Q&A with Vintage Trouble

5 QUESTIONS WITH NALLE COLT & RICHARD DANIELSON OF VINTAGE TROUBLE
By: @brentXmendoza

This New Year’s Eve youthful revelers and seasoned troublemakers alike will be counting down the final moments of 2012 with the throwback sounds of L.A.’s own Vintage Trouble as the soundtrack to their midnight kiss. Currently on a North American tour with The Who, the band’s genre defying, soulful pizzaz has put the Laurel Canyon based quartet on an unheard of trajectory to stardom, that has landed them in front of stadium size crowds only two short years after first coming together.

Before tipping back your plastic Champagne flutes this NYE, get the full tilt tale from VT guitarist Nalle Colt and drummer Richard Danielson, as they share their whirlwind journey that’s taken them from zero to touring around the world with the likes of Bon Jovi and Brian May (Queen), and even playing Paul Stanley’s 60th birthday party!

Having such a unique sound, have you found it at all challenging getting paired with like sounding bands for shows? Any particularly bad experiences, as far as mismatched billing is concerned?

Colt: Not really… we have been supporting lots of different acts this year from The Cranberries, Lenny Kravitz, The Bangles, KISS and now of course The Who. All of them have a very different crowd and sound, and thus far our sound has worked with them all!

Danielson: We played a festival last year in England called Sonisphere. It’s basically a metal festival and the “Big Four” (I guess they are called…) were the headliners. So it was pretty much a metal festival with a few other tidbits thrown in; but we ended up picking up so many new fans from this experience. So I think this says something about the U.K. listener—they tend to enjoy many genres of music, with multi-faceted tastes and ears.

The band almost immediately after forming took off for Europe in hopes of building an initial buzz. In your opinion, why is it that certain bands/genres fair better across the pond and have to “catch on” in Europe before they get noticed in The States?

Danielson: Perhaps Europe is sexy in the eyes of us Americans, much in the way that the U.S. is sexy in the eyes of a lot of Europeans. But it is a smaller place, so it’s easier to infiltrate perhaps. I am of the opinion that the American attention span has waned a bit as well… Radio and pop culture as a whole has really been dumbed down in the last decade. One gets a sense of this by traveling the world and seeing how other countries and cultures are fairing. There are some great things going on in Europe, both musically and artistically.

Touring with The Who, Bon Jovi, Brian May… What’s been your most surreal experience thus far? Who were you most excited to meet?

Colt: Our first show with Bon Jovi was pretty surreal. To walk on that first stadium show with about 65,000 people in front of you is an amazing feeling! I was most excited to meet Pete Townshend of course!

Who will you be kissing at midnight this New Year’s Eve?

Colt: Probably whoever in my band will have me, since I will be on stage with them during the midnight countdown at the World Famous Roxy Theatre!

Women or booze, which generally leads to more “trouble?”

Danielson: Booze can lead to woman… but women are always going to lead you to booze at some point!

Please share with us your most memorable New Year’s Eve story.

Danielson: Well I have yet to cement The Roxy in my mind at this point, so I’d have to say Naples, Italy… Best fireworks show I’ve ever seen, and coolest outdoor NYE party ever!

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Tickets for NYE with Vintage Trouble, Sy Smith, and DJ Jeremy Sole are available now including VIP and drink options!

John West: From The Promenade to Def Jam Records

Pop/R&B singer John West is making his headlining return to The Roxy this Wednesday!

John West is an LA staple. He began his career performing on the 3rd St. Promenade in Santa Monica where many singer/songwriters are discovered, but John was something special. His talent was recognized amongst many of the movers & shakers in the Southern California music scene and after multiple packed shows, West was signed by Island/Def Jam.

