GRAND OLE ECHO with THE VACQUETONES

GRAND OLE ECHO with THE VACQUETONES

Steven Casper & Cowboy Angst, Leslie Stevens (solo), Porch Girls (outside)

Sun, July 29, 2012

5:00 pm

The Echo

Los Angeles, California

Free

The Grand Ole Echo is Americana and country music (The good kind!) every Sunday in the Spring/Summer at the legendary Echo in Echo Park! 3 bands on the mainstage and 1 or 2 on the 'backporch'! Doors open at 5:30 PM and shut at 9:00PM, so you can get back home in time to wash your face and say your prayers. Relax out back on the Ole Echo backporch, listen to some acoustic music and eat some delicious pizza from Two Boots! Come back inside and listen to DJ Cousin Roy spinning great old classic country on the record player between acts. See some of the best country/roots bands in L.A.: dance, drink and meet your pals old and new at the friendliest free shows in town. All Ages

THE VACQUETONES
THE VACQUETONES
Steven Casper & Cowboy Angst
Steven Casper & Cowboy Angst
Steven Casper is a Los Angeles based singer and songwriter. Growing up in Japan, Italy, Nigeria and Mexico, one of his main connections to American culture was through his parents' record collection. At a very young age he discovered the magic of Hank Williams, Leadbelly, Bob Wills, Mahalia Jackson, Woody Guthrie and many other American icons. Moving back to the United States at age 17, he started his first band shortly after hearing The Ramones. Through the years his songwriting has evolved from rock and roll, to the more roots oriented music of his early days, sitting in front of his parents' record player. Steven is currently playing the Los Angeles club circuit with his band.
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Steven Casper - Lead vocals and guitar
Glen Lynskey - Lead Guitar
Ross Levinson - Violin, keys and vocals
Herb Deitelbaum - Bass guitar and vocals
Jay Nowac - Drums
Leslie Stevens (solo)
Leslie Stevens (solo)
"Canyon Country Bands are as common as brush fires in LA but the thing that separates this combo apart is the voice of the titular Leslie...a rounded shining thing that evokes Patsy Cline¬πs sass and sorrow in one swoop." - LA Times

"Leslie & the Badgers are quietly turning into one of the city's best...what makes the songs magical is the way Stevens spruces up the retro country-pop settings with clear-eyed and thoughtfully incisive lyrics." - LA Weekly

"As the heart of its expressive ability, Leslie Stevens' voice is the picture of gorgeous restraint, a refined mixture of urbane sophistication and genuine country honey...radiant with style and intellect...her singing is more about movement than volume, and it's what makes it an enduring marvel." Flagpole Magazine

"A fresh, ear-pleasing sound that's attracted a growing Eastside following...'Los Angeles' and pleading 'Winter Fugue' serve notice Stevens is a writer to watch." - Pasadena Weekly

"Seasoned as the weather itself...like a gypsy caravan picking up musicians and fans along the way...real enough to steal one¬πs heart away." - LA Record

"Roomful Of Smoke is an unexpected pleasure and a record that fans of Whiskeytown and Neko Case will find as comfortable as a well-traveled pair of boots...too many standout tracks to list...'Los Angeles,' sounds like it was inadvertently left off Case's Canadian Amp EP, while 'My Tears Are Wasted On You' will likely rocket up the country charts as soon as some savvy producer convinces one of Nashville's cookie-cutter starlets to warble her way through it." - My Old Kentucky Blog

"...led by adorable, sweet-toned singer-songwriter Leslie Stevens whose pipes and presence recall such honest and heartfelt vocalists as Emmylou Harris, Iris DeMent and Alison Krauss, with a touch of Patsy Cline's guilelessness...literate, emotionally-accessible, sometimes whimsical and always heartfelt lyrics...." - MOG dot com

"This album has more class in a follicle of its metaphorical hair than most new country has in its entire existence...That class is established early on by Leslie Steven's soothing voice. You can't help but be reminded of Emmylou Harris when you hear her voice but you will never be confused by it. Ms. Stevens can sing country, R & B, blues, or anything else that may come her way…You best have your ear to the ground on this. It's that good and you can expect to hear a lot more from this amazingly talented band." - No Depression
Porch Girls (outside)
Porch Girls (outside)
Dana and Dina came together to play folk and americana music in the afternoons and warm Topanga evenings. We'd sit on the porch and trade off calling favorites to play together. We were in love with the same songs and writers, and we weren't sure others would be, as most of our friends are alt-country rockers. So... it was all ours. Soon our musical friends were sitting in and really enjoying the songs and loving the sound. The original group included: Dana and Dina with Hyla Douglas and Scott Grusin, w/some friends rotating as needed, Barry Newton, upright bass, Doug Funkhouser, banjo, and Johnny Baltic guitar/vocs.. Soon Lisa Salloux & Carla Capolupo jumped up to the porch. It was the most interesting evolution and crazy mixed up fun. We brought a different magical band to each of our first 9 gigs! Whew! Well as evolution took it's course, Dana moved on to finish her record (blessings girlfriend!), and Scott's on to his three other bands and their business, but still sittin' in here and there, yeay. Recently we picked up a real goody in Halina Janusz from Mother Jones, who is a killer addition on banjo, vocals, and mouth harp. Stay tuned as the world turns! Thanks to The Topanga Roadhouse and Falls Studios for the rehearsal space! And Steve Jawowski for sittin' in at Bow Wow Ween. Fun!
Venue Information:
The Echo
1822 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, California, 90026
http://www.theecho.com