Adrianne Lenker (Big Thief) at Space Ballroom 3.1.18

Lately I’ve been doing more comedy shows and trips but missing out on when I used to go to random music shows. In LA the Satellite had a fun cheap night of music (which I wrote about a lot here) and I really miss that. I decided to look up the calendar to the hippest+cheapest local music venue (The Ballroom on Treadwell St in Hamden,CT), and I picked out a random midweek concert to check out. I googled Adrianne Lenker, listened to her Spotify station and got tickets to her show for March 1st, 2018.

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I for sure felt like one of the oldest people in the room, which I didn’t expect given the mature mellow songs that Adrianne Lenker and Henry Jamison (her opener) performed. I guess I anticipated an older crowd, but I was wrong.

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Adrianne’s opener was Henry Jamison, who was really excellent. You should check him out on Spotify. He also has a song playing at Starbucks (or so he mentioned at the show). Henry’s stories between songs showcased what a hilarious weirdo he is, and I really mean that lovingly. He’s a quiet, chill, unique guy and I loved his antidotes.

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Henry will be back to New Haven at Cafe Nine on April 6th. Check out his music video here for Real Peach.

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Adrianne Lenker came out next. She was having some anxiety, as this was the first stop on her tour and she’d been living the last year as an introvert. One of the first things to happen as she took the stage was to have a guitar string snap as she was tuning up. Thankfully there were at least 5 visible guitars on stage with her so it was an easy swap out, although Im sure it didn’t help with her anxiety.

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Once she started playing, she got back in the groove of things and she played beautifully and confidently. We got to hear a lot of new music that will come out later this year and she even let the audience tell her what to play as she closed out the night. Check out this link to see if she’s coming near you soon!

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March 10, 2017

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I have to say, as much as I miss Los Angeles, this is still really freakin pretty to me. There’s nothing like the silence of snowfall, and it somehow makes everything really quiet and peaceful. Of course now that it’s late in the day the snow is starting to melt. It’s loud again, and the day goes on as usual.

This weekend in Connecticut is expected to be really cold which really bums me out. I’m so longing to be outside hiking, and moving up hill. Well this will give me a chance to figure out what that smell is that’s coming from my fridge (it’s really bad) and hopefully cross something off my “things to see in CT that are indoors!” list. Aquarium? A museum? Something with a big fireplace to sit in front of?

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Last night I attempted to visit the Nasty Women New Haven exhibit at the Institute Library downtown. The opening event ran from 6-8p, and I arrived around 7:15 to not just a packed gallery but a packed street leading to the gallery.

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The closer I got the more congested it was. There was a long line to enter the event, and there’s nothing I hate more than a packed exhibit (makes it way too hard to really see the artwork). I’m glad it was packed, as that shows just how much New Haven cares, and from images online I’ve seen of the art, it was a very entertaining exhibit. I did not wait in the line and decided that I would come back, not on opening night, so I could really see the pieces in the exhibit. It will be running until April 8th!

Do This Today: Bootleg Theater

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Bootleg Bar is the place to be tonight. Come see Owenstone perform for $10. Show starts at 8p!

Event: Owenstone at Bootleg Theater (link)
Location: Bootleg Bar, 2220 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057
Time: August 12, 2014, 7:30 doors
Cost: $10 tickets HERE

Do This Today: Israel Vibration at the Echoplex

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The Echoplex is putting on Israel Vibration tonight and it’s presented by Dub Club+The Echo. It’s 21 and over and is sure to be a fun (cheap) night! Check it out!

Event: Dub Club @ The Echoplex (event link)
Location: The Echoplex, 1154 Glendale Bvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Time: Wednesday August 6, 2014, 9p
Cost: $15 advance HERE/ $20 at the door

Do This Today: Oona at The Spare Room

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The Spare Room has live music tonight!  Make a reservation here, and come check out Oona tonight. Check out her music here and video below.

Event: Live Music at the Spare Room
Location: Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Time: Thursday July 31st, 8p-2am (music at 10p)
Cost: RSVP here!

Do This Today: Monterey Park Night Market

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Come check out the MPK Night Market with food trucks, art, live music, and tons of cool stuff to investigate!

Event: Monterey Park Night Market (event link)
Location: Barnes Park,350 S. McPherrin Ave, Monterey Park, CA
Time: Friday July 25, 2014 5-10:30p
Cost: Free entrance, but the food will cost you

Do This Today: Nightswim

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Tonight at the Tropicana Bar in the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, it’s week 4 of Nightswim.  The Tropicana bar is poolside, so get ready to drink and swim (bring suits!). Tonight will have Brian Tarney, Health, and Chris Garcia with resident DJs Allie Teilz, Dan T, Nina Tarr, and Zach Cowie! There will be a photobooth and pop-up shop. Make sure you RSVP to get in! Pro of pooling at night: no sunscreen needed. 

Event: Nightswim (event)
Location: The Roosevelt Hollywood, Tropicana Bar
Time: Tuesday July 8th, 2014, 9pm doors – 2am
Cost: Free (RSVP ahead of time here at Crushee.com)
FIY: Get there early, it will hit capacity