Hozier (9:30 PM)

Priscilla Ahn (Solo) (8:30 PM)

Tue, May 20, 2014

7:30 pm


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Hozier - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
What are the Twenty First Century Blues? And who shall we find to sing them?

From trivial first world problems to the seismic shifts in geopolitics, the modern Blues resonate down the years with the same eternal themes – loss, loneliness, longing and regret. New wine in vintage casks.

Born on St. Patrick's Day and hailing from County Wicklow, Hozier was raised on the building blocks of popular music: rhythm and blues, soul, jazz and the deep dark stuff stretching from Chicago to the Delta. He joined his first band when he was 15 years old, fronting a soul band with some older heads. Taught himself to play guitar and piano, and went to Trinity College to study music. Whilst there, he bagged a seat on the flight deck of the symphonic B-52 that is the Trinity Orchestra, fronting their missions into the world of classic rock.

However, four years looked like a long stretch, particularly when the goal was to write, record and perform his own music; so Hozier dropped out to concentrate his talents on the creative process full time. He tried out with a few different producers in various studios, experimented with genres; but never felt happy with the results. Home is where the art is, and a simple studio, set up in the attic proved to be the crucible where Hozier would forge a musical identity he could call his own. A place where Stevie Wonder and Billie Holiday are revered alongside James Joyce and Oscar Wilde.

He says: “Listen to any song, from any era; and you're looking through a keyhole into the artist's world as seen through their eyes. Art is, in it's simplest form, the reproduction of the world around us. All artists reproduce their vision of the world, and in doing so create a document that reflects the times they live in”. Which brings us back to the Twenty First Century Blues, and Hozier's unique, poetic evocations.

Hozier's first release is a 4 track EP. 'Take Me To Church' (the lead track) and 'Angel Of Small Death' reflect the gospel – soul gumbo at the heart of his music; 'Like Real People Do' is an Arcadian acoustic adventure and 'Cherry Wine' a raw emotional discourse, recorded live at 6am on an abandoned hotel rooftop; with accompaniment from the dawn chorus. Hozier played all the instruments (Fiachra Kinder helped out on drums), sang all the parts and recorded at home. Rob Kirwan (Depeche Mode, PJ Harvey) mixed the tracks in Dublin.
Priscilla Ahn (Solo) - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Priscilla Ahn (Solo)
it all began in sleepy, rural, bernville, pennsylvania when i first picked up the guitar at the age of 14. i realized i needed to express my teenage anguish in something other than ice sculpting, my prior hobby and artform. i finished up high school and shocked my parents and a bunch of other people when i said i didn't want to go to college yet. so instead, i worked as a tour guide at a county park, where i served ice cream in between giving tours, and was late to work pretty much every day. my reason for being late (other than the occasional flat tire or my car not starting) was a consequence of the life i lived after work. i'd drive an hour and half to philadelphia, and an hour and half back, just to play one song at an open mic. i soon made friends with a band who invited me to open for them every sunday in a bar that sometimes played porn on their tvs. it sounds way worse than it was. in all reality, it probably was pretty bad, but i was 18 and couldn't think of anything more liberating to do, besides hardcore drugs or climbing mt. everest, neither of which i'll probably ever do.....probably. after one of these late night sunday shows, i followed my friends into a recording studio where someone was recording his first EP for Blue Note Records. Lo and behold, it was Amos Lee. Needless to say, i'd always been a fan of his. I hopped onto the project as the "intern", but basically hung around with them 'til 3 in the morning, slowly starting to feel cool for the first time in my life. In return i got free dinners and started doing a little recording of my own on the side. this all inspired me to visit los angeles. after checking it out, i knew this was where i wanted to be. my reasoning for choosing l.a. over nyc? i thought l.a. was pretty mellow, and i was pretty mellow, so it suited me. but really, i needed to escape. at 19, i yearned for something different. so one month later i was in my car with 2 guitars, clothes, and some other junk i really didn't need to bring, blasting led zeppelin's "going to california", revelling at finally being on the road.

once in los angeles, i stumbled in and out of apartments; getting kicked out of one, getting freaked out by others. all i was really focused on was finding more open mics to play. soon i had to like, get a job. i waitressed and i hated it. it was around this time (about a year into living in l.a.) i almost gave up and went back home to go to college, like everyone said i should. i started focusing on all the wrong stuff. i lost all enthusiasm for open mics. i was exhuasted and losing hope. but, with the help of friends, i persevered.

living in los angeles, you tend to always run into someone who knows someone in entertainment. in meeting a lot of these, i landed myself a show at the Hotel Cafe in Hollywood, opening for Joshua Radin. A fan of his voice, and he a fan of mine, we started to hang out and sing together. In a short amount of time, Josh got signed to Columbia and he asked me to sing with him on tour. of course i say 'yea man'. i quit my waitressing job and went on the road with him for a while. I found 5 days in between touring with Josh to record my first EP with Joey Waronker and Gus Seyfrett. there were no stakes involved, so we just had fun with it, and to this day i'm still very proud of what we did.

eventually josh takes off for more touring, and i'm left to happily make los angeles my home again. i spend the new year of 2007 in new york city where i play a showcase for blue note records. fortunately for me and the label, we really liked each other. I signed on and am now finishing my first full-length record with them, and my good friends Joey and Gus.

About the author: Priscilla Ahn is a medically diagnosed giant. She is 48 years old, half parisian, and is now living off the coast of sardinia. she no longer indulges in ice sculpting. but as many of you know, some of this is a lie.
Venue Information:
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069

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