September is going to rock! The Autumn season may be upon us but it’s still warm enough to enjoy live music under the night sky including shows such as Kraftwerk, Sigur Ros, and Hall & Oates with Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings at the Hollywood Bowl. You can also kick back, relax in the great outdoors and jam to Ray Lamontagne or Chance the Rapper at the Greek Theatre or amp it up and get rowdy to Unknown Mortal Orchestra at Santa Monica Pier. There’s also some brand new music festivals popping up this month that will surely be a blast — Main Fest at Main Street in Downtown Alhambra featuring performances by Miami Horror, Capital Cities, Dead Sara, etc and Music Tastes Good in Downtown Long Beach which features a diverse lineup of palate pleasing acts such as The Specials, Iron & Wine, De La Soul, Warpaint and more. If you want to satisfy your musical hunger just read on for all of our top concert picks this September — mmm mmm, live music!
September 1 — Unknown Mortal Orchestra at Santa Monica Pier
The Twilight Concert series at the Santa Monica Pier is ending its annual run on September 8th and you won’t want to miss the second to last FREE outdoor show featuring Unknown Mortal Orchestra. With their specialty blend of everything from psych-rock to disco-funk UMO always puts on a bombastic, unforgettable performance. Steady Holiday aka Dre Babinski (formerly of Dusty Rhodes and The River Band) supports, playing tunes from her debut album Under The Influence.
September 2 — The Zombies at The Rose
’60s English psych-pop rock group The Zombies are beloved for their timeless hits like “Time of the Season” and “She’s Not There” and the band is still creating future hits on their newer releases such as 2015’s Still Got That Hunger. Expect a nice mixed crowd and an unforgettable experience because it’s always the right “time of the season” for the Zombies to put on a spectacular show! Bruce Sudano supports.
September 2 — PAPA Residency at the Bootleg
What’s not to love about Los Angeles born outfit PAPA? They’re well known for their performances full of dizzying carnal energy and we dig their mash up sound which features everything from Dylan-esque Americana, feverish punk rock attitudes and soulful rhythm & blues. The band will be playing fresh tunes from their vibrant new album Kick At The Dust due out Sept. 16th. Supporting acts throughout the residency include Butch Bastard, Marc Baker, Maxim Ludwig, Green Gerry, Hit City DJs, Van William and JUNK.
September 2 — Swans at Fonda Theatre
Experimental post-punk band Swans, led by original member Michael Gira, were reared from the early 80’s NY no wave scene, and they’re still rockin’ hard with their mind-expanding soundscapes. Catch them live in support of their new album The Glowing Man which was released this Summer via Young God Records. Performing artist and multi-instrumentalist (piano, harp, accordion, etc) extraordinaire Baby Dee opens.