Robert Francis

Robert Francis (10:00 PM)

Leslie Stevens (solo) (9:15 PM)

Edwards & Edwards (8:30 PM)

Wed, May 23, 2012

8:00 pm

adv tix $10.00 /dos tix $12.00


This event is all ages

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Robert Francis - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Robert Francis
Robert Francis will release his Vanguard Records debut, "Strangers in the First Place," on May 22, 2012. Of the gravel-voiced songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Entertainment Weekly exclaimed "his simple instrumentation and slightly smoky voice bring up images of a slow, dusty, post-break-up road-trip through west Texas. The emotion he conveys while singing resembles that of a hardened performer who has been on the scene for decades, paying his dues in grimy bars where no one cared what he played. His songs are both depressing and uplifting. In my little world, that's better than perfect."

At an early age Robert showed a tremendous musical gift and was known around school as a guitar-playing prodigy. He could also play any other instrument he picked up, and did so on his first record, "One By One" (released on LA indie Aeronaut Records), playing everything from drums, banjo, bass, piano and mandolin to his most natural instrument, the guitar. Ry Cooder gave him a vintage National when he was only nine, and John Frusciante took him on as his only student when he was sixteen.

Based on the critical success of "One By One," Robert was quickly picked up by Atlantic Records and put out his major label debut, "Before Nightfall," in late 2009, produced by D. Sardy. That release was quickly followed by 15 months of constant touring, sometimes in support of artists such as OK Go, Fanfarlo, Brett Dennen, John Butler Trio and Jason Mraz, and sometimes headlining US radio shows and clubs all over Europe. In fact, "Junebug," the first single from "Before Nightfall," went to #1 in France and Top Ten in Germany and Switzerland. It was the #2 top selling single of 2010 in France.
Leslie Stevens (solo) - (Set time: 9:15 PM)
"Canyon Country Bands are as common as brush fires in LA but the thing that separates this combo apart is the voice of the titular Leslie...a rounded shining thing that evokes Patsy Cline¬πs sass and sorrow in one swoop." - LA Times

"Leslie & the Badgers are quietly turning into one of the city's best...what makes the songs magical is the way Stevens spruces up the retro country-pop settings with clear-eyed and thoughtfully incisive lyrics." - LA Weekly

"As the heart of its expressive ability, Leslie Stevens' voice is the picture of gorgeous restraint, a refined mixture of urbane sophistication and genuine country honey...radiant with style and intellect...her singing is more about movement than volume, and it's what makes it an enduring marvel." Flagpole Magazine

"A fresh, ear-pleasing sound that's attracted a growing Eastside following...'Los Angeles' and pleading 'Winter Fugue' serve notice Stevens is a writer to watch." - Pasadena Weekly

"Seasoned as the weather a gypsy caravan picking up musicians and fans along the way...real enough to steal one¬πs heart away." - LA Record

"Roomful Of Smoke is an unexpected pleasure and a record that fans of Whiskeytown and Neko Case will find as comfortable as a well-traveled pair of boots...too many standout tracks to list...'Los Angeles,' sounds like it was inadvertently left off Case's Canadian Amp EP, while 'My Tears Are Wasted On You' will likely rocket up the country charts as soon as some savvy producer convinces one of Nashville's cookie-cutter starlets to warble her way through it." - My Old Kentucky Blog

"...led by adorable, sweet-toned singer-songwriter Leslie Stevens whose pipes and presence recall such honest and heartfelt vocalists as Emmylou Harris, Iris DeMent and Alison Krauss, with a touch of Patsy Cline's guilelessness...literate, emotionally-accessible, sometimes whimsical and always heartfelt lyrics...." - MOG dot com

"This album has more class in a follicle of its metaphorical hair than most new country has in its entire existence...That class is established early on by Leslie Steven's soothing voice. You can't help but be reminded of Emmylou Harris when you hear her voice but you will never be confused by it. Ms. Stevens can sing country, R & B, blues, or anything else that may come her way…You best have your ear to the ground on this. It's that good and you can expect to hear a lot more from this amazingly talented band." - No Depression
Edwards & Edwards - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Edwards & Edwards
Jay and Lou Edwards started singing together almost as soon as they started talking. They are from a large family – seven kids – and grew up, without television, in the small mountain town of Julian, California.
Venue Information:
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069

All lineups and times subject to change