The Carlos Guitarlos Trio @Cafe NELA June 8

The Carlos Guitarlos Trio will be appearing @ Café Nela for Friends of Highland Park Fundraiser

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Café Nela Presents: A benefit for Friends of Highland Park in their effort to preserve the parking lots on Figueroa between Avenue 56-59 from being replaced by a four story 80 unit megadevelopment.

What: Friends of Highland Park Benefit $5.00

When: Sunday, June 8, 2014 Time: 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Where: CAFE NELA, 1906 Cypress Ave. LA, CA 90065 (( 21 & up ))

Performances by: The Zoomies, The Good Walkers, Banna Beag Mall,

Sheila Nicholls .... AND THE CARLOS GUITARLOS TRIO@ 7:00PM

Also: Art Auction with art by Richard Duardo, Frank Romero, Leo Limon, Shepard Fairey

 



 

The Carlos Guitarlos Band delivers Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Rock-N-Roll, Folk, Cajun, and deep true original ballads brought forth from a lifetime of experience and hard living.



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The Carlos Guitarlos Trio features CARLOS GUITARLOS - One of the world's greatest Americana, Roots and Blues songwriters / guitarists from the infamous TOP JIMMY & THE RHYTHM PIGS - a seminal LA blues band from the 80's -- Carlos has played with/for: Marcy Levy, Jim Keltner, Tom Waits, The Great Gene Taylor, Ray Manzarek, Los Lobos, The Blasters, Maria McKee, John Densmore, John Doe, Dave Alvin, Top Jimmy, Gil T., Steve Berlin, Steve Nieve, Jeff Ross

WILL MACK - Bass -- Will has shared the stage and performed with Tom Morello, Jackson Browne, Wayne Kramer, Benny Maupin, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Lee Scratch Perry and Mad Professor and many other amazing musicians and artists over the years.

ADAM STEINBERG - Drums -- Adam has played with/for: Bellylove, Swing Riots, Shanty Town Gadjos, Di$count Basie, the Still Moving Project, Johnny Fava Show backing up Lisa Loeb and Rashida Jones, Louise Frasier featuring Dave Immurgluck (Counting Crows) and Ron Blair (Tom Petty), West 79th Street Funk Jazz Band, VisionQuest Jazztet, Scott Detweiller, Andy Milukoff, Jonathan Morrow and Another Name for Music productions.



Listen to Carlos Guitarlos:

Rambling on My Mind Solo acoustic - Song by Robert Johnson

Save a Dance Original song - from "Hell Can Wait" CD

Heartbreaker Original song - from "Handsome Wolf" CD



 

Press and Reviews:

Los Angeles Times says: ". . .The technique is unmistakably sophisticated: chords and melody played simultaneously, the way Chet Atkins might have done. An old gravelly blues voice, perfectly cracked, effortlessly in tune, pours from the slumped singer. The truthfulness of the voice commands you to listen. . ."

LA Weekly says: "If you're going to name yourself Carlos Guitarlos, you'd better make sure you're a damned good guitarist. So good, in fact, that you can play anywhere, out on the streets or in a fancy concert hall, with the uncanny ability to pull from memory just about any blues-rock classic and, on top of that, play it in a style that's uniquely your own. And then, somehow, you should also be so good that you can write and sing dozens of your own originals, in all manner of genres, from bewitchingly sad ballads and deft Beatles-like pop structures to ragingly dirty blues and Latin soul. --Falling James"



  



Jonny Whiteside says: “They don’t call him Guitarlos for nothing–the cat wields his ax with flabbergasting skill, a mix of sophisticated technique and sheer musicality that allows him to employ a long-range artistic reach spanning a spectrum of impressive breadth, depth and height. Technically, Guitarlos is unrivaled–he’s capable of playing melody, an intricate bass line and beating out hot percussion all at once, creating a full-blown sound that positively dazzles.

With a bottomless repertoire that demonstrates an intimate knowledge of almost every vernacular American music form, he also delivers it in a wildly idiosyncratic fashion that is as undeniably authentic as the hard-knock life he’s led. Famed for his early 80s stint with legendary blues-shockers Top Jimmy & the Rhythm Pigs, a Los Angeles club phenomenon whose tore-down sound easily matched punk rock’s primitive kick (the band was immortalized in Van Halen’s unabashed tribute “Top Jimmy & the Rhythm Pigs”).

Carlos too became something of a legend–an impudent, unpredictable character as rowdy and volatile as one of his thunderous solos (and one of his most famous fuck ups was refusing to let David Lee Roth cover one of his songs). By the late 90′s, he hit bottom as an indigent street singer and nearly died from congestive heart failure, but the unstoppable drive of this raggedy genius prevailed; he eventually returned to form and kicked everyone in the pants with his outstanding 2003 album Straight from the Heart. Carlos’ current CD, Hell Can Wait, is just as high-voltage, and when he hits the bandstand, watch out. (Jonny Whiteside”) 



 


The Carlos Guitarlos Band LIVE @ The Liquid Kitty Sunday March 9 2014

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The Carlos Guitarlos Band will be appearing
LIVE @ The Liquid Kitty,
11780 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064
(one block east of Bundy)
Sunday, March 9, 10:00PM - 1:30AM
(No Cover/21 & over)
310.473.3707





The Carlos Guitarlos Band brings you Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Rock-N-Roll, Folk, Cajun, and deep true original ballads brought forth from a lifetime of experience and hard living.


The Carlos Guitarlos Band features

CARLOS GUITARLOS - One of the world's greatest Americana, Roots and Blues songwriters / guitarists from the infamous TOP JIMMY & THE RHYTHM PIGS - a seminal LA blues band from the 80's -- Carlos has played with/for: Marcy Levy, Jim Keltner, Tom Waits, The Great Gene Taylor, Ray Manzarek, Los Lobos, The Blasters, Maria McKee, John Densmore, John Doe, Dave Alvin, Top Jimmy, Gil T., Steve Berlin, Steve Nieve, Jeff Ross

MIKE HIGHTOWER - P-bass -- Mike has played with/for: Ray Manzarek, Robby Keiger, John Legend, June Pointer, Mary J. Bildge, Bonnie Pointer, Lester Bulter & 13

ADAM STEINBERG - Drums -- Adam has played with/for: Bellylove, Swing Riots, Shanty Town Gadjos, Di$count Basie, the Still Moving Project, Johnny Fava Show backing up Lisa Loeb and Rashida Jones, Louise Frasier featuring Dave Immurgluck (Counting Crows) and Ron Blair (Tom Petty), West 79th Street Funk Jazz Band, VisionQuest Jazztet, Scott Detweiller, Andy Milukoff, Jonathan Morrow and Another Name for Music productions.








