Los Angeles, California
March 3, 2005
Jon Brion performs every Friday night. Be there at 8:30pm and find a space at the bar for drinks, or get a table for dinner ($15 food minimum per person). Make sure you get a spot with a good view of the stage, and then you can relax for the rest of the night. If you get there after 10pm, I guarantee that you will have a hard time getting in when he's performing, especially now that A Life Aquatic has come out.
If you're really on top of things, Largo's recommends making dinner reservations 3 weeks ahead for Jon Brion's shows. I tried making one 2 weeks ahead, but they never called me back. I got there and it was full. Lesson: If they don't call you back, you don't have a reservation.
But once you're in, you're in. Jon Brion is a brilliant musician and an even better performer. His instruments are worth going to see, including a fully customized organ that he has rewired for his own purposes. He combines well-known tunes with other well-known tunes to his own lyrics to make completely new, and strangely enough, well-known songs. It's very clever, complicated, and oh-so-much fun. Oh, and on occasion (well, at least before The Life Aquatic), celebrities will show up late in the night and jam with him, which is incredible to watch.
It is really worth it to try to go here once. Just plan ahead if you can, or else you'll be sorely disappointed.
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