Local 622 @ BIRBA - May, 2019

MAY 2019, LINE-UP

5/2 -    The Adobe Collective (Psychedelic Folk)    The Adobe Collective is a musical project based in the Mojave desert of Southern California just outside of Joshua Tree. Following a crowdfunding campaign that fully paid for CD and vinyl copies of their self titled debut album, they appeared in many versatile live performance styles —from intimate duo acoustic performances at small local venues; to rowdy roadhouse band sets at the world famous Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace; all the way up to an 8-piece band on the main stage at the Joshua Tree Music festival.   Links:   https://www.facebook.com/TheAdobeCollective   https://www.theadobecollective.com

5/2 - The Adobe Collective (Psychedelic Folk)

The Adobe Collective is a musical project based in the Mojave desert of Southern California just outside of Joshua Tree. Following a crowdfunding campaign that fully paid for CD and vinyl copies of their self titled debut album, they appeared in many versatile live performance styles —from intimate duo acoustic performances at small local venues; to rowdy roadhouse band sets at the world famous Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace; all the way up to an 8-piece band on the main stage at the Joshua Tree Music festival.

Links:
https://www.facebook.com/TheAdobeCollective
https://www.theadobecollective.com

5/9 - Ben Robinson

5/9 - Ben Robinson

5/16 -    Matthew Claborn    (Acoustic Americana, Folk, Soul)     Links :   https://www.facebook.com/matt.claborn.5

5/16 - Matthew Claborn (Acoustic Americana, Folk, Soul)

Links:
https://www.facebook.com/matt.claborn.5

5/23 -    AnnaChristie    (Etherial Folk Rock)   Annachristie has had a long romance singing in the subways of NYC sharing her music with the transient city traveling relentlessly with a vigor for adventure that you can taste when she sings. She is a true minstrel looking to sing you a song on the way, a siren luring you to look at the ocean.    Links:    https://www.facebook.com/annachristiemusic/  Music:  annachristiesapphire.lnk.to/PictureOfYou

5/23 - AnnaChristie (Etherial Folk Rock)

Annachristie has had a long romance singing in the subways of NYC sharing her music with the transient city traveling relentlessly with a vigor for adventure that you can taste when she sings. She is a true minstrel looking to sing you a song on the way, a siren luring you to look at the ocean.

Links:
https://www.facebook.com/annachristiemusic/
Music: annachristiesapphire.lnk.to/PictureOfYou

5/30 -    Black Market Jazz    (Smokey Jazz Trio)   Local feel good jazz trio.    Links:    https://www.facebook.com/blackmarketjazz

5/30 - Black Market Jazz (Smokey Jazz Trio)

Local feel good jazz trio.

Links:
https://www.facebook.com/blackmarketjazz

The Bathroom Series featuring Abe Alvarez - Tostado w/ Q&A

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The bathroom is yours, let’s make it interesting!

In terms of “public” art spaces, bathrooms are traditionally overlooked, a missed opportunity for an artist and the public to have a shared experience. By offering this blank three-dimensional canvas our goal is to give the artist the opportunity for creative expression while we and the public at large get the opportunity to think differently about a space that is traditionally thought of as a solely utilitarian.

From May - July we will be featuring our first local artist Abe Alvarez - Tostado.

Abe Alvarez - Tostado

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Abe is a born and raised Californian.  His parent’s divorced when he was young and he spent the first 15 years of his life with his Father in Northern California.  As the son of an illustrator, Abe found himself trying to mimic his Dad’s work.  He was inspired by his favorite comics at the time and would frequently try to recreate the cover’s of Wolverine, X-Men and Avengers.  When Abe turned 15 he moved south to Long Beach, with his sister and Mom.

Abe’s Mom was a fine artist and sculptor, she opened up a whole new creative world for Abe, attending galleries and art shows all over LA.  At the time he was entrenched in skateboard culture and was influenced by Mark Gonzales and Neal Blender, two well known skateboarders and artists.

