WHO SAYS LIVE MUSIC IN L.A. IS DEAD?

The House of Blues Sunset Strip is proud to present four of Los Angeles’ best live acts when The Cousin Lovers, Slydell, slackstring and Alastair Greene grace the stage for a night of fresh, dynamic music on Monday, June 9th, beginning at 7:30pm To make a good thing even better, admission is free with a flyer.

The Cousin Lovers are darlings of the burgeoning alt-country scene in Los Angeles, but the band shares more in common with Phish’s bluegrass repertoire then anything on the "new country" radio stations.

Known for its blistering live shows and talented musicianship, The Cousin Lovers have previously opened for Johnny Cash at the House of Blues and now makes its triumphant return as bona fide headliners. Bluegrass fans to classic rock lovers, and anyone else who likes to get down to music performed by inspired musicians laying it all out on the line, will dig this five-piece ensemble. Prepare to rejoice when The Cousin Lovers throw down its blend of jam-grass mixed with the roots of classic Americana.

Slydell and slackstring are two of the best bands to rise out of the scene, proving good music still exists in Los Angeles, if you know where to look.

Barreling out of the fertile Los Feliz/Silver Lake music hotbed is Slydell. The band blows minds every time it plays with intense, Southern-tinged rock paired with lyrics so vivid you’ll go home trying to figure out which movie lead singer B. Roam is describing, or you’ll want to write your own script based on his songs.

If B. Roam’s stage presence isn’t enough, there are also the twins, Leigh and Chandra, providing beauty in voice and presence. Guitarist J. Soda, bassist Mattie, and keyboardist The Mysterious, who stands the entire show and lays down the truth, round out this must-see band.

Mention slackstring to anyone from the South Bay and you’ll get one of two responses: "When are they playing next?" or "Dude, did you see the last show?" From packing the Whisky Ago Go to playing for a hometown crowd in the park on Earth Day, slackstring provides the perfect soundtrack to summer at the beach. Reviews for the band’s self-produced debut compare the band to such talented songwriters as Nick Drake and Elliott Smith.

With catchy songs that make every day a little better, it’s no wonder that the band has found a niche between the thrash of and mellow-pop of other "beach-bands." Good friends, cold beverages and slackstring playing on the stereo are the ingredients for a great weekend consisting of post-surf-session relaxation on the deck in the sun.

Giving the lineup a heavy dose of the blues, a la Stevie Ray Vaughan, is the beat of Santa Barbara's graceful troubadour Alastair Greene. Not quite traditional blues in the traditional way however, as Greene is more locked into wildman fretboarding. Prepare to be blown away. Greene dishes out heated, distorto solos on demand and sings with gritty warmth.

The Alastair Greene Band has shared the stage with such artists as John Mayall and The Bluesbreakers, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Lonnie Brooks and Robin Trower, and has played many other shows around Southern California.

Monday, June 9th is a golden opportunity for anyone who hasn’t seen one or more of these bands to get four phenomenal live acts for the price of one. The music starts at 7:30pm, so arrive early. You don’t want to miss any of these acts. It’s not very often that a venue books bands based on a love for the music, but that’s what the House of Blues is doing, and a strong response will make it happen again.

Forrest Reda
JamBase | City of Angels
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[Published on: 6/9/03]

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