Jul 21: Open Mic at The Gramophone
- Doors Open: 7:30 P.M.
- Show Starts:8:00 P.M.
- Cover: Free
- Age: 18+ unless accompanied by legal guardian
- Close: 1 hour after show ends
Drummer. Producer. Engineer. At his core, Alan Evans is an artist, doubling his talents as musician with his ear for quality and precision as a producer, recording, and mixing engineer. Sporting an impressive body of work, (with credits in front of and behind the mic) a slice of Alan’s discography includes: Soulive, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Moonboot Lover, Lettuce, On The Spot Trio, Mark Sexton Band, and Alan Evans Trio.
Mention the name Alan Evans to a room full of music lovers, and you will get a consensus nod at one of the most celebrated and tenacious drummers in the jazz, funk, and soul scene. A producer, recording engineer, guitarist, percussionist, vocalist and writer, Alan’s repertoire of skills have been perfected with two decades of dedication.
Alan has had his hand on the mixing boards for many years. Co-founder, writer and drummer of Soulive for over 15 years, Alan Evans produced, recorded, and mixed the majority of their work. Alan toured the world with Soulive, and has shared the stage with legends including Stevie Wonder,Chaka Khan, Dave Matthews, John Scofield, and the list goes on!
Pigeon John talks like a guy freshly arrived on the scene instead of an artist with a five-album catalog, a string of hits and a passionate following that spans two continents. “I’m still trying to find my voice,” says the man born John Kenneth Dunkin. “That’s always been the mission — getting deeper, shedding off the layers — and that’s never really stopped.” With his sixth album, Encino Man, due in early 2014, the singer-songwriter-rapper is in many ways still the same kid who more than a decade ago sprang from the Project Blowed open-mic scene at the Good Life Café in South Central Los Angeles: inventing, reinventing, exploring, taking risks, surviving the peaks and valleys and turning it all into something musically memorable.
Known to longtime fans as the underground hero with the easy smile and clever flow, Pigeon John raised his international profile when his single “The Bomb” became the theme of a Volkswagen commercial. True to the song’s chorus, it blew up in Europe, becoming a Top 25 hit and selling some 80,000 singles. And stateside audiences have found his music in spots for Taco Bell and Propel water, the film “Fun Size” and TV programs such as “Chuck,” “Ellen” and the Cartoon Network’s “Level Up.”
Sundy Best crafts music that re-imagines timeless classic rock of the ‘70s and ‘80s – think the Eagles and the smart, whiskey-voiced lyrics of Tom Petty and Bob Seger. With Nick on guitar and Kris on cajon, Sundy Best takes that sound, modernizes it in their own unique way by borrowing hints of country and bluegrass, to make it personal. Offstage, the pair are lifelong friends, college athletes and dog-lovers; onstage the musical duo delivers something wholly fresh and original, blending their best influences with personal music histories.
Fly Golden Eagle has been going strong for over 5 years. Starting with Ben Trimble first playing shows solo with a boombox and tape-recordings, it has since evolved into a full-fledged band that has released 3 albums and an EP. Richard Harper, Mitch Jones and Matt Shaw flesh out the foursome.
They’ve traveled the Silk Highway to help in The Resistance of the Propagators of the Pinkest Floss, as well as the nation of Canada, where the people love their music, but the Government does not. Their songs are meant to be titillating, multilateral, and other fun, vintage buzz words. Fly Golden Eagle sincerely tries to find it’s place in the cosmos and the sentient beings on earth. They are greedy for the big synthesis and are highly listenable.
Fly Golden Eagle is currently touting their latest, psych-funk release, “Swagger”, wherever they go and are done with their follow-up, “Quartz”, to be released soon. In the past year the band has toured with Alabama Shakes, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Dr Dog, Arctic Monkeys, Clear Plastic Masks and Chrome Pony. See them outside and in the sun.
The Gramophone presents The Live Arcade Superjam w/ Spaceship and The Peoples Key and M. This event features live bands accompanying a videogame tournament with prizes that include drink specials and game giveaways.
The Live Arcade Superjam presented by The Gramophone
feat. Spaceship (Super Smash Bros.)
The Peoples Key (Mariokart)
Taj Weekes & Adowa unite a vibrant diversity of sounds with thoughtful, lush arrangements and a finely honed penchant for telling poetic tales of hardship and hope. “I don’t sit down and write socially conscious songs. I write songs about where I place my focus,” Weekes explains. “I grew up listening to the power of the music, the lyrical content. That’s what matters to me.” Though long hailed by reggae fans, Weekes defies simple genre formulas. His intuitive, intense songwriting ties together the many threads of his Caribbean heritage and honors his unflagging engagement with the world as a musician, philanthropist, and lecturer.
Music is one of the most powerful forces of unification. It has the power to heal, the power to help, the power to inspire, and the power to change.
Yuna understands the importance of music and has the ability to write songs that transcend any and all boundaries. With her soft vocals and warm acoustic guitar, this singer-songwriter crafts intriguing and infectious ruminations on life, love, and so much more.
Growing up in Malaysia, Yuna was first inspired by the universal appeal of acts like No Doubt, The Cranberries, and Fiona Apple. At the age of 19, while in law school, she picked up a guitar and began to fervently write. She released her self-titled EP in Malaysia in 2008. The single “Deeper Conversation” became a massive success and went on to win the title of Best English Song at the 2009 AIM Awards, Malaysia’s national music awards. Yuna swept the ceremony, garnering Best Pop Song and Song of the Year for her Malay song, “Dan Sebenarnya”.
Yuna joined FADER Label in summer 2010 and released her digital EP Decorate in March 2011, which had fans, critics from Billboard, KEXP, The New York Post, and even Russell Simmons himself, who raved, “an amazing new singer…her music is incredible”, all instantly praising her talents. Also in 2011, SPIN featured Yuna in their Buzzcatcher piece, “Eight Bands You Need to Hear Now” and she gave a stellar performance before a packed audience at MTV Iggy’s “Best New Band in the World” concert in New York City. Yuna was a finalist in the “Best New Band in the World” competition and the show aired live on MTV’s HD Screen in New York’s legendary Times Square and was also streamed live worldwide on MTVIggy.com.
In January 2012, Yuna released “Live Your Life”, the first single from her forthcoming full-length album. It started getting airplay immediately at Sirius – The Loft, KCRW and KROQ. The music video premiered on MTV2 and was featured on the homepage of VEVO.com. Yuna’s self-titled album was released on April 24, 2012.