7 p.m. Ali Handal
Ali’s songs have been featured in numerous films and hit shows like Sex and the City, Dawson’s Creek and iCarly. She’s toured Australia, Japan and beyond, provided backing vocals for Neil Young, and shared the stage with songwriting legend Paul Williams as his featured vocalist. Also a published author, Ali penned Guitar for Girls (Hal Leonard), an exceptional guitar method book & CD brimming with advice for aspiring female musicians, as well as encouraging quotes and remarkable songs from female songwriters in all genres.
8 p.m. Sheldon Botler
Sheldon Botler is a musician and photographer, based in Los Angeles, CA. Whether you are shooting with him, or being entertained, you will always find yourself overjoyed and full of energy.
"I sincerely believe it is my job to help people reconnect with their internal joy. Through music, I do so as a story teller. As a photographer, I get to help you become more confident, break personal barriers and book meaningful work. And!!! We get to have fun doing it."
9 p.m. Allen Morris
With a sound that combines acoustic folk-rock songwriting of the early 70's with indie and alternative sounds and textures, "singer-songwriter" would only address Allen Morris on the surface. His influences are as diverse as Neil Young to The Cure, Allen Morris runs a gamut of songwriting styles throughout his energetic and engaging performances both live and on record: Alpha Particles (2016), and this year's Fly By Wire (2017). Allen is currently touring in support of his latest release.
August 24th! Three new artists will grace The San Fernando stage with their incredible talent! Join us from 7-10 p.m., with your host, John O' Kennedy!
7 p.m: Drew Haun
Andrew (Drew) Haun is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and lyricist from Arizona. Playing guitar, keys, and harmonica; Andrew has developed his own style of Americana with blues, folk, country and rock. After moving to Los Angeles in 2013 Haun spent 3 years working in a recording studio learning the innards of high end music production. After spending a fair amount of time on the other side of the glass, Haun decided to get back to writing and recording his own music, which is where his true passion lies.
8 p.m: Taylor Anne Crawford
Taylor Crawford is deemed a singing, songwriting, Texas transplant after a soul guided move to pursue music in West Coast Long Beach, California. In 2014 she released her debut EP “California” via a successful Kickstarter campaign and Grammy nominated producer, Mack Damon. Taylor’s voice stands alone as a signature sound with its quiet quivers evoked by the intense emotion that is her songwriting. Her distinctive flexibility from highs to lows label her a siren supported by emotional, authentic, and poetic lyrics that put you under a spell. Recently, Taylor has been collaborating with the Orange County Recording Hub, Hybrid Studios to finish a sophomore release. She’s taken a live approach, to capture the raw intimate nature of her sound, and the record is set to be released sometime in the Fall. When she’s not taking over the world with the power of her vulnerability, Taylor gives back to her community through the gift of teaching music through private lessons.
9 p.m: Austin David
Michigan Raised. L.A. distilled. Austin David craft's soulful and genuine pop songs. With an en emphasis on real lyrics and strong hooks, Austin David's songs hit the bullseye of authenticity. When he's not writing and performing, he has a passion for surfing and volunteering. New EP titled "Life, Love, and Death" to be released independently fall 2017.
Our second night of stellar music is here! Our opening night was a huge success, and we are happy to announce the next Thursday lineup at The San Fernando in Glendale, CA with your host, Cynthia Brando opening up the show with a few tunes. Scroll down to check out our next featured singer-songwriters.
Stevie Talks: 8 p.m.
Stevie Talks resides in Costa Mesa, CA. Six months ago, he was offered an opportunity to play guitar full-time alongside his friends in Atlas Genius, but instead decided to buckle down and pursue his personal project, Stevie Talks. During this time he crafted pop songs with a nostalgic singer/songwriter feel, while showcasing a undeniable talent for chord work and melody. He has had the opportunity to work alongside members of Young the Giant, Sir Sly, and Mating Ritual in the studio to contribute to a collection of his recordings. His big personality is seen in these recordings and live performances, and brings life to a collection of songs that are as timeless as they are fresh. A lover of Americana, his recordings have blended the vintage warmth often associated with this genre to the crisp punch of contemporary pop, replete with the infectious charms of the pop genre. He has professional experience as a touring guitar player, having had the opportunity to play on several international tours with recording artists on Universal Republic, and Warner Records, but has remained sedentary until his music is released in the forthcoming months.
