An Acoustic Tribute to Warren Zevon – Tue., Feb. 25 at Brennan’s Pub, Marina del Rey
Few L.A. songwriters in the past 40 years have made an impression as bold and lasting as Warren Zevon has. Fueled by 12 solo albums of audacious, clever, mischievous, dark and beautiful songs, Zevon’s legacy and impact within the community that he inspired cannot be underestimated.
There have been several notable tributes organized in Warren Zevon’s honor since his tragic death from cancer in 2003. The first, and possibly the finest, is the 2004 tribute album Enjoy Every Sandwich, featuring performances of Zevon classics by the likes of his friends and admirers, including co-writer Jorge Calderon, Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, the Wallflowers, Warren’s son Jordan, and more.
Nearly 10 years later, the newest tribute to the genius himself comes to a small stage at a locals’ bar on the west side of Los Angeles. On Tuesday, February 25, from 8pm to midnight, Brennan’s Pub in Marina del Rey will host over 30 local artists performing acoustic versions of Zevon songs. This show will be unique in its stripped-down approach to interpreting a wide representation of Zevon’s prolific catalog.
Brennan’s, best known for its Thursday night turtle racing, hosts live music four nights a week, including acoustic shows every Tuesday night. Over the past three decades the pub has earned a fine reputation for valuing live music and musicians that is difficult to match in the L.A. bar circuit. In addition to pro-level bands that play rock, blues, R&B and more, Brennan’s also hosts one acoustic tribute show on the last Tuesday of each month. In the past, songwriting greats such as Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, and Neil Young have been honored, though none of these artists mustered quite the L.A. folklore that Zevon did. In fact, there is a story floating around that Zevon himself showed up at Brennan’s one night and performed a couple songs.
Songwriter/author and one of the event organizers, Paul Zollo, says of Zevon, “Warren was a genuine musical genius, and could have been a serious composer of instrumental music, if not for his great love for the language of song. His songs are as funny and smart as they are soulful and genuine, speaking to the heart and mind at the same time, the ultimate achievement of any songwriter. His legacy contains a rich and remarkable body of work which will stand with the greatest any American songwriter has written.”
An Acoustic Tribute to Warren Zevon – Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at Brennan’s Pub, 4089 Lincoln Blvd. Marina del Rey, CA – 8pm-midnight – Admission is FREE. This event is hosted by L.A. songwriters and Zevon fans Nate Hertweck, Jeff Cleveland, and Paul Zollo. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS. Performers to be announced soon!
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