Zane Carney Returns to the Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles

Zane Carney made his triumphant return to the Hotel Cafe in Hollywood this past Monday, jump starting his Monday night residency at the famous venue for the month of August.

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Carney, having moved back to Los Angeles after an Australian tour as guitarist for John Mayer, shattered all expectations for his return show, and set the bar high for the Monday night shows to follow this month. Carney’s familiarity with the stage brought the audience into the immediate comfort of his confidence and capability as a performer.

The NYC native started the night with an original piece entitled “Talk To Me Baby”, the second track off his recently released solo album, Confluence. Carney’s electric guitar blues and smokey rock vocals were captivating separately, and together made for a powerful combination that the crowd could not resist. The song elicited tremendous applause from the audience, who were in turn rewarded with an acoustic version of “Driving in Circles”. Carney explained that he intended this residency to be more improvised and based on his mood, as opposed to the manicured situations he had been a part of in the past.

There were no complaints to this tactic, which proved incredibly effective in reeling the audience even further in as the night progressed. Carney kept the audience on their toes with his rendition of “Cry Me a River” which transitioned into a new take on his guitar piece “Good Old Roy” from his jazz guitar release, Amalgam, which featured trumpeter John Daversa on the melody Monday night.

Daversa was just the first in a long line of impressive special guests to grace the stage that night, a tradition Carney looks forward to upholding throughout his August residency at Hotel Cafe. Carney’s willingness to share the stage was a great reminder that although the music industry is a competitive sphere, the power of music is in the collaboration and community that music can bring together.

The special guests Monday night included siblings Reeve Carney and Paris Carney, and soul sensations Sir Charles Jones and Nikka Costa.

In the past year in Los Angeles, I have rarely seen the Hotel Cafe so alive, and I look forward to the surprises Carney has in store for the rest of his summer residency. The singer-songwriter has promised to write a new song weekly for his performances, as well as deliver new special guests for each show. This is a residency you will undoubtedly want to experience for yourself.

Experience Zane Carney every Monday night at 8pm at Hotel Cafe in Hollywood for the month of August. You can hear Carney’s jazz guitar album Amalgam and his debut solo album Confluence at www.zanecarney.com

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.

Brandyn Burnette Single Release Show at Hotel Cafe

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Listening to Brandyn Burnette’s music is like reading pages out of your own journal that you didn’t have the guts to say out loud. With such courageous lyrics and upscale melodies in his recorded works, one could only expect an insane amount of energy on stage.

At the May 27th show at Hotel Cafe in Hollywood, celebrating Burnette’s release of his first single “Thanks For Nothing”, the young singer-songwriter left everything on the table – his heart, his honesty, his killer vocals, and an insatiable desire for more.

Dressed like a young John Travolta or Tony from West Side Story (who the St. Louis native privately admitted to playing in his high school production of the musical), Brandyn Burnette’s presence on this intimate and legendary stage was much like a welcome intermission at a college party. His charm and frankness welcomed everyone with open arms, and encouraged all of us to express ourselves as honestly as he was, to simply come and be ourselves.

With his expert use of imagery and soaring melodies, Burnette’s set from his upcoming EP “The Couch Surfing Chronicles” (set to release this fall) placed us right next to him on the numerous streets he’s walked in the past several years. From breakups, to missing Mom, to partying and enjoying his youth, Burnette’s music taught us all a lesson in honesty – that our struggles, our down moments, are still beautiful.

From his opening numbers with full band to the songs he performed solo that night, Burnette’s ability to hold his own was indisputable. His knowledge of musical composition in “More of You” was reminiscent of front man Donny O’Donoghue of Irish hit band The Script, while his cheeky “Count On Me” brought up thoughts of Bruno Mars’ hit “The Lazy Song”. With lines like “I like a girl who takes no prisoners” and “I want to grow tired of you”, every girl in the room (and there were a few) were wishing for a chance to break this bad-boy-next-door’s heart and become immortalized in one of his chart-worthy songs.

Signed to Warner Brothers on an EP deal, and with publishing deals in Scandinavia, Burnette has the making of a star, and I wish him the best in sharing his “Couch Surfing Chronicles” with the world come fall.

I don’t have to tell you twice to check out (and purchase) his new single “Thanks For Nothing” at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/thanks-for-nothing/id881336801?i=881336827.

For more on Brandyn and for links to his social media, head to www.brandynburnette.com.

If you’re in the Los Angeles area, you can catch Brandyn Burnette LIVE at Hotel Cafe on June 10th, at 9pm.

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

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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.