Desert Nights: March 16

Mar 14 2011

It’s tax time, and you know what that means — distractions! We know how much you are avoiding the brutal task of culling together all your financials… so why don’t we offer you another plan to take your mind of the doom? This Wednesday is yet another installment of Desert Nights, our weekly gathering of acoustic sets held at the Cactus Lounge in The Standard Hollywood. Here’s the 3 acts performing this week. (P.S. don’t forget to call for that extension)

(Listen to Bryce Wayt at TheWarChildren or TheGT35)

Bryce Wayt is a rock and roll singer and guitarist. Most recently, he sang with, and played lead guitar for The Allstars, the house band at Pappy and Harriet’s, near Joshua Tree, CA. It was there where he began playing with talented, well known performers such as Victoria Williams, Band of Horses, Mark Olson (Jayhawks), and Tim Easton. He also plays lead guitar for the Los Angeles based band War Children. His road-worn sound is reminescent of artist like Tom Petty, Elvis Costello, and Gram Parsons, but has a distinctive quality.

(Listen to David Serby here)

There’s old-time poetry to David Serby’s songs. Each song tells a story. Chris Morris of the Los Angeles City Beat Magazine states ”this unassuming Illinois-born neo-honky-tonk musician is currently writing songs as full of brilliantly observed detail as those penned by his obvious model, Dave Alvin. I shit you not. And at every live show, he seems to pull yet another magnificent new song out of his bag. Nice guy, too”. 

(Listen to Kip Boardman here)

Raised in the northeast on a healthy diet of Jimmy Webb and Rolling Stones, and drawn by the warm California sun, Kip Boardman began messing with the piano when he was five or so, and much to everyone’s chagrin and disappointment, never really let it go. A longtime bass player with many angeleno stalwarts, Kip has lately turned to the lonely art of songwriting and the more complementary piano and guitar. Mostly preoccupied with dusty and obsolete forms of country, folk and pop, Kip has released two previous solo albums, 2003’s Upon The Stars on Ridisculous Records and 2005’s Hello I Must Be… on Mesmer Records. Kip continues to play the occasional show with his favorite musician ever, Tony Gilkyson and has recently toured with The Watson Twins.

The Long Weight, Kip Boardman’s 3rd and most ambitious album-to-date was produced by Eric Heywood (Ray LaMontagne, The Pretenders, Son Volt) and also features members of Ray LaMontagne’s Pariah Dog backing band, Jennifer Condos on bass, Jay Bellerose on drums and Ryan Freeland on accordion. Along with Patrick Warren on keyboards, David Ralicke on horns and and a dream team of first-call singers comprised of Gia Ciambotti, Claire Holley and Kristin Mooney. Earthen and halcyonic, The Long Weight mines the rich musical landscapes of a distinctly American songbook with shades of Nilsson and Toussaint. The Long Weight is a step into late afternoon sun and promises to be one of the most intriguing discoveries if not one of the best albums of 2011.


What is Desert Nights?

Desert Nights is a weekly gathering at The Standard, Hollywood. Every Wednesday, we curate 3 musical acts on the rise to perform a special acoustic set in our hotel lounge. The vibe is warm and intimate, evoking an impromptu jam in a musician’s living room. Also, expect 2 clever cover songs delivered by each performer. The sets begins at 7:30 pm in the Cactus Lounge (thus the title of the evening, Desert Nights).