Grand Ole Echo & Showdown Present
Winter Dance Formal
Brian Whelan + The Rockin' Roachas, Elijah Ocean, Chris Shiflett, Leslie Stevens, King Leg, Mara Connor, Eli Wulfmeier, Johnny Travis Jr, Leeann Skoda, Ben Reddell, Kate Flannery (of Big Dick), Ruby Force, Dominique Pruitt, Emily Rose Epstein, Little Lonely, Molly Jenson
1822 W. Sunset Blvd
The Echoplex is located below The Echo, enter through the alley at 1154 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90026
Doors 5:00 PM / Show 6:00 PM
This event is 18 and over
Winter Dance Formal
The Grand Ole Echo with the help of Matt Farber/Showdown Presents started their annual Winter Dance Formal at The Echo in 2014. The show became a tribute to the original winter dance party and the music that was played in the 1950s and 1960s.
On February 3, 1959, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson were killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa. The crash became known as "The Day the Music Died." At the time, Holly and his band, consisting of Waylon Jennings, Tommy Allsup, and Carl Bunch, were playing on the "Winter Dance Party" tour across the Midwest. The Grand Ole Echo like to honor and pay respects to those artists who died and keep the spirit of the music at the time alive and well.
Brian Whelan & The Rockin' Roachas have appeared as the house band for the past three years with guest artists appearing to pay tribute to their favorite artists from that era. The Rockin' Roachas consist of Brian Whelan, Mitch Marine (Dwight Yoakam), Lee Pardini (Dawes), Travis Dagget, & Russell Scott (both whom travel with the Scot Bruce, a traveling tribute to Elvis Presley).
All are encouraged to dress in the fashion trends from the 50s and 60s and come enjoy a night of classic music and dance the night away!
Grand Ole Echo
"THE STONED, STEELY SOUNDS OF '70S COUNTRY MUSIC LIVE ON IN ECHO PARK — ON SUNDAY AFTERNOONS, AT LEAST. BREEZY AND BOOZY VIBES ABOUND AT THE ECHO EVERY SUNDAY AFTERNOON FROM SPRING TO FALL AT GRAND OLE ECHO, AN OPEN-ENDED COUNTRY SHOWCASE THAT FEATURES ALL MANNER OF BUZZED OUTLAWS AND COUNTRY-FRIED SONGWRITERS BUT ZEROES IN ON THE HAZY DAYS OF WILLIE AND WAYLON AND RONSTADT. THE PARTY TAKES ADVANTAGE OF BOTH THE ECHO'S MAIN PERFORMANCE SPACE AND ITS SUNNY BACK PATIO, WHERE RAY'S BACK PATIO BBQ SERVES UP SLOW-ROASTED PORK ON A WHITE HAMBURGER BUN FOR $6 A POP. KIDS ARE WELCOME AND RUN FREE WITH JOYOUS ABANDON; HANDSOME YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN LOUNGE AROUND WITH CANS OF BUD; VINTAGE WESTERN SHIRTS AND COWBOY BOOTS HANG FOR SALE ON RACKS BY THE SIDE OF THE STAGE. IT'S THE MUSIC, THOUGH, THAT KEEPS FANS COMING BACK EVERY WEEK, WITH HOT-SHOT LOCAL ACTS SUCH AS COUNTRY-FRIED ROCKER ELIJAH OCEAN AND THE FLAWLESS BLUEGRASS HARMONIES OF DEAR LEMON TREES SHARING THE STAGE WITH TOURING AMERICANA ACTS. CAN'T-MISS SPECIAL TRIBUTES, LIKE THOSE DEDICATED TO MERLE HAGGARD AND TOWNES VAN ZANDT EARLIER THIS YEAR, BRING OUT SCORES OF L.A.'S FINEST ROOTS SINGERS AND MUSICIANS. IF YOU SQUINT HARD ENOUGH, YOU COULD MISTAKE THE WHOLE AFFAIR FOR A NASHVILLE HOUSE PARTY CIRCA 1978".- CHRIS KISSEL , LA WEEKLY
"That's just one example of the type of collaborations in store at the Grand Ole Echo, whose definition of Americana is much more wide-ranging and diverse than its Nashville namesake, booking everything from southern rock to psychedelic alt-country to bluegrass to old fashioned honkytonk." - Jonathan Bernstein, American Songwriter
The Echo Park crowd knock back longnecks and listen to bands that can include (former) local fixture, Mike Stinson,or former members of the Blasters. Members of Wilco, and The Black Crowes have been known to show up and even take the stage.” - Los Angeles Magazine
“Sunday afternoons, put a kick in God’s day with the Grand Ole Echo, a downhome celebration with three live bands plus and old-timey jam and bbq on the back patio.” - The Pasadena Weekly
Brian Whelan + The Rockin' Roachas