Rosy Nolan: 9 p.m.
Rosy Nolan combines many American music traditions to form a heart-wrenching isle of authenticity amidst a sea of affectation. Her soulful vocal style harkens back to great blues and country singers while barreling full speed through a gritty spectrum of confessional hymns and folk-tinged melodies. Fans of Nolan’s have commented on her mesmerizing stage presence. “Her honesty and her unaffected vulnerability, make it impossible to take your eyes off her,” says fellow songwriter and Edwin McCain bassist Aaron Berg. “Her presence as a performer reels you in. She has the intention of a young Lucinda Williams with multi-dimensional poetry all her own.”
Nolan has performed at The Hotel Cafe, Coffee Gallery Backstage, Pour Vous, and Ireland's 32 in Los Angeles, Rockwood Music Hall, The Livingroom, Pete's Candy Store and Union Pool in New York and many venues in between.
We are so happy to announce a brand new venue for our concert series at The San Fernando in Glendale, CA every Thursday starting August 10th from 7-10 p.m. Our grand opening singer-songwriter night features three stellar performers: Lea Beiley, Raspin Stuwart and Julian Borrego and a few songs from your host, Cynthia Brando. Visit the San Fernando's website HERE to see what's happening at this great new venue.
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Lea Beiley: 7p.m.
The kind of music that compliments cold weather, overcast skies, and long, late night drives; either filling the hollow ache in your chest, or prying open old wounds you'd begun to forget were ever there. As the sole writer on each track, this is the feeling Lea Beiley promises to capture and deliver with What Shines In The Summer, the debut EP that introduces this talented new artist via a collection of four hauntingly beautiful songs.
Drawing inspiration from the moody soundscapes of Bon Iver & Daughter, Lea’s smoky-smooth voice sings unapologetically over her acoustic guitar in the first three tracks, heavy with feeling, and ends with Look Up, Wake Up, a minimalistic, raw, piano track that explodes with honest emotion into a rush of thundering drums and poignant lyrics. If words are weapons, Lea’s vocals are the gun in a knife fight: howling with a passion that rips past the dull edges of our daily lives to strike the core of what we hold closest
Raspin Stuwart: 8p.m.
Raspin’s unique style allow him to be right at home anywhere, from the smallest, intimate theater to an energetic blues club. Raspin was the opening musical performance for author Marianne Williamson, and has been described as “a music guru... who makes us think,” by the Life Changes Network BBS. Thousands of fans are mesmerized when they attend his live shows and absorb his soulful music into their hearts and minds. On YouTube, his video clips have enjoyed more than 50,000 views. His distinct musical persona and signature vocal style and stage presence has taken him to performance dates at top U.S. blues clubs, including B.B. King’s Blues Club; Biscuits and Blues in San Francisco; Santa Monica’s Harvells; and The Troubadour, Hollywood. Other notable highlights of his career included Raspin’s credits as a producer (including actress C.C.H. Pounder’s spoken word CD, Smoke. Raspin is professionally and personally proud of his satisfying musical collaborations with Richie Havens and producer David Kershenbaum, as well as his work with many up-andcoming artists. Music industry insiders are as enthusiastic about Raspin’s signature style as his loyal fans. Noted critic Paul Zollo of Songtalk/Blue Railroad raves, he is “a tremendously soulful singer and songwriter” and a “force of nature” who is “in the business of show stopping.” Music Connection described his work as, “bluesy, jazzy, soul based music, composed with heavy-hearted messages."
Julian Borrego: 9p.m.
Julian Borrego is a Los Angeles raised, bilingual, multi-instrumental, singer-songwriter and producer. He is a musician, environmental, and community activist.
His inspirations found a variety of influences being born to Spanish parents and growing up amidst a musical family (i.e. grandfather Bob Bain; studio guitarist with Frank Sinatra, Henry Mancini, Ray Charles, etc.) In high school, he toured with the Stone Temple Pilots, with Universal Music and Warner Music subsidiaries in LA. He graduated with a Bachelors in Music- Jazz, Afro Cuban, Choral, and Classical- at San Francisco State University, while life outside of academia revolved around psych, rock, hip hop, neo soul, and gospel music scenes. After over a decade of writing songs, the dynamic and evoking sounds of Julian Borrego expand and groove further into thegenre-blending eclecti-cism of today in his first official solo release back in Los Angeles.
