El Cid presents the best in live Americana, roots, and outlaw country music with its weekly Honky Tonk Hacienda Thursdays. Jazz Tuesdays-The Moonrise Club on Tuesdays and on Thursday January 30 and February 13 brings old time, hot jazz, western swing, and other acoustical iterations from the 20’s and 30’s to El Cid.
The venue began as a popular 1925 café / speakeasy originally called the Jail Café. 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.
HONKY TONK THURSDAYS:
Jan 2 – Patrolled By Radar, Jason Heath & The Greedy Souls
"Patrolled By Radar (PBR) is a band surely making a name for itself by being honest in their rhythms and passionate in their words." (Grateful Web) The Los Angeles based roots-rock quartet blends alt-country, blues and soul with "equal parts British invasion, cow-punk and Americana songwriting respected as craft." (SoundSpike) "Jay Souza's full of character, melodic, yet rough around the edges vocals are perfectly suited to the music on these tremendously well written songs." (Americana Roots UK)
Firmly entrenched in organically American music, Jason Heath & The Greedy Souls mines elements of rock, country and folk coupled with rich storytelling and the poking and prodding of emotional contexts both personal and worldly.
Jan 9 – Greg Felden, Alias Means
Greg Felden’s music encompasses Americana, Folk, and Alternative Country. “This is some of the best, most impacting music that I’ve heard in a very long time. The songs are very powerful... He’s got this great vibe to him - it’s more Americana than country - and it’s just very genuine. I see a lot of really good things for him in the future. Greg Felden. Remember that name.” - Nico Martini, American Highway. “Felden's songwriting is firmly rooted in the tradition of the great folk poets, delivered simply and truthfully while reflecting back our own pathos through his music.” - Kat Griffin, Americana Matinee
Silver Lake native Alias Means brings his mix of folk, bluegrass, country, honky tonk and country rock to every show. His album — made after recovering from a life-threatening injury — features LA roots luminaries including Paul Marshall (I See Hawks in LA), Marty Rifkin (Glen Campbell, Dwight Yoakam, Bruce Springsteen), Darice Bailey (Eugene Edwards, The Coals), Jorden Levine (Ocean 11), Gene Micofsky and Matt Lucich (Queensryche, Pat Monahan).
Feb 20 – JD Crawford, (opening act tbd)
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.
Feb 27 – Ben Reddell, 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 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.
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 with only vocals overdubbed.
JAZZ TUESDAYS / MOONRISE CLUB:
Jan 7 & Feb 4 — 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.
Jan 21 & Feb 18 — Janet Klein & 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.