Camille Ashley’s Weekly Picks: Nerd Nite/ Fishtank Ensemble/ Youngblood Brass Band

•April 22, 2014 • Leave a Comment

weekly picks

Tuesday, 4/22: Nerd Nite

Tickets $10/ 7:45PM/ 21+

Get nerdy, flirty, dirty and most of all, get educated while you get tipsy! Enjoy fine food, delicious drinks and discover fun facts at Nerd Nite. This Tuesday night  Features Presentations from Igor Pak (Geometry of Mechanisms: From Trains to Modern Computers), Anu Goel (Can Brain Cells in a Petri Dish learn to tell time?) & Paul Barone (The Birth of Amateur Photography 1880-1930). Speakers are brought to you by The Society of Postdoctoral Scholars, UCLA.

Friday, 4/25: Fishtank Ensemble/ London Shover/ Michael Riah/ We The Folk/ Berel Alexander

Tickets $12 Adv./ $15 Day of show/ 7:45PM/ 21+

Fishtank Ensemble  could have been transported from the 1920′s in a time machine (perhaps in the shape of a mule-drawn caravan)  filled with instruments and landed  in  present day L.A.  in an effort to save the souls of all those who have been subjected  to too much  TECHNO(non-logical) music. Complete with Violins, Trombone, Stand Up Bass, Guitars and more to create the culturally diverse Gypsy/Jazz/Americana sounds that defines them . Lead Singer Ursula sang opera on the streets of Italy before she discovered her love of gypsy music and discovered her Serbian Bass Player, French Violinist and Spanish Guitarist. A truly eclectic arrangement that so clearly depicts the melting pot that is America as well as the uncanny ability to blend styles and sounds of the past into the present, even LA WEEKLY agrees that Gypsy Revivalism is not Washed Up! This show is sure to be something spectacular and in addition, we will be celebrating their CD release Edge of the World. Folk Indie Pop band We The Folk as well as singer-songwriters London Shover, Michael Riah, and Certified Soul-Man Berel Alexander.

Saturday, 4/26: Youngblood Brass Band/ LPMD/ The Senators/ DJ Synapse

Tickets $12 Adv./ $15 Day of show/ 9PM/ 21+

Youngblood Brass Band is a ten-member ensemble of New Orleans Brass musicians that mix it up with Hip-Hop, Punk and Jazz stylings that will make you dance like you mean it…and probably until you drop (or until they stop playing, whichever comes first). I definitely encourage one and all to come out, grab a whiskey and get your foxtrot on with YBB, the Indie-Folk fellows of  The Senators and DJ Synapse-who spins everything from Funk & Soul to Electro and Rock & Roll, all for your entertainment.

SEE OUR FULL CALENDAR FOR MORE!

Camille Ashley’s Weekly Picks: Scott Pemberton Tonight!/ A Tribe Called Red/ Vetical Scratchcers/ The Cerny Brothers perform Weezer’s Blue album (next week)!

•April 8, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Tuesday, 4/8 7:30PM: Scott Pemberton Trio / The Grahams / Traci & Darren / The Velopheliacs/ Tickets $12/ 21+

“If you love rock & roll, if you love music in general…if you feel music, you will feel it here’…Scott Pemberton is a multi-genre guitar master from Portland whose music touches on everything from Roots and Americana to Rock and Funk. He is a non-traditional virtuoso who has managed to successfully support himself independently without label assistance. Find out more about Pemberton by watching this YouTube video-or better yet, catch his show tonight and see just what he can do!

 

Wednesday, 4/9 10PM: A Tribe Called Red / World Hood / Quese IMC/ Tickets $13 Adv./ 21+

A Tribe Called Red just might be one of  the biggest shows of the week, catering to Native urban culture and showcasing aboriginal DJ talent, the Tribe, which includes Canadian DMC champ DJ Shub, puts on a monthly Electric Pow Wow that mashes up electronic and club music with hip-hop, dance hall and pow-wow to create their own unique blend. If you are ever in Canada, you can catch ATCR the second Saturday of every month at Babylon Nightclub in Ottawa…but if your in Los Angeles, you can catch them here Wednesday night.