Music Emerging Presents- the FINAL house concert in Atwater Village at the home of artist Robert Soffian. We are going out with a bang before Music Emerging changes to a regular Thursday night at a club in Glendale in May. SO!! Come to this final house show to see the amazing Syd Straw perform in an intimate setting with exceptional guest Karyn Kuhl and opening with a special tune-Cynthia Brando. Event is potluck and BYOB-parking in residential area-within 24 hours of ticket purchase you will receive an email with address. RSVP highly suggested as there is limited seating. Click on blue links to find out more info about the artists and to visit their website.
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Vocalist, singer/songwriter, and guitarist Syd Straw first made a name for herself as part of the Golden Palominos, a band led byAnton Fier that enjoyed a cult following in the 1980s. Her Capricorn Records debut, War and Peace, was released in 1996, and since then, her unique blend of folk-rock and blues-rock has found a home with Triple A (adult album alternative) radio stations and their audiences around the country. Straw releasedSurprise in 1990 to good reviews. That recording chronicled Straw's emergence as a songwriter; she had thought of herself primarily as a song interpreter before that. On , Surprise,Straw was joined by Michael Stipe (R.E.M.), John Doe (X), Ry Cooder,Daniel Lanois, Don Was, Richard Thompson, and Marshall Crenshaw.
Straw was raised in Los Angeles, the daughter of Hollywood film and TV actor Jack Straw, best-known for his starring role in The Pajama Game. She was drawn to the life of a performer, and after high school, she headed straight for Manhattan, arriving in New York in 1978. Shortly after that, she landed her first job singing harmonies for Pat Benatar, and later joined the Golden Palominos' ever-changing lineup, which also included Michael Stipe and Matthew Sweet. Straw can be heard on the Palominos'Visions Of Excess and Blast of Silence albums. She also toured the U.S. and Europe with the band, performing at the Montreaux Jazz Festival one year.
In the midst of promoting and touring for War and Peace, Strawhas kept up her profile as a scenemaker, sitting in at clubs and lending her gifted musical sensibilities to records by Vic Chesnutt,Wilco, Rickie Lee Jones, David Sanborn, and Evan Dando. A version of her song "Howl'' served as the title cut for a film by Eric Stoltz, Sleep with Me. Straw was the first female singer signed by Capricorn, a roots rock and blues label based in Nashville. On War and Peace, she's accompanied by a gifted bar band from Missouri, Lou Whitney & the Skeletons, and she recorded the album without a lot of extras at their studio off Route 66 in Springfield, MO. On the album, Straw addresses themes ranging from love and the lack of it on a track by the same name, "Love and the Lack of It,'' as well as loneliness, as on "All Things Change.''
Straw is an enormously gifted vocalist and songwriter who has her own distinct musical vision, as evidenced on her self-produced War and Peace. That vision is a rootsy one, with lots of country and blues influences. The 14 originals on the record prove it. Although she didn't set out to, she also plays rhythm guitar on many of the tracks on the album. Straw says with the biography accompanying War and Peace that she doesn't see the album as a "comeback'' at all, "because things have been constantly busy and changing for me since Surprise came out. But I really threw myself into the new record in a way that I haven't been inspired to do for a long time.'' Great records and a wider following are in the offing for this unique, multi-genre vocalist and songwriter. She released her third album, Pink Velour, in 2008.
Home for Kuhl is Hoboken, NJ, where she was a founding member of Gut Bank and Sexpod, two staple bands during the much-revered Maxwell’s club’s legendary heyday. The Stars Will Bring You Home is the newest EP from the Karyn Kuhl Band. The album was produced by another Hoboken stalwart, James Mastro (The Bongos, Ian Hunter), and recorded at the local Nuthouse Recording studio by Tom Beaujour (Nada Surf, Juliana Hatfield), and at Water Music by Rob Harari.
Opening up with a tune is your host of Music Emerging. Find out more at: www.cynthiabrando.com
Here we go! Our next concert features two "outlaws", A.J. Hobbs and Ben Bostick!
Music Emerging Presents our 7th concert in Atwater Village, Los Angeles, featuring A.J. Hobbs and Ben Bostick. Concert will take place at the home of artist Robert Soffian in an intimate setting surrounded by fabulous art! RSVP highly recommended as there is limited seating. Within 24 hours of ticket purchase, you will receive an email with address. Concert is BYOB and potluck. Plenty of parking in a residential neighborhood. Song circle after concert, so bring an instrument, or you can borrow one! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions.
