El Cid presents the best in live Americana, roots, and outlaw country music with its weekly Honky Tonk Hacienda and the weekly Moonrise Club bringing back the speakeasy with old-time hot jazz inspired by the 20’s and 30’s; reliving the popular 1925 café/speakeasy called The Jail Café which transformed into El Cid in 1963.
There is no cover before 8:30 p.m.; $5 thereafter. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. on Thursdays, 6:30 pm on Tuesdays and live bands from 7:30 – 11 p.m. Food and drink are a la carte and there is never a minimum. The new seasonal pre-fixe dinner menu which changes weekly is available for $20 with $20 bottles of wine and carafes of Sangria. Craft beer drafts and glasses of sangria are also available for $5. El Cid is located at 4212 West Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake 90029. There is ample street parking and valet parking is available. For more information please visit www.ElCidLA.com, or call 323.668.0318.
-Tues, Feb 4 – The Moonrise Club with The Icy Hot Club
-Thurs, Feb 6 – Honky Tonk Hacienda with Sam Outlaw and Moonsville Collective
-Tues, Feb 11 – The Moonrise Club with Benny Brydern Quartet
-Thurs, Feb 13 – The Moonrise Club with Dave Stuckey & The Hot House Gang
-Tues, Feb 18 – The Moonrise Club with Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys
-Thurs, Feb 20 – Honky Tonk Hacienda with Grant Langston & The Supermodels, JD Crawford
-Tues, Feb 25 – The Moonrise Club with Ted Russell Kamp & The Moonrise Melody Makers
-Thurs, Feb 27 – Honky Tonk Hacienda with Ben Reddell Band, Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants
Tues, Feb 4 – The Moonrise Club with The Icy Hot Club
The Icy Hot Club is a Los Angeles-based group that plays modernized Gypsy Jazz music in the style of Django Reinhardt. They often include re-worked versions of contemporary pop and rock songs, alongside traditional Gypsy Swing, with 3 part vocal harmonies. Generally consisting of two guitars and upright bass, Icy Hot Club adds violin, clarinet, and/or drums as the situation calls for. Guitarists Ethan Emerson and Ray Bergstrom anchor The Icy Hot Club.
Thurs, Feb 6 – Honky Tonk Hacienda with Sam Outlaw and Moonsville Collective
Sam Outlaw is a country singer living in Los Angeles. This year he released his debut LP produced by Kelly Winrich (Delta Spirit) and toured with Matt Costa. His latest video “Cry For Me” premiered recently on CMT.
Cry For Me: http://youtu.be/WY-QhAjEumI
Moonsville Collective is an Americana String Band that stands firm in the traditions of Old Time, Folk, Country and Rhythm and Blues. The band formed in August of 2011 in Costa Mesa, California and hit the ground running, having played some 250 shows throughout California, Nevada and Utah in the two years following. They are often related to, and spoken of carrying the sensibilities of folk legends Levon Helm (of The Band) and Bob Dylan, the high energy of Old Crow Medicine Show, and clever lyrics like those of Hank Williams and Huddy “Ledbelly” Ledbetter. This sextet is made up of multi-instrumentalists where behind three part vocal harmonies is a mix of dobro, slide guitar, mandolin, tenor banjo, 5 string banjo, resonator guitar, fiddle, mouth harp, kazoo, and a tight rhythm section of upright bass and loose drums about the stage.
Tues, Feb 11 – The Moonrise Club with Benny Brydern Quartet
Elegant and hot swing from the 1930s is more popular than ever. Celebrating the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli's innovative Hot Club Quintette de France, Benny Brydern's Quartet, a sassy, snappy ensemble, consisting of violin, two guitars and a string bass, delivers early jazz swing with punch and perfection.
Thurs, Feb 13 – The Moonrise Club with Dave Stuckey & The Hot House Gang
Dave Stuckey & The Hot House Gang is a hard-swinging, take-no-prisoners aggregation whose main objective is to bring the heat, get off your seat, and provoke you to move your feet. Stuckey has hunted up some of the most torrid Traditional Jazz and Old Time players in the wilds of Los Angeles tear through the night with a dose of that Django sound.