LIVE PERFORMANCES

"Heartbreaker" -- Recorded at Maui Sugar Mill Saloon

"Rambling On My Mind" -- Recorded at Maui Sugar Mill Saloon

"Roadhouse Blues" -- Recorded at Harvelle's

"I Found Someone" -- Recorded at Maui Sugar Mill Saloon

"Save A Dance" -- Recorded at Maui Sugar Mill Saloon

"I'm A Fighter" -- Recorded at Harvelle's

High Stepping Dancer" -- Recorded at Maui Sugar Mill Saloon



Jonny Whiteside says: "They don't call him Guitarlos for nothing--the cat wields his ax with flabbergasting skill, a mix of sophisticated technique and sheer musicality that allows him to employ a long-range artistic reach spanning a spectrum of impressive breadth, depth and height.

Technically, Guitarlos is unrivaled--he's capable of playing melody, an intricate bass line and beating out hot percussion all at once, creating a full-blown sound that positively dazzles. With a bottomless repertoire that demonstrates an intimate knowledge of almost every vernacular American music form, he also delivers it in a wildly idiosyncratic fashion that is as undeniably authentic as the hard-knock life he's led.

Los Angeles Times says: ". . .The technique is unmistakably sophisticated: chords and melody played simultaneously, the way Chet Atkins might have done. An old gravelly blues voice, perfectly cracked, effortlessly in tune, pours from the slumped singer. The truthfulness of the voice commands you to listen. . ."

Jonny Whiteside says: Carlos Guitarlos is a scrappy, hard-driving and hard-living Chicano axe-man from Southern California, whose near life-long involvement with the blues has driven him through an often brutal, cyclical course of monumental artistic peaks and disastrous, life-threatening plunges. Perhaps the only thing that's kept him alive has been the music itself, an inescapable avocation so deeply-rooted that it's provided Guitarlos with an unlikely yet sustaining edge.

Growing up in 1950s-era Cypress Park, a hardscrabble, working class community whose neighborhoods were ruled by the notorious Cypress Park Boys street gang, Guitarlos' involvement with music (he was writing songs at age 14) kept his carcass safely anchored in the garage, chewing through Chuck Berry songs with a variety of cohorts, honing that devilish blues edge until it gleamed with the razor's luminous, threatening slash-and-gash capability. By the early '80s, when he hooked up with powerhouse blues shouter Top Jimmy and began assaulting audiences as the twin engines of infamous aggregation Top Jimmy & the Rhythm Pigs, not even the fiercest hardcore punk bands of the day could manifest their boozy, incendiary impact.

Holding forth at a weekly residency that stretched for over a year in Hollywood underground Mecca the Cathay de Grande, the Rhythm Pigs' Blue Monday gigs drew in a star-studded rabble that included sit-ins by members of X, the Doors, the Blasters and frequent contributions from diehard fan David Lee Roth, the band's gift for unmatched hellraising swiftly grew to a word-of-mouth roar that allowed them to positively dominate the town's nightclub culture. Guitarlos' shredding, impeccable fretwork was matched only by his reputation as a volatile, unpredictable, often hyper-obnoxious hothead; to call him self-destructive would be a grievous understatement--apart from the deleterious effects of his viciously Olympic-scale partying, his greatest mistake was flatly refusing David Lee Roth's personal request to allow Van Halen to record one of Guitarlos' compositions (Roth, instead, immortalized the group with the song "Top Jimmy" on Van Halen's 1984 album)

The Rhythm Pigs' pyrotechnic chaos, however majestic, could not stand; when Top Jimmy ended the pair's nine-year association (splitting for Vegas to care for his ailing sister), Carlos went into a well-lubricated freefall and nearly bought the farm in 1990 after going into a diabetic coma that lasted three full days. After recovering, he disappeared completely from local bandstands. To local hipsters--many of whom had been on the receiving end of more than a few withering Guitarlos tirades--his evaporation was more of a relief than a cause for concern.

San Francisco is a suck town for those on the bum. At one point, the city became so overrun by the homeless that it chose to entirely cease service in and out of the lower Market Street East Bay Transit terminal, handing it over instead to the army of panhandlers whose infestation made further public service impossible. It rains much of the time, temperatures rarely crack 70 degrees, and it's foggy almost every fucking day until at least noon.

Among the innumerable down-and-outers, Guitarlos re-emerged--as a strictly-for-tips street singer. With a scrawled cardboard sign that read WILL PLAY FOR FAME OR FORTUNE, he had become a gaunt, wasted figure, but his music still delivered more than enough raw-knuckled razzle-dazzle to distinguish him from the ragged horde of guitar-strumming competitors. In 1994, the Bay Guardian newspaper named him Street Musician of the Year, an accolade that, while welcome, did not exactly reinstate him to a position of comfort.

Seven years later, diagnosed with congestive heart failure, he nearly died (again), but the ornery slinger astonished his doctors by not only surviving, but fully recovering. He finally got off the sauce and, with assistance from faithful (and long-suffering) nephew Damon Ayala, returned to Southern California and the recording studio, producing first 2003′s acclaimed Straight From the Heart CD and his current, equally kicking Hell Can Wait disc. Both are mesmerizing displays of his far-reaching prowess, twisting through a kaleidoscopic range of vernacular blues styles--fiery Louisiana zydeco, low-down Delta plaints, rousing jump-blues rave-ups, Chicago-style roof-raisers--with a critical acuity and an idiosyncratic personal style that's matched by an almost reverent emphasis on the traditional basis of each regional flavor. Guitarlos pulls it off with a near supernatural prowess, conjuring the blues on a sprawling, epic scale, even as he maintains a delicate sense of intimacy and involvement.