To me, Brian Whelan will always be the Kid. When he first materialized several years ago at the Cinema Bar, that charmingly crowded, noisy little room in Culver City known as "The World's Smallest Honky Tonk," he was an alarmingly boyish presence. At first he stood out because he didn't look old enough to legally consume the beer he was holding. But he soon distinguished himself as a young lion behind the roots-rock sages – Randy Weeks, Mike Stinson, Tony Gilkyson – whose shows packed out the tiny joint. It became quickly apparent that Brian could play just about anything, and brilliantly; his formidable chops later found him a primo spot in Dwight Yoakam's band. But he displayed other musical dimensions: He also played in a tough little pop-rock band, known variously as the Brokedown and the Broken West, which recorded a couple of fine records before lamentably breaking up too soon. He fronted another rockin' unit, Wheelhouse, as a prelude for the album you're listening to now. It shows off splendidly the many things – singing, playing, writing -- that Brian does so exquisitely well. And it cuts across the broad swatch of stylistic turf that he occupies effortlessly, from the rootsy inventions of Gilkyson's "Mojave High" and Stinson's "Brand New Love Song" to a group of originals (two of them co-authored by Broken West cohort Ross Flournoy) that to my ears bear favorable comparison to the best of Nick Lowe or the Plimsouls.
Yeah, he's still the Kid to me. But Brian Whelan's work is thoroughly mature and emotionally wise, and many another grown-up musician will envy its excellence.
Host, "Watusi Rodeo"/Scion Radio 17
Los Angeles, June 2012
Elijah Ocean is an American singer-songwriter making modern folk and country music rooted in the styles of artists like Neil Young, Gram Parsons and The Band.
Ocean was born in a small house in the Hudson Valley. He grew up listening to records by The Beatles, Paul Simon and Willie Nelson in the woods of midcoast Maine. As a teenager Ocean was gifted an acoustic guitar and, inspired by the songs of Bob Dylan, began writing songs in his family's barn.
Ocean's career as a solo artist began in 2009 with the release of his folky debut, The Wind or the Wine, which coincided with a move from Maine to New York City. It was there he honed his voice and vision, establishing himself as a unique and authentic musical talent with the release of Tumble & Fall in 2012. A steady regimen of national touring followed, with Ocean recording two sessions for Daytrotter and playing to packed houses from Mercury Lounge in New York to Hotel Cafe in LA.
The opportunity to record this new group of songs at Waterfront Studios for follow-up album Bring It All In was a dream come true for the blossoming singer. Built by producer Henry Hirsch (Lenny Kravitz, Mick Jagger) inside a nineteenth-century church in Hudson, the analog studio provided the perfect space for Ocean's thoughtful songs to come to life. The album was released in Oct 2014 as Ocean once again made a simultaneous move, this time to Los Angeles.
"That's what this song does; whoever you are (providing you have a soul) it touches you. The melody is simple enough, gently building throughout with the message of just getting through it, which is fairly universal. It actually becomes quite inspirational by the end with its catchy chorus infecting your brain. Life can sometimes feel like it's on a continual loop of making you ride something or other out – good to have Elijah there to sing the soundtrack." - Chris T Poppers Best of the Year 2014, Mad Mackerel
"This is the most beautiful, aching record we've heard all year. Gorgeous vocals cascade over simply arranged acoustic guitars and tender harmonies. Fans of Gram Parsons and Graham Nash will be singing the praises of Bring It All In for years to come." - Benjamin Ricci, Performer Magazine
The self-titled debut album from Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants shows a new, perhaps unexpected side of the longtime Foo Fighter lead guitarist: his skill at writing slightly dialed-down, infectious Americana-laced rock songs. The album is chock-full of soulful pedal steel- and twang guitar-accented songs steeped in his longtime appreciation of classic country artists (Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams), rockabilly (Gene Vincent, Elvis, Eddie Cochran), and deep-rooted rock bands (The Replacements, The Rolling Stones, X). Built around Shiflett's innate pop sensibilities and punk enthusiasm, each track reveals new layers on repeated and ever rewarding listens.
Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants sets aside Shiflett's big guitar sound played through a distortion pedal and a loud amp in favor of twangy electric guitars and his beloved Martin acoustic. The album highlights his versatility and skill not only as a guitarist – showcasing his deft playing in an entirely new light – but also as a songwriter: the songs are some of the best, most realized that he's written. Lyrically, the songs frequently deal with loss…Loss of love, as in the soulful, heavy, ballad-esque "God Damn;" in the chiming keys and buoyant, ringing guitars that belie the crestfallen relationship-gone-wrong of "Get Along;" and in the pedal steel, mandolin, and evocative guitar solo that underline the heartache on "Bandaged"…Or of life, as in the stirring, bluesy groove of "An Atheist's Prayer;" the rueful slide guitar, country swing of "Death March;" and the spry, jaunty, Old 97s-ian "Baby, Let It Out."
For Shiflett, also known for his two albums with rock/punk project Jackson United, the formation of The Dead Peasants can be traced back to preparation for a 2008 performance at the Hootenanny, a punk-rockabilly festival in Orange County, CA. A short while after, friend Joey Cape (of Lagwagon) asked him to open on an acoustic tour, for which Shiflett re-worked a few older songs for a more intimate setting in addition to some cover songs (such as this album's "Burning Lights," which Joe Strummer plays in the 1990 Finnish movie I Hired A Contract Killer). Inspiration struck throughout this process and he began writing the songs that would make up Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants over the course of 2008/9.
The album was recorded in December 2009/January 2010 at the Foo Fighters' Studio 606 in Los Angeles, CA, with house engineer John Lousteau, who both engineered and handled the drums. Shiflett called upon friend Derek Silverman to play keyboards and the trio would become the core band for the recordings. Once the basic tracking was done, various instrumentation was added by a select group of esteemed players, including Davey Faragher (Elvis Costello and The Imposters, Jenny Lewis, John Hiatt) on bass, Greg Leisz (Wilco, Lucinda Williams, Whiskeytown) on pedal steel, Stevie Blacke (Beck, Weezer, Colbie Caillat) on violin and mandolin, Eddie Perez (Dwight Yoakam) on guitar, and Audra Mae on backing vocals.
Leslie Stevens hails from the 'country' side of Los Angeles with a voice and songcraft simultaneously soulful and rebellious; high craft from a girl who might drunkenly light your living room on fire with a giggle. The LA Times called her "one of the city's best" and Chris Ziegler (LA Weekly) explains that Leslie has "the kind of voice you'll realize you've been waiting to hear since forever." Leslie has sung alongside Jim James, Jonathan Wilson, Joe Walsh (The Eagles), Jonny Fritz, Father John Misty, Jenny O., Jackson Browne, and John Fogerty, as well as other musicians not beginning with the letter “J.” Brave lyrically and in spirit and voice: Leslie Stevens never shies away from saying what's wrong, if only to honestly discover what could be right.
LA rock n’ roll. Debut album out now on Sire Records.
LA native Mara Connor's new duet with Langhorne Slim "Someone New" was just named one of Rolling Stone's "10 Best Country and Americana Songs to Hear Now" (along with Mavis Staples and Lady Antebellum) and surpassed 100k Spotify streams in its first few days. Her first single/video "No Fun" was also lauded in Rolling Stone (as a "Song You Need to Know" and in their "This Week in Music" playlist with Neil Young and St. Vincent) and named Buzzbands' "No. 1 Favorite Song of 2018." Both songs are off her forthcoming debut album, recorded in East Nashville with Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes). She also just made her SXSW debut and was called one of the "12 best up-and-coming artists at SXSW" by Greg Kot at the Chicago Tribune.
