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Desert Nights: Dec 1

We realize this week is all about artists in Miami Beach during Art Basel 2010, however, let’s not forget all the creative spirits back at our Standard Hollywood building, who are itching to perform this Wednesday night at our weekly Desert Nights. Here’s this weeks round-up of talent to check out…

(Listen to Big Sir here)

Big Sir is comprised of 2 amazing members. First there is Juan Alderete, a bassist whose other projects include The Mars Volta, Vato Negro, and Dr. Octogan. Then there is Lisa Papineau, a songwriter who in addition to her own self-titled project, has collaborated with groups and composers such as Air, M83, Jun Miyake, Tyler Bates and Omar Rodriguez Lopez. Juan and Lisa are currently completing their third Big Sir studio album, which will be released with Sargent House/ Rodriguez Lopez Productions in Spring 2010. They will be performing (live for the first time) many of their new songs this evening, — bareboned, no beatz, acoustic fretless bass, voice, and any handclaps that can be worked out of the audience. You can follow Big Sir on their Tumblr too.

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Desert Nights: Nov 24

This week on Desert Nights, we have so many musical flavors to entertain you, including the lead singer of Gomez, Ian Ball. Get in your last minute music jam before disappearing into family mode this Thanksgiving. Here’s a breakdown of the 3 chosen artists this week.   

(Listen to Ian Ball here, Photo: Zed Starkovich)

British vocalist/guitarist Ian Ball is one of the three singer/songwriters in Gomez, a pop/rock quintet with bluesy sensibilities. Despite the band’s steady pace, Ball found time to pursue solo work in his adopted hometown of L.A., often playing gigs at the Hotel Café. Gomez toured across the U.S., Australia, and NewZealand in 2007; while not on-stage, Ball spent much time on his laptop, editing a series of tracks that had originated as an impromptu jam session in Los Angeles (and were later completed during sessions at the city’s da Schtud studio). Returning home with the finished product, Ball released Who Goes There — his first solo effort — via the singer’s own Dispensary Records.

(Listen to Sara Melson here)

Sara Melson lives somewhere between rock, folk, and pop. Her stirring, timeless songs blur boundaries between genres, and create hooks that stay in the head long after the first listen. Her insightful lyrics, confident piano/guitar playing, and distinctive voice––always solely her own––led Yahoo Music to select her as their “New Buzz Artist,” calling her “one of the most fearless singer-songwriters on the planet.” Tracks from Sara’s self-produced debut full-length, Dirty Mind (Nettwerk Records 2008/ iTunes “What’s Hot”) have been featured in Grey’s Anatomy and as the theme of a recent Chevy ad campaign.

(Listen to Evan Slamka here)

Lead singer and guitarist of Los Angeles based psychedelic rock group Marjorie Fair brings the signature “Neil Diamond while he is tripping out on ludes” sound to the Cactus Lounge. Evan has also performed with Sheryl Crow on her tour. For more info go to Marjorie Fair Official Site


What is Desert Nights?

Desert Nights is a weekly gathering at The Standard, Hollywood. Every Wednesday, we curate 3 musical acts on the rise to perform a special acoustic set in our hotel lounge. The vibe is warm and intimate, evoking an impromptu jam in a musician’s living room. Also, expect 2 clever cover songs delivered by each performer. The sets begins at 7:30 pm in the Cactus Lounge (thus the title of the evening, Desert Nights).

Desert Nights: Nov 17

Music Music Music. We can’t get enough. Our weekly party at The Standard Hollywood, called Desert Nights, keeps delivering the punches every single week with 3 cool musical acts to discover. This Wednesday, brace yourself to be wowed by the new line-up of fresh acts.  

Listen to Wade Ryff / Black Jesus here)

The Black Jesus formed in the Fall of 2009 after singer/songwriter Wade Ryff escaped the sweaty grips of multiple unhealthy bands, the San Fernando Valley and a real life witch. LA WEEKLY says “There is nothing cool about Wade Ryff. Not only does he deserve all the scrutiny headed his way, he is a loser, and if that does not give an idea of how marvelous the Black Jesus is then you are worse off then the band.” The Black Jesus is currently working on its debut release The Year of the Child E.P expected in Winter of 2010.

(Listen to Daniel Brummel here)

Daniel Brummel’s alchemical folk hymns draw their inspiration from such natural sources as mountains, lucid dreams, synchronicity, and David Lynch films. The singer/multi-instrumentalist played guitar, piano, clarinet, Indonesian flute, harmonica, mandolin, drums, and dozens of other instruments on his 2005 solo debut, Speak Easy, a hermetic tour-de-force rich with earthen acoustic textures, Appalachian murder ballads, and a contrapuntal ingenuity that reflects his years of training in UCLA’s composition departmen

Over fifteen years deep in Los Angeles’ music scene, Daniel has written, recorded, and/or performed with a wide variety of acts including Spain, the Holy Habits, Ozma, Sanglorians, Emily Lacy, Miranda Lee Richards, Bad Dudes, Monstro, Yellow Alex, Gowns, and the Elected. Also a committed music educator, Daniel is a faculty member at the California College of Music, and hosts folk singing workshops at Machine Project Gallery and the L.A. Central Library.

(Listen to Emily Lacy here)

Emily Lacy is a folk and electronic sound artist generating works in music, film, and other media. She has performed in exhibitions at PS1 MOMA, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Hammer Museum, and LACMA, in addition to various living rooms and DIY spaces all throughout America. She works very closely with Machine Project.


What is Desert Nights?