Like his avowed idol, Robert "Hellhound on my Trail" Johnson, Guitarlos' blues seem to soar, propelled by an indefinable, almost mystic quality long since drained from the idiom by the ceaseless degradation visited upon it by wrong-headed ofay aspirants. How he manages it is as mystifying as his own survival, something that even Guitarlos himself may be unable to explain. Ask him, and you'll likely get a cryptic statement about "imaginary phone calls to Robert Johnson from beyond the graveyard, on a phone made out of human bone"--but when you hear him play, you'll understand. . . . Johnny Whiteside



Straight From The Heart, The Carlos Guitarlos Story on Music Life Radio

Listen to Part 1of the Interview Here
Listen to Part 2 of the Interview Here




Five CDS currently are available from this rockin'/roots/Americana singer/songwriter/guitarist

STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART - 2003 * Page 1, Column 1 of L.A.Times, April 30, 2003 Carlos Guitarlos With Mike Watt, John Doe, Dave Alvin

HELL CAN WAIT - 2005 * Carlos Guitarlos With Marcy Levy, David Hidalgo, Gene Taylor

HANDSOME WOLF - LIVE - 2009 * Recorded live @ Winslow Ct. Studio, produced and recorded by Craig Parker Adams, mixed by Mark Linett, @ "YourPlaceOrMine", Glendale, CA: Mike Hightower, P-Bass, Joey Morales, Drums

SING AN HONEST SONG-- ACOUSTIC 2009 * Recorded @ Winslow Ct. Studio, produced, recorded and mixed by Craig Parker Adams; Mark Doten, Upright Bass, Carlos Guitarlos, Acoustic Guitars, Vocals

THE INNOCENT REMAINS --ACOUSTIC- 2010 * Recorded @ Winslow Ct. Studio, produced, recorded and mixed by Craig Parker Adams; with EB-3L Gibson Electric Bass otherwise all acoustic with Carlos Guitarlos on all instruments and vocals


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The Carlos Guitarlos Band @ Harvelle's June 8

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Saturday June 8, 2013, 11:30PM

THE CARLOS GUITARLOS BAND
follows Blues Diva Gina Sicilia at
Harvelle's, 1432 4th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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Where: Harvelle's, 1432 4th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401

When: Saturday 06/08/13
Show Time 9:30 PM (Doors open at 08:00 PM)

Set Times:
09:30 PM - Gina Sicilia
11:30 PM - Carlos Guitarlos

Cover: $10.00 // 21 & over // Two drink minimum





Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Rock-N-Roll, Folk, Cajun, and deep true original ballads brought forth from a lifetime of experience and hard living.













The Carlos Guitarlos Band features

CARLOS GUITARLOS - One of the world's greatest Americana, Roots and Blues songwriters / guitarists from the infamous TOP JIMMY & THE RHYTHM PIGS - a seminal LA blues band from the 80's -- Carlos has played with/for: Marcy Levy, Jim Keltner, Tom Waits, The Great Gene Taylor, Ray Manzarek, Los Lobos, The Blasters, Maria McKee, John Densmore, John Doe, Dave Alvin, Top Jimmy, Gil T., Steve Berlin, Steve Nieve, Jeff Ross

MIKE HIGHTOWER - P-bass -- Mike has played with/for: Sting, Ray Manzarek, Robby Keiger, John Legend, June Pointer, Mary J. Bildge, Bonnie Pointer, Lester Bulter & 13

ADAM STEINBERG - Drums -- Adam has played with/for: Bellylove, Swing Riots, Shanty Town Gadjos, Di$count Basie, the Still Moving Project, Johnny Fava Show backing up Lisa Loeb and Rashida Jones, Louise Frasier featuring Dave Immurgluck (Counting Crows) and Ron Blair (Tom Petty), West 79th Street Funk Jazz Band, VisionQuest Jazztet, Scott Detweiller, Andy Milukoff, Jonathan Morrow and Another Name for Music productions.

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Here are some songs performed by The Carlos Guitarlos Band from Cadillac Zack's Monday Night Blues Party

Video: "Woman On My Mind"

Video: "Central Avenue Stomp"

Video: "I Found Someone"

Video: "Damn Atchaflaya"

Video: "If You Would Leave Me"









Los Angeles Times says: ". . .The technique is unmistakably sophisticated: chords and melody played simultaneously, the way Chet Atkins might have done. An old gravelly blues voice, perfectly cracked, effortlessly in tune, pours from the slumped singer. The truthfulness of the voice commands you to listen. . ."

LA Weekly says: "If you're going to name yourself Carlos Guitarlos, you'd better make sure you're a damned good guitarist. So good, in fact, that you can play anywhere, out on the streets or in a fancy concert hall, with the uncanny ability to pull from memory just about any blues-rock classic and, on top of that, play it in a style that's uniquely your own. And then, somehow, you should also be so good that you can write and sing dozens of your own originals, in all manner of genres, from bewitchingly sad ballads and deft Beatles-like pop structures to ragingly dirty blues and Latin soul. --Falling James"





Jonny Whiteside says: “They don’t call him Guitarlos for nothing–the cat wields his ax with flabbergasting skill, a mix of sophisticated technique and sheer musicality that allows him to employ a long-range artistic reach spanning a spectrum of impressive breadth, depth and height.

Technically, Guitarlos is unrivaled–he’s capable of playing melody, an intricate bass line and beating out hot percussion all at once, creating a full-blown sound that positively dazzles. With a bottomless repertoire that demonstrates an intimate knowledge of almost every vernacular American music form, he also delivers it in a wildly idiosyncratic fashion that is as undeniably authentic as the hard-knock life he’s led.

Famed for his early 80s stint with legendary blues-shockers Top Jimmy & the Rhythm Pigs, a Los Angeles club phenomenon whose tore-down sound easily matched punk rock’s primitive kick (the band was immortalized in Van Halen’s unabashed tribute “Top Jimmy & the Rhythm Pigs”).

