Jared Lee

Jared Lee (9:40 PM)

Kari Kimmel (8:45 PM)

Lakes (8:00 PM)

Brandyn Burnette (7:30 PM)

Tue, October 11, 2011

7:00 pm

$12.00 - $15.00

This event is all ages

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Jared Lee - (Set time: 9:40 PM)
Jared Lee
Recently signed to a worldwide publishing deal with Chrysalis Music, Jared Lee just wrapped production on his debut album with producer Mike K (Nelly Furtado, Natasha Bedingfield). Armed with a stack of r&b infused pop-rock songs, Jared's music is full of radio-ready anthemic choruses, soaring guitars, powerful drums, and highlighted with soulful vocals that cut right to the core. As the buzz continues to build on this rising star, expect to hear a lot more about this newcomer in the upcoming months. ..
Kari Kimmel - (Set time: 8:45 PM)
Kari Kimmel
Kari's story is one of extreme hard work and intense passion. Originally from South Florida, Kari Kimmel moved to Los Angeles 6 years ago to pursue her love of music. Since then, she has done everything from writing, recording and co-producing her own music to placing her songs in over 100 film and tv shows and has also been named one of the top 50 artists on VH1.com.
Her songs and voice have been featured in over 100 film and television shows including: Shall We Dance, The Hills, White Chicks, Greek, The Gilmore Girls, 10 Things I Hate About You, WALL-E, Nights In Rodanthe, The Young and the Restless, Ella Enchanted, Tinkerbell, Grey's Anatomy, Dreamgirls, The Bold and The Beautiful, Private Practice, Life Unexpected and Pretty Little Liars... You can also hear Kari on the Tinkerbell Soundtrack, Princess Disneymania, WALL-E and EVE, and Ella Enchanted Soundtrack as well as her solo albums A Life in the Day, Pink Balloon, Out of Focus.
Kari has performed on the Adam Corolla and Danny Bonaduce radio show, Conway and Whitman radio show, NBC Los Angeles, and has performed at Prince Edwards Prince of Wales party (guests included Sylvester Stallone, Larry King, Aaron Spelling, David Foster, Sydney Poitier and Don Rickles...) Kari also performs live with her band in Orlando for a 4th of July show every year for an audience of over 30,000. Kari's music videos have also had some great exposure. She sang the theme song and performed the music video for the movie "Ella Enchanted" seen on Radio Disney and the Ella Enchanted DVD, and her music video "Low" was used as the promo for the show Private Practice, and her music video "Trouble" has been featured on Oxygen and NBC Los Angeles. In addition, Kari's songs have also been recorded by artists such as The Backstreet Boys, Ke$ha, Joe Jonas, Demi Lovato and Gloria Gaynor. Look for Kari's upcoming album "Go" releasing late Summer of 2011!!
Lakes - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Seth Roberts and the members of the band Lakes have come together to create a hopeful set of songs that unabashedly shine as such, while still maintaining maturity—along with touches of time-tested realism. The debut EP for Lakes, entitled Photographs, harmonizes with lovely but bold vocals, intertwined with jangley-warm guitars, playful hints of banjos, and melodies that are at-times-reminiscent of The Police or Tom Petty. This first work captures qualitative reflections, revealing Roberts’ own acute sentiments and personal histories. The name alone is taken from the community where Roberts used to live, where his parents live, and where he and his wife were married. Photographs was also recorded there, where innumerable memories reside. This debut embraces romance, answered questions, and reveling in face of the strange “state of things”.

Before Roberts found himself in the often-unyielding clutches of change, he had a love for his band; Watashi Wa. But things sometimes have their way of doing an about-face just when life is bourgeoning with youthful excitement. The band's sound started evolving and developed into something that no longer fit their current label. They asked to be released from their contract; a decision based on musical differences and nothing more. The album, despite its change in direction, was released, entitled Eager Seas, announced as Watashi Wa's final record, and preceded the break-up of Watashi Wa.

Finding himself at an unavoidable crossroads, Roberts accepted an opportunity to tour the country as the stand-in guitarist for the rambunctious but much-adored pop-punk band MXPX for an entire year. Roberts recalls, “At that time, I was torn from my best friend, lots of close friends, and things started to just fall away. Touring with MXPX couldn’t have come at a more perfect time—I was able to get away and regroup.” Just as Watashi Wa’s end became increasingly imminent, Roberts began writing the song “White Flag”. He recalls, “Since I was thirteen, I wanted to play music, and I did everything I could to make that happen. When my band fell apart, I felt as if I was fighting for all these big dreams… I wanted to be like the bands I loved that changed things, changed music. In a sense, it was this or nothing.” Fittingly, on “White Flag”, Roberts is accompanied by the singer of MXPX, Mike Herrera, singing “I had to change the world, but my world came down tonight. I thought that I had to win the war, but I’m so lost in the fight—so I’m letting this be.” The song is a melodic reminder of unpredictable transitions that one wouldn’t necessarily request, but that can surprisingly lead to fantastic junctures in life if embraced.

