We are honored to have Bart & The Bedazzled (LA) stopping by on their 2018 tour, in support of their full length album, Blue Motel (Lovemonk/Burger)!
This is going to be a very fun, upbeat show…… a clever blend of classic 60’s soul, the smooth sounds of 70’s soft rock, and 80’s ‘New Wave Romantics’ pop…… with a modern indie twist.
DJ Daisy Van Tassel will also be spinning classic vinyl to keep the party going all evening.
More info TBA!
~~ “Bart &The Bedazzled is a band featuring the jangly guitars of Wayne Faler (Dream Boys), the soul beats of drummer Andres Renteria (Jose Gonzales) and the post punk bass of Jessica Espeleta (L.A. Takedown), all wrapped around Davenport’s soulful voice….. The resulting sound is British Invasion pop meets West Coast yacht rock, in an imagined past or future that is reminiscent of both the 80s and the 60s.”
~~ ” A native of Oakland, California, Bart Davenport’s roots are in the 90s garage and blues scenes. His first band, The Loved Ones performed a rawkus style of r&b, opening for the likes of Junior Wells and John Lee Hooker. In the 00s Davenport went solo and turned the volume down but not the intensity. Whitest Boy Alive and Kings of Convenience singer, Erlend Øye, has called him the “best one-guy-and-guitar performer there is”. It made pragmatic sense to tour “solo” but Davenport’s heart was always in ensemble band arrangements and his recordings often reflect his affection for collaboration.
Released in 2002, Bart’s self-titled solo debut was an indie pop layer cake filled with drums, organs and vocal harmonies. He quickly followed that in 2003 with Game Preserve on
Antenna Farm Records. Next came Maroon Cocoon in 2005, a carefully honed lo/hi fi record. In 2007, a side project called Honeycut released The Day I Turned To Glass on Quannum
Projects. Their tune, ‘Exodus Honey’, was featured on an iMac ad campaign as well as the installation disc for Mac OS Leopard and Snow Leopard. Bart Davenport returned in 2008 with his fourth solo album, Palaces. Featuring production help from psychedelic main man Kelley Stoltz, the album would be referred to by Sylvie Simmons of MOJO as “a fine example of San Fran’s vinyl and thrift shop culture, turning stuff people throw out into something
Between Fall 2010 and Spring 2011, Davenport released three European records and spent much of his time touring the continent. There was a covers album, Searching For Bart
Davenport(Tapete Records) and two from side projects; With All Due Respect by Incarnations (Lovemonk) and Comedians by Honeycut (Discograph).
In 2012, Bart Davenport’s ‘Someone2Dance’ b/w ‘Cheap Words’ saw the return of longtime compatriot, Sam Flax, as producer. The Flax production opened a new chapter in the Davenport saga, with synthesizers reminiscent of 80s new wave. Following that, Davenport relocated to Los Angeles where he gathered together the band that would eventually record Physical World, released on Lovemonk and Burger Records in March 2014 to some critical acclaim. Indeed, Pitchfork described it as “sophisticated and cheap-sounding at once, it’s likable within five
seconds of hitting your ears”. In 2017 Bart & The Bedazzled recorded a follow up album titled, Blue Motel produced by Aaron M. Olson whose signature sounds give the new album
a darker, cinematic atmosphere.