Tuesday, February 2, 2010
The Culver's Jazz Club - Sony Holland Concert Review
What a fantastic concert. You always here the phrase "you just can't improve upon perfection," however Sony Holland just gets better and better each time I hear her sing. She totally blew me away the other night at Culver's jazz club. She didn't just sing, she performed. Her band, The Theo Saunders Quartet who just happens to consist of some of the best players in the Los Angeles area was off the cuff. Not to mention Jerry Holland who is the best guitarist EVER. Below is a short snippet of the band performing "You Never Can Tell." Now remember I am not a videographer and I have a cheap camera so don't expect HD quality here :)
The club itself is nestled within the lobby and bar area of the Radisson hotel. It was founded in 1991 by Merle Kreibich who is just a sweetheart. She not only introduced Sony and the band but informed us about the upcoming shows and thanked the entire audience for coming out to the club. It was that special touch that made this club so special. You can click here to read more about the club including a calendar of upcoming performances.
If it has Sony's picture I take photos of it - hence, the sign above which was located right outside the door of the Culver's Club.
Above is a photo of the bar. Upon arriving at the hotel we decided to get a small bite at the bar before getting ready for the show. Besides we had a little time to kill so where better to spend it then at the bar? We ordered a plate of quesadillas of which we shared. It was a surprisingly large plate for a small bite. They were spicy, tasty and hit the spot. Inside the club there is a bar menu which holds an eclectic variety of food choices. I decided to have the crab cakes which were delectable and a non alcoholic beer. I was pleasantly surprised with the food in this club. The service was so friendly and accommodating that it made me feel as if I were home. They know how to treat their patron's at Culver's Club. Customer service is obviously top priority there and very much appreciated. I will have more on the food at this hotel in another post.
In the above photo, Sony and her band performing.
Theo Saunders tickling the ivories in the above photo. This guys rocks!!!
Me and my little buddy Sabrina above. I was so happy she joined us for the after concert festivities. Which reminds me I want to thank Gary and Trish, Sabrina's parents for again providing the bubbly and sweet treats for the after party. They do this at each of Sony's concerts and it is so much appreciated. Thanks you two.
It would not be a Sony Holland concert without her signature "At Last" performance. The above amateur video is a short clip of Sony and the song. Enjoy!
Stay tuned as I will have much more during this week.