Instead, indie label owner and local concert promoter Mike Giangreco is presenting a label-oriented show this coming Friday, November 20th, at Hollywood's Cabana Club, located at 1439 Ivar Avenue, half a block south of Sunset, between Cahuenga Blvd. and Vine St. The show will also serve as a "pre-CD release" event for Meroke Sky's latest signing, The Conleys (http://myspace.com/
The Cabana Club is a 21-and-over venue, and admission is $10 at the door. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. and the entertainment will start at 8:00 p.m. There is ample parking in the Arclight Theatre parking structure, located right across the street from the club entrance on Ivar. For more venue information, call (323) 463-0005 or visit the club's website at http://www.cabanaclubhollywood.com.
The Conleys will be accompanied by label-mates Asa Danekind and Alex Del Zoppo, along with Frank Schnyder. Also appearing on the show will be label staple Mike Mazochi (a regular on Meroke Sky sessions), as well as L.A.-based singer-songwriter Rebekah White, and pop-rock outfit This Is Energy, who are making a special visit from their home turf in St Louis, Missouri.
In October 2009, Nick and Sarah Conley co-produced their debut album with Mike Giangreco for his Meroke Sky Records label. The CD cover proclaims, "The Conleys present Folk Noir."
Why the title Folk Noir? "The songs aren't about a concept," warns Sarah Conley, "but they are part of the same interpretation of life and emotion, all trying to build and make things. The style occupies that space between the hope of folk music and the smoky aspects of film noir. It's the dark side of folk," she explains.
The Conleys first met producer and label owner Mike Giangreco as a show promoter, and he has continued to present bookings with them all over Hollywood. Giangreco has seen their repertoire develop, and that fact enhanced the production of the album.
"After booking thousands of bands the last quarter-century, every now and then an act jumps out at you. The Conleys were that act," Giangreco enthuses. "Sarah's dynamic vocals just rang out so clear and refreshing, and they mixed with Nick's cool guitar playing in such a style that I knew it would be worth spending some extra time listening to them and then recording them. I was not disappointed at all."
Folk Noir has links to the Conleys’ background in the circus. “Most of the songs aren't about being in one place or living in a suburb, they’re about the constant movement and itchy feet of being on the road with a show,” Sarah reveals. "In one song on the disc, ‘How the Juggler Stole My Heart,’ the character literally gets swept away into a life on the road."
“My experiences with elephants came as a direct result of my family’s circus background. One day we went to visit friends who were running the elephant ride at the Orange County Fair, and the next day I was on the road with four pachyderms. I haven't been able to stay away ever since, and it's been nine years. The elephants I work with are in music videos, movies, print and TV ads, and it does show the discipline I take and apply to every aspect of my life, including working in the studio. Many of the songs on this record were written and road-tested on four-ton audiences in dusty corners of California.”
In fact, “How the Juggler Stole My Heart,” became a crowd favorite as the duo performed around Hollywood over the past year, at such well-known venues as the Cabana Club, Genghis Cohen, and the Whisky a Go Go. They’ve also been playing the last Friday of every month at Hollywood Boulevard’s Pig’N Whistle, as part of Mike Giangreco’s regular “label nights” for his Meroke Sky Records.
For additional information about the Conleys, Barry Goldberg, Alex Del Zoppo, Michael Giangreco or Meroke Sky Records, including current photos and bios, review copies, or to arrange an interview, please contact our KubRo Group office using the email link shown.
To find more about Giangreco's record label, as well as his club bookings and musical ventures, visit http://www.merokeskyrecords.com and also check out http://www.hollywoodconcerts.com.