Concerts in L.A. in July
We don’t think anybody predicted the remarkable resurgence of Nile Rodgers a few years back but, with new material and a collabo with the world’s hippest dance act under his belt, the funkmaster general is going from strength to strength. In 2019, he’ll top the Hollywood Bowl’s annual Fourth of July fireworks spectacular.
Did you still love him when he was 64—over a decade ago? Man, time flies. But some things never change, like happy-go-lucky Paul McCartney. Macca hits Dodger Stadium as part of his Freshen Up tour. The Beatle will be 77 and howling through the hits, including some cuts from his latest, Egypt Station. Tickets go on sale Thursday, December 13 at 10am.
Mitski has a talent for swift transformation. Over the past several years, she’s rocketed from self-releasing her first two albums and playing DIY gigs to selling out major venues months in advance. Her latest collection, Be the Cowboy, continues that hunger for growth, veering from her recent penchant for dreamily yearning indie rock in favor of a multi-faceted synth pop.
Brandy, Monica, Ashanti, Keri Hilson, Amerie and Lil’ Mo headline this all-female R&B fest. A portion of ticket proceeds will organizations that support the advancement of women.
The Greatest Showman—a flick we called “frustratingly slight”—has quickly and surprisingly become a sing-along screening staple. You can almost surely chalk up its cult-status–like adoption to one person: Hugh Jackman. It’s no surprise, then, that the charismatic actor is taking his tome of tunes on the road. “Hugh Jackman: The Man. The Music. The Show.” will bring the musically-inclined actor to the Hollywood Bowl, where he’ll sing highlights from The Greatest Showman and Les Misérables, along with a selection of other Broadway and film songs—all accompanied by a live orchestra. Fingers crossed for a Wolverine musival. Jackman will be at the Bowl on July 19 and 20, 2019 as part of his world tour. Tickets go on sale Monday, December 19 at 10am.
Childhood friends Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero used to be in a thrash metal band before they moved to the seaside to hone their slinky take on flamenco. That heavy background shines through in their visceral live shows, full of frenzied fretwork.
If you’ve caught Jack White live recently, you’ve almost surely heard him play “Steady As She Goes,” the signature single from his side project, the Raconteurs. It’s been a long 11 years since the entire band assembled on an L.A. stage to tackle the track together, but they’re coming back for some more bluesy, pounding psychedelia. Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence, Patrick Keeler and White will play the Greek Theatre this July—the Raconteur’s first L.A. show since playing that same venue back in 2008. As part of a larger world tour, the set will come on the heels of their forthcoming release, Help Us Stranger. Tickets for the show go on sale Friday, April 12 at 10am, with a presale beginning Tuesday, April 9 at 10am. Each ticket comes with a physical copy of the new album. As is typical with White-related live shows, you’ll need to stash your phone for the performance: photo and video-capturing devices will be secured in a Yondr pouch for the duration of the show.
If you love electronic music, you might want to catch buzzy Odesza at Los Angeles State Historic Park to cap off their massive A Moment Apart tour.
Once upon a time in a city so divine, dozens of West Coast hip-hop legends came together for a one-day fest at the Queen Mary. The inaugural Once Upon a Time in the LBC draws heavily from the generations of talent that have emerged from Long Beach and Compton, including headliners Snoop Dogg, YG and the Game (who’ll be performing The Documentary). The rest of the cross-country lineup includes DMX (performing It’s Dark & Hell is Hot), Bone Thugs N-Harmony, Warren G, Keith Sweat, Too Short, Blueface, Ginuwine and more. Tickets for the originally announced first night are sold out, but passes for the just-added second night are available on Friday, March 22 at 10am.
The sassy, lightning-blonde-haired Swede performs cathartically upbeat dance tunes from Honey, her first full-length release in seven years.