This week's must-see L.A. shows include country music royalty, the return of a hair metal thrasher, and a benefit concert worth listening to.
WEDNESDAY: Although Rosanne Cash is country music royalty, her sound spans the genres of blues, folk, and rock. She'll play an intimate set in support of her upcoming release, The River & The Thread, her first album of original material in four years, which is already being called one of the best works of her career. Can’t make the show? You can catch her next week on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic for a selections of songs off the release.
The Troubadour: 9081 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. Tix: $35.
THURSDAY: Original Runaways lead guitarist and '80s hair metal thrasher Lita Ford returns to the stage. After a nearly 15-year hiatus that included raising a family, she returned in 2009 with a new album, Wicked Wonderland. In 2012 she brought back her original sound on Living Like a Runaway and last year's live concert album, The Bitch is Back, celebrated the metal. Given her long absence and return, it's fitting that she's appearing as part of the month-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Whisky a Go Go.
The Whisky a Go Go: 8901 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. Tix: $20.
SATURDAY: Vintage R&B enthusiast Nick Waterhouse, local psych band Allah-Las, and throwback rockers Dawes (who have apparently recovered from their sad Christmas) will perform at We All Join Hands, a benefit for drummer Richard Gowen. Also supporting the bill are: Pink Mountaintops, Neal Casal, The Tyde, Robert Francis, and special guests.
The Echoplex: 1822 W. Sunset Blvd., Echo Park. Tix: $20.
To celebrate the Whisky a Go Go's 50th anniversary, quintessential L.A. punk band Fear will return to the venue they played when the local punk scene was in its infancy. Front man Lee Ving’s growl and straightforward showmanship make this band a must-see.
The Whisky a Go Go: 8901 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. Tix: $25.