I had the pleasure of going on “mini-tour” with my band Mariel, Sullen Ray, and friends during Valentine’s Day weekend. The tour was in celebration of the release of an annual compilation by Villains Records, a local garage label founded by my boyfriend. (I’ve mentioned that I write weekly blog posts and content for them.)
We started on Valentine’s Day at The Griffin, located in Linda Vista. It’s a nice enough venue with friendly staff and craft beer. The performance was a bit shaky since we hadn’t practiced with the guitarist in a couple of weeks, but overall, we had a good response! Hands down, my favorite song is our closer, “Shipwreck.” At the end we have 3 singers going at once and I think it’s a great way to end the set.
We opened the bill and were followed by Privet, Muscle Beech, and Sullen Ray.
Second night was at a Chinese restaurant in Ventura, CA. Yeah, we thought it was weird too, but it ended up being a nice night. The restaurant was huge and divided into two separate sections. On one side was a room where karaoke was going on. That’s also where the bar was located. The other side of the restaurant was the stage, a huge pond/fountain, and the kitchen. The latter is where we played. It looked like a good spot for say, a wedding reception. I met some cool people here and got to watch a great performance by Dan Driskill and Andrew Saks (spoken word and guitar) and rockin’ sets by first timer Jane Gray Black Orphan and Sullen Ray.
The third and last show was in Los Angeles. We saw an amazing set by Tarah Who? I was completely blown away and it was my favorite part of the night. (My least favorite part was the bartender yelling at me for not tipping before I even had a chance to pull out my wallet. So, fuck you bartender.)
Now I’m back in the real world writing this blog post in the local cafe down the street from my house. I don’t miss the cramped hours in the back seat of the car, but I do miss being surrounded by other musicians and artists.