After You've Gone: http://youtu.be/FIJq0bpDfM0
Dark Eyes: http://youtu.be/H3uv3VPvDyc
Ida Sweet as Apple Cider: http://youtu.be/Zvg3P_YOuiY
Tues, Feb 18 – The Moonrise Club with Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys
With her sleek bob haircut (usually with a flower placed just so), vintage fashion sense, strikingly beautiful looks and artfully customized ukulele, Janet Klein might seem at first to be a simple novelty act, a 21st-century hipster "ironically" recreating the subtly naughty looks of a fin-de-siècle French postcard. Then she opens her mouth to sing. There's no Betty Boop hiccups or Mae West-style brassiness in her charmingly original voice. Bearing an ever-expanding repertoire of, as she puts it, "obscure, lovely and naughty songs from the 1910's, 20's and 30's," Janet Klein is a musical archeologist hiding in the body of an F. Scott Fitzgerald heroine. The Parlor Boys is a loose-knit conglomeration that can include from four to up a dozen musicians.
Janet Klein's Parlor: http://youtu.be/vsVcjHO96tE
Thurs, Feb 20 – Honky Tonk Hacienda with Grant Langston & The Supermodels, JD Crawford
Grant Langston grew up in Hartselle, Alabama, on a steady diet of Hank Jr., Jerry Reed, Merle Haggard and gospel quartets. On his latest album there are rollicking honky tonk tunes alt country workouts and sweet ballads - all of it steeped in the West Coast-styled country of Langston's own heroes. Anyone who laments the demise of authentic country music can take comfort that a burgeoning underground movement has emerged across Southern California and Langston is an artist at the center of it all. Trouble Knows: http://youtu.be/vq0KYDJU82k
JD Crawford Honky Tonk music is everywhere! No one knows this better than veteran Singer/Songwriter JD Crawford, whose country music prowess and gutsy style has evolved from years of performing in country saloons, clubs and major casinos throughout Southern California and Nashville. With his music acting as a sort of homage to the classics, a distinctive middle-point between Ray Price and Dwight Yoakam, vocalist JD Crawford's honest crooning ranges from soft and stirring to fierce and foot-stompin' friendly. His deep resonant voice fits country music like a good Stetson.
Only a Fool Could Love: http://youtu.be/xeXM0QdB3Ns
Tues, Feb 25 – The Moonrise Club with Ted Russell Kamp & The Moonrise Melody Makers
Ted Russell Kamp, a highly sought-after bassist, has put together the Moonrise Melody Makers specifically for the experience that is The Moonrise Club. Stellar musicians put their signatures on iconic music from the early decades of last century for listeners' and dancers' pleasure alike.
Thurs, Feb 27 – Honky Tonk Hacienda with Ben Reddell Band, Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants
You may recall Ben Reddell from his place on the bass behind L.A.’s Leslie Stevens & The Badgers — he’s the tall, mustachioed longhair who seems like he’d have been equally at home playing with Willie Nelson as with Roky Erickson. But Reddell has a guitar and a band of his own, too, and a voice that comes out as weather-beaten and world-weary as any classic Texan troubadour. Hey, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, There's room for one more to share that bottle of the strong stuff.
Nothing Left to Lose http://youtu.be/NSQbxm90_pw
Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants: While touring around Foo Fighters’ album Wasting Light, lead guitarist Shiflett was struck with an idea for his other band, The Dead Peasants: to tour as a cover band after learning as many classic honky-tonk songs as they could master. As a musician raised on a steady diet of AC/DC and KISS, who’s also a longtime fan of quintessential country and rockabilly artists like Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, and Johnny Burnette, the notion was rooted in a mix of reverence and revelry. Once he arrived home, the band got together and spent months rehearsing a set before performing a slew of shows through spring and summer 2012. Together with Shiflett on vocals and guitar, The Dead Peasants are Jeff Gross (bass) and Luke Tierney (guitar) – three friends who grew up playing in bands together – as well as Mitch Marine (drums), Marty Rifkin (pedal steel), and Derek Silverman (keyboards). Most of them also toured with Shiflett around the group’s 2010 self-titled debut, which introduced his skill in writing understated, infectious good ol’ Americana-laced rock songs. They recorded All Hat and No Cattle live and together in one room at Studio 606 in Los Angeles, CA, with only vocals overdubbed.