Thursday, 4/10 9PM: Mike Posner: UNPLUGGED Exclusive Tour/ SOLD OUT!/ 21+

Saturday, 4/12 7:30PM: Vertical Scratchers / Monster Rally (Early Show)/ Tickets $8 over 21, $12 under 21

Vertical Scratchers consists of  John Schmersal (ex-Brainiac/Enon, live Caribou, and Crooks on Tape) and Christian Beaulieu (ex-Triclops!/Anywhere) and was formed in 2012 in Los Angeles. The percussive nature in which the guitars are played and recorded is the most persistent element of the music-that and the fact that most of the guitar strums are louder than the amps and that almost every song  is under 2-minutes, which helps create a sense of urgency and raw energy without using volume and distortion while still managing to go in twice as many directions as your average song-this has been referred to as ‘Pop Deception’ and compared to The Kinks w/ the brevity of Buzzcocks.

check out this Merge Records video for a lesson in Vertical Scratchers:

Tuesday, 4/15 8PM: FREE SHOW! The Cerny Brothers play Weezer’s Blue Album / Act As If / Sam Outlaw/ 21+

The Bluegrass Situation is back…and so are The Cerny Brothers, who will be bringing back The Blue Album by Weezer in it’s entirety! The best part is…It’s FREE, so come out and support the bluest bluegrass situation ever!

 

The Brotherhood of Bluegrass: The Cerny Brothers!

•April 2, 2014 • Leave a Comment

 

A454C2B0-C493-1A84-9E6CB88D9C8BA5D8

In a city so obsessed with image and filled with synthetic sounds, it’s refreshing to see (and hear) that there is still a place  for a genre of music that has withstood the test of time while managing to evolve into something much bigger than ever imagined. The Bluegrass Situation plays a major role in providing a home to true Folk/Americana music and last nights show was proof that there is still pure, genuine roots music being made.

Cernymint

The Cerny Brothers (pronounced SIR-KNEE) brought the brotherhood of bluegrass alive tonight with the premiere of their music video “Ohio”, which features their good friend Matt, whose birthday was celebrated with a “Happy Birthday” sing-along Bluegrass style while cookies were distributed to a large,  enthusiastic audience who happily joined in the occasion. The evening also served as a kick-off for The Cerny Brothers first night of their April residency here. With a set list that included “Don’t Run” and “I want you to run” (the irony of the song-titles was not lost…The Cerny Brothers certainly seem like gentleman who understand the conflicting nature of life, love & humanity) as well as “Darling” and of course “Ohio”. the video was made live today via Daytrotter-a website that serves as an outlet for Horseshack, a Midwest  recording studio located in Illinois that gives voice to many popular and up-and-coming artists such as Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, The Avett Brothers, Dr. Dog, and Beach House (to name a few).

Watch it Here NOW:

The Dustbowl Revival closed out the evening and made sure to celebrate April Fools Day by announcing their tour with Bob Dylan & Old Crow Medicine Show-though they are not actually touring with Dylan & OCMS, they are getting ready to set out on tour soon and adding them to Dylan’s or Old Crow Medicine Shows upcoming tour wouldn’t be that far-fetched!

IMG_2828

 

The Cerny Brothers will also be here:

April 15: Tickets $10

(The Cerny Brothers will be performing Weezer’s Blue Album in it’s entirety tonight)!

3ABCB844-9BA6-FDB6-030FF84AC2D9C3E0

April 29: Tickets $10

May 13: Tickets $10

Thank you to everyone who came out last night, we hope to see you all again soon!

 

Camille Ashley’s Weekly Picks: The Cerny Brothers (Residency)/Meklit/Earphunk!

•April 1, 2014 • Leave a Comment

weekly picks

Happy April Everybody!

and you know what that means:

Don’t get fooled!

Tuesday, 4/1 8pm: FREE SHOW! The Cerny Brothers Video Release / The Dustbowl Revival / Tyler Lyle/21+

The Bluegrass Situation is home to Southern California’s Bluegrass, Folk & Americana music scene, which is very much alive and well. Dedicated to shedding light on the history of the sound and showcasing burgeoning musicians and connecting them with venues and fans, The Bluegrass Situation may be one of LA’s best kept secrets but tonight they will make some noise with the kick-off of The Cerny Brothers residency this month & the premiere of their music video “Ohio”. It’s sure to be one helluva party with The Dustbowl Revival (who are getting ready to head out on tour soon, so come out and see them before they go) and Tyler Lyle opening up for The Cerny Brothers…and the best part is IT’S FREE!

