Music Emerging Presents our singer songwriter series at the Copper Still Bar-the ever so classy bar that lives in Jaraguá-a fabulous Salvadoran restaurant in Los Angeles. Music Emerging creator Cynthia Brando has partnered up with Erick Weiss of Honeysweet Productions to offer you a wonderful experience in entertainment. This month features songs and stories from your host Cynthia Brando and accomplished traveling folk artist Rupert Wates. Join us for our new revamp of the popular singer-songwriter series. We shall dine on delectables as we drink from the Copper Still Bar which is right outside the door of our spacious listening room. You can purchase tickets at EVENTBRITE or at the door for $10. There is a parking lot at Jaraguá for your convenience.
Rupert Wates was born in London, UK, and has been based in the US since 2007.
He signed a publishing deal with Eaton Music (London) in 1994 and has been a full time songwriter ever since.
He has won well over 40 songwriting and performing awards. In 2018 he has been a Finalist in the Kerrville New Song Folk Contest and an Emerging Artist at Falconridge. More than 25 of his songs have been covered by other artists, and in the last two years two full length tribute albums to his material have been recorded by independent artists in Nashville and Los Angeles (details on COVERS page at website below).
He has released 9 solo albums, tracks from which have been played on radio worldwide. He averages 120 live shows a year, in every state in the US, in Canada and in Europe. Audiences everywhere respond to his brand of melodic art/folk: songs that ring true.
At the end of 2013, Cynthia took a long awaited step in her music career when she moved from quiet Northern California to the city of Los Angeles. In those years, she developed a connection with fellow musicians and appreciators as a performer all across the Los Angeles region and beyond-sharing her unique “vintage vibe” powerful vocals and steady folk rock rhythms in clubs, homes and as a street performer. In 2015, Cynthia started “Music Emerging”-a project of inspiring artist interviews, articles and a successful concert series. Music Emerging is growing to include a portal of resources and emotional support for artists. Cynthia has been published as a guest writer on the music sites Music Clout and Music Industry How To, and she has received honorable mentions for her music in the Songdoor International Songwriting Competition and the American Songwriter Magazine Lyric Contest. Cynthia is a 2017 recipient of a Hemera Foundation Fellowship Award for her music. Her new album, "The Treehouse Trio Sessions" was released in June of 2018 with a month tour in the Northwest and Southwestern United States.
Music Emerging Presents our singer songwriter series at the Copper Still Bar-the ever so classy bar that lives in Jaraguá-a fabulous Salvadoran restaurant in Los Angeles. Music Emerging creator Cynthia Brando has partnered up with Erick Weiss of Honeysweet Productions to offer you a wonderful experience in entertainment. Our series starts out with two amazing performers-Jeff West and his band the Westwoods and Skip Heller-also some special guests! Opening the show will be your host, Cynthia Brando. Join us for our new revamp of the popular singer-songwriter series. We shall dine on delectables as we drink from the Copper Still Bar which is right outside the door of our spacious listening room. You can purchase tickets from EVENTBRITE or at the door for $10. There is a parking lot at Jaraguá for your convenience.
Skip Heller was born and bred in Philadelphia, where he played every kind of bar, bar mitzvah, wedding, and frat party you can think of. There, he became the favored opening act for such giants as Rick Danko, Dave Alvin, Walter Hyatt, the New Riders of The Purple Sage, and Joe King Carrasco.
He moved to Los Angeles in 1996, where he has lead his own bands as well as performing and recording with Tish Hinojosa, Big Jay McNeely, Phil Alvin, Stan Rigdway, Bob Dorough, NRBQ, Yma Sumac, and many others. His songs have been heard on Sesame Street, Dexter's Laboratory, The Bernie Mac Show, and many low budget indie films. He co-leads the band Carnival of Soul with Birdie Jones.
Jeff West (singer/songwriter/rhythm guitar and harmonica) has been around a while in the So Cal music scene, mostly known as bass player in musical acts such as Big Sandy and The Fly Rite Boys, Ramblin' James and The Billybopppers, The Sun Demons and The LaHabra Hillbillies.
Ulnar nerve damage to his left elbow forced retirement from playing the upright bass. Having written songs on guitar and "not even being close to retiring from music" , Jeff decided to do something with his vast repertoire of original songs.
Another well know face in The Witwoods is Bobby Cavener (bass) best known for his playing with Amber Foxx as well as J.W. Long and the Weyman Creek Boys, Chris Sprague and the 18 Wheelers and The Smoggy Mt String Band. Bobby and Jeff united in 2014; both being bass players and in the same music scene, each knew other well for years.
Early in 2015, Gene Cornwell (lead guitar/vocals) whose work with The Vaquetones made Jeff and Bobby consider as a guitar player and was finally "found" at an Amber Foxx show in Corona Calif. Suddenly, "it was a band"..
Through Gene came Tony Deherra (drums), also from The Vaquetones band. Tony had played also at one time with Amber Foxx and Dawn Shipley.
