Featured Event: Bobby Long Listening Party in Los Angeles, CA Tuesday, Feb 5 2013 

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Hello Everyone! I would like to take a minute to announce that a listening party for Bobby Long’s new album Wishbone will take place on February 13, 2013. The listening party will be hosted by the amazing Sheila Marrs and will take place at The Cat and the Fiddle from 6pm to 8pm.

For those of you who are not familiar with Bobby Long, please do yourself a tremendous favor and check him out here and come join in on the fun. For those of you who are familiar with Bobby Long, I urge you to come out and attend this event. It will be an amazing opportunity to get to know one another, eat some great food, and hear Wishbone before it is released. Further details about the event are below:

Address: 6530 West Sunset Blvd Hollywood, CA 90028

Location Website: http://www.thecatandfiddle.com/

Event Time: 6p-8pm

Parking:$6

RSVP at the Bobby Long Listening Party events page
http://www.facebook.com/events/283336325125709/

I hope that those in the area can make it, and look forward to an amazing evening.

Cheers!

Rizzle

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Sofar Los Angeles Review Wednesday, Nov 7 2012 

On October 28th I had the pleasure of attending a Sofar (Sounds From A Room) show in Los Angeles, California. I had connected with Sofar via twitter and volunteered to help with Sofar L.A.’s blog posts. As it turned out, I was not needed to write a review for that night, but was given the opportunity to attend the show anyways. Nothing could have prepared me for the level of awesome that I was about to experience.

For those who are not aware, Sofar shows are intimate and are usually hosted secretly in the homes of Sofar supporters. In order to gain entrance to one of these shows, you must subscribe to their newsletters and pray that you get lucky enough to be selected to attend a show. If you are not lucky enough to score access to a show, Sofar live streams their shows for everyone to enjoy.

Experiencing GOOD live music in the comfort of a living room, with no annoying talking or drunken behavior, is an excellent way to bring the focus back on the music. One of my biggest annoyances is to go to a show and see the audience disrespect the performer by talking during the set.  A Sofar show is the best remedy for that annoyance. The Sofar movement is truly a unique way to discover and experience excellent music.

Sunday’s experience was amazing and not one that I will soon forget. The bands that played that night included: Big Tree, Family of the Year, Ferraby Lionheart, and Monsters Calling Home.  Each band/artist was amazing and brought something different to the show.  I spent most of the night in awe that I was actually experiencing this type of music in a living room setting. Each band was endearing to me in different ways. I truly found some new favorites, especially with Family of the Year and Monsters Calling Home. You can check out the official Sofar review of the night here.

In a world where live performances seem to be less appreciated than they should be, Sofar is fighting to make experiencing live music more important and enjoyable. I am, therefore, honored to boast that I am Sofar L.A.’s blog leader. I look forward to contributing to this amazing movement and to experience more awesome live music.

Check out the Sofar website here and the Sofar blog here.

Rachel

My Night at The Roxy Thursday, Oct 18 2012 

On Saturday, October 13th, 2012 I was fortunate enough to be at The Roxy in Hollywood, CA. My main reason for being at The Roxy that night was to see Bobby Long, but I was also excited to check out some new music. In addition to that, I was taking my 10 year old nephew to his first concert. Being the “cool Aunt” and experiencing some great music? Yes, please!

Those familiar with The Roxy know that the theatre has a rich and diverse history. From Bruce Springsteen to Miles Davis, The Roxy has hosted some of the best performers in music history. However, The Roxy is a theater that many unsigned artists call home and is an excellent place to discover new music. I personally have been to The Roxy many times over the years, and have many memories of the area. It was, therefore, an absolute pleasure to have my nephews first show be at the Roxy.

At around 8:30 p.m. Anna Nelson was the first performer to take the stage. I had never heard of Anna Nelson before, but I was thoroughly impressed but her voice. My favorite song from her that night was “In My Dreams”. Her EP “Before You” can be found on iTunes. She is absolutely worth checking out.

The next artist to perform was Patrick Park. Patrick Park was definitely talented and I enjoyed his songs. However, Patrick Park seemed to lack that stage presence and overall connection with the audience that makes a good performance great. It could be that he was having an off night, or if that is just his personality as a performer. Regardless, he played his guitar beautifully and sang wonderfully. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for good music. His albums “Loneliness Knows My Name” and Come What Will” can both be found on iTunes.

At around 10 p.m. Bobby Long took the stage. This was my second time seeing him this year, and I was absolutely thrilled. Bobby Long is an impressive performer and possesses the wit and stage presence to keep the crowd engaged. He started off his set with “I Will Help You Mend”, a song that I hope is going to be on his next album. Much to my absolute pleasure, Bobby Long next performed “Two Years Old”. This song happens to be one of my favorite songs from him, so I was grateful to be able to see him play it live. His entire set was enjoyable and easily my favorite of the night. I could go on, and on about how much I enjoyed seeing him perform, but it is not something that can be understood unless you see him live. His album “A Winter Tale” can, and should, be checked out on iTunes.

The next performer of the night was Meiko. I was very much excited to check her out, as I had heard some great things about her as a live performer and I enjoyed her music. As fate would have it, however, my nephew’s tolerance for a standing room venue and two drunk women behind him had been reached. As much as I wanted to stay and watch Meiko, I had to change from “the cool aunt” into “the responsible aunt” and take my nephew home. With that said, I encourage anyone to check out Meiko and try to see her live. Her music can also be found on iTunes.

Even with having to leave early, my night at The Roxy was an enjoyable one. Great music and great company. What more could I possibly ask for?

Cheers,

Rachel