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Saint Motel, The Absolute, Jesca Hoop, Chief, and Hyperpotamus played an LA Songs From A Room pop-up gig.

Those who know me, and my passion for music, know that I love seeing new and creative ways for artists to showcase their talent.

Seeing [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bon Iver[/lastfm] play at sunrise in a cemetery, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Dead Man’s Bones[/lastfm] accompany a marionette show, and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Andrew WK[/lastfm] play a piano concert with a string quartet, restores my faith in a creative music scene.

Last week I was fortunate enough to host a unique pop-up gig.

I’ve become familiar with a music movement called Sofar, or Songs From A Room. It’s basically a pop-up gig in a living room, where artists can play an intimate concert in front of a room full of people who care about the art of music, without the noise of inattentive chatter and clanking glasses from behind a bar. I looked into the movement, which originated in London, and volunteered to host a gig.

Thursday, January 13th, was the first Los Angeles Sofar gig, and it took place in my living room. It was my responsibility to help bring in a very select, passionate and authentic music-loving crowd, for a truly unique and inspiring musical experience.

As months of planning began to close in on the final result, I realized just how solid the crop of talent was for the gig! We had KROQ Locals Only band – [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Saint Motel[/lastfm], Santa Monica based band – [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Chief[/lastfm], singer/songwriter – [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jesca Hoop[/lastfm], LA band – [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Absolute[/lastfm], and Spanish looper-extraordinaire  – [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Hyperpotamus[/lastfm]. There were five solid acts, wall to wall people, and a musical experience that I wish all could have been a part of!

I’d previously seen Saint Motel play gigs at the Hammer Museum and at Spaceland, but having them play in my living room was really something special. Not only were they such a fun, talented, group of guys, but they were some of the nicest, most gracious people I’ve met in a long time.

Closing out the night of music was an artist from Madrid, Spain who goes by the name Hypertotamus. He’s a looping artist who creates layers using only his voice to construct songs. Below is cover song that I will not name, because the reveal is that much more exciting.

This movement is picking up steam in the States, and is helping to create a platform for such talent to be heard. I hope to be involved in the next LA date, and maybe I’ll even see some of your friendly faces there as well.

Sofar Sounds – Songs From A Room
Sofar Sounds facebook page
Sofar on youtube

Comments (8)
  1. Anthony says:

    So cool. Kudos!

  2. ipyrah says:

    I’m so thrilled that I was able to be part of this intimate evening!

  3. Sheila says:

    It was a night full of amazing music and fans, a unique real experience.

  4. rafe says:

    Casey we were ‘watching’ from London and it looked amazing. Nice to see, once again, that true music fans are the same everywhere!

  5. andrea says:

    The most thrilling and truly artist showcasing event happening out there right now! Kudos to the Sofar founders as well as the bands. I’m still reeling from the caliber of music so up close and personal: what a treat!! Thank you!

  6. Matt Sofarsounds says:

    Great Post Casey! Bon Iver in a cemetery sounds magic and quite moving. These videos are also awesome- would love to put them on our channel

    1. Casey | Staff Writer says:

      Here’s some vids I found from the Bon Iver sunrise show (Sept. ’09 I think) at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. We slept there overnight and woke up to this:
      Skinny Love:
      For Emma:

  7. Kathy says:

    If you like Jesca Hoop, don’t forget to preorder Nicole Atkins’ album on iTunes =)

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