Foster the People LEAD

As usual Los Angeles is a music lover’s paradise this weekend, offering more events than one person could possibly attend in a three-day span, but for a small sampling of the music hitting LA this weekend, read on!

Keane @ The Orpheum – June 29th

Tomorrow night, British alternative rock act Keane will be playing a sold-out show at the Orpheum, fresh off the recent release of their fourth album, Strangeland, back in May. The group’s synth-based alt-rock will no doubt provide a smooth transition into weekend mode, and LA Music Blog’s own David Fisch recently participated in the band’s video creation contest, so I’m a bit partial to the group right now (check out his video entry for “Black Rain” yourself).

Foster the People @ The Gibson Amphitheatre – June 30th & July 1st

I found myself at Universal Citywalk for a birthday party last week and realized it’s been far too long since I’ve been to a show at The Gibson Amphitheatre. The massive venue is striking, to say the least, and the acts that play there are equally impressive — Foster the People being no exception. The local-act-turned-international-success will be playing back-to-back sold-out shows at the Aphitheatre this weekend, so those of you with tickets (or big pocketbooks) will no doubt want to spend either your Saturday or Sunday night wearing out those “Pumped Up Kicks” on the dance floor…or the space right in front of your seat, at least.

Ben Harper @ The Hollywood Bowl – July 1st

Bluesy rock? Soulful folk? Ben Harper‘s sound may be beyond characterization but there are no shortage of words to describe his live show: mind-blowing, astounding, legendary…take your pick. The skilled guitarist and songwriter will be performing under the stars this Sunday night at The Hollywood Bowl, and did I mention LA Music Blog’s favorite Motown-inspired act, Fitz and the Tantrums, will be opening? Tickets for the show are still available, so pick yours up now.