TICKETS THROUGH EVENTBRITE: CLICK RIGHT HERE!
Info about our performers:
AJ Hobbs doesn’t just make country music—he makes what he likes to call Outlaw Soul. His music brings the spirit and storytelling of the great country outlaws and melds it with a sweet soulful sound inspired by Texas music, R&B and gospel. As the late great Hondo Crouch once said, “You can’t forget memories,” and so AJ Hobbs’ music is all about turning his own memories into song, and moving the folks who can’t forget theirs either.
His debut full-length, called Too Much Is Never Enough features songs that are all his story. Take “The Loser,” an outlaw stomp about a man who walks off the comforts of a cushy job to play music. There’s “Tomorrow I’ll Be Hurtin’,” an anthemic and soulful cowboy song about life on the road with that bittersweet lyric: Sometimes it feels like heaven, most days I’m going to hell / All you want is water but there’s nothing in the well. Or the sassy and funky Jerry Reed-inspired “Shit Just Got Real” with a blazing chorus that we can all relate to. And “Eastside” a gospel voice and organ laden ballad that channels the deep moods of The Band and Joe Cocker. Kicking off this release is the first single "Daddy Loved The Lord" a country gospel groover about Jesus, the Devil and dad. The album features songs by other great songwriters including his half-time funky horn-laden version of Merle Haggard's "The Bottle Let Me Down," a Eagles-inspired version of co-producer Ted Russell Kamp's "A Whole Lot Of You And Me" and a duet co-written and performed with emerging artist Dominique Pruitt called "Take It Slow."
Ben Bostick was born in the small town of Beaufort, South Carolina, but has done some rambling since he left home: NYC, Nevada, Washington, Minnesota, Paris. For now he resides in Echo Park, Los Angeles. Beginning back in high school, he’s played in rock bands, funk bands, R&B bands, and everything in between, mainly as a guitarist. His solo music career began in earnest about a year and a half ago when he started busking on the Santa Monica pier. After doing that for a couple of months he saved up enough money to record his debut EP, “My Country”, which was released in November 2015. In 2016 Ben was named by Music Resource Group (MRG) as a Nominee in The 15th annual Independent Music Awards (The IMAs), the influential awards program for independent artists and releases. He recently recorded a full length album which will become available this spring. Until then you can find Ben on the Santa Monica Pier most days and at the Escondite in downtown LA every Sunday night.
Opening up the show will be Cynthia Brando accompanied by John O' Kennedy.
Video of Carla Olson with Gene Clark and Todd Wolfe performing in Germany.....Want to know what Carla and Todd sound like together? Well you will have to come to the concert!!
The Belles of the Levee show was awesome!! Here are a few pics, and a couple of videos of the opening act!
So happy to have Belles of the Levee as the first duo of the series!
We are so happy to present to you a marvelous duo traveling all the way from up North in Humboldt County. Belles of the Levee is a "close harmony jazz/blues duo specializing in the revival of forgotten musical gems of the 1920s-1930s." They have played in Northern Calfornia together for the last couple of years performing at festivals and venues and are making their way south as they head even deeper to New Orleans! They will be accompanied by Tina Garsen on the clarinet!
Concert will take place on Saturday, May 7th at 7:30 PM at the home of artist Robert Soffian. Address will be given upon ticket purchase. Tickets highly recommended as ticket holders have priority seating. Plenty of street parking in the vicinity and BYOB. Get your tickets through Eventbrite HERE.
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Opening up the evening will be Cynthia Brando with Beverly Twist from the Belles of the Levee, accompanied by Matthias Rykert on the violin and John O' Kennedy on the strings for some swanky swing jazz tunes.
You will not want to miss this show!
Cynthia Brando and Beverly Twist with Chuck Johnson
Our second show of the series featured the wonderful blues and folk picking and singing of Jesse MacLeod ! Everyone present was blown away by his smooth vocal talent...Cynthia Brando and John O' Kennedy opened the evening!
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In case you missed it, here are a few pics via Sharon Hannah and Cynthia from the evening!
Here are some pics of the festivities! Photos by Sharon Hannah (the really great ones! and a few by Cynthia Brando)
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