Music & Pop-Ups Alfresco

Aug 16, 2012

Elaine Faye; photo by David Molnar

Hot August Night. No, not the Neil Diamond classic double-album recorded in 1972 at the Greek Theater. Rather, we use it, very loosely, in reference to these hot August days. One way to survive them is to enjoy an evening listening to live music—for free—at One Colorado and dining alfresco (for which you pay).

This Saturday (August 18), Elaine Faye will “blend soul, pop and folk blues for an alternative take on So Cal soul.” Her musical style has been compared to Corrine Bailey Rae, Colbie Caillat, and India Arie. She began performing in 2009 and out of 4,000 entries, she was one of three aspiring musicians to win a Musicians Institute Full Ride scholarship (she’s now graduated). MTV  writes that Faye is “listed as one of 2011’s best unsigned bands to see live by Music Connection Magazine” and she won last year’s California Hard Rock battle of the bands. This year, she’s played at South by Southwest music festival, Coachella, and Kiss FM’s Wango Tango.

Claire Means; photo courtesy of

Next Saturday, Clare Means will be onstage. She is “known in the L.A. music scene for her soulful, smoky voice, infectious melodies and poetic lyrics.” Her talent took her to the semi-finals of NPR’s Prairie Home Companion’s “Talented Twenty-Something” contest. (Gotta love these names.) says that Means’ “lyrics explore pain with the direct creative honesty of a dispassionate fairy tale.” (Not sure what that means, exactly, but intriguing description.)

The pop-up on hand this Saturday will be Sushi Roku, followed by Il Fornaio on the 25th.

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