborhood bbq, musical festivals, to sold out clubs. The hustle is very real and the music matches their passion and more! Creating a spirited pulsating sound by combining Merengue, Cumbia, and Punta the dance floor is guaranteed to be jumping the whole night! So come and celebrate two years of madness by welcoming the all mighty BUYEPONGO clan to BOMBILLA!

BASSXX with DJ Potira & Gisella Sambista @ Seventy7 Cocktail Lounge, Culver City – Free, 21+
If you’re in the mood for sweaty Brazilian Baile Funke dancing, come to the West side where DJ Potira will be keeping the dance floor hot & sweaty and Gisella Sambista showing you how to shake it Brazilian style!

Very Be Careful @ Townhouse Speakeasy, Venice – $10, 21+
Vallenato Veteranos Very Be Careful are joined by DJ Boss Harmony (Dub Club/ Punky Reggae Party/ Dr. Who) in distilling distilling some criminal beats for your illicit consumption.

Evening of Moroccan Gnawa Music: Hassan Hakmoun @ UCLA Fowler Museum, West LA – $25, All Ages
Hassan Hakmoun is one of the most notable figures in contemporary Moroccan music.
Though schooled in the deeply traditional sounds of the Gnawa people in his native Marrakesh, since moving to the U.S. in 1987, his music has absorbed elements from a variety of popular styles, from jazz and “world music” to neo-classical contemporary Western music and cerebral pop, resulting in a diverse, award-winning and critically acclaimed body of work.  His participation in such internationally renowned arts festivals as WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) and collaborations with respected artists, including David Sanborn, Peter Gabriel, Don Cherry and The Kronos Quartet, among countless others, have brought him further into the spotlight and inspired many artists from North Africa and around the globe to follow in his footsteps.

African-American Festival @ LB Aquarium – $15-26, Free for members,  All ages
Join the Aquarium of the Pacific as it hosts its eleventh annual African-American Festival, celebrating the rich diversity of African-American and African cultures. The weekend will feature live entertainment, arts and crafts, ethnic food, and more. Festival performers include Mardi Gras second line dancers, hip hop and break dancers, tap dancers, jazz musicians, interactive drum circles, West African dancers, and storytellers. Runs through Sunday, Feb. 24.

Wild Thing: An Endangered Experience by Muse Zon @ Hollywood secret location – Free w RSVP, 21+
Dance, Time Travel, Speak Easy…Party like an Animal! An Endangered Experience…TIMEtravel►SPEAKeasy►WILD ART► WILD Fashion►WILD Performances►WILD Djs 4 the animal in U! RSVP on FB (or no charge@door,donations appreciated. ►ATTIRE strictly enforced: No costume necessary but upscale dress IS required (Jackets for men), Upscale with an edge, cocktail/black-tie couture, Furs, Animalesque, Masks, Elegant Sexy, Animal print, OLD Hollywood. THEME: Animals across the world, through the ages. The theme is inspired by our human fascination with animals in fashion, film, literature, history and fine-art. In all forms of art and life we use animals to define us, elevate us, feed us, and to liberate us from the cage! ~museZon

Lament in the Night: Explore the Underbelly of 1920s Little Toyko @ Japanese American National Museum, Little Tokyo – Free, All ages
Take a journey into the hidden history of 1920s Little Tokyo, with this day of celebrating the Kaya Press release of LAMENT IN THE NIGHT, originally written in 1925 by writer Shōson Nagahara and translated into English for the first time by Andrew Leong. Actors Tamlyn Tomita and Gedde Watanabe will read excerpts from the book, followed by a discussion and Q&A with LA Times Book Critic David Ulin and translator Andrew Leong. ADMISSION FOR THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
Reception with FREE FOOD and music by THE SADHUS OF BASS ( to follow immediately around the corner at FAR BAR (347 E. 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012)

The World Famous L.A. Breakers 30th Anniversary @ Graffiti House, Silverlake – $15, All Ages

DocuDay 2013 @ Writers Guild of America Theater, Beverly Hills – $12/film, All Ages
See the Oscar®-nominated films. Meet the filmmakers.

Manzanita in-store show @ Touch Vinyl, West LA – Free, All Ages
Join us as we welcome NorCal//UCLA team Manzanita. We first learned of this fresh act through their amazing music video. And now, we are very excited to bring them into the shop for a live show! Support fresh west side talent!

