Andy Pratt LIVE at WitZend

When we arrived at WitZend Live last night in the heart of Venice, the place was alive with trendy teenagers whose plaid and floral print clothes hinted at the eccentric beach culture that often frequents this coast town listening room. A lively jazz ensemble was wrapping up their set, and conversations flowed on top of the lively music.

The tides turned, however, when singer/songwriter Andy Pratt moved to take over the stage. The scene transitioned from the colorful vibe of the West Coast to a wine glass-toting crowd dressed in blacks and grays, reminiscent of a more mature East Coast flavor.

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Pratt flew in from Boston for the two hour set at this unique listening room, which was founded by Jeb Milne, the owner of one of the most notorious live music shows in London, Singers. As Pratt took his place behind the piano in the corner of the intimate stage, it was clear how fortunate we were to be able to witness such a stripped down performance of someone who has been in the industry for decades, and has put out almost 30 albums in his lifetime.

The “Avenging Annie” artist brought musicianship, honesty, and confidence to the stage, all wrapped in a white satin suit jacket, over top a printed T-shirt, no less. In the many shows I’ve seen in LA, this one bared a stark difference in that Pratt was so at ease in his music, so effortlessly confident on stage, that one could not help but think that if he had played to a room of 10,000 or was alone in the studio, he would have put out the exact same performance. This level of professionalism exuded from Pratt simply loving the music he wrote and performed for us that evening.

The night was an excellent window into the life and work of a musician about whom Rolling Stone Magazine stated,”By reviving the dream of rock as an art and then re-inventing it, Pratt has forever changed the face of rock”. From piano, to guitar, and back, Pratt’s beautiful accompaniment, exciting key changes, and lyrical honesty (to the point of frankness) reminded the audience that once a musician is great, they never cease to be great.

For more on Andy Pratt, please listen to his various albums at www.andypratt.bandcamp.com. Closely associated with Reseda Ranch studios in Los Angeles, a new album is expected to drop from Pratt soon.

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.

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.