John West’s latest album moves his music into more of a hip hop sound. The first single “Already There” features rapper Big Sean and has even gained attention of label mate, Rihanna. Just a few days ago, John released his take on her hugely popular song “We Found Love”, as seen below:

“Already There” ft. Big Sean
Already There feat. Big Sean by John West

The show also features LA pop-soul outfit, Tha Boogie, hip hop duo Tiron & Ayomari, East/West coast & southern hip hop group, John Mcxro, Hosts LA Leakers & is presented by Vibe Magazine. John West has a voice that transcends genre lines and is pure, raw talent. Don’t miss the amazing lineup this Wednesday!

Tickets for the January 25 show are still available via Ticketweb & The Roxy’s box office at 310-278-9457.

The Roxy Loves Amy Winehouse

[Originally posted March 23, 2007]

Thanks to adritheegreat for the video!

Photos by Marc Goldstein…

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Photo Credit: Marc Goldstein
Photo Credit: Marc Goldstein

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Check out the review from the LA Weekly…

U.K. soul mama gets crowned on the Sunset Strip Monday, March 19, at the Roxy
By Ernest Hardy
Thursday, March 22, 2007

“Performing to a sold-out Roxy, Amy Winehouse gave a hilarious intro to the confessional song “You Know I’m No Good”: After she had betrayed a lover, he asked if she even loved him. “I told him, ‘I do love you,’ ” she recounted — adding with playful exasperation, “ ‘But, like, I get bored. I told you I’m no good!’ ” The crowd loved it — and sang every song by heart, all night long.

Winehouse’s top-to-bottom brilliant sophomore album, Back to Black (Republic/Universal), is bursting with great, quotable lines, many as wry as they are poignant. One of the best is tucked in the driving, Motown-based “Tears Dry on Their Own,” where she admits: “Even if I stop wanting you/and perspective pushes through/I’ll be some next man’s other woman soon…”

The word other is key here. That’s the woman who wears the scarlet letter — fallen, disgraced. Winehouse casually conveys volumes through a single word or phrasing choice throughout Black, a breakup album whose defining characteristic is working-class feminine wit. And I mean both types of wit — intelligence and humor, which Winehouse uses intuitively to express how obsession dovetails with addiction. References to booze and boozing, drugging and fucking-as-self-destruction crowd the text of this confessional album. The musical filter through which Winehouse pours it all is the girl-group sound of the early ’60s — the Shangri-Las, the Shirelles, the Ronettes and the Chiffons.

Live, Winehouse was noticeably nervous but utterly charming, singing for an audience who knew all the words to all the songs. She was in spectacular voice throughout, backed by a crack band (man, that horn section . . .) and two chicly attired male backup singers who energetically pulled off synchronized choreography. Winehouse’s own herky-jerky, off-the-beat dancing and ragged emulation of girl-group style somehow underscored an aura of sincerity (a matted beehive with an unkempt tail; an ill-fitting dress that kept sliding down her scary-thin frame; weathered leopard-print shoes rummaged from the back of some tranny’s closet). Her awkward performance of femininity befits a woman who can’t quite figure how to stop fucking up her relationships and her life.

Winehouse may be retro, but her work is, mercifully, irony-free. This is no academic study of girl-group traditions; instead, it’s a gut-level recognition of the strength and beauty of those impeccably crafted records — and the 8-by-10-ready public personas attached to them. For Back to Black, Winehouse gave her producers, Mark Ronson and Salaamremi.com, explicit instructions about the sound and vibe she wanted to accompany her self-penned lyrics. Together, they’ve captured not only the aesthetics of an era (the album is a gorgeous latticework of perfect, anachronistic detail) but also the naked romanticism, and theatrical but sincere vulnerability, of pop gone by. But Winehouse also references kindred artists outside the girl-group heyday: Esther Phillips (whose addiction-filled life and the havoc it wreaked on her career make her the most resonant influence), Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and, of course, Lauryn Hill.

At the Roxy, Winehouse sang everything from Back to Black, including “Addicted” (inexplicably left off the U.S. release, replaced with a god-awful remix of “You Know I’m No Good” featuring a rap by Ghostface Killah). Highlights of the set were “Tears Run Dry” and… it’s hard to say. The crowd’s energy was so intense, and their already-won love so exuberantly given, the night had the feel of a raucous coronation.

