The Best Free Concerts in L.A. This February
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Tuesday, February 3
Named "L.A.'s most amazing young vocalist/drummer" by legendary Low End Theory host and Hellfyre Club founder Nocando, newcomer Anderson Paak is at the frontline of this year's underground electronic/R&B/hip-hop wave. He performs in celebration of the release of his debut album, Venice, a record that not only shows off Paak's effortlessly soulful flow, but with super chill tracks like "The City," proclaiming "Tell me where you wanna go/But I don't really think that it could get much better," serves as a love letter to Los Angeles. Performance at 6 p.m.
Thursday, February 5
Docu-concert Another Good Road is the latest to come out of John Oates' nearly 50-year musical career (and may we say, he's looking pretty good for 65). Another Good Road is a look into Oates' personal universe: his home in Woody Creek, Colorado and a recording studio in Nashville, Tennessee. Featuring unedited takes of in-studio performances, the film shows off Oates' what-you-see-is-what-you-get approach to music. Performance at 6 p.m.
Friday, February 6
Have you ever been curious what Warpaint would sound like as a bunch of dudes? Minnow comes pretty close. With the help of eerie, transcendent guitar, Minnow creates an isolated realm, one that feels like it's closing in on you until singer Nik O'Hara's vocals break though the cocoon.
Sunday, February 8
If the phrase "classical flutist" doesn't get you excited, just wait until you see Susan Greenberg perform. Greenberg is a woman of infinite accolades: She's played with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra since 1975, performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, L.A. Opera, New York City Opera, and held the position of principal flute for the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra’s tour of Japan. She's received the Most Valuable Player award on the flute from the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences, and if all of this hasn't convinced you yet, check this out: She's the principle flutist for The Simpsons and Sex in the City 2. So yeah, thanks to Greenberg, classical flute can be hip, too.
Photo by Kathryna Hancock
Monday, February 9
Banta, Haunted Summer
Often earning comparisons to Fleetwood Mac, L.A.-based indie pop act Banta are sure to bring some dazzling bohemian dance vibes to their Satellite residency every Monday of the month. While each night of Banta's residency promises to be jamtastic, their second show is particularly special thanks to windswept spooky-pop duo Haunted Summer also staking a spot on the bill.
Friday, February 13
Polyan & the Johnson Sisters
Psych-folk act Polyan & the Johnson Sisters are an injection of twangy, old-time soul in the millennial age, slanging tunes about addiction to prescription drugs and material things ("Pills and Thrills") and nostalgic odes to the Golden State's golden era (check out "California, 1952"). Show starts at 6 p.m.
Photo by Dan Pick
Saturday, February 21
After being discovered by Noah and the Whale producer Luther Russell, U.K. singer-songwriter and acoustic finger plucker Ned Roberts gained traction for his entrancing simplicity and Leonard Cohen-esque vulnerability. His eponymous debut, released December 2014 and mastered by John Fischbach (Stevie Wonder, Carole King), earned international praise after being featured on several BBC Radio channels. Now Roberts has ventured to Los Angeles to record his follow-up album and prepare for a West Coast tour. Catch him (for free) while you can.
Sunday, February 22
The USC Thornton Guitar Ensemble
Fostering some of the most talented young artists in the country, the USC Thornton School of Music's Classical Guitar Department performs at LACMA, giving a look into the technical capabilities of Los Angeles' latest fleet of burgeoning musicians. Get ready to be seriously jealous of these kids' skills.
Tall Tales & the Silver Lining
For all of you having a hard time keeping up with Los Angeles' gloomy weather patterns as of late, Tall Tales & the Silver Lining have your sunshine fix. Seriously, these guys are pros in the flowery, frolicky, dancey-hippie jams game; one listen to "Something to Believe In" (off forthcoming album Tightrope, out February 24), and you're gonna wanna slap on some bell bottoms and head to Skateland. Performance at 4 p.m.
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