It was around this time that Abe realized he wanted to start taking his art seriously.  After about 5 years in the LBC and another 3 years in the desert, Abe decided to make the move north again, but this time to San Francisco, to try and make a living with his artwork.  It was slow moving at first, but after a few years of drawing and going to openings, Abe landed his own shows at galleries like 111 Minna and Upper Playground with artists like Doze Green, Jeremy Fish and Mark Ryden.  In 2008, Abe decided to move back to Southern California to be closer to family and now resides here, with a studio in Yucca Valley where he produces all of his work. 

F10 - What is the name of the piece on display at Birba?

AAT - ”Somebody's Watching Me,” from one of my favorite songs...Rockwell's ”Somebody's Watching Me.”

F10 - What themes do you tend to pursue in your work?

AAT - The all-seeing eye. The sense that we are all here and always watching each other, even if we don't mean too. 

F10 - Where do you draw your inspiration from?

AAT - Life in general. Everyday situations or ideas. I tend to use people or animals in every painting. 

F10 - How did you start making art / what is your background?

AAT - I can't remember when I started to paint. Both my parents were artists so art supplies were always available. My mom has a painting I did when I was around 5-years-old. So maybe around then? I really came into my own around high school, that's when I was doing the good stuff. 

F10 - What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can’t live without?

AAT - My imagination. With that, you could use any tool. Printing, drawing, painting, sculpture…anything. 

F10 - Is there an element of art you enjoy working with most and why?

AAT - I guess just trying to do something new every day. Keep fresh. Always trying to expand on your art.

F10 - How do you know when a piece is finished?

AAT - I never do. It's never finished. I've been known to go back and work on paintings that have been on my wall for 10 years. I've gone to friends houses that purchased a painting of mine 5 years earlier and asked to take it home and add something to it because I saw something new.

F10 - What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given during your artistic career?

AAT - Never stop doing art. Never give up. Just keep producing. 

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Please Join Us in celebrating our latest artist installation Featuring Abe Alvarez-Tostado

Where: Birba Palm Springs / 622 N. Palm Canyon Dr. Palm Springs, CA. 92262
When: Thursday May 9, 2019 6 - 9pm
Complimentary bites and bubbles will be served. 

Inside Desert X 2019 with Executive Director Jenny Gil Schmitz

 
“Jackrabbit, Cottontail, and Spirits of the Desert” by  Cara Romero  // image credit:  Lance Gerber  *read more about the artist + installation  here

“Jackrabbit, Cottontail, and Spirits of the Desert” by Cara Romero // image credit: Lance Gerber
*read more about the artist + installation here

For many years, the California Desert has been a source of inspiration for artists, musicians, actors, designers and creators from all walks of life.  In 2017, we saw the first installment of Desert X.  A truly unique, awe-inspiring, site specific - contemporary art exhibition, with the Coachella Valley and the California Desert as its backdrop. 

Over nine weeks, Desert X engaged millions of visitors from across the globe via social and digital media channels and received multiple awards for both its education and community programs and partnerships.  Needless to say that when the 2019 exhibition was announced, a sense of anticipation and excitement swept the desert yet again.  One of the things we admire most about Desert X is that it’s a true community experience.  From the installations themselves, to the symposiums, panels, tours and participation of local businesses it represents so much of what makes Palm Springs and the desert a unique place to call home.

As huge fans of the arts and the mission behind Desert X, we were excited to sit down with the non-profit’s Executive Director, Jenny Gil Shmitz, to get the inside scoop on the 2019 exhibition and what we can expect looking forward.

“Dive-In” by Superflex // image credit: Lance Gerber
*read more about the artist + installation here

F10 - What was the initial inspiration / catalyst behind Desert X?

JGS - The idea of Desert X is to bring renowned international artists to the Coachella Valley to reflect on the beauty and wonders of our valley through the lens of contemporary art; and by showing large scale public art projects outside of the traditional institutions such as the museum or the gallery to expose a very large audience to the ideas and stories that these artists are telling.

F10 - How do you select the artists / installations?

