We hope all you Hollywood “Trick or Treaters” get some sufficient rest after this weekend’s mayhem. This Wednesdays Desert Nights promises a good roundup. Here’s the 3 artists this week who’ll be jamming in the Cactus Lounge at The Standard Hotel, Hollywood.
(Listen to Driftwood Singers here)
The Driftwood Singers are an old-time, close-harmony duo in the style of groups like the Carter Family and the Louvin Brothers. Alternating instruments like guitar, autoharp, mandolin, banjo and fiddle, the two do a mix of their own original songs as well as classic folk standards.
(Listen to Michael Runion here)
Michael Runion is a talented Los Angeles musician who has been heavily involved with the musicians of Rilo Kiley through their own side projects such as The Elected, Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins. He plays a mellow, grungy indie pop reminiscent of Nirvana meets The Beatles. Those are some lofty names to live up to, but Michael does good work. Open Salon writes: “If Seinfeld and Stephen Malkmus double teamed a demure Mexican woman and she had a baby, it would be Mike.”
(Listen to Alex Rhodes here)
California native Alex Rhodes’ striking voice and graceful, honest songs tend to silence just about any room. A veteran member of the LA indie-folk collective Still Waters Run Deep, Alex has long been surrounded with a vibrant array of musicians. She began to record and perform her own songs in 2008, and her recently released, self-titled debut EP showcases both her crystalline voice and her considerable gift for songwriting.
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).