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The Best Concerts to See in L.A. this Weekend

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Thu, May 22, 2014 at 3:30 AM
click to enlarge See Friday: Andulasia Rose - PHOTO BY SHANNON SMITH
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Friday, May 23

Gloria Trevi
Gloria Trevi's controversial and unpredictable history often makes her life seem like something out of a telenovela, so it's no surprise that last year she starred in the Mexican soap opera Libre para Amarte. Her art will further echo her life when the singer from Monterrey shoots an upcoming reality series for cable network Mun2. Seldom has a mere pop chanteuse stirred up so much trouble, whether she's provoking conservative authorities with her defiant lyrics about women's rights and oppression of the poor, or finding herself in Brazilian and Mexican prisons for four years on charges of kidnapping and corrupting minors. Her latest album, De Película, is sparked by uptempo dance-pop tunes such as "No Soy un Pájaro," which combines hip-hop touches with tropical beats, and such grandiose piano ballads as "No Querías Lastimarme." - Falling James

Andalusia Rose
Rock singers don't come much wilder than Wendy Lee Gadzuk, who for many years fronted Philly hard-rock outfit The 440's before moving to Arizona and shredding guitar with Whiskey Bitch. She's changed her sound radically with her new Oakland trio, Andalusia Rose, mixing such moodily melancholic ballads as "A Thousand Miles" with slide guitar - driven, hard-blues workouts like "A Little More," where her fierce vocals reveal a newfound rootsy soul. Gadzuk occasionally reaches into her punk past with blasts such as "Promised Me the World," where her searing, jangling guitar contrasts with the burning melodicism of her singing. She says that the band's name and many of her new lyrics came to her in a dream, when a ghost named Andalusia Rose told Gadzuk, "You are my channel. Go forth and sing to the people." - Falling James

Saturday, May 24

Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival
Simi Valley might not be the funkiest enclave in the Southland, but this weekend it moves a whole lot closer to Louisiana in spirit with its annual Cajun and blues festival. Saturday's headliners include British blues maven John Mayall and the surviving remnants of influential local blues-rock heroes Canned Heat, but no one will draw more attention than Guitar Shorty, the fret-spinning, guitar-twirling, note-stabbing master showman who was a major influence on the young Jimi Hendrix. Appearing on Saturday and Sunday are C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, led by the son of late, great zydeco wizard Clifton Chenier. Squeezing out his bittersweet surges of accordion, C.J. infuses the blues with the magically deft, shuffling rhythms of zydeco, turning loneliness and heartache into a merry celebration. Among other delights, Sunday closes with the soulful entreaties of Swamp Dogg and the insanely elaborate pedal-steel forays of Robert Randolph. Also Sunday, May 25. - Falling James

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