JGS - Neville Wakefield is the Artistic Director of Desert X and he, along with his co-curators, invited about 30 artists to discover the Coachella Valley during the 18 months that we had to prepare the show. Eighteen of these artists developed projects that were produced for the 2019 exhibition. The selection is made by the curators but the conditions that the show deals with such as the vastness and diversity of the space, the scale of the landscape or the environmental conditions end up influencing the artists’ projects to the extent that Neville says the desert curates the exhibition. 

F10 - What do you hope Desert X will do for the Coachella Valley?

JGS - I am hoping that Desert X will turn the Coachella Valley into a cultural destination and will make contemporary art more accessible to all of its communities. Armando Lerma, who is a local Coachella artist and has participated in both Desert X exhibitions, told me when he was growing up here he felt as an art orphan, with very little access to the ideas of art history or contemporary art that are generally shown in museums and galleries in major cities like Los Angeles or New York.

“Wormhole” by  Cinthia Marcelle  // image credit:  Lance Gerber  *read more about the artist + installation  here

“Wormhole” by Cinthia Marcelle // image credit: Lance Gerber
*read more about the artist + installation here

F10 - What was the biggest challenge you faced in getting Desert X 2019 off the ground?

JGS - The challenge was to beat the first exhibition in 2017 that was a total success with over 200,000 visitors and media coverage around the globe.

F10 - If you could tell the Coachella Valley one thing, what would it be?

JGS - I would like artists to continue to come to the Coachella Valley to tell their stories and relate to the stories of the Coachella Valley and its communities. 

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Desert X 2019 ran from February 9th through April 21st.  If you didn’t get a chance to see the installations in person, you can follow their story on social media, check out the full list of artists, installations and images on their website or check out their new podcast available on iTunes! 

Interested in being a part of the next Desert X? Check out their involvement page to see how you or your business can help make it possible.

Instagram // @_desertx
Web // https://www.desertx.org/
Donate // https://squareup.com/store/desert-x-2

Frank Sinatra's Palm Springs - From Eating to Sleeping and Everything In-Between

image credit: John Diminis via Life

image credit: John Diminis via Life

Interested in living like Mr. Palm Spring’s for a weekend?  You can still visit many of the locations where Sinatra drank, ate and slept in Palm Springs!

Frank Sinatra, aka “Mr. Palm Springs,” called the desert his home for more than 50 years. The Chairman of the Board and his Rat Pack buddies lived, loved and partied pretty hard here from the mid 40’s to late 1990’s. He has left imprints on the Palm Springs community that are still visible today.

His generosity was legendary, there are stories of him doing everything from “dropping” extra tip money on floors for unsuspecting busboys, to singing Happy Birthday to random restaurant patrons.  He helped fund many of the city’s institutions, a church, synagogue, a medical center but his real generosity was in the kindness and assistance he’d show to Palm Springs resident’s who had hit hard times.  “He is said to have read the Desert Sun newspaper every morning and if there was a story of someone who needed help, he would pick up the phone and have his people “take care of it.” Whether that be a busboy’s medical bills or replacing a single mother’s mobile home that had been destroyed by fire overnight.”

Check out the list below for some of Sinatra’s favorite local jaunts!

  • Melvyn’s Restaurant & Lounge - a well known favorite, Sinatra was famous for handing out $100 bills to the waitstaff requesting that his friends drink never get below half empty.
    200 W Ramon Rd, Palm Springs, CA

  • Twin Palms Estate - Sinatra’s personal residence, commissioned in the 40’s - he originally was interested in a Georgian-style mansion but was thankfully convinced otherwise - giving birth to the modern California Desert Style we know and love today. The estate can be rented out to vacationers for the true Sinatra experience.
    1148 East Alejo Road, Palm Springs, CA

  • The Purple Room - One of Sinatra’s favorite bars in the town, the Purple Room was frequented by the Rat Pack during the 60’s and was well known for its party vibes with giant pictures of Sammy Davis Jr. and Sinatra adorning the walls today. Book tickets for shows, and make reservations in advance! The Purple Room is known for filling up quickly.
    1900 E. Palm Springs Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA

