Forget about the teetering seasons this week, and make a trail to the concert halls and clubs around town for a live music escape. The calendar includes: the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Richard Shindell, Framing Hanley, Gaelic Storm, God-des & She, Shemekia Copeland, and Sound Tribe Sector 9.
NOTEWORTHY: Napoleon marries Josephine, 1796.
BIRTHDAYS: Pioneering Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, 1934; Velvet Underground bassist/violinist/vocalist John Cale.
NOTEWORTHY: Willard Scott debuts as Today Show weather forecaster, 1980.
BIRTHDAYS: Basically instinctual actress/progressive activist Sharon Stone, 1958; singer-songwriter Neneh Cherry, 1964.
Los Angeles Master Chorale
Overture Hall, 7:30 pm
Overture organist Samuel Hutchison joins this storied group in performances of C.H.H Perry's "I Was Glad," Anton Bruckner's "Four Motets," Morten Lauridsen's "Lux Aeterna" and more. On piano Lauridsen himself will accompany his own "Nocturnes."
NOTEWORTHY: Israel's Menachim Begin and Egypt's Anwar Sadat sign peace treaty, 1982.
BIRTHDAYS: Unworried & happy jazz singer/songwriter/pianist Bobby McFerrin, 1950; galactic hitchhiker/author Douglas Adams, 1952.
High Noon Saloon, 7 pm
The folky singer and songwriter makes his home in Argentina these days. He's here to perform his incisively crafted songs; maybe he'll do "Che Guevara T-Shirt."
Stage Door @ Orpheum Theatre, 8 pm
After being discovered three years ago by two members of Creed, who heard the post-hardcore band's demos on MySpace, Framing Hanley's released a chart-climbing debut album and a cover of Lil Wayne's "Lollipop" that no one can seem to get enough of. Undying Allegiance opens.
Majestic Theatre, 8 pm
Gear up for St. Patty's Day with a concert by one of the world's most famous and talented promulgators of traditional Irish music. Oakhurst opens.
God-des & She
Cafe Montmartre, 8:30 pm
Though they're pretty well established in New York City, the duo hasn't forgotten its supporters from the early days in Madison, when there weren't a lot of outlets for lesbian hip-hop. It's a growing field today, though: God-des & She were featured on The L Word in 2006 and are slated to host NewNowNext later this year on Logo, MTV's LGBT network.
NOTEWORTHY: U.S. House votes 323-89 to admit Hawaii as 50th state, 1959.
BIRTHDAYS: Peripatetic author Jack Kerouac, 1922; Sweet Baby James Taylor, 1948
High Noon Saloon, 8 pm
Blues powerhouse Shemekia Copeland would be a huge celebrity if fame was a direct product of talent. Instead, she's kept it real, refusing to sacrifice the soul of the music to the homogenizing forces of the mainstream music industry. Bobby Bryan & the Uptown All-Stars open.
Sound Tribe Sector 9
Orpheum Theatre, 8 pm
The five members of Sound Tribe Sector 9 didn't just vote in the last election: They tapped into their excitement about the potential for sweeping reform and made a new album, Peaceblaster, plus a social-action website, Peaceblaster.com. Learn more about the process in this week's Tour Stop. Pretty Lights opens.