Altogether, they are Jeff West and The Witwoods; a unique blend of song oriented roots music with a blend of Roots.Folk/Pop and country.
Music Emerging Presents our singer songwriter series at the Copper Still Bar-the ever so classy bar that lives in Jaraguá-a fabulous Salvadoran restaurant in Los Angeles. Music Emerging creator Cynthia Brando has partnered up with Erick Weiss of Honeysweet Productions to offer you a wonderful experience in entertainment. Our series starts out with two amazing performers-Jimmy Yessian and Amelia Card and some special guests! Opening the show will be your host, Cynthia Brando. Join us for our new revamp of the popular singer-songwriter series. We shall dine on delectables as we drink from the Copper Still Bar which is right outside the door of our spacious listening room. You can purchase tickets at our EVENTBRITE link or at the door for $10. There is a parking lot at Jaraguá for your convenience.
Jimmy Yessian is a passionate live performer who connects instantly with his audiences. He has performed around the country on the same bill or has worked with artists as diversified as Brian White, Ken Johnson, Jeffrey Steele, Allan Rich, Steve Dorff, Al Anderson, Chuck Cannon and Tall Men Group. He was appointed VP of Creative Development for Ash Street Music Publishing in charge of signing and developing writers; and also signed an exclusive writers agreement with the company. Yessian was invited and performed in Venice, Italy in 2014 for the Global Party to benefit underprivileged youths in over 180 countries. His song "Stand Tall America," co-written with Gary Baker ("I Swear" and "I'm Already There") and Jerry Williams was the featured song in the PBS aired documentary film One Voice/ The Healing Pole and is the lead song on the Inspiration New YorkCD. Currently, Jimmy is in the studio recording a new solo album and performing with his Tall Men Group who have just released their 4th album. He also continues pitching songs from his personal catalog including songs from his 1st Album “On The Brink of Disaster” and his latest album
“Not a Wave Goes By”
While growing up in a live music venue in Dallas, Texas (Poor David’s Pub), Amelia Card soaked up the spirit and songwriting of some of folk and country’s best songwriters such as Townes Van Zandt, Alison Krauss and The Dixie Chicks. With her unique brand of edgy Americana, Amelia is a confident performer who conveys the sorrow of loneliness, the pain of heartache and the joy of love with simple but cutting songs. Her pure and honeyed voice disarms and invites audiences to experience the emotions that she writes into her song. Her 2012 EP “Senses” was released just before she embarked on an adventurous life in Southern France where she continued to share her music with the charming people there. After a musical hiatus, Amelia is back to writing and performing in the Los Angeles area. She performs solo as well as with her new band, Old Time Machine.
Music Emerging Presents our singer songwriter series at the Copper Still Bar-the ever so classy bar that lives in Jaraguá-a fabulous Salvadoran restaurant in Los Angeles. Music Emerging creator Cynthia Brando has partnered up with Erick Weiss of Honeysweet Productions to offer you a wonderful experience in entertainment. Our series starts out with two amazing performers-James Houlahan and John Kruth, with special guest Ché Zuro. Join us for our new revamp of the popular singer-songwriter series. We shall dine on delectables as we drink from the Copper Still Bar which is right outside the door of our spacious listening room. You can purchase tickets at the door for $10 or online at our EVENTBRITE link. There is a parking lot at Jaraguá for your convenience.
"James Houlahan is a singer, songwriter, and guitar player based in Los Angeles, California. A founding member of Boston-area bands such as Dogs on Television and The Jody Grind, Houlahan has come to be known as a songsmith who channels both tradition and poetic innovation, rooted in dark folk sounds and eclectic Americana. His songs have been used in commercials, television, and film. He performs regularly in the L.A. area and tours throughout the western U.S. and Europe".
"With ten solo albums to his credit John Kruth is a singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist who plays mandolin, guitar, banjo, flute, harmonica and sitar. John also leads the nine-piece New York based world music ensemble TriBeCaStan, who have recorded seven albums to date. As a sideman Kruth has performed and collaborated with Laurie Anderson, Violent Femmes, John Prine, King Missile, Hal Willner, Patti Smith, Allen Ginsberg, Elizabeth Swados, Sam Shepard and Ornette Coleman. Kruth recently recorded his next album in Spoleto, Italy, backed by the rollicking folk-rock aggregation the Society of Musicians.
John Kruth is also the author of three musical biographies to date including Bright Moments – The Life and Legacy of Rahsaan Roland Kirk (2000 - Welcome Rain), To Live’s To Fly – The Ballad of the Late, Great Townes Van Zandt (recipient of the ASCAP/Deems Taylor Award - 2007 – DaCapo Press), and Rhapsody in Black – The Life & Music of Roy Orbison (2013 – BackBeat/Hal Leonard Books). This Bird Has Flown – The Enduring Beauty of Rubber Soul 50 Years On – a history and analysis of the Beatles’ 6th ground-breaking album, was published in November 2015 by BackBeat/Hal Leonard Books. John’s most recent book A Friend of the Devil – the Glorification of the Outlaw in Song from Robin Hood to Rap was published in September of 2017.