  • Michael S. Wolfson Park - This small city park burrows between Frank Sinatra and DaVall drives. It was a famous oasis for Sinatra and Dinah Shore, the tiny green island near Whitewater Wash has multiple picnic benches and a single fountain in the middle and is the perfect place to find some shade and escape the desert sun.
    DaVall and Frank Sinatra Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA

  • Riviera Palm Springs - Still in existence today, Sinatra used to perform benefit shows in the hotel’s ballroom alongside business pals and performers like Bing Crosby and Jerry Lewis.
    1600 North Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA

  • Lord Fletcher Inn - Boasting English fair and decor, Lord Fletcher’s was one of the singer’s favorite places to eat. You can find Frank’s traditional spot near the fireplace relatively easily—a portrait of Sinatra hangs above the chair.
    70385 CA-111, Rancho Mirage, CA

    If you are still craving more Sinatra goodness you can visit some of his additional residences around town, The Compound, located at 70588 Frank Sinatra Drive, Rancho Mirage and Villa Maggio located at 70300 San Lorenzo Road, Mountain Center. You can also see his star on the Walk of Stars at 123 N. Palm Canyon Drive! And last but not least, don’t forget to check out the 2018 documentary, Sinatra in Palm Springs - which takes a deep dive into Sinatra’s life in our beloved city.

Local 622 @ BIRBA - April, 2019

APRIL, 2019 LINE-UP

Courtney Chambers (Soulful Singer Songwriter)  Courtney Chambers is a diverse artist who continues to push the boundaries and explore new musical territories. Her ability to seamlessly play across genres makes it hard to pigeon-hole this singer/songwriter.   https://www.courtneychambers.net/home

Courtney Chambers (Soulful Singer Songwriter)

Courtney Chambers is a diverse artist who continues to push the boundaries and explore new musical territories. Her ability to seamlessly play across genres makes it hard to pigeon-hole this singer/songwriter.

https://www.courtneychambers.net/home

4/11- Symara Stone (Smokey Blues, Jazz, Singer Songwriter)   Born in Sunny Palm Springs California in early 1986, singer/songwriter Symara Stone was a born a performer! Known for her incessant humor, deep direct raw lyrics, & jazzy motown bluesy croon this girl has been taking the stage since she was a youngster. Her passion for writing songs fueled with her life experience has created an ongoing self-taught creative process that she can't stop. Writing a song per day is common in the Stone residence. Symara loves people, animals, music, art, dance, self-expression of all forms, & yoga! Her songs deal with death, love, heartbreak, nature, sobriety, & addiction. She is said to channel all the bad & good she feels into song, and uses songwriting as a way to heal herself with sound. Open to all genres, Symara's songs never are catapulted into one box. When a country song appears in her heart, a country song she will write. Electronica, Downtempo, Ambient, Indie, Indie pop, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Techno, Dub-step, Tribal, Folk, Mantras, Gospel, Ska, Dixie, Reggae, Funk, Motown, & Soul are just some genres that leap into her fingers when plucking her Ibanez Acoustic Electric Guitar. Piecing together the melody and lyric in her head, her songs come to life and even more so when she's on stage singing in front of you with her big smile & big soul.   https://www.facebook.com/SymaraStone/    www.soundcloud.com/symarastone

4/11- Symara Stone (Smokey Blues, Jazz, Singer Songwriter)

