Leon Russell plays the Lensic; Growling Old Men take Center Stage; Wayne “The Train” Hancock rocks Skylight; and The Last Five Years shows at the Santa Fe Playhouse
Leon Russell’s credits go back to early ’60s stints with Jan & Dean, the Super Stocks, the Everly Brothers, the Beach Boys, the Monkees, and the Rolling Stones — and that was all before he released his own first album. Joining him on Leon Russell (1970) were Steve Winwood, Mick Jagger, Bill Wyman, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and Joe Cocker. It seemed that Russell had already captured the universe, and he went on to record more than 30 albums — even with long lapses in musicmaking during much of the 1980s and 1990s — and to present hundreds of dynamite concerts. He brings his band to the Lensic Performing Arts Center (211 W. San Francisco St.), for a gig at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 4. Tickets are $49-$59, available by calling 505-988-1234 or visiting www.ticketssantafe.com.