Desert Nights is a weekly gathering at The Standard, Hollywood. Every Wednesday, we curate 3 musical acts on the rise to perform a special acoustic set in our hotel lounge. The vibe is warm and intimate, evoking an impromptu jam in a musician’s living room. Also, expect 2 clever cover songs delivered by each performer. The sets begins at 7:30 pm in the Cactus Lounge (thus the title of the evening, Desert Nights).

Desert Nights: Nov 10

It’s a new week and we all know what that means — It’s time for 3 new musical acts who will collect in our Cactus lounge at The Standard Hollywood to have a little personal jam with a few hungry music-philes. This Wednesday introduces a new crop of fresh talent you do not want to miss. 

(Listen to Neal Casal here)

Neal Casal’s debut record, Fade Away Diamond Time was released in 1995 to muchcritical acclaim. Produced by Jim Scott (Wilco, Tom Petty, Johnny Cash), the album introduced the intimate songwriting and lyrical guitar work that would become the foundation of his career. In between recording and touring with other artists such as Beachwood Sparks, James Iha, Lucinda Williams, Sheryl Crow, Mark Olson, and Rufus Wainwright, Casal managed to record multiple solo releases, including 1996’s Rain, Wind, and Speed and 1998’s Basement Dreams.  Casal is also known as the lead guitarist of Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, with whom he recorded three albums: Easy Tiger (which reached #7 on the Billboard chart), Follow the Lights, and Cardinology. His time in the band led to working with such luminaries as Willie Nelson and Phil Lesh and allowed another talent to be revealed when he released his first photography collection, Ryan Adams and the Cardinals: A View of Other Windows.

After the Cardinals went on hiatus in 2009, Casal moved his home base from New York to Southern California, where he has worked on a variety of projects. He released the self-produced solo effort Roots & Wings, Connections—the third album by his rock-and-roll band Hazy Malaze—and worked as a technical advisor on the upcoming Gwyneth Paltrow film Country Strong, in which he also appears. Currently, Casal is finishing up his tenth solo record with noted producer Thom Monahan (Devendra Banhart, Vetiver, Pernice Brothers, Gary Louris). While listeners will recognize Casal’s strong yet understated vocals, his acoustic-driven melodies have been amplified by complex sonic layers, resulting in a new, expansive sound that is the culmination of this prolific songwriter’s multifaceted catalog.

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Desert Nights: Nov 3

We hope all you Hollywood “Trick or Treaters” get some sufficient rest after this weekend’s mayhem. This Wednesdays Desert Nights promises a good roundup. Here’s the 3 artists this week who’ll be jamming in the Cactus Lounge at The Standard Hotel, Hollywood.

(Listen to Driftwood Singers here)

The Driftwood Singers are an old-time, close-harmony duo in the style of groups like the Carter Family and the Louvin Brothers. Alternating instruments like guitar, autoharp, mandolin, banjo and fiddle, the two do a mix of their own original songs as well as classic folk standards.

(Listen to Michael Runion here)

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Desert Nights: Oct 27

It’s time for another batch of free spirits doing their thing on the mic. This Wednesday, come to the Standard, Hollywood to kick back, relax, and hear some good tunes.

(Listen to Nick Rosen here)

23 year old multi-instrumentalist, composer Nick Rosen is on a mission to “inspire joy and hope” with his unique sound and vision. He’s been realizing his musical dreams since he first picked up the electric bass at the age of 13. Now an accomplished upright and electric bassist, guitarist, and pianist, Rosen has completed the enlightening journey of writing, arranging and Executive Producing his debut CD, Into the Sky.

(Listen to Dawn Mitschele here)

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Desert Nights: Oct 20

It’s time to get ready for another line-up of musicians at The Standard Hollywood weekly music event, Desert Night. Here are the three acts that will be performing this Wednesday, October 20th. 

(Listen to Sundays Soundtrack here

Here’s what one reviewer wrote about Sunday’s Soundtrack: “What are the odds of two sisters separated at birth reuniting after twenty-four years and starting a band??? Who cares. Sunday’s Soundtrack will blow you away.”— iTunes

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Desert Nights - Sept 22

It’s time for another series of music showcases at The Standard, Hollywood, in Los Angeles. The next roundup proves to be as unique and diverse as the previous jam.

Here’s the crew slated to play this Wednesday, September 22

(Listen to Victoria Noll)

Victoria Noll cut her musical teeth in Mobile, Alabama before eventually finding herself in one of the epicenters of American musical innovation, Austin, TX. Following an interesting portion of her life spent studying art at The University of Texas and living in Taos Housing Cooperative, Victoria continued her journey west in July to find herself living a different but familiar life, attempting to focus more on developing her artistic outlets. Today, Ms. Noll can be seen and heard channeling whatever inspiration crosses her path and following whichever direction the wind takes her.

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Desert Nights - Sept 8th

It’s time again for another precious evening of fine acoustic sets presented at The Standard, Hollywood. This Wednesday, September 8th, we’ve lined up a fresh new selection of music to wrap your hearts and minds around.

Here’s a brief stroll through our Wednesday acts…

Bryce Wayt 

Imagine the vibe of Tom Petty, Elvis Costello and Gram Parson wrapped up into one musician with some new modern flavor. Bryce has been fermenting as an artist near the sacred Joshua Tree at a cool spot called Pappy & Harriet’s. He’s been jamming with contemporaries Band of Horses, Jayhawk’s Mark Olson, Victoria Williams, and Tim Easton. Today, his creative outlets include The War Children and The GT 350’s but we’re happy to boast we got Bryce for one night to cook up some tunes in an intimate setting.    

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