Born in Sunny Palm Springs California in early 1986, singer/songwriter Symara Stone was a born a performer! Known for her incessant humor, deep direct raw lyrics, & jazzy motown bluesy croon this girl has been taking the stage since she was a youngster. Her passion for writing songs fueled with her life experience has created an ongoing self-taught creative process that she can't stop. Writing a song per day is common in the Stone residence. Symara loves people, animals, music, art, dance, self-expression of all forms, & yoga! Her songs deal with death, love, heartbreak, nature, sobriety, & addiction. She is said to channel all the bad & good she feels into song, and uses songwriting as a way to heal herself with sound. Open to all genres, Symara's songs never are catapulted into one box. When a country song appears in her heart, a country song she will write. Electronica, Downtempo, Ambient, Indie, Indie pop, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Techno, Dub-step, Tribal, Folk, Mantras, Gospel, Ska, Dixie, Reggae, Funk, Motown, & Soul are just some genres that leap into her fingers when plucking her Ibanez Acoustic Electric Guitar. Piecing together the melody and lyric in her head, her songs come to life and even more so when she's on stage singing in front of you with her big smile & big soul.

https://www.facebook.com/SymaraStone/

www.soundcloud.com/symarastone

4/18 - Desert Rhythm Project Acoustic (Soul, Funk, Reggae)    Desert Rhythm Project Is A Neo-Roots, Reggae, Funk, Soul Band From California's Mojave Desert. Fronted By Desert Natives Michael Reyes And Bryanna Evaro Who Have Created Their Own Unique Style Comprised Of Soulful Harmonies, Effortless Melodic Guitar Techniques, And Smooth Elemental Bass Rhythms. Michael Reyes' Dynamic Presence On Lead Vocal And Guitar Is Reminiscent Of The Soulful And Energetic James Brown Combined With The Appreciative Ethereal Consciousness Of Reggae Legend Bob Marley. Bryanna Evaro's Timeless Velvety Folk-Roots Presence On Bass Guitar And Vocals Lends Herself As The Crowning Essential Counterpart Of This Celebrated Divine Duo.    http://www.desertrhythmproject.com    http://www.facebook.com/desertrhythmproject.com

4/18 - Desert Rhythm Project Acoustic (Soul, Funk, Reggae)

Desert Rhythm Project Is A Neo-Roots, Reggae, Funk, Soul Band From California's Mojave Desert. Fronted By Desert Natives Michael Reyes And Bryanna Evaro Who Have Created Their Own Unique Style Comprised Of Soulful Harmonies, Effortless Melodic Guitar Techniques, And Smooth Elemental Bass Rhythms. Michael Reyes' Dynamic Presence On Lead Vocal And Guitar Is Reminiscent Of The Soulful And Energetic James Brown Combined With The Appreciative Ethereal Consciousness Of Reggae Legend Bob Marley. Bryanna Evaro's Timeless Velvety Folk-Roots Presence On Bass Guitar And Vocals Lends Herself As The Crowning Essential Counterpart Of This Celebrated Divine Duo.

http://www.desertrhythmproject.com

http://www.facebook.com/desertrhythmproject.com

Tachevah 2015 Wrap Up!

Tachevah 2015 was a HUGE success!  Here are a selection of my favorite images from the performances of Caxton, Alchemy and Little Red Spiders!  I had friends flying into town so I wasn't able to catch Jungle or Kimbra unfortunately, but my main goal was to attend and support our local bands who totally rocked it!  There was such a great turnout, not to mention the icy cold beverages served up by Heineken and delicious food from food trucks and I may or may not have indulged in an extremely large lemonade icee AND french fries! :)  Many many huge thank you's to the Desert Sun, Golden Voice, the City of Palm Springs, the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Harold Matzner and PS Resorts for making the event possible!  I am already looking forward to next year! xo sarah

photography by Sarah Dickenson

Coachella Street Style - Weekend 1

I've seen an explosion of all things Coachella on the interwebs already and I'm beginning to experience a serious case of FOMO!  One of my favorite parts of the festival is checking out all of the amazing boho chic fashion.  It is center stage for some of the industry's hottest fashionistas including Alexa Chung, pictured here at our very own Saguaro PS, and celebrities like Kendall Jenner and model Gigi Hadid who is rocking the desert glam with her hunk of boyfriend Cody Simpson.  I'll be posting Coachella related pieces all week so keep an eye out if you aren't able to attend yourself this year!  Don't forget here in town you can also check out Tachevah Fest this Wednesday!  The doors open at 5 and you can find out more information here!  It's a great way to experience the Coachella madness without the madness! xo sarah