Carlos too became something of a legend–an impudent, unpredictable character as rowdy and volatile as one of his thunderous solos (and one of his most famous fuck ups was refusing to let David Lee Roth cover one of his songs). By the late 90′s, he hit bottom as an indigent street singer and nearly died from congestive heart failure, but the unstoppable drive of this raggedy genius prevailed; he eventually returned to form and kicked everyone in the pants with his outstanding 2003 album Straight from the Heart. Carlos’ current CD, Hell Can Wait, is just as high-voltage, and when he hits the bandstand, watch out. (Jonny Whiteside”)

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David Sinclair The Times (London) says:

There is talk of making a Hollywood movie about the life of Carlos Guitarlos, and you can see why. As the guitarist with the LA blues-punk group Top Jimmy and the Rhythm Pigs in the 1980s, he lived a life of unbridled excess. By the time Top Jimmy died of liver failure, Guitarlos was drunk, divorced and diabetic, and forced to earn a living busking on the streets of San Francisco.

At the age of 54 and sober at last, his already prodigious performing and songwriting talents are now informed by a wealth of hard life experiences and his career has belatedly bloomed. His current album, Straight from the Heart, is a roots-rock gem, but even so it hardly prepares you for the musical and emotional masterclass that is a Carlos Guitarlos gig.

He seemed a little grumpy at first, berating the lighting engineer while rifling through a plastic bag filled with guitar accoutrements. And he was halfway through the zydeco-influenced shuffle of the opening number, Damn Atchafalaya, before the sound engineer located the fader to switch up his black Stratocaster.

Once he had done so, however, and Guitarlos had moved into the testifying R’n'B of The Love I Want followed by a blasting version of the Motown-influenced Ain’t That Lovin’ You, the extent of the man’s talent was beginning to be revealed. Blessed with a gruff but heartfelt singing voice and possessing a huge vocabulary of guitar chops, he performed like a rogue angel. With his long grey hair spilling out from under a fedora and an easy smile that suggested a lifelong mistrust of dentists, he looked and sounded every inch the battle-scarred survivor.

As if this was not enough, his three-piece backing band included the singer and guitarist Marcy Levy. Known for her work with Eric Clapton, for whom she wrote Lay Down Sally, Levy is also remembered as one half of Shakespears Sister, whose biggest hit Stay she also wrote. Tall, dark and exuding a Chrissie Hynde-like cool, she sang these and other songs in a beautiful, clear soprano, that was the perfect foil for Guitarlos’s street-hardened holler. She also took a two-verse harmonica solo during the 12-bar shuffle Women & Whiskey that was the sexiest thing I have ever seen on a rock’n'roll stage. The easy rapport between Guitarlos and Levy — “Beauty and the beast,” as Guitarlos described it — added yet another dimension to a performance that was already superlative. They rounded off with a sure-footed revival of Robert Johnson’s Rambling on My Mind and a blistering instrumental wig-out apparently called Pigfoot Shuffle. As far as basement-club blues goes, this was simply as good as it gets. (David Sinclair)









Five CDS currently are available from this rockin'/roots/Americana singer/songwriter/guitarist

STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART - 2003 * Page 1, Column 1 of L.A.Times, April 30, 2003 Carlos Guitarlos With Mike Watt, John Doe, Dave Alvin

HELL CAN WAIT - 2005 * Carlos Guitarlos With Marcy Levy, David Hidalgo, Gene Taylor

HANDSOME WOLF - LIVE - 2009 * Recorded live @ Winslow Court Studio mixed by Mark Linett, @ "YourPlaceOrMine", Glendale, CA Mike Hightower, P-Bass, Joey Morales, Drums

SING AN HONEST SONG-- ACOUSTIC 2009 * Mark Doten, Upright Bass, Carlos Guitarlos, Acoustic Guitars, Vocals

THE INNOCENT REMAINS --ACOUSTIC- 2010 * with EB-3L Gibson Electric Bass otherwise all acoustic with Carlos Guitarlos on all instruments and vocals









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Carlos Guitarlos Appearances This Weekend August 25 & 26

 

Saturday, August 25
7:00 - 11:00 PM
Chinatown Summer Nights is billed as part food event, part summer party, with food demonstrations, music, dancing, DJs, and cultural activities all presented by local organizations and museums.

Carlos will be near Coagula Curatorial 977 Chung King Way.
(Chung King Way is a pedestrian walkway in the plaza area to the west of Hill Street.)



Then morning coffee and rockin' acoustic
Sunday, August 26
10:00 AM - 1:00PM
@ The Mission Hills Starbucks, 15501 Devonshire Street, Mission Hills, CA 91345,
just off the 405

Jimmy Cottrill, a member of the regular Starbux crew says "It's gonna be the most amazing Starbux Jam ever."



Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Rock-N-Roll, Folk, Cajun, and deep true original ballads brought forth from a lifetime of experience and hard living.

Video:  Carlos Guitarlos Solo "Rambling On My Mind"

Video: Carlos Guitarlos Band @ Liquid Kitty "Central Avenue Stomp"

Video: Carlos Guitarlos Band @ Liquid Kitty "Heartbreaker"

Video:  Carlos Guitarlos Solo "Luckiest Unlucky Man"

Video: Carlos Guitarlos @ Down Home Music "Damn Atchafalaya"

 



Five CDS currently are available from this rockin'/roots/Americana singer/songwriter/guitarist

STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART - 2003 * Page 1, Column 1 of L.A.Times, April 30, 2003 Carlos Guitarlos With Mike Watt, John Doe, Dave Alvin

HELL CAN WAIT - 2005 * Carlos Guitarlos With Marcy Levy, David Hidalgo, Gene Taylor

HANDSOME WOLF - LIVE - 2009 * Recorded live @ Winslow Court Studio mixed by Mark Linett, @ "YourPlaceOrMine", Glendale, CA Mike Hightower, P-Bass, Joey Morales, Drums

SING AN HONEST SONG-- ACOUSTIC 2009 * Mark Doten, Upright Bass, Carlos Guitarlos, Acoustic Guitars, Vocals

THE INNOCENT REMAINS --ACOUSTIC- 2010 * with EB-3L Gibson Electric Bass otherwise all acoustic with Carlos Guitarlos on all instruments and vocals

 



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Carlos Guitarlos - Appearing LIVE This weekend!

