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!!
Session 6 of my Guest Guitar Player Series was a long time coming, but it was well worth the wait ! This video features our good friend Kevin Crowley on guitar, who chose a totally bad-ass song that we were all super excited to work on! Just so happens that Kevin's the busiest guy I've ever met. Like, for real... we definitely had a few scheduling issues getting this one going... BUT We were finally able to make it happen and I love it! I also love that a certain Rob Gaudet decided to join us on this one!
So here's us rocking out on Alanis Morrisette's "You Oughta Know"
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!!!
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...
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!
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!!!
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!
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.
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! firstname.lastname@example.org
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!!!!!
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...
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
For Session 2 of GGPS, I had the pleasure of performing with Noah Peters, guitarist for my *favorite* band, THE COLD CHILLS. Noah chose an amazing song, Eric Clapton's "Change the World". I didn't realize how much I loved this song until we started working on it! Thanks for joining me Noah!
And special THANKS to Rob Gaudet for recording and editing this video!!
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!
...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...
I finally have the video from the cabaret I did last week.... here it is!
It was so cool to be a part of this new cabaret series... Mark Shunock has done an AMAZING job putting together some really fantastic shows at this gorgeous venue! The whole Supper-Club vibe of the "Fedora Room" was the inspiration for my song choice and attire!
(Dress, by the way, is an A*Voyce original and available to order on my WEBSITE :) )
A few of my friends showed up for support, and we all had a really great time. I'll definitely let you know if I do another "Session Series" at First & Hope again in the future! You guys should definitely come check it out!
This saturday I'll be making my first appearance at a new cabaret series here in LA at a super-hot venue, The Fedora Room at First & Hope. There is a great line-up of singers AND there's NO COVER, NO MINIMUM, and there's PARKING! WHAT!? You guys should definitely check it out! Take note though, There are 2 shows that night and I will be doing the first show ONLY (7:30)!! I would LOVE to see you there!
Session II. First & Hope's monthly cabaret series continues after a standing room only opener last month. July 10 has an amazing lineup of talent and promises to be a very special night not to be missed.
2 Shows....8 & 10pm
(Doors 7:30 & 9:45pm)
Rebecca johnson, Mat Rocheleau, Katrina Lenk, Eric B Anthony, Carie Millard, Mercedes Dauphinais, Matt Zarley, Cheryl Daro, Justin Mortelliti, Dan Domenech, Rodrick Covington, Wendy Ho, Ava Gaudet, and Julie Garnye.
Hosted by Mark Shunock with Ron Snyder on Piano, Oliver Steinberg on Bass, and Emiliano Almeda on Drums.
Reservations strongly encouraged. Only 65 each show!
We will sell out. Don't wait to experience LA's hottest new room.
So, last night was the 88's Cabaret 3rd Anniversary Show, and it was really cool to be a part of it!
I met Ryan Black only a few months after he started 88's Cabaret, and I've been performing there off-and-on for all three years it's been around. In fact, Ryan gave me the sweetest little shout-out after I sang my song saying, "she has been there for 88's almost since the very beginning, so we're very pleased to have her here tonight!" Aw. Thanks, Ry.
Last night the show was at Gonpachi in Beverly Hills (normally we are at it's sister restaurant La Boheme, in West Hollywood) it was our first time performing there and my first time being there and MAN, This place was GORGEOUS! The bartender told us that everything in there, the solid wood bar top, the light fixtures, the artwork, etc. was all imported from Japan, making this Japanese restaurant look like the REAL DEAL. I loved it. I want to go back sometime when I'm NOT performing to try their "Sakegria", and some sushi and the hand-made soba noodles that you watch the chef make (he's actually inside a kind-of glass box when he makes it... kinda weird when you think about it, but it was still cool to watch!)
