Songwriter Round w/ Jay Nash, Joey Ryan, Javier Dunn & Sara Bareilles @ Hotel Café, 1÷5÷09.
Songwriter Round is a semi-regular gathering of singer-songwriters, hosted by local Jay Nash (MySpace), that’s usually held at the Room 5 Lounge above Amalfi on Fairfax. But Monday’s edition was moved to the newly-expanded stage at the Hotel Café (MySpace) in Hollywood to accomodate peers Joey Ryan (MySpace), Javier Dunn (MySpace), and special guest Sara Bareilles (MySpace), who was advertised as the anagram “Lara Sarables.”
In such an intimate setting, Songwriter Rounds have allowed the artists to perform material that’s usually not heard on a regular basis, and this edition was no different, with Bareilles performing “Undertow” and the newly-written “Anchors Aweigh”. In addition, the evening featured unique collaborations, which included Dunn and Bareilles’ stripped-down cover of Huey Lewis’ “Heart and Soul”, and a group rendition, with Counting Crows’ David Immerglück on mandolin, of the Crows’ “Sullivan Street”.
“How great is it that there’s a place for singer-songwriters?” exclaimed Bareilles early in the evening. Indeed, it has been memorable to see artists like her and Gary Jules return to their “old school” roots in recent weeks. And that includes Katy Perry (MySpace), who is scheduled to perform an acoustic set there next Tuesday in advance of her sold-out show at The Wiltern on the 31st.
As for upcoming local shows, Nash’s are on January 14th at the Hotel Café and February 4th at Saint Rocke (MySpace) in Hermosa Beach, and Dunn opens for Bareilles on March 11th at the Hotel Café.
There is an image gallery to this entry which you can view at LAist
Special thanks to Jay Nash, Joey Ryan, Javier Dunn, Sara Bareilles, and the Hotel Café.
I stumbled across this site through a Google search for something completely unrelated and immediately added it to my newsreader. The article on Monday’s show is very nice, almost as good as what you’d pay to read in Music Connection. The photographer shows promise, although they need a better photo editor (there are shots in there that I would have tossed). I went to this show myself, as I know all four of them.
Javier also played a late night (11 PM) show at Room 5 last night, and I temporarily un-retired from concert photography for the occasion. His “day job” is playing guitar for Sara, but despite trying for two years I never got a photo of him that I was really satisfied with. I shot five rolls of him at Room 5, with Mona Tavakoli and Becky Gebhardt of Raining Jane on cajon and bass (also Sara joined him for one song).