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.

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.