8:00 PM, Doors at 7:30 PM
Please join us on Thursday, June 7 for a night of great music with I See Hawks In L.A.! Rick Shea, who contributed to Dave Alvin’s Grammy-winning album “Public Domain,” will play an opening set.
On June 29 2018 I See Hawks In L.A. will release their 8th CD, “Live And Never Learn”. In this 14-song collection of folk ballads, psychedelic rockers, and the Hawks’ unique brand of honky tonk, their usual eclectic range of topics will be covered: traffic and the collapse of society, desanctified churches of Ireland, fires in the L.A. hills, gender fluid street kingpins in L.A. adjacent Rosemead, card sharks in Memphis, and the fractaling of the modern spirit.
The Hawks are noted for their lyrical celebrations and lamentations of earth and ecosphere, odes to the endless highway, and wry social commentary—not exactly the trucks and tight jeans of mainstream country. They have a loyal following around the globe from many U.S. and Europe/UK tours, consistently rave reviews from critics, and a serious presence in the top 10 of the Freeform American Roots chart (#1 three times), the Americana Chart, and the Euro Americana chart (top ten several times). Their live show, whether all-acoustic or hard-hitting psychedelic honky tonk electric, lights up the stages from their own high desert to Stagecoach at Coachella, to the folk clubs of UK and Germany.
Formed in 1999 by Rob Waller and brothers Paul and Anthony Lacques during a philosophical discussion and rock-throwing session on an East Mojave desert trek, I See Hawks In L.A. first gathered on the front porch in Echo Park, Los Angeles, drank whiskey and wrote their first batch of songs. They then sought advice from local country rock guru David Jackson (John Denver, Dillard and Clark, EmmyLou Harris).
Jackson promptly joined the Hawks for their eponymous recording, featuring legendary fiddler Brantley Kearns (Dwight Yoakam, Dave Alvin). The CD established the Hawks signature sound: high lonesome three part harmonies, innovative telecaster and steel or unadorned acoustic arrangements, with lyrics musing on mortality, whales, and the geography of pre-apocalyptic L.A.
“An incredible and intelligent musician and songwriter with an angelic voice that I’d kill for” – Dave Alvin
Rick Shea cut his teeth in the bars and honky-tonks of San Bernardino where he grew up. He’s since gone on to build a solid career for himself as a solo artist, singer, guitarist and songwriter. Shea is equally at home with an acoustic guitar and a set of ballads and stories, or with his worn old Telecaster burning through a set of his own songs and a few honky-tonk standards. With nine critically acclaimed albums, he’s performed all over Southern California, the West Coast and across the country and in Europe.