Friday, October 2, 2009

Dennis Jones : Mission Accomplished

Dennis Jones is a cowboy bluesman weilding a six shooter and a swagger that makes the ladies swoon, and the men turn green with envy.

The dude is money.

His sensational guitar work coupled with a ton of heavy soul is tempered by his casual good-time approach to his shows. But like a cowboy, D.J. is a loner; stalwart, and on completion of his mission, a silent disappearance into the night.

His mission? To rock, roll, dance, imbibe, get nasty, get funky, give you the blues - then remove 'em - and take everyone in the house along for the ride.

I have no doubt things will go as planned.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Koffeehouse Sessions at Harvelle’s

Once again, Koffeehouse welcomes some of LA’s most talented emerging artists and bands, including two new bands this month.

The rock bands Hypnogaja (11PM) and Thick as Thieves (Midnight) will play stripped down acoustic sets to round out the night that features Koffeehouse favorite Shawn Hlookoff with special guest and world renowned cellist Tina Guo (9PM) and a encore set by Peter Goetz (10PM).
Doors open at 7PM with an open mic/jam session from7:15PM – 9PM and free pizza courtesy of Joe’s Pizza!

Entry for open mic artists is free if you arrive before 8PM; sign-ups for the open mic are on a first come first serve basis (we already have 10 artists).

Tuesday, September 29, 2009


The word is, that tonight, So Cal Edison will be conducting repairs to the grid in the adjacent areas to Harvelle's. The power will be shut off and is scheduled to remain off all night long.
Tonight's SoulFunk! featuring Maiya Sykes will be rescheduled.
Next week : Frat Tuesday with DJ Vicious Lee

Tomorrow night :
Chali 2na
with the
House Of Vibe All Stars

Maiya Sykes : Soul Funk-ateer

The effervescent vocalist with the multi-octave range and soul to spare... yes, *that* Maiya Sykes. Maiya has been here and wowed the crowd with her performance as part of Ryan Cross' Soul Funk Tuesday night residency and I'm sure is up to the task of eliciting a grand reaction again.

See what's up with these purveyors of funk, jazz, latin and r&b - Brandon Coleman (keys, vox) and Gene Coye (drums)- with Ryan Cross holding the whole thing down on the stand-up bass. In addition to Ms. Sykes, there is never a shortage of some of the brightest and best players who stop by and join in. It's always a memorable evening.

Soul Funk : California Dreamin'

A night of soul and funk and jazz; any major dude will tell you it's the spot on a Southern California Tuesday night. Ignore the warm smell of colitas rising up through the air, and cruise down a balmy Santa Ana wind-fueled P.C.H. with the top down towards the beach. Right near the "World Famous" Santa Monica Pier, a stones throw from Venice Beach and at least 15 degrees cooler than the rest of Los Angeles, Harvelle's is the place to be.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Kirk Fletcher : Monday nights.

Kirk Fletcher guitar
James Gadson drums and vocals
Bobby Tsukamoto on bass
Paulie Cerra on sax and vocals