Been spending more time in LA these days. Some great music happening in the Southland! Two favorite spots so far have offered in the round/open mic style nights that highlight some great unknown and known local artists.

Here are two places I'd love to play...

Hotel Cafe in Hollywood has a Monday Monday night on you guessed it... Monday nights, hosted by Josiah Leming of American Idol fame that features up and comers on the LA scene. Artists sing three songs each in a smoothly run open mic style format, although I gather the players are picked before hand to ensure that the shared talent is solid and comparable in skill and originality. Five bucks gets you in for a full night of music amoungst a lively and receptive audience.

Genghis Cohen has a little music room just off of their Chinese restaurant that provides a space for local and traveling musicians...The nights I've attended were "in the round" type shows hosted by Jeff Young, keyboardist and vocalist who has an impressive track record of collaborations with big stars like Sting, Jackson Browne and Steely Dan. The show offers up impressive singer songwriters as well as Jeff Young himself taking turns at the mic. I'm told that occasionally a well known artist might attend, and on the last night I went, Jackson Browne was sitting right in front of me...Nice guy by the way! The sound in the room is excellent and for ten bucks, it's quite a bargain!


The recordings are happening and I'm tying up some threads for some stubborn songs that are resisting the muse...I'll be offering an entry into this years NPR Tiny Desk Contest, so I'll post that here soon! Hope all are having a great Winter! Be careful out there and stay creative!

    Here is the video of "HAPPY" for the film Altered Minds with Huffington Post comment below...

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