Poolside Concerts At The Sportsmen’s Lodge

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Esza Kaye

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.

6 Replies to “Poolside Concerts At The Sportsmen’s Lodge”

  1. omg…I had heard they were closing. Such a classic joint, dinner and cocktails on the fake ID and then to the room to lose your virginity…hey it was the 80’s and thats my memory of the place. We should add it to the classic eats running as the food was pretty much classic steak house if memory serves.

  2. For a place about to close, it was pretty damn busy. There was an entire busload of Australian boys checking in while we were there and every where I went on the grounds there were sizable crowds.

    I wanted to check out the Moose Bar but never made it due to my jet setting off to another location right after the concert.

  3. Based on previous news/rumors, I figured it had closed already before I could get a chance to go. Would it qualify for Classic Eats? Is it going to close? If so, maybe we should put it up for the next CE vote.

  4. It seems that the media was all abuzz with a closing in July of last year. There was some disagreement during a change of ownership. However, this article appears in February of this year:

    http://www.hotelchatter.com/story/2009/2/9/151046/4629/hotels/LA_s_Sportsmen_s_Lodge_is_Open_for_Business

    It’s not going anywhere and has been recently renovated.

    As for the acoustic poolside concerts, I was told via word of mouth but it appears that Sean Healy’s We Book Bands is listing the series on their calendar here:

    http://www.webookbands.com/calendar.php?day=10&month=04&year=2009

    I found this press release on his MySpace page created just for this series:

    “Acoustic Poolside”
    At The World Famous Sportsmen’s Lodge Hotel
    Thursdays and Fridays Poolside beginning April 2009

    The Sportsmen’s Lodge Hotel and Sean Healy Presents have teamed up to bring live entertainment poolside at the legendary hotel

    Beginning Thursday April 2nd and continuing every Thursday and Friday after, local acoustic talent will perform poolside from 8pm-11pm. underneath the moonlight and tropical setting of the hotel’s Olympic size swimming pool, hotel guests and locals will be able to enjoy and support the sounds of la’s finest acoustic talent. There will be 3 performers each night and admission is free. There will be a full poolside bar as well as full bar menu

    The Sportsmen’s Lodge Hotel has been a landmark since it opened in 1962. Adjacent to the original Sportsmen’s Lodge, a restaurant and trout-fishing lake where families and celebrities such as Clark Gable came to catch and eat their own dinners, cooked courtesy of the lodge. As the San Fernando Valley evolved, Studio City sprung up around the hotel and historic Trout Lakes.

    Sportsmen’s Lodge Hotel has preserved its country charm and appeal to celebrities looking for a low-key atmosphere. Robert Kennedy stayed on the fifth floor at the Sportsmen’s Lodge Hotel the night before his assassination.

    Sean Healy Presents has been Southern California’s leading independent concert and Promotions Company since 1996. Past shows have included such notables as The Strokes, Lupe Fiasco, Blondie, One Republic, Plain White T’s and George Clinton, just to name a few.

    When: Thursdays and Friday evenings from 8pm-11pm beginning April 2nd.

    Where: Poolside at The Sportsmen’s Lodge Hotel 12825 Ventura Blvd. Studio City, Ca. 91604 (818) 769-4700

    Admission is free and children are welcome

    Complete listings and booking information: 323-651-1582 or webookbands.com

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