What was especially interesting about the performance was the way Winehouse handled her nerves — besides frequent sips taken from a cup at the edge of the stage. She stared down at the stage a lot, then looked up with a sneer or curled lip that evoked gum-popping, eyeball-rolling femmes from Ronettes to B-girls, gangsters’ molls to biker chicks. But there were also fleeting moments when she clearly checked out of her own performance: Her eyes would simply go blank, and she’d retreat behind them. Still, that voice — the sound of mysteriously missing teeth, Spanish Harlem stoops in summer and declarations of undying love — never wavered, and was never less than amazing.”

To read the rest of the review check the LA Weekly

From PerezHilton.com…

Amy Winehouse is such a hot mess!

She is the stuff of legend, and on Monday night a who’s who of hipsters and Hollywood players were treated to a tour de force performance by the Rehab chanteuse.

You never know if Wino is gonna show up to a gig or if she’ll even make it through a show, but she more than held her own at The Roxy.

Unfortunately, fans expecting to see her at Spaceland in Silverlake tonight might be a tad disappointed. We hear she might be cancelling!

Why? Because the venue is too small and they won’t allow her 10+ person band to come with her.

Hopefully that will all get sorted out, but if it doesn’t…..well, that’s Amy Winehouse for ya!

To sing the blues you must live the blues. And she lives it.”

Check out Scott T Sterlings review…

I Was There: Amy Winehouse at The Roxy, 3/19/07

“I guess you could call it pure, dumb luck. It just so happened that I heard about the Amy Winehouse show at the Roxy a couple of hours before my man Jeff Weiss informed me that she was also scheduled to play at Spaceland. Given my druthers, I would’ve purchased a ticket to see her in the much smaller Spaceland. But in my haste to secure a chance to see this notorious UK train wreck up close and personal like, I’d already laid my good money down for the Roxy show. In hindsight, I inadvertently made the right choice, since Ms. Winehouse famously bailed on the Spaceland gig.

I got to the Roxy a good 20 minutes before she took the stage, and I can honestly say I’ve never seen such an intense scrum up in that joint. It was packed to the back with an interesting array of Los Angelenos, skewing older than I’d expected.

Worming my way towards the front of the room, I found a choice spot maybe five feet from the stage, off to the right. A very drunk girl stumbles into me, pausing to take off her high heels. Oh boy, here we go. An older couple behind me is drunkenly making out, repeatedly ramming into my back. Really? The things I do for music.

When the lights finally dim and the curtains open, a surprisingly together looking Winehouse saunters up to the microphone to the strains of the Chiffons “He’s So Fine,” looking oddly sexy (skinny legs and all) in a blue prom dress that put her cleavage up front and center and showcased her bevy of tattoos. There were no signs of track marks or “meth skin” to be seen anywhere. She didn’t even appear to be drunk. What gives?

Backed ably by retro R&B outfit the Dap-Kings, our girl sailed through most of Back to Black admirably; her husky croon sounding even stronger than it does on the record. Her voice shined on mid-tempo numbers like the reggae-tinged “Just Friends,” but really soared on the barn-burners like “You Know I’m No Good.” What’s especially impressive is the way she attacks high notes, filling them with pure emotion, the total opposite of showboats like Christina Aguilera who completely overdo it with ridiculous trills and runs that never seem to stop.

Sliding in a verse of Lauryn Hill’s “Doo Wop (That Thing)” into “He Can Only Hold Her,” it was hard to miss the irony. Is Winehouse destined for a similar crash-and-burn like the one that beset Ms. Hill? Given her raw talent and limitless potential, I certainly hope not.

She’s comfortable and self-assured onstage. After announcing the evening’s last song to a boisterous chorus of “No!” she joked with the crowd:

“Well, obviously it’s not the last song. We still have to do the encores. I’m just playing the game up here, all right?”

For more of Scott’s review click here.

