saw everyone's favorite rehearsal hall compound Swing House Studios move from crowded Hollywood digs to spacious Atwater environs, with extra rehearsal/showcase/production rooms and elbow room galore. In celebration of same in addition to the holidays, owner Philip Jaurigui threw the Super Secret Swing House Show/Holiday Edition annual party for hundreds
of Swing House friends on 12.19.15.
Six incontestably up and coming bands were showcased to ring in the Christmas/Hannukah/Kwanzaa cheer on two separate stages, sets timed for the physically fit to catch them all. I myself caught 5/6ths worth. Clockwise from the top left shots above, personal faves and saviors of real rock and roll Dr. Boogie (see LINK, in other words one third of last year's rave photo reviews,) strutting singer/crooner/jazz belter Jessica Childress (look out Jill Scott!), The Mowglis, and a young guy named as one of the 8 best new guitarists in the world today by Total Guitar, Jared James Nichols.
With thundering bass, pounding drums and rapidfire guitar and vocals, this last artist and his power trio proved a powerhouse surprise. They sounded like Mountain! ("Mississippi Queen" howled at devastating volume, Leslie West, 'remember?) With Scandinavian rhythm section in tow, Wisconsin native, 23-year-old Nichols also is a coolly seasoned performer, easily engaging his audience between volcanic onslaughts. JJN threesome also covered Grank Funk's "We're An American Band," but better. Rounding out the bill was Dream Club, pictured in montage below, and band Dorothy.
More Dr. Boogie firing on all cylinders at Swing House!