So, I’ve been the music director for 213 for about 2 and something years and in that time I have not DJ’d any rock n roll or got my shitty band back together that I was in at the age of 19 to blow the doors off Casey’s. We sucked anyways, so be thankful. But sitting around listening to to music a few weeks ago I started thinking…Golden Gopher needs some good handpicked jams on a Monday night. So, yours truly is going to be DJ’ing Golden Gopher every Monday for a night I like to call, Juke Box Hero…You’l be hearing Zeppelin, AC/DC, Petty, Fleetwood Mac, Hendrix, Billy Squire, The Doors, Motley Crue, Kinks, The Who, Stones, Neil Young, ZZ Top, and the list goes on. All classic hits, all classic rock.
Now don’t think you are going to come in and see me on turntables gettin’ all crazy with all vinyl. I’m not. I’m all digital, champ. Not because I can’t handle a turn table, but the vinyl from so many years ago cranked up in a bar with crackles will not sound as good as my lovely laptop with mp3′s. Yes we all know that MP3′s lose some sound because of the compression but you now what? If you can tell I’m playing an MP3 and not vinyl then you’re not drinkn’ enough So pop in starting April 9th and every Monday going forward for Juke Box Hero. It’s good time music for those who love rock n roll.
LA’s indie-driven rock band, Downtown/Union, has been a regular fixture in local music scene since 2006. Although the band has been through many incarnations, from a stripped down two-piece to a bombastic seven member rock n’ roll gang, principle song writers, B. Bory and Jeff Electric, have always managed to consistently churn out catchy, high powered, heartfelt songs. This time around, the band has solidified its ranks by adding new permanent members, bass guitarist, Andy Bartlett, and veteran guitar wielder, John Klein, to the lineup, giving them a renewed sense of purpose, energy, and focus; not to mention a whole new batch of tunes.
With the recent release of their new EP, Deal Gone Wrong, Downtown/Union once again show their uncanny ability to craft smart, memorable songs, complete with bouncy, melodic bass lines, tasteful guitar licks, and group sing-a-long choruses.
For fans of rock n’ roll with a lot of heart and little pretense, Downtown/Union will fill the bill like black coffee and a hot piece of pie.
You can catch them every Friday at Casey’s in Downtown LA in April.
The Get Down Boys are a Los Angeles-based string band who perform traditional and original Bluegrass and Gospel music, along with other modern favorites. They formed in the Spring of 2010 and are all graduates of Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.
The Boys have opened for Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers at Ed Helms’ 2nd Annual Bluegrass Situation, made an appearance on FOX11’s Good Day LA, as well as a performance at the Grammy’s 10th Annual Producer’s & Engineer’s Wing Party, honoring T Bone Burnett.
They’ve also made their debut on the major west coast festival circuit with appearances at Parkfield Bluegrass Festival, Topanga Banjo & Fiddle Contest, Father’s Day Grass Valley Bluegrass Festival, Beerfest & Bluegrass at Northstar Tahoe, Park City Arts Festival, & King’s River Bluegrass Festival in 2011.Catch them tonight at Tony’s Saloon starting at 10P.
Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg of Avi Buffalo will be performing an acoustic and intimate set of tunes for you at Tony’s Saloon tonight. Straight out of Long Beach and recently signed to Sub Pop Records this kid (he’s 21 and plays music way beyond his age). When I was 21 I didn’t know if I was right or left handed!
Avi is amazing. Imagine the Shins, Tweedy of Wilco, underground noise-folk influence, and cloudy day.That is the scenario of of Avi’s music.
Now make it a reality and stop by tonight for an intimate performance of one of the best singer/songwriters touring the states today. He starts at 10P and there is no cover.
Jamie Elman plays it like it should be played. With style. That’s why Jamie Elman is your master keysman tonight at The Varnish. The music, the drinks, the vibe is all done with style. Elman plays the standards and it mixes perfectly with the cocktails you can only find at The Varnish. Treat yourself tonight to something special that can only be found at the “speakeasy” era bar in Downtown L.A.
Jamie Elman starts at 9:30P.
Seating is limited due to capacity so early arrival is encouraged.
San Francisco born and bred but now based in L.A., The String Fellow Hawks sound like the best rock n roll band you just about had the chance to grace your ears with.
The String Fellow Hawks bring rock and roll to the stage at Tony’s Saloon TONIGHT in a rare and intimate acoustic performance. Influenced by the groove of the past and the loose change in their pockets, the String Fellow Hawks will be sure to play their hearts out. Don’t miss the chance to see them perform live tonight and it all goes down at 9:30PM.
Darren Revell plays my favorite shit. Everyone has those DJ’s that play the classic jams you want to drink to, and at the same time will turn you on to new music as well. For me, Darren Revell is that sort of DJ.
One of the bands he introduced me to was a Place To Bury Strangers. I was working for a record company at the time and it was a long day at the office, listening to band after band and nothing was sticking. I packed up my bag and headed out to see a show, or two. Probably of more bad music, but it was my job. You take the good with the bad I guess. Unfortunately most is bad. I got in my car and tuned in to Big Sonic Heaven, Darren’s radio show on Indie 103 (now on Moheak.com). Driving down Sunset I was crossing over La Brea and with no warning a wall of sound took over my speakers. I had never heard the band before, but I knew I was going to become instant fan of whoever it was. It was full of feedback, reverb, and all the cool shit that I like in my rock n roll. I frantically pulled over to the side of the road and started dialing the station to get a hold of the DJ to ask him who he was playing (the asshole never picked up, but I forgave him). In a second, at the right place at the right time, I found one of my favorite bands. Just like the old school music days… the DJ played the song. It wasn’t from a borrowed CD, or someone emailing me an MP3. It was a handpicked song beamed to space and back to my stereo. I don’t even know if I have ever thanked Darren, who has since become one of my dearest friends, for playing that song. I think I will do just that this Saturday night.
That is just one reason (of many) why I chose Darren Revell to be the resident DJ at Las Perlas every Saturday night. He takes out the garbage and leaves you loving all the best Post Punk, New Wave, Indie Pop, and Eighties. I highly encourage you to make Las Perlas a destination spot while you’re Downtown on a Saturday night, enjoy a handcrafted mezcal or tequila cocktail, or cerveza if that’s your choice, and love the tunes. You just might find your new favorite band, or be reminded of what was already great. Either way, thank the DJ for playing cool shit, and feel free to buy him a drink for good taste.
Music Selector Darren Revell
Las Perlas Every Saturday Night