The Troubadour is still such a vital part of LA’s rich musical history. Don’t you think it’s time to visit it? This weekend serves up a great reminder of how amazing it is to see artists on the brink of hitting the big time in the small intimate confines of a music club.
On Thursday you can see the amazing blues rock guitarist Gary Clark Jr. play the third of his three consecutive nights. Next time he’s here, you’ll have to go to the Wiltern. Super extra benefit of going to the show is the opportunity to see blue-eyed blues girl, ZZ Ward.
Saturday you can see K’Naan. Wikipedia describes him as your basic “Somali Canadian poet, rapper, singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist”. You may remember him as the artist behind the song from the 2010 World Cup, Wavin’ Flag”. He’s also got a lot of friends, as his new album features Bono, Mark Foster, Keith Richards, will.i.am, Ryan Tedder, and Nas. Who knows who might show up?
When one thinks of The Troubadour, you have to think of Jackson Browne who started his career in the early 70s as a teen singing at open mic nights. While he’s not playing the Troubadour, you can see him at the Valley Performing Arts Center. You can even close your eyes and pretend that you’re at the club. It might sound something like this.