Ticket Giveaway: Share this blog on your Facebook page (and let us know you did so) and we will randomly select a winner to receive a pair of tickets to their choice of Cerny Brothers residency on 4/15 or 4/29! 

Friday, 4/4 11pm: Meklit/ $18 Adv./21+

Meklit Hadero’s sound is best described by NPR as “a unique blend of jazz, Ethiopia, the San Francisco art scene and visceral poetry”. Born in Ethiopia and now stationed in San Francisco, Meklit is a singer/composer/cultural activist whose style is as ‘if Joni Mitchell were East African, sang duets with Norah Jones and met Nina Simone for tea in San Francisco’. She has played everywhere from local clubs to major festivals and multiple TED events all over the world. Don’t miss the modern queen of soul-Meklit.

Sunday, 4/6 7:30pm: Earphunk / Sweet Earth / John Cruz/ $10 Adv./ 21+

As one of the Southeast’s prime jam bands, Earphunk performs high-energy funk using inspired improvisation, and dynamic stage production in the process. The jamtronic band Sweet Earth and the warm, heartfelt tunes of Hawaiian singer/songwriter sensation John Cruz.

See our Full Calendar.

We will be here all week, all month, all year rockin’ rollin’, two-steppin’, boogy-woogy, electric-slide (guitar) and maybe even a little twerking here and there, so join us whenever you feel the need for great music, good company and delicious food and drinks!

 

Motown-style Music History Made!

•March 26, 2014 • Leave a Comment

History was made here last night as popular music from the past emerged in the present-giving rise to a nostalgic sound that, though may be an influence among many artists today, could rarely-if ever- be duplicated. The girls of  Honey Cone-the all-female American R&B/Soul group formed by lead singer Edna Wright (younger sister of Darlene Love -the singer/actress who is a Motown favorite as a member of The Crystals, Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans and The Blossoms) are back…but they aren’t girls anymore. They are full grown women now, each as beautiful as ever and just as full of that sweet soul sound!

“Innocent ‘Til Proven Guilty”

Sweet Replies Album Cover

PicMonkey Collage

Edna Wright, Carolyn Willis, Shelly Clark & Myself last night

The female icons immediately broke into “Girls It Ain’t Easy” upon entering the stage, dressed to the nines I might add and continued with a set-list so fulfilling that I’m almost certain my heart grew a few sizes and, from the reaction of the rest of the audience, I am pretty sure everyone else in attendance felt the same way. Much to my pleasure, the ladies continued on with their set  for well over an hour with full force and incredibly radiant energy during songs such as “While Your Out Looking For Sugar” , “The Day I Found Myself” and, of course, “Son Of A Preacher Man”-glowing the way that only ladies do!  Their set was concluded with Earth, Wind & Fire’s (whose bassist, Verdine White was  in attendance as the husband of Shelly Clark) “September” which even furthered the excitement of all the classic R&B and Soul enthusiasts-which included Motown cohorts such as Betty Kelly (Martha And The Vandellas & The Velvettes) whose incredible support and energy did not go unnoticed by those around her and was truly heartwarming.

 

Martha & The Vandellas

IMG_2604

Myself & Betty Kelly of Martha & The Vandellas

KBH Entertainment  did a bang-up job of organizing such a showcase, which also included the talents of Mike Bauer & his extremely talented band of musicians, who ended their set with one of the most incredible mash-ups I have ever heard from a magical year in music-1971:

(“Just My Imagination”-The Temptations, “Ain’t No Sunshine”-Bill withers, “What’s Goin On”-Marvin Gaye, “Tired Of Being Alone”-Al Green & “Proud Mary”-CCR)

PicMonkey Collage

Mike Bauer Belting it out with The Doo-Wop Girls & Bonita (Photos Compliments of Liz Reinhardt).

It was truly a night to remember and on behalf of The Mint I’d like to thank KBH Entertainment, Honey Cone, Mike Bauer, Romeo Testa & Earth At Night for making it so memorable as well as everyone who came out and had a good time, we cannot wait to see you all again!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Camille Ashley’s Weekly Picks: Honey Cone/Tom Freund/Trace Bundy/+ FREE Ticket Giveaway!

•March 24, 2014 • Leave a Comment

weekly picks

Tuesday, 3/25 8pm: Earth At Night/Honey Cone/ Mike Bauer/Romeo Testa/$15-20 Adv./All Ages

The Girls are back in town…MOTOWN style!