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Caxton-LOCAL 622 @ Birba

I absolutely cannot wait to hear Caxton play at Local 622 this Thursday, February 12th at Birba!!  They are an alternative indie pop band based out of Palm Desert who have been gaining a solid following for quite some time!  Please do yourself a favor and check them out on itunes (Something Human and Do I Know You? are two of my faves!)  They have played countless venues across Southern California including The Viper Room, House of Blues, Glasshouse and the Roxy, just to name a few!  If you aren't familiar with our Local 622 live music showcase it is every Thursday night at Birba from 7-930 and it is not to be missed!  So come join us for some cocktails, pizza and great music!  Learn more about Caxton below!

photo by Jon Perlo

photo by Jon Perlo

Your Name - Christina Reyes
Band Name - Caxton
Band Member Names - Adam Surdin (guitar), Brett McLaughlin (bass/vox), Brian Pelletier (drums), Christina Reyes (vox/keys)

How did you get started? 
Adam, Brett, and Brian started playing music together in the desert during middle school and continued through college. In 2005, Adam and I met while studying music in Los Angeles. By 2008, Adam wanted to move back out to the Coachella Valley to reunite with Brett and Brian. He asked if I would be willing to do the same and the rest is history.

Where do you draw inspiration from for your music?
That's a tough one since it's constantly changing. Musically, I'd say we're mostly inspired by the artists we grew up listening to (classic rock, punk, jazz, etc). Lyrically, we draw from stories in pop culture, social issues, and personal experience. We share a lot of the same influences but we also have such diverse tastes and interests that I think explain our eclectic sound.

Do you have any loves other than music?
Music is definitely in the foreground for us but we have some other hobbies, for sure. I'm big on reading books and traveling as often as possible. Brian is really into camping and fishing, he digs being outdoors. Adam has a keen eye for art. Whether he's at a gallery/museum or framing it himself, he definitely knows what's good. Brett was a film major in college and super artistically gifted. In fact, he's responsible for most of our flyer and posters. You can catch him splicing up vintage footage and even drawing full blown cartoons for our music videos. As a group, we're all also really into trying new/local beers, watching weird shows on Netflix, and being probably too into our pets. 

What do you think about when you're performing?
I can't speak for everyone, but for the most part, I think we're all just in the moment. We feed off the energy in the crowd so when they're hyped, so are we. After almost 7 years together, I'm still so humbled by the love and encouragement we have out here. Sometimes when I look out and see people dancing and singing along, I'm overwhelmed by the constant amount of support. Plus, it never gets old playing with your best friends. We honestly just have a blast every time we get together. 

What else can we expect from you in the future?
We're currently in the midst of writing our new album. We've released a few singles and EPs in the past year so now we're working on another full-length record. Most exciting, however, is our race to play Tachevah this year. We made the finals again and are hoping to go all the way this time. Our showcase is Wednesday February 25 at The Hood in Palm Desert and would love to see everyone there for support. 

What’s the best advice you've ever been given?
We've been given a ton of great advice over the years. I think what stands out most often for us though is to never give up and always remember how great those small victories feel. This isn't an easy industry by any means and that isn't lost on us. We are so grateful for all the amazing opportunities we've had so far and we use all the support we receive to fuel our drive even further. 

Who are you currently listening to?
It's constantly changing but for me, it's The Pixies, Devo, and The Smiths. Other artists we're hip on right now are Dr. Dog, Tame Impala, Jack White, and The Strokes. 

What is your secret food craving?
Nothing too secret. I'm a total sushi lady and we're always up for a good za (pizza that is for us less- hip folk, yes I asked just incase maybe it was some super awesome new food I had been missing out on!)

Do you have any hidden talents?
90s trivia. Nobody can touch us on that.