The World Should Revolve Around Little Jackie

It kind of does already…you can’t turn on ANYTHING without hearing the sweet jam. Come see it live – along with the always magical J*Davey. Its truly a night of some fierce females – join us! Click here for tickets or give us a jingle (310 278 9457).

Little Jackie 9/23
THE WORLD SHOULD REVOLVE AROUND ME – LITTLE JACKIE


MR MISTER – J DAVEY

From NOLA To The Strip Marc Broussard Is Back

Its been a few years since Marc has ben back on the Roxy stage, and while he has a few more albums under his belt – he still has the classic, New Orleans, jazz-y feel that we’ve all loved for years! Vocally, it doesn’t get much better than this – so make sure you pick up your tickets ASAP, as they’re getting very very sparce! See you at the show- and make sure to come early and catch MATT HIRES! As always, click here for tix or give us a ring at 310 278 9457!

Marc Broussard 8/28

Live At The Roxy

A Friendly Reminder Not to Miss James Hall and Friends

James Hall – already amazing. He’s such a killer performer and i’ll watch him anytime, anyplace. But now, DAVID GARZA has been added to the show. A Largo regular, and the man behind so many artists we know and love. This show is shaping up to pretty epic…and we hear their are still a few secrets in store. Ooh, i love surprises! Tickets here and 310 278 9457.

James Hall 7/17

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Chasing Adele

If you’ve been watching VH1 or MTV, you’ve seen the hot new video from Adele for “Chasing Pavements”- her single is really taking off and we can’t wait to see it live. She’s part of that really great soul mix – Amy Winehouse-ish jazz that gets stuck in your head instantly. As expected, this Roxy show is sold out – so for all those that don’t have tickets make sure to check back as we post pics from the show later this week!

Live Nation Presents:Adele 5/21

What A Thursday

We have such an eclectic mix of shows going on-sale today, and we wanted to make sure you didn’t miss the boat on any of them. From hot rock bands….to beautiful songstress…to soul singer…to pop/punk…to tv heartthrob – oh my!
Tickets will be available thru the box office at 10:30am (310 278 9457) and thru ticketmaster at 11:00am. Just enough time to rally your friends, and make some plans! See you there – & click on the bands name below for direct ticketing links, so easy!
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The Boy Is Back

Best known for his role in one of the most beloved boybands of the 90’s – we can’t even tell you how excited we are to have Backstreet Boy AJ MCLEAN here next MONDAY MARCH 24th. Their are still a few tickets left which can be purchased thru ticketmaster and thru the Roxy box office…and JUST added are local favs Everybody Else and Blackcowboy! Check out AJ debuting his new single (a jazz, funk, soul type feel) tonight (March 21, 2008) on LA station 102.7 KIIS FM on Jojo’s Top 9 at 9. Check it out!

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Maceo Parker Comes to Town

His legendary collaborations with everyone from Ray Charles to Red Hot Chilli Peppers (and everyone inbetween) has helped secure Maceo Parker as a true timeless musician. A performance not to be missed! Make sure you come early…and stay late – as the rest of the lineup for the night is just as sensational. We have Grand Pianoramax featuring Celena Glenn, hot funk/soul local favorite Orgone – and our good friend DJ Medi4 spinning the tracks all night! As one of our favorite DJ’s, we know he’ll get the night rolling right! (Did you catch him during the amazing B-52’s show last year?) It’s a must see!

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Go Nikka

With the distinct style of music that combines elements of funk, soul, and blues – we could not be more excited to have Nikka back on our stage! Tickets will go onsale tomorrow 11/29-thru both ticketmaster and our box office (310 278 9457). Don’t miss out!

Nikka Costa - 12/30

Midon For The Soul

“I like to celebrate the possible, the highest, the best of possibilities for human beings, It’s easy to be pessimistic given the state of the world. But I’m inspired by people like Martin Luther King, Jr. and Gandhi who had the ability to transform. Collectively we create an enormously powerful force that can change the world and overcome any obstacle.” -Raul Midon. We are so happy to have him back on our stage.

