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September 7th, 2010
Los Angeles, CA
After a couple of seconds. A hush. All eyes and ears towards the stage. And on JBM. As they should be. And so started a performance that will last a life time. JBM started his set the other night at the Hotel Cafe with a serenade, an acoustic melody and took us instantly on an amazing night of live music. JBM powered his set with a stunning sound, an intensity, powerful enough to ring through the cavernous Grand Canyon with a voice capable of seducing the dead and rising the hopes of those in the audience. He promised us great things with his music, where we were capable of getting lost in a world were anything is possible. JBM's music, simply beautiful was delivered with enough goose bumps to let you know you were in the presence of something great.
JBM has been getting great reviews and buzz lately for his album. But the true beauty and resonance of his music is to be experienced live. As I looked across the Hotel Cafe, I saw a stunned audience, captivated, with every note by the astonishing beauty of his music touching us all so differently this night. I could have listened to JBM perform for hours. He inspired us to come along with him for another song. And another, each one more riveting and touching. This nights performance was gift for those of us lucky to be here! He moved us all with his humility and sensational music. If you are so lucky as to catch him on one of his remaining dates, you will be part of a musical experience like no other. He has a few more shows coming up.
Sep 7 2010 8:00P, NEW PARISH Oakland, CA
Sep 10 2010 8:00P, Tractor Tavern Seattle, WA
Sep 11 2010 8:00P, Media Club Vancouver, BC
Sep 14 2010 8:00P, Harlow's Sacramento, CA
Sep 15 2010 8:00P, Spaceland Los Angeles, CA
Sep 16 2010 8:00P, Detroit Bar Costa Mesa, CA
August 23rd, 2010
Los Angeles, CA
I fall in love with the music of Sarah Jaffe more and more with each play. Unfortunately I missed her the last time she passed through Los Angeles. But I was determined to see her live this time. After all, I had a feeling that watching her live would blow me away. I was correct. As I anticipated her set at the Hotel Cafe the other night, I took it all in. Sarah has been working, recording, touring feverishly and people are starting to notice what an amazing talent she is. Within a few seconds of her set, I was thankful to be in the audience. As she started strumming, singing, we were greeted with this angelic voice and I was captivated.
A few more seconds and now all eyes were instantly on her. People noticed immediately they were in for a real treat. With a few notes we had drowned in the power of her singing and I would not take my eyes off of her for the rest of the set. As Sarah's set grew, her beauty as a performer was evident. She made us laugh, she moved us with her melodies. A relaxed interplay with the audience had us enjoying every moment of this night's performance.
Listening to Sarah live gave me goose bumps. Those lucky of us to be here this night were part of a magical performance driven by a voice that is both triumphant and sweet, strong and delicate and fights for your attention. It is a voice that is lively and whose resonance will be around for years. It is so wonderful to see a performer on the verge of greatness. We were so lucky to be invited into her world this night. Listening to her gives me hope and for anyone that gets a chance to see on her tour you do not want to miss being part of the Sarah Jaffe experience. Instantly she will seduce you and leave you wanting more.
Aug 24 2010 8:00P, Doug Fir Portland, OR
Aug 25 2010 8:00P, HIGH DIVE Seattle, Washington
Aug 27 2010 8:00P, Kilby Court Salt Lake Cith, UT
Aug 28 2010 8:00P, HI DIVE Denver, Colorado
Aug 29 2010 9:00P, The Waiting Room Omaha, Nebraska
Aug 30 2010 8:00P, Vaudville Mews Des Moines, Iowa
Aug 31 2010 8:00P, Schuba’s Chicago, IL
Sep 1 2010 8:00P, The Mill Iowa City, IA
Sep 2 2010 8:00P, Billiken Club St Louis, MO
Sep 3 2010 7:00P, Replay Lounge Lawrence, KS
Sep 11 2010 8:00P, The Granada Dallas, TX
Sep 25 2010 7:00P, The Ghost Room Austin, TX
Sep 30 2010 7:00P, Mucky Duck Houston, TX
April 16th, 2010
Self Titled Debut By Right The Stars
is out everywhere on 6.15.10 and we got a track so we thought we'd put it up for everyone to download.
Snazzy and worth checking out. Right the Stars
is the brainchild of singer, songwriter, producer Rich Jacques.
Play We Got it all
April 15th, 2010
Los Angeles, CA.
Ever feel like you just want to jump on stage, strum something, beat something up, throw a drum stick into the audience or just dance around like a fool behind the band?
