This week’s Desert Nights at The Standard, Hollywood is doubly special. This week marks the second installment of Song Preservation Society’s month-long residency AND is also a special performance benefiting Sweet Relief Musician’s Fund, a non-profit which provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. We’ll be taking donations for Sweet Relief at the door, we all have received so much out of music - it’s time to give a little back!
Song Preservation Society: Song Preservation Society is an alt-folk trio known for their stirring vocal harmonies, prolific songwriting, and charismatic live show. Often compared to Crosby, Stills, and Nash, The Beach Boys, Paul Simon, Fleet Foxes and Bon iver, SPS delivers a sound that is timeless. Bandmates Daniel Wright, Ethan Glazer, and Trevor Bahnson (pictured from left to right) met at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where they immediately connected on a musical and personal level. They formed a small community of musicians who eagerly gathered everyday at a loft in the Back Bay of Boston, experimenting, playing music non-stop and forming various projects. Two years later, having found all that they needed in Boston, they re-located to California’s bay area, where they lived together, sang together, wrote songs and officially began “Song Preservation Society.” By 2010, the project had taken on a life of its own with a rapidly growing fan base, a large repertoire of original songs, and a beautiful live show experience. The members of Song Preservation Society currently reside in Los Angeles, CA, and are about to release their second EP “Ready Room” in September. Recent performance highlights include opening for Brett Dennen, playing Sunset Strip’s House of Blues, and San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall.
Tom Freund: It’s in the seemingly effortless ease with which he delivers his conversational lyrics and mellifluous melodies, this natural magic that is at the heart of Tom Freund’s music. Though he’s well-schooled and widely-traveled in a variety of genres — from hearftelt folk to buoyant pop to boho jazz to straightforward rock ’n’ roll, and beyond — Freund ultimately comes across simply as a singer-songwriter with his own singularly distinctive and engaging voice.
Susan James: While Susan has made a splash performing solo with just her voice and acoustic guitar, she can also be seen with her band and all the while expanding her lyrical and musical reach, all through her psychedelic, country-folk lens. Previous recordings have included folks like Tommy Stinson (Replacements) and D.J. Bonebrake (X). And live, Susan still performs with Mr. Bonebrake and other super-talented musicians who have a fondness for her unique style. It is James, however, who stands as the guiding force behind her music and albums, creating what she calls “California Hybrid” music – melodic psychedelic country folk rock. The Southern California native was greatly influenced by all the great L.A. bands like the Beach Boys and the Byrds, but she also had family in Central California and the Bay Area so she was exposed to those regions’ music too.
What is Desert Nights?
Desert Nights is a weekly gathering at The Standard, Hollywood, hosted by KCRW’s DJ Valida. Every Wednesday, Valida curates three acoustic musical acts to perform a set in the Cactus Lounge. The vibe is warm and intimate, evoking an impromptu jam in a musician’s living room. The music begins at 7:30pm, it’s always free and always a good time. Guaranteed.