Roberts, explaining the theme of Photographs shares that, “a lot of the songs on Photographs are about my wife. In the “changing” times of my last band, I lost a lot of things that were very familiar. But now that things have settled more, and come to fruition I feel very blessed, lucky, and content. My wife and I were best friends for five years, we fell in love, and a lot of the songs on our EP have to do with that relationship and how it changed my life.” There is also an underlying, touching story connecting the entire EP, of a couple, content in their old age, going through a photo album that takes them back in time. Roberts explains, “my grandfather is the person talking at the beginning of the title track from the EP” who was married to Roberts’ grandmother forty years and has inspired Roberts with such an example of unconditional love.

In the midst of learning how to surrender notions of perfection, Roberts realized “it’s not all in my control anyway.” Just as that control is relinquished, Roberts admittedly states “as painful as that can be… things just start making more sense, and one feels much less numb to life. Back then, I had more of an idealist-type mindset, but my thinking became much more realistic—based on trials, figuring out myself, the world. I was realizing hard realities, I wanted passion again—something to inspire.”’ And Photographs does not stop short of inspiring. The listener is transported to a world populated with beautiful realism, touching recollections, and musical integrity so rarely found today. The passions that lie in the world are re-ignited through Roberts' voice and Lakes’ EP.
Brandyn Burnette - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Brandyn Burnette
Barely into his 20’s, St. Louis-bred singer/songwriter Brandyn Burnette has called countries, coasts and couches his home, penning hundreds of songs with many of today’s top writers and producers: MDL, Busbee, Sean Douglas, Tom Meredith, Ari Levine, Kojak, Diane Warren, Emanuel “E-Man” Kiriakou, Jon Bellion, Evan Bogart, Martin Johnson, Lauren Christy, Kara DioGuardi, The Futuristics, Cook Classics, Sean Douglas, Sam Martin, DJ Frank E, Halatrax, and more.

After teaching himself to play the piano at 7 years old, Brandyn turned to the guitar, where he has been writing and performing songs since he decided to commit to music at the age of 13. His first song was an ode to his older sister as she was leaving home for college called “Memories,” and by the age of 16, had already amassed a catalogue of over 80 songs.

The third-generation pop and soul wordsmith has drawn inspiration from his diverse and musically-inclined background. At 18 years old, his father, O’Bryan, was discovered by Soul Train’s Don Cornelius and signed to Capital Records in the mid-80’s as a solo R&B and soul, even penning the theme song for the popular TV show. His biological great uncle John Folks was a part of the Jamaican mento group the Folkes Brothers, who made history in 1960 for having co-written and performed along with Grandfather Mico Folkes, the first #1 worldwide ska and reggae hit, “Oh Carolina.”

After high school, Burnette attended New York University, where he was on a full scholarship for Musical Theatre and Acting. He wrote and recorded his first demo tape in his dorm room, which was eventually discovered by current manager Ric Aliberte, leading him to a publishing deal with Sony/ATV in Sweden. He began playing shows all over the city, with his hard work and persistence ultimately paying off in 2011 when he was signed to Warner Bros Records. As work and opportunities began to build, Burnette made the difficult decision of leaving school to pursue his music career full time. In 2013 he co-wrote “Don’t Say Goodnight” by Nashville trio Hot Chelle Rae, and collaborated with MKTO on their debut album.

Burnette will release his debut EP The Couch Surfing Chronicles later this year. Led by the tongue-and-cheek single “Thanks For Nothing ,” the EP is an homage to the years he spent crashing on the sofas of friends and family, and the life lessons that come with being in a constant state of motion. According to Burnette,”my whole life has been adapting to new situations. Each chapter has helped me reach the next level of my emotional and artistic development. I would take the qualities and experiences I loved about a certain place or time with me, leave others behind that didn’t fit, and start over as a newer, better version of myself, finding my own lane among those influences.” As life continues to unfold for Burnette, so too will his music, and if The Couch Surfing Chronicles is any indication, this is only the beginning.
Venue Information:
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069

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