That is exactly how I felt while listening to The Franks the other night. Playing their set at the Hotel Cafe, I seriously felt sorry for the chumps that decided against coming out this night. Their sounds leaped off the stage. This three piece, is raw, forceful, super dialed in and commands the stage. What felt like a private show since the audience was a bit thin, turned out to be the catalyst to an new found energy that I have decided to channel. Rather then do blow or drink caffeine 247, I am just listening to The Franks and I find myself going at a super sonic, happy speed that has me feeling like a kid again. The Franks on stage, are just perfection.
From the guitarist shredding and strumming as if to save his life, to their bassist harmonizing along with him, and the drummer....ahh what can I say about the girl drummer that just rocked my world this night? Pint size only in frame, she commands and sets the tone for the trio to jump off stage and kick your ass. The thing I enjoyed about the band the most, is that with songs like "Jesus Jesus," there is just that smug amount, of Sinatraish I did my way that makes me feel like The Franks are all about doing it their own, real way. And in a city like Los Angeles, I luv this! When listening to The Franks, I feel like I should have started that punk band I always dreamed of as kid. If I had, I could have only dreamed that it turned out as rad as this band. Just cool, smooth, and punk rock. But for now, it is good I can relieve a time past by blasting the stellar music that is The Franks and feel like those kid days of sneaking out to shows and hanging with my crew, are still alive. Thank you guys for a wonderful night. Tour dates below:
Apr 22 2010 10:00P, Loft Party w/ The Outline and Mini Mansions Los Angeles, California
Apr 23 2010 10:00P, The Pink House w/ The Outline Los Angeles, California
Apr 24 2010 8:00P, The Spread w/ The Outline, Damn Sons, Veil Era Sun Valley, California
May 15 2010 8:00P, Neumos (w/ Shout Out Louds) Seattle, Washington
May 16 2010 8:00P, Doug Fir (w/ Shout Out Louds) Portland, Oregon
May 18 2010 8:00P, Great American Music Hall (w/ Shout Out Louds) San Francisco, California
May 20 2010 8:00P, El Rey (w/ Shout Out Louds) Los Angeles, California
May 21 2010 8:00P, Spaceland - Grimy Goods Presents...... w/ The Drowning Men Silver Lake, California
October 26th, 2009
Take three chicks from Tennessee. Mix in their foul mouth, booze happy antics with a punk rock we don't give a f*%$ attitude. Stir it all together for a set of down to earth good ol' fashioned, stomp your feet country punk twang. Make it loud, super loud, set it to sweet drumming and you realize the Hotel Cafe just was not ready for any of this! And yes were talking about the incomparable bad asses that are Those Darlins.
Those Darlins finally have been kicking up a storm and winning over fans on the west coast through their deliriously charged power sets. But I am certain, The Hotel Cafe had no idea what was in store for them this night. Those Darlins erupted on the stage, a perfect mix of three girls having a blast on stage. With a sexiness mixed in with a Ill beat you down with my swift guitar and ukulele playing and oh-so devilish smiles, the girls created a tonnage of amplified fun that reverberated through the venue and had us all jacked up.
LA crowds don't know what to do with bands like Those Darlins. But nonetheless, we just have to go along for the ride as they incite their fans to participate and have a great time. Full of energy, these girls could wake the dead and get them to sing along! At times, the band will tease, other times they might just come out into the audience and provoke a fight. But it is all in good fun and always set to really stirring music. With a fierceness and talent to match, the band owns the stage, so commandingly, that any crowd knows we are just along for the ride. We should go reckless and wild(very unLA) and just be sucked into the cyclone that is Those Darlins. And although this crowd did not, it was left with a memory of having seen one of the fiercest bands to stop by our city in a long, long time.
Those Darlins are on a major tour right now and will also be back shortly to play the Troubadour. If there was ever one band to drop everything for and take your friends to see, for a pick me up, shout, raise hell, life is too short, leave your problems at the door good time while sipping tons of whiskey, this is the band to go see. The band is so powerful, they cast a spell over you. You won't know whether you want to start a mosh pit, jump on stage and sing along with them, be a groupie or simply want to party with them but the power of Those Darlins is that anything is possible on any given night's performance and they will inspire you to let loose.
September 28th, 2009
This is for a great cause with a great band so we are happy to pass this along to everyone.
