If you’re not at The Standard Miami this week due to the recent Miami Swim Week, and all our festivities, then we hope you’re at least at The Standard Hollywood, ready to enjoy our infamous weekly party, Desert Nights. This Wednesday, expect two very distinct musician women as well as an ocean baby surfer who travels the world while playing his tunes. Here’s the line up this week…
(Listen to Ry Cuming here)
For Ry Cuming, the ocean is everything. Born on Woodford Island in the Far-North Coast of Australia and growing up in the coastal town of Angourie, Cuming was a bleach-blond kid who spent his days on the beach and in the water. From the first time he stood on a surfboard at age 3 and held his first guitar at 5, he simply followed the natural path ahead of him. It was one that would take him to far-off places, riding unfamiliar ocean breaks and singing in his alternately sandy tenor and captivating falsetto along the way.
At 18, he was discovered while playing in a hotel hallway in Costa Rica, shortly after flying to Central America on a whim. One day after surfing in the World Longboard Championships, Cuming was playing in the hallway when one of the surfers called her boyfriend, an L.A. film producer, to come check him out. “The next day he came up to me at the beach and said, ‘What are you doing with your music?’ I just said, ‘Playing it.’ And he said, ‘No, but I mean, what are you doing with it?’ And I said, ‘What do you mean? I’m playing it.’” ….
(Listen to Daisy McCrackin here)
Daisy McCrackin is a folk singer hailing from San Francisco, California…She has recently released her new album, God Willing in early 2011 and is described by Awmusic.ca as “one of the most promising singer/songwriter’s out there right now.” “Daisy’s melodies are unique, potent and penetrating. There is a sweetness in the simplicity of her songs, in the vulnerable sincerity of her delivery, and in the ever-so-perfectly placed moments of profound lyrical prowess that cut straight to the heart and soul and the spirit.”
(Listen to Julie Mintz here)
Julie Mintz, part folk waif and forlorn fairy maiden, spent her childhood in the small coastal Texas town of Corpus Christi, listening almost exclusively to classical music and my-man-done-me-wrong country love songs. She grew up to make the kind of alt-folk country music that evokes the tone of Emmylou Harris and depth of Joni Mitchell. Her pure, angelic, raw, and sometimes sorrowful sound, is stunning to behold. Academy Award nominated writer and director Josh Olson (A History of Violence) says, “You’ll know immediately that Julie’s voice is one of those rare and beautiful human instruments. But take a moment and listen to the lyrics. This is also one hell of a writer. There’s an amazing facility and sad humor at work here that will keep you coming back to these songs again and again.”
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).