Is there anything else you’d want us or readers to know?!  Tachevah! That's really where our immediate focus is right now since our chance to play is coming up in just a couple weeks. Beyond that, we have acoustic shows at Wolfgang Puck's (Feb 11), Birba (Feb 12), Schmidy's (Mar 6), and Plan B (Mar 12). We're stoked on writing this new record and can't wait for everyone to hear it. Thanks to everyone for the awesome support over the years, we seriously appreciate it.

WANT TO KNOW MORE?!
instagram -
@caxtonmusic
official caxton facebook
  
itunes / reverb nation
 

 

Robbie Owen of Waxy at Local 622!

What is Local 622?  Incase you didn't know, Local 622 is a self-produced event from F10 and Qulture Qreative with a focus on our desert community of artists.  It is a weekly live music showcase featuring a unique and eclectic mix of artists, song writers and musicians from around the Coachella Valley!  Some are even a part of our F10 family!!  In an effort to raise awareness of the amazing and diverse talent we have here in the desert my goal is to feature the Local 622 artists on the blog so you can learn a little bit about their music, talents, bands and more!

**Local 622 is every Thursday night at Birba from 7-930pm!**

Tomorrow night (February 5th), Birba has the distinct pleasure of hosting Robbie Owen of Waxy and War Drum!  His bands are known for playing desert rock n roll but I'm hoping he will grace us with some of his amazing acoustic solo songs!  I met Robbie last year, he is a great friend, musician and has one of the most giving and generous souls of anyone I know!  I also had the pleasure of taking pictures of Robbie and some of the WAXY band mates last year, if you want to see more you can check them out here!

THE BASICS
NAME - Robert Owen
BAND NAME(S) - WAXY and War Drum
BAND MEMBER NAMES - 
WAXY Jeff Bowman – Drums / Dylan Brown – Bass / Jack Kohler – Keys / Damian Lautiero – Guitar / Robert Owen – guitar and vocals
War Drum
Jack Kohler – Keys and Vocals / Peter Leighton – Drums / Ehren Groban – guitar / Robert Owen - Bass
GENRE - Rock and Roll

Where are you based out of?
I am based out of the Coachella Valley.  I grew up in Palm Springs.  I’m a Desert Rat!

How did you get started?
I got into playing and recording music sort of late.  I was fifteen when I first started playing guitar.  A lot of kids are really good at that age already and I thought it was the coolest thing ever.  I asked my Dad for a Les Paul and he gave me his old beat up acoustic, which I still have!  Music came very natural and it just went from there.

Where do you draw inspiration from for your music?
Inspiration is so special when it comes but if you wait for it, you’ll be waiting a long time.  Everything inspires me.  The desert, personal relationships, imagination and the moment are all key ingredients to my writing and collaborations.  When I’m in the present and able to let go of all other distractions for a few hours, that is when I’m at my most clairvoyant.

Do you have any loves other than music?
Well I love all the arts with a passion!  I love my girlfriend Linda and my family.  I love and appreciate sports and the purity within them.  I love to travel and taking long walks off of short piers .. ;)

What do you think about when you’re performing?
One of the nicest things about performing live is the ability to not think too much at all.  I’m just vibing with the music and the interplay with the other musicians.  Playing and writing music is an emotional experience so sometimes it can get really intense but mostly I just think how lucky I am to get to do this.

What else can we expect from you in the future?
Well, WAXY is finishing up our sophomore effort.  Our new record should be mixed and ready to unleash by the end of March this year.  I also have plans to tour in the UK in April with War Drum as well as future tours and music videos with WAXY.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Always do the right thing...

Who are you currently listening to?
Tame Impala, Black Angeles, Queen, The Decedents

What is your secret food craving?
There are no secrets with me…….Love ice cream yet try not to eat it….ever.

Do you have any hidden talents?
I can do circus tricks with my tongue…..private invite only.

Don't forget to check out WAXY at The Purple Room Friday, February 20th and at The Hood Wednesday, February 25th!

WANT TO KNOW MORE?!
waxy website  
official waxy facebook page
instagram -
@waxymusic
waxy, day in the life documentary