The Buttertones, the Regrettes, Thee Commons Among The Lineup Of The Free Concerts At Levitt Pavilion
The Levitt Pavilion in McArthur Park offers free concerts during the summer, and this is getting better and better every year. The lineup has been announced and there is an incredible amount of events this year, 50 free concerts throughout the summer, the best time of the year.
Produced in partnership with Spaceland Presents, this is a very eclectic lineup which includes young bands as well as award-winning music veterans, and which features a wide range of music genres.
I can only highlight a few of these concerts, probably those I want to attend, and I will start with the Blasters on Thursday June 22nd, a legendary band fronted by the excellent Phil Alvin, his powerful voice and unique blend of country rock, rockabilly and blues.
Mexican rock band Kinky plays there on Saturday June 24th , and I remember being amazed a few years ago by their way to throw about everything in their rock songs from electronica to accordion, Brazilian percussion and trumpet, turning their shows on heavy disco-funky dancefloors.
The Buttertones and Pinky Pinky are playing on Thursday June 29th, two interesting young bands I have already seen several times. They will surely bring a large and rowdy crowd with their retro-surf pop songs animated by a punk energy.
Another very young band, the Regrettes, are playing on Thursday July 6th, and everyone should check out these teenager riot grrrls and their real pop sensibility with bright hooks played with a punk fury and an immediate urgency. The Tracks are also playing.
Dos Lobos, meaning David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas, two members of the famous East LA band Los Lobos, will play on Saturday July 15th. I saw the whole band playing at the same place a few years ago, and they were up to their legend.
Thee Commons will play on Thursday July 27th, and you can be sure that their fantastic mix of cumbia and punk will transform the place into another rowdy show, then, vampire weekend bassist Baio will perform on Saturday July 29th, but there are more music to experience in August, including the dark psychedelia of garage girls LA Witch, on Thursday August 31st.
This program represents a lot of music to explore, I was only talking about the bands I am familiar with, but the lineup also features jazz and salsa, Latin jazz, blues and soul.