 

Saturday July 28, 8:30PM - Midnight
Carlos will be performing solo doing his original songs
( which have been covered by The Blasters and Los Lobos )
HPK (Highland Park Kitchen)
5137 York Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90042
323.256.2400

and

Sunday, July 29, 9:00 PM
The Carlos Guitarlos Band
The Liquid Kitty
11780 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064 (one block east of Bundy)(free/21 & over)
310.473.3707

With: Ron Felton, drums (Ron has played with/for: The Dennis Herrera Blues Band, L.A. Jones and Adrianna Maria, Mr. Conrad and the Excellos, Los Fabulouos )

Mike Hightower, P-bass (Mike has played with/for: Sting, Ray Manzarek, Robby Keiger, John Legend, June Pointer, Mary J. Bildge Bonnie Pointer, Lester Bulter & 13

And Carlos Guitarlos, (Carlos has played with/for: Marcy Levy, Jim Keltner, Tom Waits, Los Lobos, The Blasters, Maria McKee, John Densmore, John Doe, Dave Alvin, Top Jimmy, Gil T., Steve Berlin, Steve Nieve, Jeff Ross)

 

"The Ballad of Carlos Guitarlos"  Los Angeles Times, April 3, 2003

 

Video: Carlos Guitarlos Band @ Liquid Kitty "Central Avenue Stomp"

Video: Carlos Guitarlos Band @ Liquid Kitty "Heartbreaker"

Video: Carlos Guitarlos @ Down Home Music "Damn Atchafalaya"

Jonny Whitesidae says:

"They don’t call him Guitarlos for nothing—the cat wields his ax with flabbergasting skill, a mix of sophisticated technique and sheer musicality that allows him to employ a long-range artistic reach spanning a spectrum of impressive breadth, depth and height. Technically, Guitarlos is unrivaled—he’s capable of playing melody, an intricate bass line and beating out hot percussion all at once, creating a full-blown sound that positively dazzles. With a bottomless repertoire that demonstrates an intimate knowledge of almost every vernacular American music form, he also delivers it in a wildly idiosyncratic fashion that is as undeniably authentic as the hard-knock life he’s led.

Famed for his early 80s stint with legendary blues-shockers Top Jimmy & the Rhythm Pigs, a Los Angeles club phenomenon whose tore-down sound easily matched punk rock’s primitive kick (the band was immortalized in Van Halen’s unabashed tribute “Top Jimmy & the Rhythm Pigs”). Carlos too became something of a legend—an impudent, unpredictable character as rowdy and volatile as one of his thunderous solos (and one of his most famous fuck ups was refusing to let David Lee Roth cover one of his songs). By the late 90′s, he hit bottom as an indigent street singer and nearly died from congestive heart failure, but the unstoppable drive of this raggedy genius prevailed; he eventually returned to form and kicked everyone in the pants with his outstanding 2003 album Straight from the Heart. Carlos’ current CD, Hell Can Wait, is just as high-voltage, and when he hits the bandstand tonight, watch out. (Jonny Whiteside)"

 

Five CDS currently are available from this rockin'/roots/Americana singer/songwriter/guitarist

STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART - 2003 * Page 1, Column 1 of L.A.Times, April 30, 2003 Carlos Guitarlos With Mike Watt, John Doe, Dave Alvin

HELL CAN WAIT - 2005 * Carlos Guitarlos With Marcy Levy, David Hidalgo, Gene Taylor

HANDSOME WOLF - LIVE - 2009 * Recorded live @ Winslow Court Studio mixed by Mark Linett, @ "YourPlaceOrMine", Glendale, CA Mike Hightower, P-Bass, Joey Morales, Drums

SING AN HONEST SONG-- ACOUSTIC 2009 * Mark Doten, Upright Bass, Carlos Guitarlos, Acoustic Guitars, Vocals

THE INNOCENT REMAINS --ACOUSTIC- 2010 * with EB-3L Gibson Electric Bass otherwise all acoustic with Carlos Guitarlos on all instruments and vocals

 

 

 

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Live Music Acoustic, Folk-Rock, Blues, Soul @ Elderberries Cafe, 7564 West Sunset Blvd

Carlos Guitarlos will be appearing

followed by an open mike jam with several amazing up-and-coming acoustic, folk-rock and soul musicians!

Friday, June 15, 7:00PM

 @ Elderberries Cafe, 7564 West Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, 90046

One block west of the Guitar Center.
FREE PARKING IN BACK OF RESTAURANT

Carlos Guitarlos delivers Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Rock-N-Roll, Folk, Cajun, and deep true original ballads brought forth from a lifetime of experience and hard living.

Watch this video:  Carlos Guitarlos @ A Grape In The Fog, Pacifica, CA (Bill MacBeath on Bass)

Watch this video:  Carlos Guitarlos:  Luckiest Unlucky Man/Rambling On My Mind

 

 

Johnny Whiteside says:

Carlos Guitarlos is a scrappy, hard-driving and hard-living Chicano axe-man from Southern California, whose near life-long involvement with the blues has driven him through an often brutal, cyclical course of monumental artistic peaks and disastrous, life-threatening plunges. Perhaps the only thing that's kept him alive has been the music itself, an inescapable avocation so deeply-rooted that it's provided Guitarlos with an unlikely yet sustaining edge.

Growing up in 1950s-era Cypress Park, a hardscrabble, working class community whose neighborhoods were ruled by the notorious Cypress Park Boys street gang, Guitarlos' involvement with music (he was writing songs at age 14) kept his carcass safely anchored in the garage, chewing through Chuck Berry songs with a variety of cohorts, honing that devilish blues edge until it gleamed with the razor's luminous, threatening slash-and-gash capability. By the early '80s, when he hooked up with powerhouse blues shouter Top Jimmy and began assaulting audiences as the twin engines of infamous aggregation Top Jimmy & the Rhythm Pigs, not even the fiercest hardcore punk bands of the day could manifest their boozy, incendiary impact.

