We love seeing big touring acts, but we also love supporting our independent music scene. This weekend (and a random Monday) catch live music from some of our favorite independent and non-major label acts. Tickets to all of our selected shows range from $0 to $16! Read about them below, hit play on their tunes and go see a band or two this weekend. Support independent music always.
July 9 — Ethio Cali with Cut Chemist and Rani de Leon at Grand Performances
Get down with the vintage jazz sounds of Ethio Cali. Celebrating the Golden Age of Ethiopian jazz and soul, Ethio Cali will be joined by the infamous DJ Cut Chemist, know for his work with Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli. Also on the lineup, DJ Rani de Leon from dublab! Did we mention it’s free?! All Grand Performances are free!
July 9 — Nick Pagan at La Santa
The psychedelic crooner that is Nick Pagan has been on repeat in the Grimy world. Full of vintage chicano swagger and doo-wop jangle, Pagan is a must–see act! On a quest to bring a certain prowess back into the Chicano soul and doo-wop of Southern California’s past, LA’s Latinx crooner Nick Pagan throws his heart in the ring, ready to make you feel the groove and heartache once again. Polishing off this sound and denoting it as “new-wop,” Pagan comes in with a certain charisma, and sometimes playful style.
Also on the bill are Black Pool and Yungatita!
July 10 — Carlos Niño at Gold Diggers
If you’re looking for that chill lounge vibe, enjoying smooth sounds with a delicious craft cocktail. You need to check out Carlos Niño’s record release show for his new LP More Energy Fields. Niño will perform with a quartet featuring friends Surya Botofasina, Efa Etoroma Jr, and Pablo Calogero. Also on the bill: a special solo guitar set by Jeff Parker, and DJ sets all night with Chicago’s Ayana Contreras and King Hippo.
July 11 — Quinto Sol at DiPiazza’s
Laying down that funky raga, Quinto Sol are always a damn good time full of the best vibrations. One of East LA’s most beloved reggae acts, the band coins their style as concious Xicano Reggae. Blending flavorful sounds around the world, including Cumbia — Qunito Sol know how to bring that warm, sonorous sound home.
July 15 — Fart Barf with Melted Bodies at The Echo
Did somebody say “fart” and “barf” in one sentence?! This local act’s band name never gets old. Always making us a giggle like Homer Simpson. Don’t let their name fool you. Fartbarf dish out all the fun 80-style new wave electronica full of vintage analog synth sounds, vocoders, drum machines and more. Get ready to dance, and maybe even dod the robot.