The Best Free Concerts to See in L.A. This March
Photo courtesy of RCA Records
Monday, March 2
Mikky Ekko, The Peach Kings
Best known as the male counterpart to Rihanna on worldwide chart-smashing hit "Stay," Mikky Ekko is breaking away from the famed duet, which he helped to co-write, and paving his way as a solo artist. On the heels of his debut album Time, out this January on RCA Records, and acclaimed single "Pull Me Down," Ekko performs at Bardot's "School Night" with Highland Park indie rockers The Peach Kings.
Tuesday, March 3
Heaps n Heaps
Catch Heaps n Heaps as they kick off their tour of west America at the Satellite. Driven by Alisa Fedele's candy-coated harmonies, Zach Moon's gravelly rasp, church organs and some seriously catchy drum beats, the group is sweetly refreshing with a hint of old soul.
Friday, March 6
The Wild Reeds
PAPPY & HARRIET'S PIONEERTOWN PALACE
Have you ever been to Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace? Maybe not, since it's over 100 miles and two hours away. But The Wild Reeds are well worth the trip, we promise. They impressed audiences at last year's Make Music Pasadena, Echo Park Rising and Lightning in a Bottle with their ferocious harmonies and twangy, banjo-driven spirit.
Photo by Kane Hibberd
Tuesday, March 10
After nearly taking over the world in 2011 with the ultra-sassy and ultra-infectious "Awkward," Australian indie pop outfit San Cisco have returned to dominate again with their forthcoming album Gracetown. Enlisting producer Steven Schram (Paul Kelly, The Cat Empire), the band pushed themselves to experiment, while still maintaining the crunchy-pop sound we first fell in love with. Catch their set at 6 p.m. before they head off to play a sold-out Troubadour.
Wednesday, March 11
Tuxedo DJ Set (Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One)
When Grammy-nominated artists Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One first exchanged mixtapes back in 2006, they unknowingly started a funk revolution. The neo-soul artist and the hip-hop producer collaborated on three songs that, after nearly a decade of writing between personal projects, eventually grew to become their collaborative funky R&B album, Tuxedo, Hawthorne's first release with Stones Throw Records since his 2009 debut, A Strange Arrangement.
Saturday, March 14
Folk-rock and vintage car enthusiast Ben Vaughn is a man of many talents. He converted his 1965 Rambler American into a recording studio to work on his 1997 album Rambler '65, produced Ween's classic album 12 Golden Country Greats, composed for shows like That '70s Show and 3rd Rock from the Sun, and hosts a weekly show on NPR, The Many Moods of Ben Vaughn.
Friday, March 20
Bringing a touch of jazz to the L.A. beat scene with a style that's been described as "off-kilter," Elusive prepares to drop his new EP this month on Low End Theory purveyor Alpha Pup Records. Catch a glimpse of what Elusive's been hiding as he performs a live set at 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 22
L.A. Opera Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artists
Overseen by world-renowned tenor and conductor Plácido Domingo, the L.A. Opera's Young Artists Program provides support and training for promising youth as they transition into a professional career in opera. Through courses in musical and vocal coaching, language studies and performing arts, the program participants study under members of the L.A. Opera music staff and guest coaches to strengthen their already exceptional talents. Catch their performance at 6 p.m.
Friday, March 27
The resident DJ of Hollywood's famous Roosevelt hotel, L.A. native MAXV brings his expansive repertoire of styles to Amoeba to get everybody dancing... he'll make sure of it. Get ready to shake it at 8 p.m.
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