Hollywood Nights: The Urban Desert Cabaret Review May 17, 2012
May 21, 2012
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I had a really good time in Hollywood the other night! I attended the Urban Desert Cabaret show at the Pig & Whistle Back Room on Thursday night, May 17th. I spent some quality time with my family. My brother and sister-in-law were there with my niece and their friends. I was accompanied by my two best girlfriends.
The music was great and the night was special because there was a performance of a portion of Varieadades, a presentation of spoken word and music by the acclaimed writer, Ruben Martinez.
Besides the amazing bass guitarist, Juan Perez and the phonetic stlylings of Martin Holmes’ poetry, it was kind of a girl’s night at the Urban Desert Cabaret. The room was visually enhanced by the abstract art installation of Joanna Fodczuk. Her paintings are passionate and stirring and really set the mood for the evening’s talent.
I was impressed by Raquel Gutierrez who performed with Martinez and included a reading of her own work as well. Even though she comes off edgy, deep, personal and raw – I found Raquel to be cool, smooth and a powerhouse of Latina strength and fortitude.
I dropped her this note after she accepted my friend request on Facebook:
“Hi Raquel, I enjoyed your performance at #UrbanDessertCabaret! I’m posting a review on my blog, do you have a website I can link to? Or upcoming shows you’d like to plug?”
She replied promptly:
“Hi Melissa, that’s really cool! My blog’s been http://raquefella.blogspot.com/ for years now and I am on twitter @raquefella. I’ll be here on June 8: http://www.facebook.com/events/224357277677919/?notif_t=plan_edited“
Awesome!! I look forward to seeing her perform again!
The highlight of the evening for me was early on when I was delighted by the incredible performance of guitarist/songstress, Cala Elaine. I can’t wait to see her perform again. I was intrigued by the combination of her strong sultry voice (reminiscent of Stevie Nicks) and her soulful charm and grace (a little like Jewel.) She had so much energy and depth in her performance and when I had a chance to meet her, she was friendly and genuine.
Cala and I also exchanged Facebook pleasantries and she has some website updating and more gigs in the works. Definitely go see her (and any of the artists from UDC) if you can – you will not be disappointed!
Everything about the line up was just as described by the organizer (my cousin) Joe City Garcia on the Facebook Event Invite. All the terrific artists coming together for a show that always seems to end too early! The poetry, the exceptional musicians, the atmosphere and the venue – all added to the perfect evening.
The food at the Pig & Whistle was great, the margaritas are pretty good (made with a splash of orange or pineapple juice.) I just hated to leave! The UDC combo is just getting started when they “play us out.” as everyone says their good byes.
I hope to see you next time at the Urban Desert Cabaret this Summer. You might even see me make an appearance and read my own original poetry!!