It’s a new week and you know what that means? Yep, another fantastic line-up at Wednesday’s Desert Nights at The Standard, Hollywood. This week our lineup includes three new acts. Here’s the breakdown:
Lesands’ frontman Austin Taylor Tirado will turn up the heat in the already scorching Cactus Lounge with his sun-soaked acoustic solo set especially tailored for The Standard Desert dwellers. Lesands’ early recordings have stirred up quite the excitement online with music fans worldwide. Early support has come from KCRW, Paste Magazine, AOL Spinner, The Deli Magazine, NY Press, Illegal Tender Magazine, Future Sounds, The New Review, DRM RLL PLS, and many others.
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.
Matt Ellis is an Australian Folk/Rock Singer/Songwriter that’s been based in L.A. since 2006. His last two albums were recorded locally and attracted a stellar line-up of musicians including Nels Cline, Greg Leisz and Merry Clayton. His current album, “Births, Deaths & Marriages” earned Ellis two International Songwriting Awards and shows along side Calexico, Devotchka and Richard Buckner. Matt has just released a new music video for the popular “River Too Wide”, a duet featuring his wife V, and is looking forward to returning to the studio early 2012 to begin work on his 5th album.
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.