Sometimes you want the music so loud that you can’t hear yourself think. But sometimes, you want to sit quietly and marvel at how a songwriter can combine a chord and a lyric in a way that makes you tear up, catch your breath, or shake your head cause you know you’ve just heard something right and true.
Los Angeles has a wealth of intimate songwriter showcases amidst the glitz and glitter. Just be sure to silence your phones and get your visiting done before the show or prepare to be shushed….
After ten years, this inviting, brick-walled nightclub has become known for jump-starting the careers of young, usually female, singer-songwriters. Come for the great acoustics and I-Saw-Them-When cred.
TONIGHT: Monday, May 17th, MusiCares hosts the Nashville Flood Relief benefit with a list of performers too numerous to mention. $10 donation. 9:00PM – 1:00AM
Largo at the Coronet
The two-year-old incarnation of Mark Flanagan’s formerly-on-Fairfax venue features the same high-end mix of crooners (Aimee Mann, Fiona Apple) and comedians (Sarah Silverman, Patton Oswalt) with resident maestro Jon Brion still doing frequent sets. Come for the elegant, historical Hollywood vibe and the chance to see top singer-songwriters and comedians in their clubhouse.
Tucked away at the top of Amalfi Restaurant’s stairs, the cozy Room 5 Lounge features singer-songwriters (often from out-of-town) and a regular, Monday night songwriters-in-the-round. Come for the immediacy of a living room with an inexpensive cover charge and no bad seats.
Remember to check your chatter at the door….
Ready? U Know U Want 2 Go Go….