The Idyllists, a group of local indie rock musicians have announced that all proceeds from their Friday, October 2nd, 2009 show at Hotel Cafe will be donated to the Los Angeles County Firefighters Memorial Fund. Captain Tedmund "Ted" Hall, 47, of San Bernardino County, and Firefighter Specialist Arnaldo "Arnie" Quinones, 34, of Palmdale, died August 30th when their truck fell 800 feet into a ravine during their battle against the Station Fire in the Angeles National Forest. Both men were trying to find an escape route for fellow firefighters.
September 23rd, 2009
A quick mention on Gavin Castleton
. This guy has got some crazy range as an artist. From an electronic infused energy to a pure, make you weak to your knees acoustic vibe, he can do it all and do it all so well.
carefully crafts beautifully moving tunes with such ease and tenderness, it is as if he was born to do this and inspire us along the way. His music is rich, deeply textured and so touching with such sweet melodies, the music deserves to be heard again and again.
Play Scared Scared Scared
Scared Scared Scared
Download Scared Scared Scared
Luckily for us, Gavin's sonically rich storytelling will be passing through Los Angeles as he is currently on tour. Gavin
has an upcoming show at The Hotel Cafe on September 25th.
July 6th, 2009
A quick mention about one of our favorite performers. The one and only Kim Divine will be having a cd release party at The Hotel Cafe on July 6th. Kim will be performing with her full band and goes on at 8 PM. Now we have seen Kim perform in the past and she blew as away so please be sure to come out and support all her hard work. The new album, "Square One," is vintage Kim, with sweet lyrics, an honesty we have all come to expect from her music and set to the sweetness that is her elegant voice which will capture your imagination.
Play All Night
Download All Night
The Hotel Cafe is located at 1623 1/2 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles.
April 10th, 2009
I arrived at Hotel Café to find the venue well populated and Tristan Prettyman up on stage, "...waste all my time..." with an acoustic guitar in hand and a percussionist sitting on top of a box, tapping it while hitting the tambourine with the left foot (I could not see his right foot, so I'm not sure what he was doing with it). The atmosphere was warm and inviting as she finished the song and began another, adding in a funny comment in between to warm up the audience further.
Her set included both new and old songs, all done acoustically and accompanied by the percussion instruments, which added life and dimension to Tristan's set. Her voice played over the instrumentation, at times rough and raspy, other times even and controlled, the notes sometimes breaking into airy wisps. Depending on the mood of the song, she would take the low road, rumbling over the lyrics with deep emotion, or take the high road, skipping through the words with high emotion. In all cases Ms. Prettyman displayed her talent and experience, aware of how to please an audience and how to hold its attention.
The highlight of the performance was probably when Tristan did "the Speckled Frog Song," a children's counting tune that delighted many of the spectators with its audience participation feature. "Yum, yum!" everyone cried out, immediately followed by giggling as they realized they had just been reconnected with their childhoods, which in a 21+ club very rarely happens. But that was Tristan's gift; her semi-self-conscious personal anecdotes tied the songs together while at the same time connecting herself with the audience. Overall it was a great performance, and Tristan really seemed to enjoy herself, basking in the dim red hue of the Hotel Café.
If you want to check out Tristan Prettyman for yourself, she will be performing at Hotel Café every Wednesday night this month, April 2009, don't forget to bring your long lost childhood.
April 6th, 2009
Another great week of live music in LA and Long Beach. Thanks for joining us! If you like what we're trying to do, pass us along to your peeps
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Juliette Commagere, 9PM @ The Echo, Echo Park
Electrocute, 9PM @ Spaceland, Silverlake
Decelis, 7PM, @ Hotel Cafe, Hollywood
Angela Wood, 10 PM @ Dakota Lounge, Hollywood
The Bumpers, 9PM @ Mr. T's, Highland Park
Tasso, 9PM @ Scene Bar, Glendale
Tall Tales, 9PM @ L'Keg, Echo Park
Bobb Bruno, 9PM @ The Smell, Echo Park
Del The Funky Homosapien, 9PM @ The Glass House, Pomona
Dark Star Orchestra, 9PM @ El Rey, Los Angeles
The Amateurs, 9PM @ Pehrspace, Echo Park
Railcars, 10PM @ The Smell, Echo Park
B-Side Players, 9PM @ Saint Rocke, Hermosa Beach
Punk Rock Social, 9PM @ Alex's, Long Beach
She Kills Robots, 9PM @ Room 5, Los Angeles
Headlights, 9PM @ Spaceland, Silverlake
The Cult of Horns Events, 9PM @ The Scene Bar, Glendale