Guitar geeks and gear heads will be spending their weekend at Guitar Geek Fest and the NAMM convention, respectively, devising new ways and gadgets to wow the world with music. The rest of us need some things to see and do. We scoured the city for things that either qualify as free, for a good cause, or awesome (but pricey) for the Top 5 Things to Do This Weekend in L.A.:
What: IAMSOUND Mondrian Sessions presents Francis & The Lights
Where: 8440 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood
Door: Free with rsvp to email@example.com
A cool L.A. based record label that has been responsible for quite a few breakout bands (and L.A. Weekly cover stories) these last few years, IAMSOUND has teamed up with the Mondrian for free poolside shows on Friday nights. The upcoming calendar includes Fool's Gold, Dum Dum Girls, Ted Leo, and Lykke Li. Tonight, catch Francis & The Lights, whose unique funky grooves inspire various degrees of shoulder shimmying and got Francis touring with the likes of Drake, MGMT, and LA Roux.
What: To Haiti With Love
Where: 2220 Beverly Boulevard
Door: $10/ 18+
Vanaprasta, John Carpenter, Mariah McManus, and John Isaac Watters will perform at the Plays Well With Others Haiti benefit, co-presented by Buzzbands.LA. The do-gooder music blog is including a download card for a compilation in the door price, and all proceeds benefit the Rebuild Haiti Orphanage.
What: Lissie at Music Box
Where: 6216 Hollywood Blvd.
Door: $20 / All ages
Folky rebel Lissie will belt some sweet and cuddly campfire warmth on the Music Box's big stage. She's joined by The Pierces and George Stanford. This show is great for a date or for chicks amassing girl power. She likes to take shots on stage.
What: Rock N Roll Glamour Show
Address: 9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Door: Free 21+ or $3 under 21 / 8pm
Hosted by Alysia Behun, The Rock N Roll Glamour Show includes some wholesome rock and pop varieties by Eastern Conference Champions, Ruby Friedman Orchestra, Gliss, Dead Day Revolution, and DJ Professor Ben, as well as spoken word performance from Brujita and "soul sensation" Emily Bourbon, comedy acts Damienne and Jim Kelly, a fashion show by Angel Flame Design with what they describe as "beautiful personality models," and a dance number by Loren Cross to boot! There will also be fashiony vendors and artwork on display.
What: Andrew Bird
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Where: 366 N. La Cienega Blvd.
Door: SOLD OUT
Saturday and Sunday night's shows are sold out at this point, so hopefully you've got tickets already. Arrive at The Largo early because seats will be assigned on a first-come first served basis. At $30 a pop, this show is the opposite of free, but "one man orchestra of the imagination" Andrew Bird commands a paying audience.