This Weekend with 213

March 29th, 2012 — 10:00am

Friday, March 30th

Casey’s Irish Pub – C-horse
Songwriter Cecilia Enriquez formed C-horse in 2007 as an avenue for her original pop songs. A demo of the first C-horse songs was circulated among a close-knit group of Los Angeles musicians, and Enriquez’ accessible songwriting style, influenced by 60s and 70s rock and pop, quickly attracted local support. Enriquez went on to record her self-titled debut record, produced by Joel Morales of the band Dios. This album, laced with intricate vocal harmonies and packed with a powerful pop sensibility, was well-received by friends and fans alike.

C-horse has evolved into a solid unit, with the help of some of Enriquez’ musical friends: bassist Lindsay Mancha, drummer Courtney Olsen, and keyboardist Mack Marquard. As new material flourishes, the band continues to play shows throughout the Los Angeles and you can catch them every Friday in March at Casey’s in Downtown.

Caña Rum Bar – Native Wayne
Tonight Grammy-winning reggae luminary Wayne Hobson, also known as Native Wayne to his Indie 103 fans, will be behind the wheels of steel bringing us the good vibes via an eclectic set of classic reggae, dancehall, afrobeat, and whatever else he deems worthy of your listening pleasure. It’s Friday night, so if you’d like to ensure yourself a table or bring more than three guests, reservations are necessary. Right near the beach… Boyyyyyyyyyy!

Las Perlas – Kapsoul Records
What does Jazz, Funk, Soul, Rare Groove Disco have in common with Tequila? Las Perlas!!!! That’s right Kapsoul Records presents every Friday at Las Perlas with DJ Kap, Ohmae & Chikaramanga. Come in and get drunk…. Or stay sober depending on what you’re in to.

Saturday, March 31st

Casey’s Irish Pub – The Mo-Odds
The Mo-Odds are back and by the time their done they’re going to take your girlfriends with them, and your whiskey. Hell, they even take the bars whiskey! And the girl bartenders! They play rock n roll and they play it so fucking good we asked them back for a March residency at Casey’s. They hit it hard and make you wanna shake it hard. Stop in for a shot of whiskey and throw it down with the best 60′s / punk / rock n roll soul band in Los Angeles. No Cover!

Las Perlas – DJ Darren Revell
Las Perlas welcomes DJ Darren Revell from 103′s Big Sonic Heaven tonight. Darren will be spinning everything from Post Punk to New Wave to Eighties so grab your head bands and leg warmers and get on down here. We’ll see you then!

Caña Rum Bar – Music Selector Jose Galvan
Its time for you to stop living and start winning! What better way to do that than to join us @ Caña Rum Bar for Jose Galvan. Tonight and every Saturday night Jose joins us playing Latin Alternative, Funky Beats and Caribbean Rhythms. We will also be serving some of the most delicious rum cocktails ever to have touched your tongue. Get in here and get some!

Spirit Guide: Bartending with a Seven Grand Bartender

March 28th, 2012 — 10:00am

One of my favorite nights ever was having the absolutely amazing Victor (Seven Grand bartender) cover a busy weekend shift last year at the Golden Gopher. He learned to bartend at our whiskey bar, Seven Grand. With that said, he’s been trained on whiskey knowledge, classic cocktails and tradition. I’ve watched him at Seven Grand. He’s fast, knowledgeable and a really funny guy.

On the night he was at the Gopher, all of us forgot that Seven grand doesn’t make things like AMF’s, pink drinks, Chocolate Cake shots, and Apple Martini’s. We happened to have a pretty big party of young college girls celebrating a birthday party. Needless to say, we made a lot of collegiate “girly” type drinks, L.A. Waters, AMF’s, Lemon Drops, Cosmo’s, Midori & Amaretto Sours, and the ever so popular bartenders choice after the customer says they don’t like the taste of alcohol & could we make something super sweet and preferably pink.

All night, Vic kept getting orders for these types of drinks. The look of disgust would overtake his face, he’d ask us “really?” like he honestly didn’t believe us, and then he would do his best to convince the customer to order something else, and telling them that he could make them a “better” drink. We kept hearing “sweetie, do you know what kind of crap is in that drink you just ordered?!? Let me make you something better! PLEASE!” The girls all laughed and 50% of the time let him, and they ALL loved him. Whiskey Sours and some honey whiskey drink he was making was ordered a lot. He definitely converted a few, and educated many.

Lauren Wong
Golden Gopher

Spirit Guide: Plex Lowery and the Unheard of Cocktail

March 27th, 2012 — 10:00am

Recently I went into a bar at a time when it was just picking up momentum for the evening, and the bartender was getting a little bit slammed. Even though she was handling it well, when she got around to me I just ordered a beer. Truthfully I was more in a mood for cocktail, but I had some time on my hands, and so I decided to wait until she had little more time and then order one. She smiled gratefully and got me a pilsner, only to turn around to another customer that had just sat down and already had an air of impatience about him. When she asked what she could do for him, he insisted on having her go down the list of every rye and bourbon she had, visibly scoffing at most of them, and then offhandedly asked for a cocktail that I had never heard of. Apparently neither had she, and so when she asked him about it and started to look it up, he recoiled in his chair in horror– completely flummoxed how someone couldn’t possibly know said cocktail and be in the bartending world. When I asked him about the drink, he said that he “had recently had it at a new bar on the east coast that was their own creation and it was wonderful and it was blogged about on the premier cocktail site and blah blah blah…” *commence eye rolling*

There are literally hundreds upon thousands of cocktail recipes, variations, nicknames, mutations & calls in the world of spirits, and as a bartender it can sometimes be quite a daunting task to rifle through your mental rolodex at a moments notice to bring up that obscure drink that no one in North America has ordered since 1948, or one that someone thinks everyone should know about because it is simply “divine!” and therefore deserves to be everywhere. I am not saying that bartenders should not be up on their craft– they should be, just like anyone providing a service. But sometimes it is a little much to expect every ‘tender of every bar to immediately know what you are talking about. If the bartender doesn’t know offhand, have a little patience and wait until he or she can look it up–which shouldn’t be too hard in this age of instant gratification via iphones and such–or better yet, know what you’re in the mood for and give the bartender some perimeters…more than likely you will be pleasantly surprised with what they lay in front of you.

Plex Lowery
Tony’s Saloon
General Manager