MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD: Hip-hop pioneer and emboldened, early adventurer into fusing-of-genre territories? Michael Franti has been melding melodies from funk, jazz, rock and the wide spectrum of styles for a couple of decades now. Joining the artist is Cherine Anderson, as well as The Aggrolites and Solillaquists of Sound. Saturday, January 31, 8PM. Club Nokia, 800 W. Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles.
D.L. HUGHLEY: He's one of our favorite guests on Bill Maher's HBO show, and definitely one of the funniest stand-ups around today. He's at the Improv in Irvine for a special engagement, so if you're a fan, too, get to this set. Actually, there are three sets -- 7PM, 9PM, and 11PM -- but ring the club first to make sure there's room. Saturday, January 31. Irvine Improv, 71 Fortune Drive, #841, Irvine. 949-854-5455
MRS. BRADY CROONS SOME BALLADS: Florence Henderson is known now and probably will always be known as Carol Brady, wise 'n sassy mom to her six precocious kids. But she's also quite the chanteuse, as her show at the Catalina Jazz Club proves. Wearing polyester to the club is entirely up to you. Through Sunday, February 1. 6725 W. Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood. 323-466-2210