Top 5 Local Los Angeles Performers Sunday, Jul 28 2013 

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This is a different type of “Top 5” post than any of my other ones. This one is an ode of sorts to all of the amazing LA-based bands that I miss since moving to Oregon. In remembrance of my time as a Los Angeles-based music writer and show reviewer, I have compiled a list of my most favorite local L.A. performers. Each of these performers have grabbed my attention and held onto it, which is quite rare as I can be super picky. These particular performers are also one of the reasons that I miss Southern California so much. The musical talent and amazing performances by these artists will be greatly missed. Here’s to hoping for some Oregon tour dates from any or all of these amazing performers.

5. Hunter Hunted

I came across indie rock band Hunter Hunted at a Sofar show recently in May. Needless to say they left me speechless. Their sound is amazing and their lyrics have the ability to grab a hold of you. Their latest self-titled EP features the refreshingly honest Operating, as well as the darker and more emotional Dora Marr. The band recently announced their tour as support for Weezer. To find out more about this amazing LA band, click here.

4. Meg Myers

For those of you who have heard Meg Meyers before, you know exactly why she is included on this. For those of you who have not been privileged enough to listen to her, you are in for a treat. Her haunting vocals and boldly honest lyrics fuse together to create a sound that is Myers’ alone. Her songs are a perfect remedy to a love gone wrong or painful memories that refuse to stay buried. Do yourself a favor and click here to find out more about this amazing artist.

3. Jamestown Revival

Discovered at one of my earlier shows with Sofar, Jamestown Revival has had a constant presence on my iPod. Their soulful sound and meaningful lyrics just grab you and make you want to join the nearest folk band, even if it is to just become a resident foot stomper. Their vocals are a whole other entity on their own. I remember feel like someone smacked me (in a good way of course) the first time I saw them play. It was an amazing experience to see these L.A. transplants play and I hope to see great things happen for these guys.

2. The Borrowers Debt

The first time I saw The Borrowers Debt play was at Room 5 in Los Angeles. Unbeknownst to me at the time, Justin had just joined the band and was about to play one of his first shows with Tommy, Callie, and Jordan. If there were any awkward feelings or trepidation from the band that night, you couldn’t tell. Since that night I have been quite excited about this amazing band. Though I haven’t had the pleasure to attend all of their shows, I have attended enough to know that I am going to miss seeing them play in LA. Their amazing folk sound and their ability to write a beautiful song cohesively is impressive for any band, let alone a band that is really just getting started.

1. The Herbert Bail Orchestra

The Herbert Bail Orchestra is a force to be reckoned with. It is rare to find a band that is as appealing as Herbert Bail Orchestra. Listening to their music and seeing them play live is one of my favorite memories from working as a SofarLA lead blogger. The Herbert Bail Orchestra’s unique sound is often described as western gypsy folk and can get even the most reserved audience member moving along with their music. With their inclusion of instruments such as the accordion, piano, banjo, trumpet, viola, trombone, and various percussions, it is no wonder why this amazing band continues to take LA and other cities by storm. They are truly a musical force to be reckoned with.

Cheers!

Rizzle

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Featured Event: Marcus Foster 2013 US Spring Tour Saturday, Feb 9 2013 

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Hey all!

I have another featured event that i would like to share with you. This event is Marcus Foster’s US spring tour. Opening acts include Sean Rowe, Ruston Kelly, and The Lone Below depending on the show. I have had the pleasure of seeing Marcus Foster play twice in the last year, and it was an amazing experience. Not only does he have amazing vocals and guitar skills, but he is absolutely charming on and off stage.

If one of his shows happen to be in your area, please do yourself a favor and go see his show. The tour begins on February 27th at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, CA and ends April 13th at the Hard Rock Cafe in Phoenix, AZ. Below is the schedule for his US spring tour. You can find out more and purchase your tickets by clicking here.

Tour Dates:

Wed/Feb-27 San Juan Capistrano, CA Coach House
Sun/Mar-03 Hermosa Beach, CA Saint Rocke
Mon/Mar-04 San Diego, CA Casbah
Tue/Mar-05 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
Wed/Mar-06 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill
Fri/Mar-08 Seattle, WA Vera Project
Sat/Mar-09 Vancouver, BC Media Club
Sun/Mar-10 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
Tue/Mar-12 Salt Lake City, UT The State Room
Wed/Mar-13 Denver, CO Hi Dive
Fri/Mar-15 Kansas City, MO Riot Room
Sat/Mar-16 St. Louis, MO Old Rock House
Tue/Mar-19 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theatre
Wed/Mar-20 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
Thu/Mar-21 Columbus, OH Woodlands Tavern
Fri/Mar-22 Pontiac, MI Pike Room
Sat/Mar-23 Toronto, ON Gladstone Hotel(CMW)
Tue/Mar-26 Burlington, VT Higher Ground Showcase Lounge
Wed/Mar-27 New York, NY Highline Ballroom
Thu/Mar-28 Boston, MA Café 939
Fri/Mar-29 Philadelphia, PA World Café Live Upstairs
Sat/Mar-30 Vienna, VA Jammin’ Java
Tue/Apr-02 Charlotte, NC Casbah
Wed/Apr-03 Decatur, GA Eddie’s Attic
Thu/Apr-04 Decatur, GA Eddie’s Attic
Fri/Apr-05 Birmingham, AL Workplay Theatre
Sat/Apr-06 Nashville, TN Exit / In
Sun/Apr-07 Memphis, TN 1884 Lounge
Tue/Apr-09 Oklahoma City, OK Conservatory
Wed/Apr-10 Dallas, TX The Door
Thu/Apr-11 Austin, TX Red 7
Sat/Apr-13 Phoenix, AZ Hard Rock Café

Cheers!

Rizzle