Music

ONE MIC STAND @ RG Club

I'm happy to announce that the open mic night I host, ONE MIC STAND, has found a NEW home at RG Club in Venice!!

Our First event at the new venue will be THURSDAY, APRIL 11th!!

 

We had a really successful run at Whiskey Blue LA, with a lot of our musicians telling us that ONE MIC STAND was their favorite open mic in LA! (sweet!!) So, I'm really happy that we can continue to support our amazing community of musicians with a positive, fun place to perform. RG Club is a great new venue, and a perfect spot for OMS. On most nights of the week it's a home for Jazz in the Venice area, and it's building itself up to be a well respected new venue with a great vibe and great music. We can't wait to move in!

I will jump off the night with my own set at 8pm sharp before leading into our amazing line-up of musicians. There's a little something for everyone on our roster, it's going to rock (literally AND figuratively) I have no doubt! As always, we will record video of our entire show to post great performances on our YouTube channel, AND will have a photographer snapping pro-quality pics of every magic moment.

If you're in the LA Area come check us out!! THURSDAY, APRIL 11th and then Every SECOND Thursday of the month!!

LIKE OMS on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/onemicstandopenmic

Check out past performers and SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/onemicstandla

If you would like to perform at a future ONE MI STAND contact us at : onemicstandla@gmail.com

*RG Club is located at 2536 Lincoln Blvd, Venice  / $5 cover / Drink Specials all night! / 21+

BLAZE STUDIOS : Exclusive!!

Now you can finally watch BLAZE STUDIOS, the pilot I shot earlier this year, exclusively on YouTube!

WATCH NOW!!

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BLAZE STUDIOS is a scripted urban musical comedy set in a high-end recording studio. It stars Marcus Paulk (Moesha, Red Tails), Quinton Aaron (The Blind Side), Golden Brooks (Girlfriends), and ME as Studio Manager, "Paige"!

This episode also features cameo appearances by Chili from TLC, rapper RiFF RaFF, and comedian Faizon Love...

Go Check out this first episode and if you like what you see, SPREAD THE WORD!!!

 

Guest Guitar Player Series: Session 5

It's that time again... Time for another Guest Guitar Player video!!This one features Matt Skversky on guitar. I was really happy I was able to shoot this video with Matt... First of all... he picked a GREAT song!! (more about that in a second) Second of all, I was able to squeeze this in before Matt left L.A. for good, and I was really happy that we were able to make it happen!

Matt was only in LA for a short time, but he quickly got involved with our little circle of musicians and made his mark playing bass for The Cold Chills while he was here. We are *so* going to miss him!

The song he chose was Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black" ... I love this song. This was the song that made me realize what a great songwriter she was... like, next-level...she stopped me in my tracks with lines like ...

"Life is like a pipe...and I'm a tiny penny rolling up the walls inside..."

Really, Amy!? you're killing me... She had this way of getting you inside her head and somehow making you understand... She had a perfect balance of blunt realism and poeticism that I always loved... so sad that she's gone.

So, this is our take on a great tune... Thanks for shooting this with me, Matt!!! And as always, special thanks to Rob Gaudet for shooting and editing this video!!!

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Guest Guitar Player Series *Session 4*

This session of GGP is *EXTRA* special to me, because this guitar player also happens to be MY DAD!!!! He's the best guitar player I know, and I was SO happy we were able to make this video the last time I was in my home town.... This song means a lot to me too... As the story goes, my Dad, who has always been a working musician, was on his way to a gig the night my mom went into labor with me. He ditched the gig and rushed back to the hospital to be with her...

The next time he had a gig with the band he told them he had a little girl and they dedicated this song to me!

...I believe that event was also somehow responsible for my life-long Love/Obsession with Stevie Wonder. :)

Here is me and my Dad, Bob Schlink, doing "Isn't She Lovely" by Stevie Wonder...

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Special thanks to Rob Gaudet for shooting and editing this video... and for traveling all the way to Providence, RI with two cameras, a tripod, and an entire light box in his suitcase to make this happen!

One Mic Stand

I'm so excited to be hosting ONE MIC STAND, the very FIRST open mic night at Whiskey Blue LA! Our first night is this THURSDAY, February 2nd! Here is some info and a few guidelines for how the night will go…. lets have some fun and make some MUSIC!!!

GUIDELINES: Sign Up: You must SIGN UP to perform! You can contact me via email or Facebook to put your name on the list, OR you can sign up when you get there. The sign up list is FIRST COME FIRST SERVE, and that includes email sign ups… this means, if you are the FIRST one to email me, you are FIRST on the list and so on… for this reason its it's best that you get there at 7:45/8pm SHARP to see where you are on the list! If you are not there when you're called, I'll call the next person…if you come late you are free to sign up again at the end of the list and I will get to you if I can!

Performance Time: When it's your time to shine, you are allowed 2 SONGS OR 10 MINUTES, whichever comes first! This is to give you a fair amount of time to do yo' thang, but ALSO leave enough time for everyone else to get their shot to perform too. I will be strict with this. :/

Backline and Equipment info: This is an ACOUSTIC open mic night. We do NOT have a drum kit, and we do not have enough gear to support an entire band. We DO have a keyboard available to use, mics, and amps for guitarists.