Holding forth at a weekly residency that stretched for over a year in Hollywood underground Mecca the Cathay de Grande, the Rhythm Pigs' Blue Monday gigs drew in a star-studded rabble that included sit-ins by members of X, the Doors, the Blasters and frequent contributions from diehard fan David Lee Roth, the band's gift for unmatched hellraising swiftly grew to a word-of-mouth roar that allowed them to positively dominate the town's nightclub culture. Guitarlos' shredding, impeccable fretwork was matched only by his reputation as a volatile, unpredictable, often hyper-obnoxious hothead; to call him self-destructive would be a grievous understatement--apart from the deleterious effects of his viciously Olympic-scale partying, his greatest mistake was flatly refusing David Lee Roth's personal request to allow Van Halen to record one of Guitarlos' compositions (Roth, instead, immortalized the group with the song "Top Jimmy" on Van Halen's 1984 album)

The Rhythm Pigs' pyrotechnic chaos, however majestic, could not stand; when Top Jimmy ended the pair's nine-year association (splitting for Vegas to care for his ailing sister), Carlos went into a well-lubricated freefall and nearly bought the farm in 1990 after going into a diabetic coma that lasted three full days. After recovering, he disappeared completely from local bandstands. To local hipsters--many of whom had been on the receiving end of more than a few withering Guitarlos tirades--his evaporation was more of a relief than a cause for concern.

San Francisco is a suck town for those on the bum. At one point, the city became so overrun by the homeless that it chose to entirely cease service in and out of the lower Market Street East Bay Transit terminal, handing it over instead to the army of panhandlers whose infestation made further public service impossible. It rains much of the time, temperatures rarely crack 70 degrees, and it's foggy almost every fucking day until at least noon.

Among the innumerable down-and-outers, Guitarlos re-emerged--as a strictly-for-tips street singer. With a scrawled cardboard sign that read WILL PLAY FOR FAME OR FORTUNE, he had become a gaunt, wasted figure, but his music still delivered more than enough raw-knuckled razzle-dazzle to distinguish him from the ragged horde of guitar-strumming competitors. In 1994, the Bay Guardian newspaper named him Street Musician of the Year, an accolade that, while welcome, did not exactly reinstate him to a position of comfort.

Seven years later, diagnosed with congestive heart failure, he nearly died (again), but the ornery slinger astonished his doctors by not only surviving, but fully recovering. He finally got off the sauce and, with assistance from faithful (and long-suffering) nephew Damon Ayala, returned to Southern California and the recording studio, producing first 2003's acclaimed Straight From the Heart CD and his current, equally kicking Hell Can Wait disc. Both are mesmerizing displays of his far-reaching prowess, twisting through a kaleidoscopic range of vernacular blues styles--fiery Louisiana zydeco, low-down Delta plaints, rousing jump-blues rave-ups, Chicago-style roof-raisers--with a critical acuity and an idiosyncratic personal style that's matched by an almost reverent emphasis on the traditional basis of each regional flavor. Guitarlos pulls it off with a near supernatural prowess, conjuring the blues on a sprawling, epic scale, even as he maintains a delicate sense of intimacy and involvement.

Like his avowed idol, Robert "Hellhound on my Trail" Johnson, Guitarlos' blues seem to soar, propelled by an indefinable, almost mystic quality long since drained from the idiom by the ceaseless degradation visited upon it by wrong-headed ofay aspirants. How he manages it is as mystifying as his own survival, something that even Guitarlos himself may be unable to explain. Ask him, and you'll likely get a cryptic statement about "imaginary phone calls to Robert Johnson from beyond the graveyard, on a phone made out of human bone"--but when you hear him play, you'll understand. ... Johnny Whiteside

Five CDS currently are available from this rockin'/roots/Americana singer/songwriter/guitarist

STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART - 2003 * Page 1, Column 1 of L.A.Times, April 30, 2003 Carlos Guitarlos With Mike Watt, John Doe, Dave Alvin

HELL CAN WAIT - 2005 * Carlos Guitarlos With Marcy Levy, David Hidalgo, Gene Taylor

HANDSOME WOLF - LIVE - 2009 * Recorded live @ Winslow Court Studio mixed by Mark Linett, @ "YourPlaceOrMine", Glendale, CA Mike Hightower, P-Bass, Joey Morales, Drums

SING AN HONEST SONG-- ACOUSTIC 2009 * Mark Doten, Upright Bass, Carlos Guitarlos, Acoustic Guitars, Vocals

THE INNOCENT REMAINS --ACOUSTIC- 2010 * with EB-3L Gibson Electric Bass otherwise all acoustic with Carlos Guitarlos on all instruments and vocals

 

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CARLOS GUITARLOS LIVE @ The Liquid Kitty, Sunday June 10, 9:00 PM

The Carlos Guitarlos Band will be appearing LIVE @ The Liquid Kitty, 11780 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064 (one block east of Bundy)  June 10, 2012, 9:00PM (free/21 & over)

Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Rock-N-Roll, Folk, Cajun, and deep true original ballads brought forth from a lifetime of experience and hard living.

 

 

Video: Carlos Guitarlos Band @ Liquid Kitty "Central Avenue Stomp"

Video: Carlos Guitarlos Band @ Liquid Kitty "Heartbreaker"

Video: Carlos Guitarlos @ Down Home Music "Damn Atchafalaya"

 

Don Heffington, drums (Don has played with/for:  Bob Dylan, Leo Kottke, Lucinda Williams, Lone Justice, Emmylou Harris, Mick Taylor, Peter Case, Victoria Williams, Randy Newman, Dwight Yoakam, Dave Alvin, Wallflowers )

Mike Hightower, P-bass (Mike has played with/for:  Sting, Ray Manzarek, Robby Keiger, John Legend, June Pointer, Mary J. Bildge Bonnie Pointer, Lester Bulter & 13

And Carlos Guitarlos,  Carlos has played with/for:  (Marcy Levy, Jim Keltner, Tom Waits, Los Lobos, The Blasters, Maria McKee, John Densmore,  John Doe, Dave Alvin, Top Jimmy,  Gil T., Steve Berlin, Steve Nieve, Jeff Ross)