“Southern California singer-songwriter Mara Connor pays tribute to her roots with her delightfully bright debut single, ‘No Fun.’ Connor recorded the track in Nashville, and tinges of country blend seamlessly with Sixties and Seventies beach-pop here. It’s a promising sign for this newcomer, and all that retro flavor never stops this song from sounding like right now.” — ROLLING STONE
Pre Post Roots
Kate Flannery (of Big Dick)
Ruby Force, the musical brainchild of Erin McLaughlin, captures her personal journey of self-discovery...marked by a maturity and ease in tone, lyrics that elicit confidence in the midst of questions, and a flirty playfulness that will melt anyone's heart. All this - with an invitation to listen and engage in her twisted tales of life and love, lost and gained.
Evolutionary War, her debut effort, is a full length album, set to be released in 2015 via CatBeach Music. It transports the listener through McLaughlin’s own experiences – from her upbringing in the yellow-hued fields of the Southwest, through the dank, fluoresced streets of urban metropolises, and across a myriad of international seas. Enlisting the collaboration of musical luminaries such as Elijah Thomson (Everest, Delta Spirit, Father John Misty), Richard Swift (The Black Keys, The Shins, Foxygen), Frank Lenz (Pedro The Lion) and Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek), McLaughlin keeps good company on the sojourn as these creative partners inject a wealth of heart, brains and guts into her already soul-wrenching compositions.
‘After the first pass through Evolutionary War, it is clear that we are witnessing only the emergence of an exciting new artist, as the songs weave through a host of familiar musical genres creating an exciting hybrid of past, present and future. If this independently produced release is any indication, the future is glittered with Ruby Force.’ - Eli Thomson
Pretty like a pistol, and sassy like a tequila sunrise, soulful redhead Dominique Pruitt is here to shimmy your coconut tree with her own brand of retro pop that'll have you craving a classic convertible getaway to a mid-century modern paradise. At age 9, Dominique's course of her young life was changed when she saw the John Waters' film Cry Baby, and there it was--she was madly in love with all things 1950s, especially the music, and there was no escaping it. As she got older, everything about the 1940s and 1960s snuck into that special place in her heart as well. Her musical style follows the same cues with major nods to the sounds of bygone eras, updating her pop Patsy Cline and 60s beach vibes with hints of Nick Lowe and The Cramps. Growing up high on a hill in “the” Valley outside of Los Angeles, she made up imaginary friends when she was a small child, and this is where her love of story-telling began. Her parents and all of their friends were professional musicians, so being surrounded by eccentric music makers was just normal life. Her singing career started as a young girl, and her first audience was actually her horse, who would listen while walking for hours on a dusty trail. She’s a flea market treasure scourer, a tiki drink sipper, a rhinestone cowgirl--really, she still has horses--and loves all that sparkles. Today she still sings to her horse, but much more so for her fans around Los Angeles. Dominique has an interesting writing partner, her Dad (with a pretty weird past)…but that's a whole other story. She is ready to release her debut, and can’t wait to let everyone hear what she's been cookin' up.
Emily Rose Epstein
Missouri born, L.A. based storyteller, Little Lonely (a.k.a. Julie Cain), provides a soundtrack for the forgotten American landscape. It's a frontier dotted with beauty parlors selling transformation, swimming pool apparitions offering salvation, towns submerged in lakes for the sake of progress and road-trip promises of lifelong devotion that can never be fulfilled. The eponymous full length debut with producer/musician Sean Hoffman (American Music Club, Linda Perhacs, Loch&Key) is available everywhere.
Molly Jenson is a singer/songwriter from San Diego, California.
$13 Advance / $10 At The Door with donation to Downtown Women's Shelter (list below) / $15 w/out
The Grand Ole Echo & Showdown Presents started their annual Winter Dance Party at The Echo in 2014.
On February 3, 1959, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson were killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa. The crash became known as "The Day the Music Died." At the time, Holly and his band, consisting of Waylon Jennings, Tommy Allsup, and Carl Bunch, were playing on the "Winter Dance Party" tour. The Grand Ole Echo like to honor and pay respect to those artists who died and keep the spirit of the music alive and well.$15 without donation. $10 with. Donation is one of the following for the Downtown Women's Center: Socks – new only, Underwear/bras – new only, Women’s clothing and shoes, Plus-sized women’s career clothing, Sun hats and baseball caps.