Leonel Soto & David Aguilar @ Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock – $25, All Ages
Leonel Soto – Since 1990 he has devoted himself to music as a way of life with the task of always performing songs of his own composition. He is one of the most promising young singer-songwriters in the country. David Aguilar – Aguilar is a singer-songwriter from the independent Mexican music genre. He has been a musician since 2003. In his work you can hear the influence of Mexican popular music, nortena, Cuban and Mexican boleros, Latin-American trova, Brazilian music, Spanish music and pop-folk-rock of the 60′s through the 90′s.

5th Annual Belizean Soundfest @ Garr Banquet Hall, Leimert Park – $15 b4 11:30pm, $20, 21+

Planet Rock with Canyon Cody @ The Virgil Silverlake – Free, 21+
My favorite weekly Saturday dance spot where Canyon Cody from Subsuelo spins with Captain Planet.


SUN 2/24

Jamalaye-Ubuntu African Dance, Drum, and Culture Festival @ Crenshaw Yoga and Dance – $18-20/class, All Ages
1-2:30pm Naby Bangoura will teach Guinee Dance
2:30-4pm. Vivien Bassouamina will teach Congolese Drumming
4-5:30pm Vivien Bassouamina will teach Congolese Dance
5:30-7pm Lamine Thiam will teach Sabar
There will also be African and American food, an African Market-Place, spoken word, a natural hair seminar, and more. Therefore there will plenty to do in addition to attending classes.

Peace Go With You, Gil + Mark de Clive-Lowe’s Church @ Mercado La Paloma, USC area – Free, All ages
Mercado La Paloma is thrilled to present a spectacular FREE evening for music and culture lovers of ALL AGES as it hosts two incredible events in one night on February 24 from 7pm-11pm. The festivities will begin with the sounds of Los Angeles’ very own Jeremy Sole (KCRW / Afro Funke / theLift).
This will transition into an intimate presentation of last year’s epic “Peace Go With You, Gil” concert in tribute to the late cultural icon, Gil Scott-Heron. Those who missed the first tribute in 2012 will have a second opportunity to catch the virtuosic performances by some of the most talented musicians in the world under the direction of celebrated musical director and drummer, Dexter Story. Special guest for the night includes Scott-Heron’s daughter, Gia Scott-Heron.
Then the night will shift gears with an exclusive presentation of international superstar DJ, Mark de Clive-Lowe’s widely popular club night, “CHURCH,” featuring some of music’s most innovative artists. MdCL’s “CHURCH” residence in LA and NYC is equal parts jazz club, live remix experiment and dance party. The artistic heavies invited for the night include KAMASI WASHINGTON (Brainfeeder), NIA ANDREWS (Janelle Monae/Common), SHAFIQ HUSAYN (Sa-Ra), FREDDIE WASHINGTON (Patrice Rushen/Herbie Hancock), DERF REKLAW (Ramsey Lewis/The Pharoahs), DEXTER STORY (Kindred Spirits), and special surprises.

Leni Stern African Trio @ Alva’s Showroom, San Pedro – $20, All ages
So much great music continues to come out of Mali, even as Islamic rebels attempt to take over the northern part of the country and impose Sharia law, which, among other things, discourages the practice of such unbridled and creative music making. Vieux Farka Touré, Amadou & Mariam, Tinariwen and Khaira Arby are among the Malian performers who’ve toured here in the past year, and Ballaké Sissoko is scheduled to appear next month at the Skirball Center. Now, even Western musicians like German jazz guitarist Leni Stern are finding themselves influenced by this distinctively hypnotic style of West African music. On her new album, Smoke, No Fire, Stern twists her fluid guitar runs with strains of the banjo-like instrument n’goni to weave a gently intoxicating spell as she sings haunting lamentations in several languages. For this show, she’s joined by the Senegalese bassist Mamadou Ba and percussionist Alioune Faye. — By Falling James

Mali Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop @ McCabe’s Guitar Shop, Santa Monica – $40, All ages
If you’re an intermediate to advanced guitar player and a fan of African music, my friend Dave Cipriani will be teaching a workshop on the amazing Fingerstyle guitar style of Ali Farka Toure & his son Vieux Farka Toure! This is for intermediate to advanced guitarists, and other instrumentalists who have a burning desire to learn something about how to play this transcendental style of guitar playing. The cost for the workshop is $40. To register, go ONLINE to

Wax Poetic: Underground and Old School Sessions – El Bar, Toluca Lake – Free, 21+
Underground & Old School Flavor for true Hip Hop lovers! Good Vibes – Free Entry – Music to Love. Brought to you by Ladies of the House.


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