August 19th at the Santa Monica Pier: Bettye LaVette


The Mick Taylor show has been canceled, Bettye LaVette and The Tom Noland Band are the replacements! As always, the concerts start at 7pm and are free to the public.

According to the New York Times, “Ms LaVette rivals Aretha Franklin as her generation’s most vital soul singer. She uses every scrape, shout and break in her raspy voice, with a predator’s sense of timing to seize the drama of a song.” Ms. LaVette has most recently made news in her nearly 50 year career with her May 2010 release of, “Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook,” which brings the British Invasion home to its American R & B roots and features LaVette’s raw emotional renderings of compositions by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd.

For those who missed LaVette’s powerfully memorable three night run at the Hollywood Bowl earlier this year, another opportunity presents itself to see this force of nature. Ms. LaVette’s show will include material spanning her entire career including the British Rock Songbook

One word sums up the Tom Nolan Band’s mission: “Dance!” Long-time local favorites, TNB boasts a world class rhythm section, great singers and soloists, and an intense stage show. TNB brings people to their feet playing a mix of originals and classic dance tunes which blend Soul, Blues, R&B and rock ‘n roll.

In 2008, the band released its seventh CD, “Live at Rusty’s” to much acclaim. You may have seen them at a community concert, blues or jazz festivals around the state, or playing at Rusty’s Surf Ranch right here on the Santa Monica Pier, where they have been in residence for fifteen years. The Tom Nolan Band lends their talents, support and efforts to Habitat for Humanity, Katrina Relief, the Concern Foundation, the MS Foundation, the Red Cross, Heal the Bay, and many Los Angeles schools. TNB continues to bring joy and fun to the California music scene. In a word, “Dance!”