Join us for another fun filled Wednesday spent poolside at The Standard, Hollywood’s Desert Nights. This week marks week 3 of The Sister Ruby Band’s month-long residency and, if we had it our way, they’d never leave!! Better check ‘em out before it’s too late!
The Sister Ruby Band: The Sister Ruby Band is the psych-rock project of 22 year old Los Angeles based Johnny Ruby. After last year’s self-recorded EP “A Shot In The Dark”, The Sister Ruby Band is set to release their full-length debut album “In Cold Blood”. Featuring appearances from guest musicians such as The Black Market Band and the Sugarplum Fairies, this record oscillates between the gauzy sounds of British shoe gaze and West Coast psychedelia. According to Buzz Bands LA’s Kevin Bronson “Sister Ruby’s woozy wall of sound isn’t too far from the reverb-soaked shimmer of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and, when the guitars are turned down, that trio’s excellent excursion into Americana, “Howl.” The singer himself? Ruminative and world-weary, on two continents.”
Alaska Reid: Alaska is from a small town at the edge of Paradise Valley in Montana. Some of her earliest musical memories are of riding around in her father’s old blue car listening to Buck Owens or Dinosaur Jr. while staring at the Beartooth mountains. She has said that she wants her music to be like those drives, wild, wide open and full of paradise, but seen though the windows of a dirty car. She lists influences as (in no particular order) Peggy Lee, Led Zeppelin, Ryan Bingham, Heartless Bastards, Nirvana, Lee Hazlewood, Nancy Sinatra, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Merle Haggard. I recently recorded five songs with Producer Eric Lilljestrand (Grammy nominated for his work with Lucinda Williams) as well as producer, Dave Cobb (Jamey Johnson, Shooter Jennings, The Secret Sisters). You’ve seen her playing at the Mint LA, The Baked Potato and House of Blues to name a few.
The Lower 48: This trio of classically trained musicians with a youthful indie style and a smoky-voiced female lead singer makes for an enchanting folk-rock whole. Their debut EP, Everywhere to Go, garnered them enough fans via touring to bounce from Minneapolis to Portland, and further jaunts opening for Mason Jennings have only helped fuel their base. They are currently touring to support their highly anticipated full length release, Where All Maps End.
“[These] young musicians, all under the age of 20, have crafted their own very original sound with its roots in folk but decorated with swelling strings, sweet harmonies, mature lyrics, and one of the sexiest female voices you’ve ever heard.” ~ The Silver Tongue
“The five folk tunes comprising the new EP certainly carry a sense of bright-eyed youthfulness, but the poise and talent with which this group executes their songs is nothing short of remarkable.”~ Chewing Gum For The Ears
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.