Nov 28, 2012

The Sayers Club - Charles 11.27.12

Sayers.   I have been MIA the last few months and as a result missed out on the delightfully fantastic vocal acrobatics of the absolutely wondrous Charles.   Out with my partner in crime tonight in Hollywood, we decided to hit up one of my favorite locations and why am I not at all surprised that it was as mind blowing as ever.

There were amazing performances, and I wish I had the ability to both rock out completely and hold the camera to record, but since I cannot and frankly the latter is much less enjoyable for me when I am getting treated to live music, the only performance I can share from tonight is the one you are about to watch... the video in no way does justice to the sweet vocals that this gentle giant belted out at the crowd. The entire room collectively reacted as he sang the first notes and as he continued, we all stared transfixed and swayed along to the soulful sounds tantalizing our ears and stimulating our remaining senses.   As my best friend commented to me after "I feel like I just went to church".   Now, I'm Jewish so I cannot actually relate having never been to church myself- HOWEVER - if I were going to be saved I think this is how I would want it to go down.

Watch and learn kids- real music comes from that place deep down inside your soul and if you are lucky enough to find a way to share it, you will be forever blessed.   Charles.   I look forward to watching many more performances from you.   Thank you again for capping off another super special night.

Nov 12, 2012

Dragonfly 20th Anniversary w The Spazmatics

Last night I had the amazing privilege of being a part of the 20th Anniversary celebration of Dragonfly in Hollywood.   It's not often a venue will last as long as this one has, especially in an ever changing environment like LA where people tend to be constantly on the lookout for the next big thing.   It was actually my first time so really a phenomenal introduction to such a kickass place.   Special thanks to my girl Lindsay and the owner David for including me and allowing me to experience what I am only describe as my perfect 80's nirvana.   Yes, I am an 80's rock junkie- this is a well known fact. Imagine rocking out to every song you have on your daily playlist and dancing in a super energized and extremely fun space with a crowd that is totally into it.  That's basically what the night consisted of for me- oh and I got to see DJ Morty Coyle sing (up to this point he has mostly been an identity I follow on twitter for his hilarious #SMTA tweets and a groovy DJ I was able to catch few sets from at various venues)... but wait, there's more-  I also got to see Moby rock out on the guitar a mere few feet from my face. Yup kinda epic.  There were a lot of other amazing guests but honestly I was so into it I put my phone away after I filmed a few videos and literally danced my ass apologies to anyone I did not include and did not film- you are welcome to add links in the comments and tweet them to me and I will absolutely pass them forward!

Enjoy the three videos I did snap:
Ok... So their opening song is one of my favorite songs from when I was a kid- there was a knockoff version of this song I grew up listening to with the same intro and one day I heard the original and thought they totally ripped off my version!   It rocked me to my core finding out there was an actual original version and I was in fact obsessed with the knockoff....

Second...DJ Morty Coyle (links to all the mentioned people places and things at the end btw) got up and blasted us with a super energized version of the Billy Idol classic 'Rebel Yell' and I loved it.   I may or may not have sung along at the top of my lungs.

Third and finally, although very much at the beginning of the night- another video of Rebel Yell but I focused a bit more of trying to capture guest guitarist Moby in this one.

Oh and final kicker of the night for me: this guy was rocking a super cool tiger shirt that had lit up glasses on it. The entire night I kept saying to my friends that I was going to snap a picture of the shirt but suddenly the night was over and I realized he was leaving- so in true compulsive fashion I booked it outside the club and managed to chase him down and YEAH I got my picture:

So... If anyone knows this guy feel free to forward him this link.   It's hard to tell in the photo but the sunglasses literally light up- SO FUN!  

And last but not least: Links
The Spazmatics
DJ Morty Coyle