Your Host: I will be your HOST for the night! That means that I will be the one minding the sign-up list, calling up our performers, and keeping track of our 2-songs-or-10-minutes rule. It ALSO means that I will be doing a few songs (with my friend David Mendoza on Keys) to warm up the crowd at the beginning of the night. After our short set of tunes, I turn the night over to YOU!

Parking, Drinks, and The W Hotel: There is NO cover for this event BUT we encourage you to DRINK, EAT, BE MERRY (and TIP your servers & bartenders!! :D ) We will have drink & food specials as well as discounted VALET PARKING!

PLEASE feel free to contact me with questions, and contact me if you want to SIGN UP to perform! ava@avagaudet.com

PLEASE forward to your friends! The more people we have involved the more likely it is that this night will continue! Let's make some MUSIC!!!!!

Guest Guitar Player Series Session 3

I was really excited to have my friend Casey DC join me for session 3 of my GGPS... Me and Casey have been friends since 2004 when we were both on the National Tour of RENT! Seems like a lifetime ago, actually....but we both ended up here in LA and have always been friends... so I asked (forced) him to join me for this session. Casey is in the band 9 Electric, and if you haven't already heard of them I have a feeling you may soon... they're kinda blowing up at the moment, So stay tuned... Check them out here: www.9electric.com

He chose the song "Uprising" by Muse...I love this song... and you know, we did our own little thing with it...

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THANKS CASEY!! ...and of course, very special thanks to Rob Gaudet for shooting & editing this video!

Twisted Cabaret @ REVOLVER

Hey All You LA Folk, if you want to come check out a really fun show, come out to club REVOLVER in West Hollywood TOMORROW NIGHT for Twisted Cabaret featuring Jai Rodriguez and Myself , with some of LA's hottest singers! Twisted Cabaret will happen EVERY first and third wednesday of every month, so if you can't come on Wednesday, come to the next one on December 21st!

"Come drink while your favorite music videos come to life featuring some of LAs hottest singers. Each week a celebrity surprise guest tears it up on our stage! Please spread the word. Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month! Lets get twisted at the newest Live music night. This ain't your grandmas cabaret!"

REVOLVER is located at 8851 Santa Monica Blvd , West Hollywood, CA 90069

Show starts at 9pm

hope to see you there!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guest Guitar Player Series: Session 1

I'm starting something new for my YouTube channel called the Guest Guitar Player Series... in each session I'm going to have a new Guest Guitar Player performing a song OF THEIR CHOICE with me! Session 1 features my friend Alex Miranda on guitar. She chose Paramore's "The Only Exception" Special THANKS to Alex, and to Rob Gaudet for shooting and editing this video!

Tune in for the next one coming soon!

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TWIST: An American Musical

I just finished my first week of rehearsals for TWIST: An American Musical at the Pasadena Playhouse, and I couldn't be more excited!

I'm so happy to be a part of such a talented cast and to have the honor of working with such an amazing creative team, including our Director/Choreographer, the one and only Miss Debbie Allen.

Check out the show website for more info, and stay tuned! I'll be giving more updates as we get closer to opening night!!

FOLLOW TWIST ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER(@TwistTheMusical) FOR UP TO DATE INFO!

Thanks For Tuning In!

I just want to say THANK YOU to all of my friends, family, and fans who tuned in to watch me on N.C.I.S last night! I can't believe how many sweet texts, facebook comments, messages & tweets I got after the show aired! Thank you, you guys are awesome. :)

(Look! It's the back of my head!)

Photo: Patrick Wymore/CBS

I've been really busy the past few days;  rehearsing for the Rock &Roll Freedom Show tonight (more on that later), table read #2 for a new musical I've been a part of, preparing for auditions, all while doing a massive spring cleaning around the house... I've been running around like crazy!! In fact, as of the time of this post I still haven't had a second to watch the episode myself!

I came across this clip posted by a fan of the show, and it just so happens to be my scene! Sweet.  So, in case you missed it.... NOW, on to TONIGHT!! Tonight I have the privilege of performing with a very talented artist name Shaley Tuin at The Key Club on the Sunset Strip. It's part of the Rock & Roll Freedom Show, and it should be a really good time! Her back up band consists of The Cold Chills stars: Rob Gaudet on drums and Ferrari Watts slappin' da bass, as well as Kris Moser on guitar and lil 'ol me sanging some background vox. Come on out tonight, LA folks! I want to see you there! Click Here info:

"Someone Like You"

...maybe it's all the rain we've been getting here in L.A. that's making me feel a little melancholy, but I can't stop listening to this song!! It's just so well written and beautiful...

I loved Adele's first album, and by the sound of this song, I think her next album is going to be even better....Can you believe she's only 21 years old!? In my opinion, this is a real artist if I ever heard one...

For Stevie Lovers

This rare documentary about Stevie Wonder's 1980/1981 "Hotter Than July" Tour has resurfaced on the internet, and if you have an hour to spare, WATCH IT!

This is an incredible window into Stevie's life, a rare peak into his uncontrollable creativity, and an example of his impact on the crusade for civil rights....

For anyone who loves Stevie Wonder and his music (as I DO) this documentary is a must see...