Your fantastic Friday night:
‣ GV30 – the Goldenvoice/Gary Tovar celebration of 30 years of Los Angeles punk – kicks off three big night at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium with Social Distortion, X and the Adolsecents.
‣ Guitar virtuoso Charlie Hunter (pictured), on tour with drummer Scott Amendola, starts a two-night stand at the Mint behind his new release “Public Domain,” a collection of his interpretation of classics dating back to the 1930s and beyond.
‣ Two L.A. indie-rock bands that figure to show up prominently on the 2012 radar, Superhumanoids and Papa, play the Echo, along with San Diego rockers Writer.
‣ Indie rock quintet Vanaprasta leads the party at the Central SAPC in Santa Monica, joined by Chasing Kings, the Dead Ships and the Muddy Reds.
Plus a bounty of benefit shows:
‣ The first of two nights in the 10th Annual Hohotel Holiday Benefit Shows benefiting the L.A. Fire Dept.’s Spark of Love Toy Drive boast a lineup of Joshua Radin, Priscilla Ahn, Gary Jules, Meiko, Rocco DeLuca, Laura Jansen, Brother Sal and more.
‣ Night 2 of the Invisible Children benefit at the Troubadour features the Mountain Goats, Eric Johnson of the Fruit Bats and Andy Cabic of Vetiver, Ivan & Alyosha, La Sera and NO.
‣ The Crash Kings, Cary Brothers and Bleu play the big WhyHunger “Imagine” Benefit Concert at the Hard Rock Hollywood.
‣ And the Belle Brigade, Harlan Silverman and Oh Darling team up at the Satellite to play a show benefiting PATH.
Drake, J. Cole, Big Sean and more as part of Power 106’s Cali Christmas at the Gibson Amphitheatre
Chris Cornell at the Orpheum Theatre
Young the Giant at the Galaxy Theatre
Dom Kennedy and K. Flay at the El Rey Theatre
Freestyle Fellowship, Flashbang Grenada, Abstract Rude and 2Mex as part of Project Blowed’s 17th Anniversary Tour at the House of Blues
Love Inks, Willoughby and El May at the Bootleg
So Many Wizards and Sleeping Bags and (just added, Princeton) at Pehrspace
Nite Jewel at the Mondrian
Balam Acab at the Echoplex
Camp Freddy at the Roxy
John Tejada at King King
Robin Thicke at the Key Club
Le Castle Vania at Avalon Hollywood
Sarah Silverman at Largo
Kissing Tigers at Club Underground at the Grand Star
Jeffertiti’s Nile’s free in-store at Origami Vinyl
Rachel Haden at the Smell
Forrest Day at Molly Malone’s
So Many Wizards @ Pehrspace
Lonely Drunks Club Band, Neo Geo and Stonefeather at the Viper Room
The Crystal Method at the Yost Theater in Santa Ana
Brainspoon, Carnage Asada and the Hangmen at the Redwood Bar
Mama’s Joy at Casey’s downtown