Five CDS currently are available from this rockin'/roots/Americana singer/songwriter/guitarist

STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART - 2003 * Page 1, Column 1 of L.A.Times, April 30, 2003 Carlos Guitarlos With Mike Watt, John Doe, Dave Alvin

HELL CAN WAIT - 2005 * Carlos Guitarlos With Marcy Levy, David Hidalgo, Gene Taylor

HANDSOME WOLF - LIVE - 2009 * Recorded live @ Winslow Court Studio mixed by Mark Linett, @ "YourPlaceOrMine", Glendale, CA Mike Hightower, P-Bass, Joey Morales, Drums

SING AN HONEST SONG-- ACOUSTIC 2009 * Mark Doten, Upright Bass, Carlos Guitarlos, Acoustic Guitars, Vocals

THE INNOCENT REMAINS --ACOUSTIC- 2010 * with EB-3L Gibson Electric Bass otherwise all acoustic with Carlos Guitarlos on all instruments and vocals

 

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AMERICANA MUSIC LIVE THIS SUNDAY JUNE 3 @THE YORK

 

02carlos-mattressLegendary Guitarist and Songwriter CARLOS GUITARLOS appearing LIVE @ THE YORK 5018 York Blvd., Los Angeles 90042 Sunday, June 3, 2012  ~~ 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM ~~ Free / Over 21

 

The Carlos Guitarlos Band brings you Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Rock-N-Roll, Folk, Cajun, and deep true original ballads brought forth from a lifetime of experience and hard living.

Carlos Guitarlos  (Guitar/Vocals)  has played with/for:  Marcy Levy, Jim Keltner, Tom Waits, Los Lobos, The Blasters, Maria McKee, John Densmore, Top Jimmy, John Doe, Dave Alvin, Gil T., Steve Berlin, Steve Nieve, Jeff Ross

Mike Hightower (Bass/B-up Vocals)  has played with/for:  Sting, Ray Manzarek, Robby Keiger, John Legend, June Pointer, Mary J. Bildge Bonnie Pointer, Lester Bulter & 13

Don Heffigton (Drums)  has played with/for: Bob Dylan, Leo Kottke, Lone Justice, Emmylou Harris, Mick Taylor, Peter Case, Victoria Williams, Randy Newman, Dwight Yoakam, Dave Alvin, Wallflowers

 Video:  Carlos Guitarlos @ Down Home Music "Damn Atchafalaya"

 Johnny Whiteside says:

They don’t call him Guitarlos for nothing—the cat wields his ax with flabbergasting skill, a mix of sophisticated technique and sheer musicality that allows him to employ a long-range artistic reach spanning a spectrum of impressive breadth, depth and height. Technically, Guitarlos is unrivaled—he’s capable of playing melody, an intricate bass line and beating out hot percussion all at once, creating a full-blown sound that positively dazzles. With a bottomless repertoire that demonstrates an intimate knowledge of almost every vernacular American music form, he also delivers it in a wildly idiosyncratic fashion that is as undeniably authentic as the hard-knock life he’s led. 

Famed for his early 80s stint with legendary blues-shockers Top Jimmy & the Rhythm Pigs, a Los Angeles club phenomenon whose tore-down sound easily matched punk rock’s primitive kick (the band was immortalized in Van Halen’s unabashed tribute “Top Jimmy & the Rhythm Pigs”). Carlos too became something of a legend—an impudent, unpredictable character as rowdy and volatile as one of his thunderous solos (and one of his most famous fuck ups was refusing to let David Lee Roth cover one of his songs). By the late 90′s, he hit bottom as an indigent street singer and nearly died from congestive heart failure, but the unstoppable drive of this raggedy genius prevailed; he eventually returned to form and kicked everyone in the pants with his outstanding 2003 album Straight from the Heart. Carlos’ current CD, Hell Can Wait, is just as high-voltage, and when he hits the bandstand, watch out. (Jonny Whiteside)


Carlos Guitarlos Band // LIVE this Sunday, May 20 @ The Liquid Kitty

Carlos Guitarlos Band // LIVE this Sunday, May 20, 2012, 9:00PM (free/over 21) 
@ The Liquid Kitty, 11780 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064 (one block east of Bundy)

Featuring:
Paul Fasulo, drums (Candye Kane, The Mighty Flyers, Janiva Magness, James Harman, JT Ross, Frank Goldwasser, Jimmy Morello, Kirk Fletcher, and Carol Fran)

Mike Hightower, P-bass (Mama's Boys, etc.... and everybody else since he got to town, many years ago)

And Carlos Guitarlos, the ferociously talented blues-rocker, best know for his association with 80's-era Hollywood legends Top Jimmy & the Rhythm Pigs

Watch this video http://youtu.be/ANii872lQAU

Johnny Whiteside says:

The blues, like jazz and country music, have become so diluted and misshapen in recent years that all three essentially exist as pitiful ghosts of their formerly commanding selves. With a scarce handful of genuine blues forces left—the 90-something Delta overlord Dave “Honeyboy” Edwards, the renowned musical ambassador B.B. King—the idiom today primarily exists as a showcase for musicians whose instincts run unremittingly to a terminal state of heavy-handed overkill, manifested as a tasteless barrage of notes that seem to purposefully avoid the primitive simplicity that made blues the primary source of most American popular music.

But within the tangled, polluted community of so-called blues players, there is yet one who stalks through the sound’s tangled jungle with a formidable mixture of dazzling technical facility, a passionate, innate understanding of the form’s spiritual qualities, and a repertoire of almost unbelievable scope—3,000 songs and counting.

That man is Carlos Guitarlos, a scrappy, hard-driving and hard-living Chicano axe-man from Southern California, whose near life-long involvement with the blues has driven him through an often brutal, cyclical course of monumental artistic peaks and disastrous, life-threatening plunges. Perhaps the only thing that’s kept him alive has been the music itself, an inescapable avocation so deeply-rooted that it’s provided Guitarlos with an unlikely yet sustaining edge.