As a music journalist Kruth’s articles have appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Progressive, Wire (UK), No Depression, Sing Out!, Wax Poetics, Folk Roots (UK), Rave (India) and So Jazz (Switzerland).
For the past ten years John has taught the History of Rock ‘n’ Roll, History of Jazz and Introduction to World Music as an Adjunct Professor of Music at Manhattan College and the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale, New York, (where he currently teaches)."
Che Zuro lives in the mountains of Northern Utah where she can be found performing at ski resorts, restaurants, bars, festivals, art fairs, saloons, etc., as well as writing and recording. Her touring has taken her to Minnesota, Maryland, South Carolina, Florida, New Mexico, and points between and beyond. Her music has been acquired for film and TV libraries and her songs can be heard in such films as "Critters" and "Gypsy 83." She's been called the hardest working woman in rock and roll!"
Music Emerging Presents the second in our new series at the Copper Still Bar-the ever so classy bar that lives in Jaraguá-a fabulous Salvadoran restaurant in Los Angeles. Music Emerging creator Cynthia Brando has partnered up with Erick Weiss of Honeysweet Productions to offer you a wonderful experience in entertainment. Our second series starts out with two amazing performers-Paul Kenny and Alyssandra Nighswonger. Join us for our new revamp of the popular singer-songwriter series. We shall dine on delectables as we drink from the Copper Still Bar which is right outside the door of our spacious listening room. Opening the show will be host Cynthia Brando and some very special friends. You can purchase tickets at the door for $10 or online at our Eventbrite link. There is a parking lot at Jaraguá for your convenience.
"Paul Kenny is a social conscious emerging artist exploring the boundless sound scape of singer songwriter- coining a new brand of folk referred to as “Cosmicana” with a respectively innovative modern approach to an old tradition of the "singer songwriter" performer. Paul has found a home on the club and festival circuts; opening for such acts as Dave Mason, Leon Russel, John Hiatt and Donavan Frienkenrieter, to name a few. He has performed at such festivals as Burning Man Center Camp , Topanga Earth Day, Harmonics for Humanity, 1 Love Event and Sundance Film Fest. He is a featured artist on the Michelle Shocked Road Works Compilation for his recession lyric driven song "Better Days" and is currently in the studio recording his song,"Catch the Rain" to be the feature track for the Rain Catcher organization. His song "End to All War" is a featured song on the Harmonics for Humanity sound track and won the Global Peace Song award in 2017. His latest record “Topanga Rose,” was cut with legendary Producer Mark Howard. Paul has recently teamed up with Country Hall of Fame Blue Grass family The Mcuen’s who recorded Paul’s song “On the Road” for a record to benefit the National Parks. Paul is currently in the studio working on his new record with the Mcuen family and friends; preparing for "Summer Tour 2018."
"Alyssandra is a Long Beach gem who plays guitar and sings like a bird. She plays the kind of music that makes you put down your beer and think about your mother. Hailing from local bands, The Dovelles, Lucky Penny and Alyssandra and the Daymakers; and toting the influences of Billie Holiday, Harry Nilsson, Nick Drake, and Feist, Alyssandra has a unique sweet and salty style that will give you all the swoons."
Music Emerging Presents the first in our new series at the Copper Still Bar-the ever so classy bar that lives in Jaraguá-a fabulous Salvadoran restaurant in Los Angeles. Music Emerging creator Cynthia Brando has partnered up with Erick Weiss of Honeysweet Productions to offer you a wonderful experience in entertainment. Our first series starts out with two amazing performers-Dave Osti and Christina Apostolopoulos. Join us for our new revamp of the popular singer-songwriter series. We shall dine on delectables as we drink from the Copper Still Bar which is right outside the door of our spacious listening room. Opening the show will be host Cynthia Brando and friends. You can purchase tickets at the door for $10 or online at our Eventbrite link. There is a parking lot at Jaraguá for your convenience.
Dave Osti is a native of Sierra Madre CA, and has wowed audiences for over 30 years with his unique and fiery electric blues guitar playing singing and composing.
At the core of it all he is first and foremost a songwriter and enjoys being able to perform straight ahead words and music for those inclined to listen.
You can read a little more about Dave HERE
Christina is a folk & blues slide guitar player currently based in Los Angeles, California. Part Joni Mitchell and part Jimi Hendrix, Christina blends sweet vocals with serious guitar chops. She is also an acclaimed songwriter, having placed in five songwriting competitions at her alma mater, Berklee College of Music. Christina has just finished recording her first full-length album of original songs, which she plans to release in January 2018.
Check out her website HERE
Tickets are $10 at the door or you can purchase through our EVENTBRITE link HERE.
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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.
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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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