The 5 Best Free Concerts To See in May
See May 3: Las Cafeteras at Union Station's 75th Anniversary
Photo by Piero F. Giunti
Saturday, May 3
Union Station's 75th Anniversary
Celebrating not only the history of Union Station with Amtrak car exhibits, architectural tours, and a community bicycle ride, this event also has live music - lots and lots of it. Throughout the day, more than a dozen artists from a variety of genres (blues, jazz, mariachi, swing, folk, a cappella, DJs, and more) will perform at the station's four stages, including Weekly favorite Las Cafeteras. More info here.
Sunday, May 4
The Grand Ole Echo
Did you miss Stagecoach Festival this year? Have no fear, the Echo has got you covered. Set to run throughout the summer, this country-themed residency kicks off May 4 with The Far West, Jackson Tanner, Leggy Peggy, and Band of Strangers, and features a new line-up every week.
Tuesday, May 10
The Fourth Annual Spring Classic Invitational Showcase
Come out to Venice's Muscle Beach to watch some of the hottest unsigned dance crews and hip-hop acts featured on BET's daily music segment 106 & Park. The television show's "Wild-Out Wednesday" and "Freestyle Friday" all-stars perform throughout the day, accompanied by a fashion show sponsored by FLWC (Fashionable Ladies With Class). More info here.
Saturday, May 17
The Getty Center
Jonathan Wilson isn't just a talented folk singer-songwriter, he's one of the most prolific musicians of the last 20 years. He's collaborated with the likes of Graham Nash, Roy Harper, and Erykah Badu, performed with Tom Petty and Bonnie Rait, and produced albums by Dawes and Father John Misty. Oh, and he's also behind the revival of the Laurel Canyon rock scene; the jams he's hosted at his home studio have led to such works as Jenny Lewis' Acid Tongue and Elvis Costello's Momofoku.
Sunday, May 18
Punk Rock BBQ
It's simple: if cheap booze, free hot dogs, and punk rock sounds like the perfect Sunday afternoon, then Liquid Kitty is the place to be. Performers include Radwaste, Phranc (the "All-American Jewish Lesbian Folksinger"),The Last, Lawndale, Backbiter, and The Walker Brigade.
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