The Carlos Guitarlos Trio will be appearing @ Café Nela for Friends of Highland Park Fundraiser
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 $5.00
When: Sunday, June 8, 2014 Time: 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: CAFE NELA, 1906 Cypress Ave. LA, CA 90065 (( 21 & up ))
Performances by: The Zoomies, The Good Walkers, Banna Beag Mall,
Sheila Nicholls .... AND THE CARLOS GUITARLOS TRIO@ 7:00PM
Also: Art Auction with art by Richard Duardo, Frank Romero, Leo Limon, Shepard Fairey
The Carlos Guitarlos Band delivers Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Rock-N-Roll, Folk, Cajun, and deep true original ballads brought forth from a lifetime of experience and hard living.
The Carlos Guitarlos Trio features CARLOS GUITARLOS - One of the world's greatest Americana, Roots and Blues songwriters / guitarists from the infamous TOP JIMMY & THE RHYTHM PIGS - a seminal LA blues band from the 80's -- Carlos has played with/for: Marcy Levy, Jim Keltner, Tom Waits, The Great Gene Taylor, Ray Manzarek, Los Lobos, The Blasters, Maria McKee, John Densmore, John Doe, Dave Alvin, Top Jimmy, Gil T., Steve Berlin, Steve Nieve, Jeff Ross
WILL MACK - Bass -- Will has shared the stage and performed with Tom Morello, Jackson Browne, Wayne Kramer, Benny Maupin, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Lee Scratch Perry and Mad Professor and many other amazing musicians and artists over the years.
ADAM STEINBERG - Drums -- Adam has played with/for: Bellylove, Swing Riots, Shanty Town Gadjos, Di$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”)