Billy Block benefit red and blackFor months, the weather has been hovering at “Unseasonably High Degrees Fahrenheit” but last week’s spot of rain brought on a bout of spring fun fever along with the flowers.

Here’s how to spring forward.

We’ve Got the Beat

Cultural History alert!  This may come as a shock to some Go Go’ers but open mics are not a 21st century invention.

And while it may not have been the first, Billy Block‘s  Western Beat Songwriters Showcase, which featured an open mic and booked performers who emphasized verse over volume, made Los Angeles a songwriting force to be reckoned with…

…instead of just a destination for boy hair bands.

Conceptually poised between Nashville’s historic Bluebird Cafe and Ronnie Mack’s legendary Barndance (where Block was house band drummer from 1987 to 1995), the Western Beat stage at the now-defunct Highland Grounds was graced by local and touring Americana acts ranging from Dave Alvin to Lucinda Williams to an unplugged Spinal Tap.

On Thursday, the Los Angeles songwriter community gives back to Block who is undergoing  aggressive treatment for Stage 4 metastatic melanoma.   The Western Beat Special Edition Billy Block Family Fund Benefit will feature performances by over 30 of L.A.’s top songwriters including hosts/co-chairs Brad Parker and Ed Tree, Block’s band the Bum Steers, Stephen Bishop (On and On), Jack Tempchin (Peaceful Easy Feeling) and Wendy Waldman (Save the Best for Last).  All funds will benefit Block.

Hear great music; help a great guy.

THE WESTERN BEAT SPECIAL EDITION BILLY BLOCK FAMILY FUND BENEFITThurs, April 10, 7pm – midnight; $25Musicians Institute Concert Hall, 1655 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood 90028    For more info, go HERE.  For tix, go HERE.

More Mid-Week Go Go Fun!

Beers, Bites and Brews —  Deschutes Brewery!  Beer & Bike Crawl!  Benefits Friends of the LA River!  Wed, April 9

The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail — Jonah Ray & Kumail Nanjiani host!  Judah Friedlander, Kurt Braunohler, Dana Gould + more! Comedy, candy & comic books! — Wed, April 9

Turner Classic Movie Fest — “Family in the Movies: The Ties that Bind”!   Four days of classic films about movie clans!  Panel discussions with experts!  Thurs, April 10 – Sun, April 14

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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