Shuggie Otis

Shuggie Otis (10:00 PM)

Denmantau (9:15 PM)

Killer Kaya (8:30 PM)

Sun, May 24, 2015

8:00 pm


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Shuggie Otis - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Shuggie Otis
Irony is a part of life. Though the music business may at times have nothing to do with "real" life, irony is a part of the biz. Just ask singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Shuggie Otis. Shuggie Otis, for those not familiar with him through David Byrne's heroic disinterment of his 1974 album, Inspiration Information or through his authorship of the wonderful Strawberry Letter 23 – is the son of legendary R 'n' B bandleader Johnny Otis. A musical prodigy he was playing with his father by the time he was 13 and from the word go displayed an uncanny mastery of the blues guitar.

He wrote "Strawberry Letter 23," a gold single for the Brothers Johnson that went to number one R&B and number five pop in spring 1977. George Johnson was dating one of Otis' cousins who gave him a copy of Otis' 1971 Epic LP, Freedom Flight. Immediately, Johnson liked "Ice Cold Daydream" and "Strawberry Letter 23." The duo recommended it to their producer, Quincy Jones, and recorded a cover version that sticks pretty close to Otis' original version of "Strawberry Letter 23." By the time "Strawberry Letter 23" was a million-seller, Otis had been dropped from Epic three years earlier. The 24-year-old guitar virtuoso was sure he would get a new record deal. Ironically, the record executives would be impressed that he wrote a million-selling song, but they weren't interested in anything else he'd done. Disillusioned, Otis dropped out of the music business before returning to it in the late '80s, playing with his father, Johnny Otis' band. Later the axiom "good things come to those who wait" took effect. Spurred by sales and critical kudos of reissues of his 1974 Epic LP, Inspiration Information, from Sony Music Special Projects and David Byrne's Luaka Bop label, Otis performed "Strawberry Letter 23" on May 2001 appearances on Conan O'Brien and David Letterman.

Though in recent years he has chosen to remain out of the spotlight, he continues to be revered through musical circles, as evidenced by his 2009 performance with Mos Def in LA (
Denmantau - (Set time: 9:15 PM)

This 5 piece german Band from Hamburg/Germany have developed a unique genre that is now known as Bohemian/Dance Rock. Their new sound combines many different genres like: Folk, Funk, Jazz, Rock and many others, lead by a diverse variety of rhythms. With the sound of acoustic/electric-guitar and keys the singer and trumpet player Paul Weber, binds the wild combo together with sharp lyrics, expressive melodies and theatrical appearance. Their unique sound is centered around the trumpet ceiling the deal of a modern rock n roll experience .

Gathering great momentum on their musical trail they’ve traveled all around the world looking back on over 2000 gigs. Their spirit and passion for playing music has been welcomed both on stages and on the streets.

Starting their world tour from Australia/New Zealand over to Europe all the way to California they choose Los Angeles as their new Homebase ready to take on their conquest not only spreading their music across the world but also being the first band on the moon!

Shortly before leaving Europe to come to the United States Denmantau successfully took part in the Europe wide “Local-Heroes” bandcontest and become the “Local Heroes Europe Award Winner” 2013.

Having self-produced their first („Mess of Melodies“) and second EP („Street Pulse“) in a professional recording studio(„Capitano-Studios“) Denmantau has just released their third EP (Busker’s Philosophy) in December 2013.
Killer Kaya - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Killer Kaya
Killer Kaya is a psychedelic rock & funk band from Goleta, CA. We are primarily fueled by cats, love, & tecate
Venue Information:
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069

All lineups and times subject to change