Thursday, June 30, 2016


 6.5.16 at Skinny's Lounge in NOHO (North Hollywood, L.A.) provided the rare treat of singer/guitarists Arwen Lewis and her father Peter Lewis, once of 1960s' psychedelia's best live band Moby Grape with its astonishing frontline of three singer/guitarists amidst its five strong songwriters' lineup.

  It proved a great acoustic set by Arwen and her dad, whom I hadn't seen nor photographed since a backstage snapshot 50 years ago (Click LINK for same.) Punchline: no retouching whatsoever on him, just color balancing from stage lighting! We of his contemporaries should all be so lucky.

With her Hollywood pedigree (although they reside in a wondrous ranch site quite aways from L.A.,) Arwen of course was an engaging performer with her clear soprano which bends around ballads or rings out true on the hard rock. Both sang on Grape material "Hey Grandma," "Fall On You" plus others, with a plaintive "Tennessee Waltz" amid a few other covers. Peter Lewis showed his renowned proficiency on lap steel, a weird double-neck electric Ovation and acoustic guitars. They return to this venue on July 17, 2016, so you locals, don't miss the chance to witness them firsthand...
 Purchase her fun cd or downloads of "Arwen Lewis" which is all Moby Grape covers at Arwen Lewis' website LINK. I would say it's worth just for their stunning reinterpretation of "Indifference" were not the whole album so great!

 Opening act Dani Hagen quite impressed with her onstage poise, comeliness, assurance and wry singer/songwriter material, one of which featured the lyrics "please come home, please come I can send you away!"

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