Raul Midon, Morley

Angie Stone

Angie Stone

The one and only Angie Stone will grace the Roxy stage for one night only, October 1st, 2007.

A singer, a self-taught keyboardist, and a prolific songwriter, Angie Stone’s first claim to fame was being the lead vocalist on Vertical Hold’s smooth urban dance track “Seems You’re Much Too Busy.” An R&B Top 40 hit during the summer of 1993, it eventually led to a solo career, and her debut album Black Diamond was issued in 1999 by Arista. In six years, Stone had definitely gained an old-school, autobiographical vibe, exemplified by her hit ballad “No More Rain (In This Cloud),” which has samples from Gladys Knight and the Pips’ “Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye).” Contributors included Lenny Kravitz and former Tribe Called Quest member Ali Shaheed Muhammad as producers, and Stone’s ex-boyfriend D’Angelo as a vocal guest on “Everyday.”

Stone, a native of Columbia, SC, began singing gospel music at a young age at First Nazareth Baptist Church. Her father, a member of a local gospel quartet, would take his only child to see performances by gospel artists such as the Singing Angels and the Gospel Keynotes. During her youth, she wrote poetry, played sports, and, after high-school graduation, was offered college basketball scholarships. While working dead-end jobs, Stone began saving money to record her own demos at a local studio called PAW. She joined Gwendolyn Chisolm and Cheryl Cook in the rap trio the Sequence, who recorded hits for Joe and Sylvia Robinson’s Sugarhill label — “Funk You Up,” a remake of Parliament’s hit “Tear the Roof Off the Sucker” called “Funky Sound (Tear the Roof Off),” and “I Don’t Need Your Love (Part One).” Soon after, Stone was working with futuristic rappers Mantronix and rocker Lenny Kravitz and formed the neo-soul trio Vertical Hold, who first charted with the Criminal single “Summertime.” Besides “Seems You’re Much Too Busy,” the group’s self-titled A&M album spawned another charting single, “ASAP.” She moved to J-Records in 2001 for her second record, Mahogany Soul, and the record cracked the Top 40 thanks to the pop/R&B hit “Brotha.” Three years later, her third record Stone Love became her biggest hit, with a number 14 placing. In 2004, Stone Love was issued, followed by a live recording of her greatest hits in 2005. – Ed Hogan, All Music Guide

Tyrone Wells

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Growing up a skinny preacher’s kid in Spokane, Washington, Tyrone Wells was discouraged from listening to pop music and only exposed to gospel. Little did he know a decade later, the roots of soul would become a key element of his passionate, irresistible and utterly unique songs. Combining pop, soul, and rock, Tyrone sings about true love, war and heartbreak with equal power and sincerity, coming across as a voice for a generation that’s both idealistic and confused.

Tickets are available now at The Roxy or through Ticketmaster.

Stone Love

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A singer, a self-taught keyboardist, and a prolific songwriter, Angie Stone‘s first claim to fame was being the lead vocalist on Vertical Hold’s smooth urban dance track “Seems You’re Much Too Busy.” An R&B Top 40 hit during the summer of 1993, it eventually led to a solo career, and her debut album Black Diamond was issued in 1999 by Arista. In six years, Stone had definitely gained an old-school, autobiographical vibe, exemplified by her hit ballad “No More Rain (In This Cloud),” which has samples from Gladys Knight and the Pips’ “Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye).” Contributors included Lenny Kravitz and former Tribe Called Quest member Ali Shaheed Muhammad as producers, and Stone’s ex-boyfriend D’Angelo as a vocal guest on “Everyday.”

