The valleys are alive…with the sound of music: Songwriter Showcases – Part 2

Kulak's Woodshed: a paradise for songwriters.


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.   


Kulak’s Woodshed   

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.    

Tracy Newman @ Kulak's Woodshed on May 21st. (Photo by Sherry Barnett.)



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….   


Kulak’s Woodshed   

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    



7 Comments Add yours

  1. goodmv says:

    thank you for post good article

    1. Thank you! Stay tuned for Part 3 of Songwriter Showcases, posted this evening!

    2. And thank you for reading U Want 2 Go Go!

  2. I didn’t know about these places. Thanks for this.

    1. Thank YOU, Charlotte, for reading U Want 2 Go Go!

  3. Jeri B says:

    Thanks Kim, I really loved Kulocs and you were so right about the homey ambience and refreshing talent in such an intimate setting! A very feel good experience… both Marty Axelrod and Tracy and group were terrific!

    1. It really was a wonderful show that night, wasn’t it?! So glad that you liked it, Jeri, and thanks for sharing. And reading!

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