Fernando Perdomo “Warm” CD Release Show at Hotel Cafe

Fernando Perdomo Warm CD Cover

Dubbed the Mecca venue for singer-songwriters, Hotel Cafe is where many stars such as Jason Mraz and Nora Jones have shared their music. The excellence required of this stage was met and exceeded last night by Fernando Perdomo, with the assistance of his talented band, many of whom are singer-songwriters in their own right.

Perdomo, who moved to Los Angeles from Miami two years ago, began his mesmerizing set with the title track of his CD “Warm”, which launched on iTunes on May 1st while the artist was performing in his hometown.

All night, the singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer brought to the stage such a quintessential “feel good” sound filled with the lyrical and melodic swells one may hear in classic movie soundtracks. The effortless blend of uplifting piano, raw (and at some times haunting) vocals, and dynamic electric guitar solos by Perdomo resulted in a product fit for the soul.

Fellow artists, songwriters, and filmmakers filled the tables and lined the walls to support Perdomo in his most recent musical venture. Linda Perhacs, with whom Perdomo has been working and touring for the last several months, watched from the front row.  Fellow Miami native and Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, Alih Jey, who also appeared on Perdomo’s last album, brought her unmistakable presence to two of the night’s songs. Robert Avellanet, who had been working on his album in Perdomo’s Reseda Ranch Studios, added his heartfelt crooner vocals to a song about Los Angeles nights, entitled “California Moon”.

The highlight for me, however, was  the performance of the track to Perdomo’s last music video, “Girl with a Record Collection”. For this upbeat track, Perdomo brought up the girls he featured in the music video to perform the chorus as a trio of backup singers, which encouraged the rest of the room to sing along as well.

From his heartfelt performance of “Smile”, dedicated to his mother in heaven on Mother’s Day, to the playful and clever “We Fight (But We’re In Love)” (feat. Alih Jey), Fernando Perdomo was able to transform an empty room into a kaleidoscope of memories, hopes, and vivid images of the every day occurrences that make his music so relatable.

I recommend “Warm” as the perfect soundtrack to anyone’s afternoon stroll, and encourage all of you to head to iTunes and purchase your copy!

 

For more on Fernando Perdomo, please visit www.fernandoperdomo.com
For more on Perdomo’s Reseda Ranch Studios, please visit www.resedaranchstudios.com
To purchase “Warm”, please click here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/warm/id870376880
Watch “Girl with a Record Collection” here (you may catch a glimpse of yours truly!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_dJ01O_RUM

Please also check out the artists mentioned in this post:
www.lindaperhacs.com
www.facebook.com/alihjeyfans
www.robertavellanet.net

 

Drea Dorman is a singer-songwriter and music enthusiast living in Los Angeles, CA. Learn more about Drea and her music at www.dreaofficialmusic.com.

Zane Carney at the Hotel Cafe

A mere three days after meeting him in the NAMM plaza, I had the opportunity to attend a show by artist Zane Carney. The performance was held on January 27th in the venue known for helping many LA singer/songwriters get their start: The Hotel Cafe. A few artist friends of mine had booked shows at this venue, but I had never had the chance to visit the reputable spot myself.

By the time I arrived, the intimate Hollywood venue was packed with some of the trendiest people in the LA area. I smiled as I remembered that in LA, it’s totally normal to go out on a Monday night, especially if there is the promise of impressive live music. Although the room was filled with music lovers, there was barely a murmur to be heard as the audience turned it’s full attention to the one man show on stage.

Only a few minutes in, Carney and his guitar had us completely captivated.

With a resume of opening for music greats such as U2, and playing on Oprah, Ellen, and David Letterman, Carney’s performance chops preceded him to Monday’s cozy show on the Cahuenga Boulevard strip. Carney, currently residing in New York, stayed in town after the NAMM show to promote his debut EP #CONFLUENCE, as well as his guitar album Amalgam which will be available worldwide this month. After gaining recognition as lead singer of the band CARNEY and as guitarist for John Mayer, Carney was ready to step out of the shadows and share his new found passion for writing and performing his own brilliant pieces.

Although it is hard to ignore the similarities between Carney and John Mayer in style and even physical appearance, Carney pulled off the solo show with the ease of a seasoned performer, using the night to convincingly distinguish himself as a singer/songwriter in his own right. The respectful silence in the room as he performed featured songs from #CONFLUENCE and Amalgam was uncommon for a venue of this sort, and a true recognition of the talent and potential that Carney has as a solo artist. I wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

Carney is scheduled to head out on John Mayer’s Australian tour this month. More on that coming soon!

To learn more about Zane Carney, visit www.zanecarney.com. And to be sure to check out Amalgam and #CONFLUENCE on iTunes.

Drea Dorman is a singer-songwriter and music enthusiast living in Los Angeles, CA. Learn more about Drea and her music at www.dreaofficialmusic.com.