Venrez, CJL

Venrez (10:40 PM)

CJL (9:50 PM)

Shaun Paul Gordon (9:00 PM)

Jelly Woo (8:10 PM)

Kate Torralba (7:15 PM)

JaeNice (11:35 PM)

Sat, January 7, 2012

7:00 pm


This event is all ages

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Venrez - (Set time: 10:40 PM)
At the age of 55, the man known as Venrez decided to walk away from a successful career in movie production choosing to dedicate his life to rock ‘n’ roll! A dream that started nearly four decades ago when as a teen, Venrez fronted his first ever band playing the latest Bowie hits. His garage band dreams were shattered when he found none of his band mate’s aspirations or focus matched his own.

Fast forward 37 full years to 2009 when Venrez was building a Tiki Lounge on the balcony of his LA condo. He enlisted the aid and drinking pallets of his many muso buddies. It was only a matter of time before the informal gathering of friends should turn into a band once drinking sessions turned into jam sessions.

This group of musical warriors, in a three week creative orgy, wrote enough material for two LPs and immediately began gigging. In less than a year, they have played and sold out literally every prestigious Hollywood venue. Not surprising when you realize the band features some of the most sought after and talented of L.A. musicians whose CV includes names like Rod Stewart, The Rolling Stones and Juliette Lewis. After months of refining the band’s sound, Venrez entered the studio to record it’s debut album, Witches Brew. This LP inhabits the nearly unimaginable landscape where the Counting Crows and The Doors co-mingle, even flirting with Dickies style punk and the psychedelia of Pink Floyd.

What would drive a man to start his first ever rock band at 54 years old? “For me rock and roll has always been a cathartic release from my high pressure jobs,” the singer states. “Finally I get to do this full time. With the way things are now, “I’ll get to it” is not an option. I have to do this! And I never do anything half-assed!”

We now know once and for all, you never are too old to rock and roll!
CJL - (Set time: 9:50 PM)
Shaun Paul Gordon - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Jelly Woo - (Set time: 8:10 PM)
Kate Torralba - (Set time: 7:15 PM)
Kate Torralba
Kate Torralba started singing in Cebu at two years old. A music-loving aunt taught her how to sing, and the household help's devotion to FM radio had her build a repertoire quite early.

Kate's fascination with the piano was awakened at four years old: several family members took lessons at home, all studying the same piece, 'Moon River'. One day she supposedly just went up to the keys and played it.

She finally begun classical piano training at 7 under Ms. Lygia Ibanez, directress of the elementary school where she studied (St. Benedict's Childhood Education Centre). Early on she favored the languid romanticism of Chopin.

By the time she turned 9, Kate was flown to the U.S. to perform at a concert for Filipino child prodigies. An opportunity for a piano scholarship was turned down as her family would not have her live overseas at such a young age.

Disenchanted by missing her lunch hours at school and grueling piano training, Kate turned to her brother's New Wave music and later on discovered alternative rock. By 13, she gave up on her piano studies.

She picked up the electric guitar and with her close buddies formed a grunge band called X. A local music school formed a high school girl group called The Outskirts where she played the keyboards and sung vocals as well.

Upon high school graduation, Kate fronted a pop-alternative rock act named Hard Candy (which today, coincidentally, is the name of Madonna's latest album). It would later on gain a solid following in her hometown Cebu as the band raked in 5 victories at the 1st San Miguel Cebu Music Awards, including Band of the Year, Song of the Year (Freefall, which she co-wrote with the band), Female Vocalist of the Year and Listener's Choice. Kate would also gain popularity for the outfits she designed and wore onstage - a portent of her future as a fashion designer.

The band won a recording contract which was unfortunately shelved when Kate moved to Manila to pursue a year-long media relations stint at the Philippine Senate (under female legislator Loren Legarda).

In 2002, Kate received her big break in the local fashion industry and started what would become the successful Kate Torralba label (see KT: Kate Torralba Designs page). Simultaneously, she begun gigging in the big city, notably at the now-defunct artist's haven Sanctum Intramuros, and Pipers in Makati (where she performed with guitar greats Mike Villegas of Rizal Underground, Ian Umali of P.O.T., and Perf de Castro).

Through the years, Kate's solo piano act which brings to mind the likes of Tori Amos, Fiona Apple and Regina Spektor, has slowly and surely gained a cult following in Manila. She does her renditions of a wide range of songs: from 90's rock anthems like Pearl Jam's Jeremy and Soundgarden's Black Hole Sun, to folk (Joni Mitchell), New Wave (The Cure), and standards (Judy Garland) - and her distinctive piano style makes them her own.

Finally she conquers her shyness of her own songwriting with a self-produced EP entitled 'Long Overdue' produced by Manila's electronica stalwart Malek Lopez (of Rubber Inc., Drip, and Humanfolk fame). Her melancholy, soulful music may be the antithesis of her fashion (which has been dubbed as 'mainstream'), but they are equally defining facets of her persona.

Watch this space for sneak previews of her latest songs, gigskeds and updates.
JaeNice - (Set time: 11:35 PM)
Venue Information:
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069

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