Honey Cone is an all-female American R&B group known for their Northern Style (Detroit) soul and influenced by 60′s Motown Records female vocal groups such as The Marvelettes and Martha & The Vandellas. Honey Cone was formed in 1969 by Edna Wright (younger sister of Singer/Actress Darlene Love) and were the first band signed to mega-hit writers Eddie Holland & Lamont Dozier’s label Hot Wax/Invictus.

Thursday, 3/27 8pm: Tom Freund & Friends/Chasing Shade/$10 Adv./21+

The Folk of Freund!

Tom Freund Delivers a wide variety of genres including hearftelt folk , buoyant pop, boho jazz and straight up rock ’n’ roll. His latest album ‘The Edge Of Venice” was produced by John Alagia (John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Dave Matthews) and tracks from his EP “Fit To Screen” have been featured on the heartfelt NBC show “Parenthood”. His full-length album “Collapsible Plans” was produced by Ben Harper and featured vocal and piano contributions from Jackson Browne.

Ticket Giveaway: Post your favorite Tom Freund song on out Facebook and win a free pair of tickets to see Tom Freund and Friends Thursday night! (Winner Chosen Randomly).

Saturday, 3/29 7pm: Trace Bundy/ Sangha Jung/ $20 Adv./All Ages (SOLD OUT)! 

The Acoustic Ninja Strikes again!

Trace Bundy creates an ultimate live experience with the use of looping, multiple capos, harmonics and unique banter along with his momentous poetry that is something to be seen. Bundy has managed to astound even the most accomplished of music lovers and managed to independently sell 90,000 albums on his label Honest ninja Music and has shared the stage with performers such as Brandi Carlile, Olivia Newton-John, Neko Case, Judy Collins, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Phil Keaggy, David Wilcox, David Knopfler (Dire Straits), Bill Nershi (String Cheese), Laurence Juber (Paul McCartney & Wings), Chris Hillman (the Byrds), Stanley Jordan, and MOFRO.

Check out his ESPN SportsCenter Fan Jam:

See our full CALENDAR for more!

Camille Ashley’s St. Patrick’s Week Picks!

•March 18, 2014 • Leave a Comment

weekly picks

Happy St. Patricks Day Everybody!

In honor of our Irish Brethren, we will be spending the evening Rocking out With our friends The Hi-Fi Academy, Black Waat3r, Wolves Electric & That Fire!

Tickets $8 At The Door/Doors open at 7pm, Show starts at 8pm/21+

Tuesday, March 18: Rebirth Brass Band/Dance Hall Pimps

Tickets: $22 Advance, $25 Day of Show/ Doors open at 8pm/21+

 2012 Grammy Award winners the Rebirth Brass Band are a New Orleans institution. Formed in 1983 by the now infamous Frazier brothers, the band has evolved from playing the streets of the French Quarter, to playing festivals and stages all over the world. Rebirth is committed to upholding the tradition of brass bands while at the same time incorporating modern music into their show. Their signature brand of heavy funk has not only won over several generations of music lovers, it has become the soundtrack to an entire city. In the wake of the sometimes-stringent competition amongst brass bands, Rebirth is the undisputed leader of the pack, and they show no signs of slowing down. Rebirth is featured in the Treme Tour, the HBO series about New Orleans after Katrina Rebirth won the Grammy for their 2011 Basin Street Release the Rebirth of New Orleans in the regional roots category and will be returning Wednesday night for more of that New Orleans sound to soothe your soul!

Saturday, March 22: The Soul of John Black/ Morty Shallman/ Taro Hart

Tickets: $10 Advanced/ $12 Day of Show/ Doors open at 7pm, Show starts at 8pm/21+

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMQwgngbhlk

John “JB” Bigham is a singer, songwriter, performer, producer and innovator — an artist who blends the sounds of the past and the future with the smooth confidence and authority of a card shark shuffling a hot deck.But when it comes to creating visionary music under the moniker of his alter-ego/band The Soul of John Black, there’s no gambling involved. Bigham’s smart blend of rock, funk, hip-hop, and R&B — all embraced by his love of classic and modern blues — makes him a true twenty-first-century soul man.The musical foundation of this Los Angeles-based innovator who has worked with Miles Davis, Dr. Dré, Nikka Costa, Eminem, and other A-list talents was built during his childhood in the Windy City.

Take a look at our CALENDAR for more music!

 
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.