The LA Music Scene
The LA Music Scene: A Trip from Austin to Los Angeles
OK. I’ll admit it. I was a little nervous about performing in Los Angeles. LA’s reputation is kind of intimidating. I wasn’t sure what the music scene would be like and I couldn’t help but wonder what would be different…Were people going to like me? Would people like my music?
There was only one way to find out.
On Monday night, I traveled downtown to El Cid on Sunset Blvd. This quirky neighborhood fixture offers tapas, paella, weekend flamenco shows, and live music. Mondays are reserved for their Open Mic Variety Show - musicians and comedians welcome. The guy running the show, Mike, was ALL business and he was not messing around. This is hands down the most well-oiled open mic I have ever been to. I had to pay a $5 cover and they made me give them my email. (They later added me to their Open Mic Newsletter - yeah, that's how put together this place was) The show’s order was selected randomly. The place was packed for this one-song-only open mic. I was slotted to perform fourth. I took my place off stage and waited for my 4 minutes of fame. Here’s a little clip of my performance from that night.
Then I did some touristy things...
On Tuesday night, I hit up the Pig ‘N Whistle, one of the few remaining staples in Los Angeles that still offers patrons a true taste of “Old Hollywood.” It’s open mic started around 8PM in a room tucked in the way back and around the corner. The intimate listening room was full of friendly faces - a few I even recognize from the night before. Once everyone was signed in and accounted for, the head honcho, Mike, took the stage and asked for volunteers. I performed second - it went great!
So, the verdict?
Los Angeles is very much like Austin except almost everyone was wearing some kind of floppy hat. And the music?? I felt at home. I got a genuinely good response from the crowd. The people were warm, friendly, easy to talk to and really excited about music. LA has a lot to offer and I cant wait to return. The over-all welcoming vibe led me to meet some pretty cool musicians during my visit and I wanted to give them an introduction and BIG shout out in this blog.