Go Go’ers, every corner of L.A. is chockablock with writers with songs in their hearts and their well-thumbed notebooks. Check out a few (or a lot!) at these cozy, Valley (some San Fernando, one San Gabriel, all good) hangouts and make your ears happy. The rest of you will surely follow.
You’ll feel like you’re inside your hippie aunt’s magical mystery tour parlour at Paul Kulak‘s tiny, labor-of-love, storefront joint. There’s no liquor or food; it’s all about the music at Kulak’s, which is why performers flock to play here. (The songwriters-in-the-round is one of L.A.’s best. ) Lounge on the bed or the couches…anywhere, really…and you may end up on the live webcast of the show. (“Hi Mom!”) Viewers at home can send messages to the musicians and donations to Paul. Come for the L.A. music community’s best-kept secret. (Now you know it too.)
Note: On Friday, May 21st, witty, wonderful singer/songwriter (and Emmy-winning writer) Tracy Newman headlines with the Reinforcements while erudite piano man Marty Axelrod starts the night out right.
Hallenbeck’s General Store & Cafe
There may not be music in the establishment’s title but this charming reproduction of an old time general store, complete with pot belly stove, is a magnet for musicians who love the raised stage (no bad sight lines!), the mellow sound, the period atmosphere, and the delish drinks, desserts and light dinner fare. Come for a great show and a tasty supper while taking care of all your gift-shopping needs.
Wine & Song @ Wine Styles
Brad Colerick’s Wednesday night Wine & Song has become a weekly, home-away-from-home hang for music-savvy South Pasadeneans who appreciate the top-drawer talent and the tasty wine from event co-sponsor Donati Vineyards. Sink into the leather chairs with gourmet nibbles from WineStyles during the show. Come for the comfortably upscale, neighborhood vibe and because you never know who will drop in to say hi and sing.
Standing in the corner has never been so much fun.
Ready? U Know U Want 2 Go Go….
5230 1/2 Laurel Canyon Boulevard
North Hollywood 91607
(Officially) Free but $10 donation strongly encouraged.
Hallenbecks General Store & Cafe
5510 Cahuenga Boulevard
North Hollywood 91601
Occasional cover charge; no minimum food/drink
Brad Colerick & Donati Vineyard present Wine & Song
WineStyles of South Pasadena
1007 Mission Street (Intersection of Meridian & Mission)
South Pasadena 91030
NO COVER CHARGE