After the sound check we were able to catch a little bit of the Celtics game while we hung out at the bar. I was super happy about this because my wonderful husband was probably DYING inside that he was hanging out at a cabaret when there was a Celtics Playoff Game AND a Red Sox game going on! Now THAT is real love and support! What a good hubby I have :)
The show, of course, was great. Great songs, big laughs, and a fun crowd. Most of the time there is some sort of theme for the shows, but last night there wasn't, we could choose whatever we wanted... so I chose one of my all time favorite songs, "Time is a Healer" by the amazing Eva Cassidy. I've been singing this song in my bedroom for YEARS but this was the first time I ever sang it in front of anyone...
Thanks to everyone who came out last night! And, thanks to everyone who clapped after my high note! hahaha. Until Next time....
Wanted to let you know that this Monday night, May 24th, I will be performing at the 88's Cabaret 3rd Anniversary show here in LA!
It's going to be a great show, and a great night! There is an amazing cast (including Megan Hilty, Kim Huber, Daisy Eagan, Cortes Alexander, and more!) And apparently there will be a ton of surprises (I don't even know what they are, so I'll be surprised too!!) I'm going to be singing a song that is very special to me, so I'm really excited for the show!
Yesterday was a very powerful day that I was honored to be a part of....
A couple of weeks ago I got a call from my friend Wendy asking if I would help her out by singing at a memorial service she was helping to organize for some friends of hers. She went on to tell me the heartbreaking story of her good friends Lenore and Zen and their beautiful and brave 3 1/2 year-old son, Hunter, who had lost his long and painful battle with leukemia about a month ago. The memorial service was to be a celebration of his life, a gathering of friends and family who want to show their love and support and remember Hunter...
Of course, I said yes without hesitating.
I think it's almost impossible not to feel moved and saddened by a story like this, but at first I didn't know much about them other than what Wendy had told me. I had never met Lenore or Zen, and did not have the pleasure of knowing Hunter. So I went to the blog they had created during Hunter's battle, HeaingHunter.com, to learn more about them.
The website was created as a place for support during his fight, for words of encouragement where people could help to rally with prayers and hope, and donate money to help the fight continue.... but of course, by the time I got to the blog, the fight was over. Suddenly I was immersed in the unbelievable sadness of what this family had experienced...
There were pictures of little Hunter from all stages of his life, and disease.... the times where he fought for his life, as well as the times of remission. The words of heartbroken parents trying to express the magnitude of Hunter's fate... this little boy had endured 4 rounds of chemo-therepy and every amount of extreme measures they could possibly take to save him. But as hard as "Iron Hunter" fought, I was now reading about "The Death of a Superhero" and how these loving, incredible parents now had to deal with it all being over. I honestly can't verbalize it in a way that's appropriate... I was crushed, and I didn't even know them. I didn't have to go through the 2 years of ups and downs, hope and pain... I spent only a few minutes inside a window of their lives, and it was almost too much for me to bear...
I had asked my songwriting partner, and good friend Lucy Graves to accompany me for the performance, and she too felt suddenly immersed in the sadness of what they went through... as I said, it's nearly impossible not to be moved by their story and the incredible strength of this family.
They had requested "Woman's Work" and "In the Arms of an Angel" to be sung at the memorial, in-between eulogies from friends and family... It was a beautiful event, but also overwhelming at times. Pictures of Hunter were placed all around the home, and home videos played on tvs. There were a lot of people crying ad grieving for the loss, but also some smiling at stories and good memories.
The memorial was powerful, and I felt truly honored to have been a part of it. I really hope that Lucy and I were able to add something special to an already special occasion, and that the celebration was everything they hoped it would be.
"Hunter spread his love and joy far and wide and it was well received by many. And for that, we are forever grateful he was here for all of us to cherish."
One of the most inspiring parts of the story... Lenore and Zen are pregnant and will be blessed with another child this summer. No one is more deserving.
Everyone's talking about the new Lady Gaga video ft. Beyonce.... I think the video is pretty cool, but my favorite part is that my good friendJai Rodriguez has an cameo playing the reporter!! What do you think of it???