El Cid turns into Honky Tonk Hacienda on Thursdays with bands, songwriters and musical instigators tearing it up in Outlaw Country, Roots, Old Time and Americana territory.
The inaugural monthly "throwback-Thursday" edition of the roots night, The Coyote Club, debuts on Thursday, November 21st and will feature Howling Hobo DJ and Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys. The Coyote Club brings old time, hot jazz, western swing, and other acoustical iterations from the 20's and 30's to El Cid, to relive its own roots -- the venue began as a popular 1925 café - speakeasy originally called the Jail Cafe.
There is no cover before 8:30 p.m.; $5 thereafter. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and music starts at 7:30 p.m. 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, http://www.elcidla.com/event/408719-jimmer-world-record-brian-los-a..., or call 323.668.0318.
Nov. 14 - Greater Pacific, The Far West
Nov. 21 – Howling Hobo DJ, Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys
Nov. 28 – Closed
Dec. 5 – The Coals (California Country Folk)
Dec. 12 – Brennen Leigh, Noel McKay (on tour from Austin)
Dec. 19: Dave Stuckey & The Hot House Gang
Dec. 26: TBD
The Far West have an authentically Americana sound that’s been described as something like Waylon’s band jamming with Wilco. In keeping with the W theme one also hears a little Willie, Whiskeytown and Woody, as in Guthrie, in their music. Their songs are highly personal, introspective and original and betray a deep love of American music that runs from ‘Nashville Skyline’ to the Opry of the 1950’s, from the red dirt of South Texas to the streets of Bakersfield. It’s music you can dance to, start a brawl with or cry in your beer over, however the spirit moves you.
From the ocean to the desert and the mountains, the sound of Southern California's Greater Pacific floats alongside the early morning light across open fields and hills of green to a lonely back country road. The pining sound of pedal steel and the signature timbre of Kyle Kersten's voice are the essence of the band's sound. This harmony of music making all started when Kersten and Phinney started playing together in the band Travel By Sea. … This indie folk outfit is rooted in the sounds and open air of country folk, while not being trapped in the past.
The Howling Hobo DJ (Marquis Howell II) known for Hot Jazz & Jumpin' Jive served on 12 & 7 inch platters. Spinning vinyl & shellac in circles with an emphasis on 1920's & 1930's traditional Jazz & Jive, 1940's & 1950's Rhythm & Blues, & eccentrically orbiting gems of sound.
Marquis first started collecting records at the age of 15, initially starting with the family copy of the Disneyland Haunted Mansion. His first job was at an antique store with a section of records that set off the retro-active chain of events that would change his life, more or less. It started with a Johnny Cash record, Live At Fulsom Prison. Thru the route of early country music that led to Emmett Miller while Cliff Edwards was introduced by a friend with a bargain bin cd. Pre-war jazz flooded his ears and he was joyfully treading water.
Janet Klein's music was introduced by a friend & he quickly fell in love with it. He even hired the band to play his 1920's/30's inspired wedding. When the opportunity came to be a Parlor Boy, Marquis jumped at it & hasn't come down since joining in April of '08. With his sophisticated hobohemian looks and rambunctiously tasty bass lines he inserts his personality into the music without disrespect for the material or for the world from which it came.
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-siecle 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. And when she starts to play her ukulele, it's clear that this oft-ridiculed cousin of the guitar is neither prop nor gimmick, but a delightful and under-utilized musical instrument. 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 up to a dozen musicians but usually tops out around six or seven. Reynolds (the grandson of '30s comic/sound and silent movie actress Zasu Pitts) remains, accompanied by ... Tom Marion (guitar, mandolin and banjo), plus musical historian Brad Kay (piano and cornet) and musicologist, author, radio personality and former British Invasion teen idol Ian Whitcomb (ukulele and accordion).
Janet & the Boys have given concerts in numerous American movie palaces and other historic venues such as the grand Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite and can be found jazzing it up at their regular monthly shows at the Steve Allen Theater, Los Angeles.
Named after one of the oldest bars in Los Angeles, The Coals play heartfelt California country folk. Their rollicking, pastoral sound sometimes evokes The Band, while at other times their sparse arrangements spotlight the intimate lyrics of singer and songwriter Jason Mandell. LA Weekly called The Coals “a rare and beautiful thing to behold.” Rather than drown in melancholy or teeter on the tightrope of joy, The Coals embrace light and darkness. The spirit of the band might be best summed up by a line from a Leonard Cohen poem, which inspired the title of their new album: “Let me be for a moment, in this miserable and bewildering wretchedness, a happy animal.”
Brennen Leigh is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and singer whose to-the-point storytelling style has elevated her to newfound cult status in Europe, across the US, South America and most notably in her native Austin, Texas. Only slightly less famous for her musicianship, it’s easy to see why she’s caught the ear of greats like legendary Lubbock fiddler Tommy Hancock (widely regarded as the godfather of West Texas music). All musical and performing prowess aside, the thing Brennen has become most famous for is her whip-smart songwriting. Her songs have been recorded by the likes of Lee Ann Womack, Sunny Sweeney, and the Carper Family among others.
Noel McKay is a songwriter who was raised in Lubbock, Texas and The Texas Hill Country. His songs have taken him across the United States and all over the world. In 1993 he was discovered by songwriting legend Guy Clark while performing his songs at a venue in Kerrville, Texas. Clark's mentorship has been a key component to Noel's success as a songwriter. In the 2000'S Noel had several regional hits across the state of Texas with his brother Hollin McKay in the band McKay Brothers. Those songs can still be heard from time to time getting spun on Texas Radio stations and satellite radio. These days Noel can be found playing his songs to packed houses of astute listeners both stateside and in Europe. He's recently discovered the art of co-writing and has written songs with greats such as Guy Clark, Richard Dobson, John Scott Sherrill, Shawn Camp and Brennen Leigh. Recently Leigh has become Noel McKay's Songwriting and duet partner and their collaborations have garnered wide acclaim. When not on the road, Noel splits his time between Austin and Nashville.
Dave Stuckey & The Hot House Gang will tear through a night of hard swinging jazz with a dose of that Django sound.