Stone, a native of Columbia, SC, began singing gospel music at a young age at First Nazareth Baptist Church. Her father, a member of a local gospel quartet, would take his only child to see performances by gospel artists such as the Singing Angels and the Gospel Keynotes. During her youth, she wrote poetry, played sports, and, after high-school graduation, was offered college basketball scholarships. While working dead-end jobs, Stone began saving money to record her own demos at a local studio called PAW. She joined Gwendolyn Chisolm and Cheryl Cook in the rap trio the Sequence, who recorded hits for Joe and Sylvia Robinson’s Sugarhill label — “Funk You Up,” a remake of Parliament’s hit “Tear the Roof Off the Sucker” called “Funky Sound (Tear the Roof Off),” and “I Don’t Need Your Love (Part One).” Soon after, Stone was working with futuristic rappers Mantronix and rocker Lenny Kravitz and formed the neo-soul trio Vertical Hold, who first charted with the Criminal single “Summertime.” Besides “Seems You’re Much Too Busy,” the group’s self-titled A&M album spawned another charting single, “ASAP.” She moved to J-Records in 2001 for her second record, Mahogany Soul, and the record cracked the Top 40 thanks to the pop/R&B hit “Brotha.” Three years later, her third record Stone Love became her biggest hit, with a number 14 placing. In 2004, Stone Love was issued, followed by a live recording of her greatest hits in 2005.

Angie Stone will visit The Roxy on October 1st, 2007 – tickets are on sale NOW through The Roxy Box Office at 310.278.9457, and will be on sale on September 5th at Ticketmaster. Get them before they sell out!

Angie Stone – “Brotha”

Debby Holiday

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Debby Holiday experienced every aspect of the music industry early on. Her father Jimmy Holiday was a passionate and soulful artist, topping the charts with several of his own singles before going on to co-write such hits as “Understanding” by Ray Charles and Jackie DeShannons “Put A Little Love In Your Heart”. Another standard “All I Ever Need Is You”, turned out to not only be a top 10 single for Sonny and Cher but also went on to be a huge country hit for Kenny Rogers and Dottie West. Naturally, this eclectic mix of music strongly influenced Debbys own unique and compelling sound.
THE ROXY Show Dates:
September 15, 2007 with Ty Taylor

Raul Midon

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Singer/guitarist Raul Midon is a contemporary soul singer whose impassioned acoustic guitar playing — a mix of rock, classical, and flamenco — has gotten him just as much attention as his smooth voice. Blind since birth, Midon challenges himself and others to see and feel music and percussion on many different levels.
THE ROXY Show Dates:
October 22, 2007

Ca$$ette is Back!

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What do you get when you mix a bold, modelesque, mohawked chick with a boys name and an electro-funk-soul, uber-hip robotica boy with a name fit for a girl? What happens when you blend 1-part Electronica, 2-parts Soul, and a sprinkle of Funk and Hip-Hop? What do you think evolves when you take a little bit of yesterday, a little more of today, and a whole bunch of tomorrow and throw it in a boiling pot of magic musical fusion?
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The Inside Shot

We had three very special shows this weekend. Friday night, Guitar Legend Joe Satriani put on a clinic, Saturday, the amazingly talented(and beautiful) Puppini Sisters took us back in time and Sunday, our good friend Esthero soothed our souls with her magical voice. Our GM Trevor here at the roxy is an aspiring photographer. Armed with a new camera, he’s started to take some shots. We are lucky enough for him to share his great pictures with us. Please feel free to post your favorite shots you have taken at the club. Snap away and post often…..Thanks Trev!

Puppini Sisters at The Roxy Theatre
Puppini Sisters at The Roxy Theatre
Joe Satriani at The Roxy Theatre
Joe Satriani at The Roxy Theatre
Esthero at The Roxy Theatre
Esthero at The Roxy Theatre

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Tyrone Wells

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Growing up a skinny preacher’s kid in Spokane, Washington, Tyrone Wells was discouraged from listening to pop music and only exposed to gospel. Little did he know a decade later, the roots of soul would become a key element of his passionate, irresistible and utterly unique songs. Combining pop, soul, and rock, Tyrone sings about true love, war and heartbreak with equal power and sincerity, coming across as a voice for a generation that’s both idealistic and confused.
THE ROXY Show Dates:
March 31, 2007
September 8, 2007