Bootleg Theater Presents


Sam Valdez, Tampa

Thu. May 24, 2018

8:30 pm

Bootleg Theater - Bar Stage

Los Angeles, CA

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 21 and over

LEAN is a collaboration between two session musicians, writers and producers Stephen Johnson and Kyle McCammon. The pair met as hired guns on a recording session and their partnership grew from there. Between the two of them they’ve performed with the likes of Banks, Sam Dew, Doe Paoro, Ofelia K and Josiah & the Bonnevilles. Their last single 'Come Back' was premiered on NYLON who said it is a “catchy new track that is anything but overly sweet. “Come Back” is a shimmering summer tune with a darker edge. Their sound can be described as dream pop or make out rock.” If you listened closely, you might have caught their song Lucid Dreams in TBS’ Search Party last winter.

LEAN will release a full length LP, YEARS, in the coming months, which was written and recorded at their studio in East LA (Lean-To Studios). Of their upcoming LP, Kyle says, “I had this concept to make a bunch of 90's hip hop beats and then try to build indie rock songs on top of them. With Stephen’s ear for hooks it came together effortlessly.”
Sam Valdez
Sam Valdez
Sam Valdez is a Los Angeles based singer-songwriter, whose music is built upon the fusion of shoegaze and vintage Americana indie folk. Embodying the best of both genres, Valdez has created dreamy, yet haunting atmospheric soundscapes that resonate with her listeners.

Valdez grew up at the edge of the Nevada desert, in Las Vegas and credits the desert as a major influence in her writing and composing. The vastness and solitude of desert life is apparent throughout her writing, with cinematic resonance and euphoric arrangements.

After performing in numerous bands, she found the essence of her solo sound and decided to run with it, indulging in her own creative process and ultimately developing a sound that is true to her own. As a classically trained violinist, Valdez has a sense of musical maturity within her songs, adding technicalities that bring her to the forefront of her genre.

Lead single, ‘Its Alright’ oozes beauty and grace through it’s forthright lyrics. Featuring fuzzy 90’s shoegaze melodies, wistfully innocent vocals and driving drum rhythms, it’s a melancholic tale of both love and loss. ‘Its Alright’ thematically focuses on coping with the disillusion that comes with relationships. Valdez reveals, “I wrote this song in a dream-like state of mind”.

Valdez has seen success with her previous release ‘Hours’ receiving acclaim from prestigious media outlets including Black Book. She has also performed at high profile venues throughout Los Angeles.

Inspired by Sufjan Stevens, The War On Drugs and the words of Sylvia Plath, it is no wonder that Valdez creates stunning compositions. More music coming soon.
Venue Information:
Bootleg Theater - Bar Stage
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90057