Fifty years ago this summer, the Byrds released “Mr. Tambourine Man,” an album that became something of a template for the California folk-pop that followed. On Monday night, Jakob Dylan assembled an estimable group of artists at the Orpheum Theatre for Echo in the Canyon, a concert that was a precursor to a studio project and movie celebrating the West Coast sound.
The 14-song concert featured the likes of Beck, Fiona Apple, Cat Power, Regina Spektor and Jade (Castrinos, former of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes) performing songs by such artists as the Byrds, the Beach Boys, the Turtles, Love and the Mamas and the Papas.
The banter was almost nonexistent but the highlights were many: Cat Power’s rendition of the Association’s hit “Never My Love;” Cat Power and Dylan dueting on the Turtles’ “You Showed Me;” Beck taking on the Byrds’ “The Bells of Rhymney,” from that 1965 album; Apple massaging the Beach Boys’ “In My Room;” Jade doing the Mamas and the Papas’ “Dedicated to the One I Love” and the Beach Boys’ “Just Wasn’t Made for These Times;” and Dylan himself tackling Buffalo Springfield’s “Questions.” The show ended with an all-hands-on-deck rendition of the Mamas and the Papas’ “Monday Monday.” Because it was, after all, Monday.
Photos by Chad Elder