Last night I was invited to check out an acoustic set performed by my girlfriend Esza Kaye at a venue around the corner from where I live. Her music is ethereal goth in nature so I was curious how she’d interpret it stripped down to her voice and a twelve string guitarist. And that is how I found myself outside on a very chilly Los Angeles night in Studio City at the Sportsmen’s Lodge lurking under a heat lamp next to the bar.
Apparently Esza was taking part in the first of a series of concerts put together by infamous music promoter Sean Healy. His events usually take place on the Sunset Strip or at places like the El Rey so I was surprised a little and also impressed by a contribution to live music that wasn’t high production. It was just about sheer raw talent in an admittedly gorgeous setting.
The Sportsmen’s Lodge has a long history in the Valley. For the most part it is the backdrop to reunions, weddings and other large gatherings. On a Friday night, the lobby is full of people drinking, playing pool and conversing. But I think Sean Healy has hit upon something with the poolside concerts. With his knowledge of talent in Los Angeles (not to mention his great taste in music) and a setting that will become far more desirable with warmer weather, it could be a hot bed of incredible performances and the people who love good music.
I will certainly be back again and I will bring friends.