Go Go’ers, sometimes you need to get off the grid for an alt kick of culture. Whether you’re scorching it at Stagecoach or sunning it in the city, Ms. Go Go has your offbeat picks to put SoCal in perspective
Maybe you’ve already mapped out your Stagecoach schedule around Carrie, Kenny and the Rascal Flatts boys (or, more interestingly, Mel Tillis, Rosie Flores, Wanda Jackson and Leon Russell) but Indio’s hoedown-on-steroids is your chance to develop new musical obsessions.
Consider the following:
Local L.A. fave David Serby debuts his dark-edged, 19th century Americana song cycle Poor Man’s Poem, performed with revamped band Dirt Poor Folklore.
Jack White produced the Secret Sisters‘ debut 45 and T. Bone Burnett produced their debut LP; now you can see why sibs Laura and Lydia Rogers are the belles of the ball with their close harmony renditions of Hank Williams-era oldies.
Honky-tonk meets rock ‘n roll in Junior Brown out of Austin, Texas who’s toured with both Bob Dylan and the Beach Boys playing a lap steel/electric guitar combo called the “guit-steel” . (Note: no relation to the “keytar”.)
Go Go’ers, no need to wear a beer carton hat for the above….
Esotouric is your dependable guide to the dark corners of this brightest of cities. For May Day weekend sun and shadows, check out their back-to-back, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. “Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles” bus tours of far-flung L.A. regions that most Angelenos only “see” while speeding by in a car. (Go Go’ers, you know who you are.)
Get off the freeway and into the flats with the Saturday, April 30th Route 66 Tour (offbeat highlights include the haunted Aztec Hotel) and the Sunday, May 1st South Los Angeles Tour . (See the newly rehabbed Johnie’s Broiler/Big Boy Drive-in!) Ghosts and grills: always a winning combo.
Esotouric’s “Reyner Banham” series of architecture tours is informed and inspired by the Sixties British architecture critic and historian who explored and celebrated L.A.’s urban sprawl in Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies, in which he dubbed South Los Angeles the “Plains of Id”. Bonus for bus and architecture junkies; buy tix to both tours for double-decker discounts.
Your id always appreciates a bargain.
It’s a good bet that Pop Culture enthusiast Banham would have beaten a path to the Beacon Arts Building in Inglewood for Arataland! , the Doug Harvey-curated, mid-career retrospective of Michael Arata. In the (Yes!) Go Go Nineties, the playful, enigmatic, and wildly entertaining artist famously staged guerilla “One Night Stand” art events in motel rooms.
Similarly, guests can swap a drawing for a hot dog in a bun branded with Arata’s signature from 7 – 10 p.m. on April 30th at “One Night Stand: Walpurgisnacht”. (Walpurgisnacht is “a Northern Europen pagan renewal ritual held on May Day Eve”…but you knew that.)
You love your pagan weenies with culture.
Ready? U Know U Want 2 Go Go….