Shilah Morrow’s “Sin City Social Club” nights of outlaw and alt. country, roots rock and, at times, genre-busting forays into glam, cabaret and beyond, were ongoing musts for a devoted collective of fans and musicians either based in or passing through Los Angeles.
For five years of monthly events at Molly Malone’s bar on Fairfax, then branching out to include weekly Friday nights at the Mint on Pico, Morrow provided for her tribe who regularly reconnected at these events, bonded by their love for the music.
A few years ago, Morrow, an Angeleno by birth, pulled up roots and moved to Austin, expanding Sin City’s reach to that liberal Texas outpost and Nashville. She still books nights in Los Angeles, popping into town occasionally to check in and catch up with those of us who miss her terribly.
Tonight, Sin City sets up shop (though, alas, Morrow will be in Austin for another event) at Downtown’s Redwood Bar & Grill, where they will present Memphis soul singer Susan Marshall (with loads of special guests, like Greg Dulli of the Afghan Wigs,) Dead Rock West (above,) Dave Gleason and 50 Cent Haircut.
Located on 2nd St. and Hill, right next door to the Civic Center Red Line Metro stop (good to know, as street parking can be difficult), the Redwood Bar has a history to lend as backdrop. Once the Redwood Saloon, over the years it hosted the likes of JFK, Richard Nixon and local journalists, gangsters and those they attracted before its renovation/reinvention three years ago.
The food has been revamped too, with a decent-seeming menu that includes burgers and other sandwiches, mac & cheese, salads, fries and the like.
Admission tonight is $7. Music starts at 9 PM.
Redwood Bar, 316 W. 2nd St. Los Angeles 90012