Growing up in 1950s-era Cypress Park, a hardscrabble, working class community whose neighborhoods were ruled by the notorious Cypress Park Boys street gang, Guitarlos’ involvement with music (he was writing songs at age 14) kept his carcass safely anchored in the garage, chewing through Chuck Berry songs with a variety of cohorts, honing that devilish blues edge until it gleamed with the razor’s luminous, threatening slash-and-gash capability. By the early ‘80s, when he hooked up with powerhouse blues shouter Top Jimmy and began assaulting audiences as the twin engines of infamous aggregation Top Jimmy & the Rhythm Pigs, not even the fiercest hardcore punk bands of the day could manifest their boozy, incendiary impact.

Holding forth at a weekly residency that stretched for over a year in Hollywood underground Mecca the Cathay de Grande, the Rhythm Pigs’ Blue Monday gigs drew in a star-studded rabble that included sit-ins by members of X, the Doors, the Blasters and frequent contributions from diehard fan David Lee Roth, the band’s gift for unmatched hellraising swiftly grew to a word-of-mouth roar that allowed them to positively dominate the town’s nightclub culture. Guitarlos’ shredding, impeccable fretwork was matched only by his reputation as a volatile, unpredictable, often hyper-obnoxious hothead; to call him self-destructive would be a grievous understatement—apart from the deleterious effects of his viciously Olympic-scale partying, his greatest mistake was flatly refusing David Lee Roth’s personal request to allow Van Halen to record one of Guitarlos’ compositions (Roth, instead, immortalized the group with the song “Top Jimmy” on Van Halen’s 1984 album)

The Rhythm Pigs’ pyrotechnic chaos, however majestic, could not stand; when Top Jimmy ended the pair’s nine-year association (splitting for Vegas to care for his ailing sister), Carlos went into a well-lubricated freefall and nearly bought the farm in 1990 after going into a diabetic coma that lasted three full days. After recovering, he disappeared completely from local bandstands. To local hipsters—many of whom had been on the receiving end of more than a few withering Guitarlos tirades—his evaporation was more of a relief than a cause for concern.

San Francisco is a suck town for those on the bum. At one point, the city became so overrun by the homeless that it chose to entirely cease service in and out of the lower Market Street East Bay Transit terminal, handing it over instead to the army of panhandlers whose infestation made further public service impossible. It rains much of the time, temperatures rarely crack 70 degrees, and it’s foggy almost every fucking day until at least noon.

Among the innumerable down-and-outers, Guitarlos re-emerged—as a strictly-for-tips street singer. With a scrawled cardboard sign that read WILL PLAY FOR FAME OR FORTUNE, he had become a gaunt, wasted figure, but his music still delivered more than enough raw-knuckled razzle-dazzle to distinguish him from the ragged horde of guitar-strumming competitors. In 1994, the Bay Guardian newspaper named him Street Musician of the Year, an accolade that, while welcome, did not exactly reinstate him to a position of comfort.

Seven years later, diagnosed with congestive heart failure, he nearly died (again), but the ornery slinger astonished his doctors by not only surviving, but fully recovering. He finally got off the sauce and, with assistance from faithful (and long-suffering) nephew Damon Ayala, returned to Southern California and the recording studio, producing first 2003’s acclaimed Straight From the Heart CD and his current, equally kicking Hell Can Wait disc. Both are mesmerizing displays of his far-reaching prowess, twisting through a kaleidoscopic range of vernacular blues styles—fiery Louisiana zydeco, low-down Delta plaints, rousing jump-blues rave-ups, Chicago-style roof-raisers—with a critical acuity and an idiosyncratic personal style that’s matched by an almost reverent emphasis on the traditional basis of each regional flavor. Guitarlos pulls it off with a near supernatural prowess, conjuring the blues on a sprawling, epic scale, even as he maintains a delicate sense of intimacy and involvement.

Like his avowed idol, Robert “Hellhound on my Trail” Johnson, Guitarlos’ blues seem to soar, propelled by an indefinable, almost mystic quality long since drained from the idiom by the ceaseless degradation visited upon it by wrong-headed ofay aspirants. How he manages it is as mystifying as his own survival, something that even Guitarlos himself may be unable to explain. Ask him, and you’ll likely get a cryptic statement about “imaginary phone calls to Robert Johnson from beyond the graveyard, on a phone made out of human bone”—but when you hear him play, you’ll understand.

Five CDS currently are available from this legendary rockin'/roots/Americana singer/songwriter/guitarist
Straight from the Heart
Hell Can Wait
Handsome Wolf (live electric)
Sing An Honest Song (acoustic)
The Innocent Remains (acoustic)
That's 72 songs....

See you there!

Carlos Guitarlos
            (626)390-6005      


Wine and Song at Firefly Bistro Wednesday April 25

Extraordinary Singer/Songwriters from far and wide descend upon Firefly Bistro every Wednesday night. Wine and Song starts at 7pm and wraps up around 9:30.

This Wednesday, April 25 you'll find two incredible artists: Kara Grainger and Carlos Guitarlos

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LA Weekly says: “If you’re going to name yourself Carlos Guitarlos, you’d better make sure you’re a damned good guitarist. So good, in fact, that you can play anywhere, out on the streets or in a fancy concert hall, with the uncanny ability to pull from memory just about any blues-rock classic and, on top of that, play it in a style that’s uniquely your own. And then, somehow, you should also be so good that you can write and sing dozens of your own originals, in all manner of genres, from bewitchingly sad ballads and deft Beatles-like pop structures to ragingly dirty blues and Latin soul. You’d better be so good that you can become a waste case midway through your long career and piss off all of your remaining friends and end up living on the street, and — when you finally stagger back to your feet like a punch-drunk boxer — still play like a mother and earn the plaudits of a new generation of loyal fans. —Falling James”


Five CDS are currently available from this rockin’, roots, Americana singer/songwriter/guitarist… Straight from the Heart, Hell Can Wait, Handsome Wolf (live), Sing An Honest Song (acoustic), The Innocent Remains (acoustic), …     That’s 72 songs….


Please come and enjoy this show!


April 25, 2012  7:00 - 9:30 PM
Firefly Bistro
1009 El Centro Street
South Pasadena CA 91030