Friday, February 17, 2012

The Return Of BONGO FURY

I haven't written the words "bongo", "fury" or "zepha" in quite sometime, but all that ends right now!

Walter Davis has re-booted Bongo Fury, his afro-cuban jazz and burlesque show, that was a huge draw when it played every Tuesday nights in Santa Monica. It is what inspired my initial relationship with Harvelle's (and this blog), as well as with Walter and dancer Carolina Cerisola. Bongo Fury used to feature some of the sexiest dancers around, among them, the aforementioned Carolina, Dakota, Annika, Jillian, Molly, Lisa, Hannah and of course Zepha!

Tonight in Long Beach, Harvelle's presents Bongo Fury.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Ultralove Meet Jessie : Jessie Meet Ultralove

Ultralove's Monday night residency at Harvelle's in Santa Monica is one of the secret treasures that the beloved little spot on 4th St. holds within. Any night of the week, great blues, jazz and burlesque are featured attractions, but on Monday nights, the guy who goes by the name Ultralove, brings his own Philly-flavored roster of songs - sung and rapped - and backed by his super-tight, deep-in-the-pocket group (aka The Suns Of Bitches). 
Seems like Harvelle's fave, singer Jessie Payo has been smitten with a case of the Ultraloves! Yes, Ms. Payo, has written a piece on Mr. Ultralove for NOHO ARTS DISTRICT.COM [read it here] and he has her nose wide open!! Check out the video below to see why!!

"...more than a target for women’s under-garments, he uses his music as a platform for changing the world for the better."

Wednesday, February 15, 2012



Dessy DiLauro : Beaded, Braided, Bangled And Confetti'ed

Sometimes a hairdo is a sub-culture - like balding dudes who shave their heads or people with dreadlocks. Like women who wear pixies or beehives, their hair in a tight bun or pony-tails, obviously hair is of huge importance in our society.

Dessy describes herself as "Feathered Fro-hawk Futuristic Art Deco Centric Harlem Renaissance Hep Music" which is an all-encompassing depiction of both her music and her personal style including her distinctive hair and even more distinctive hair-pieces that she designs and wears onstage. Her recent performances have been filled with guests from her universe, which is full of marvelous performers from both the music and circus worlds. (Her music director Ric'key Pageot is keyboardist for Madonna and Cirque Du Soleil)

Dessy and Ric'key will be representing House Of Vibe for the next few Wednesdays while HOV members Anthony Brewster (vocals/keys), Pete Antunes (drums) and Corey Cofield (bass) are on tour with Chali 2na. Come out and get hep!

Rapper Deploi
Horn players
Tap dancer Sarah Reich was awestruck and inspired
Ric'key's Curveboard stops the show
Rapper Anon
Singer Anthony Brewster
Dessy amid Harvelle's followers and fans
Sarah with drummer Chaun

Monday, February 13, 2012

The Toledo Show : Fuck You For Fucking Me...

...For Fucking Myself!!
-The battle cry of Toledo Show frontman Toledo Diamond.

The Toledo Show 2/12/12 Santa Monica, CA -
Another night of sweaty jazz funk and delicious dames bumpin' and grindin' went down last night at Harvelle's. The Toledo Show band is Asa Watkins (drums), Walter Davis (sax), Spoonie (bass/vocals), Sebastian Leger (keys/trumpet) and Shamari Harbin (vocals). The Dames are Erin, Evalee, Mindy, Molly & Nykky. Special guest on vocals - Ultralove.

The Toledo Show play at Harvelle's in Santa Monica every Sunday night, and at the new Harvelle's in Long Beach every Thursday. 

It's a dirty job but someone's got to do it!!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Barbara Morrison : Beautiful And Rare

For those in attendance, seeing and hearing Barbara Morrison sing is a thing of pure beauty. Her mellifluous voice carried us all into space and beyond. Her strength and beauty were expressed in her set consisting of blues and jazz standards. Her band was tight and fantastic and backed her meticulously and with much gravitas. She's constantly touring the Southland so there's ample opportunity to catch her live. [tour dates] There's a large selection of Barbara Morrison's CDs on Amazon & CDUniverse.