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DO: Must See Musical Acts, September 18-22
From cumbia to reggae, here’s a guide to this week’s ear candy
Today (Wednesday): Very Be Careful + Los Despiertos
L.A.’s veterano vallenato kings Very Be Careful play a rare, early show in support of the Al Borde Acoustic Sessions, a free concert series that showcases Latin alternative acts to an intimate audience. The best thing about Los Verys is that they can get the most stubborn wallflowers onto the dance floor, even if he or she is not the typical cumbia or world music fan. Los Despiertos share the bill. The show is free, but registration is required; food, drinks and parking will be provided. Space is limited. LATV Studios, 2323 Corinth Ave., 7-11p.m.
Saturday: Peter Hook & The Light
Hooky is back in town to perform Movement, New Order’s 1981 release, and 1983’s Power, Corruption & Lies. The legendary bass guitarist sat on the sidelines while the current New Order lineup made its most recent rounds (a group which includes ex-Joy Division bandmates Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris), so it will be a treat to have him back on stage. Slaves of Venus are the supporting act. Tickets start at $23.50 and can be bought on Ticketmaster’s website. Fonda Theater, 6126 Hollywood Blvd., 9:00p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Beach Ball Festival
This two-day event is set at the Santa Monica Pier, beginning with Saturday's “Soul Revue.” Expect appearances from James Brown’s right hand man Maceo Parker (someone you definitely shouldn’t miss), Lee Fields and The Expressions, and up-and-comers Myron & E. Rounding out the day will be Aloe Blacc and Allen Stone, with DJ sets being handled by the Funky Sole DJs. Sunday marks the start of “Reggae Fest,” with a roster of bona fide superstars: Sly & Robbie, Mykal Rose of Black Uhuru, U Roy, premier reggae session players Soul Syndicate, and my personal favorites, The Skatalites. Two-day passes start at $30 and can be found on Ticketfly. Santa Monica Pier, 200 Santa Monica Pier, 4:00p.m.