Halloween Hootenanny

Bootleg Theater Presents

Halloween Hootenanny

Theo Katzman, Suzanne Santo of HONEYHONEY, Madison Cunningham, Mike Viola, Rett Madison

Tue. October 30, 2018

8:00 pm

Bootleg Theater - Bar Stage

Los Angeles, CA

$10.00

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This event is 21 and over

Theo Katzman
Theo Katzman
If you've heard the name Theo Katzman recently, you might know him as the singing drummer and guitarist in the funk band Vulfpeck. But with his 2017 release, Heartbreak Hits, Katzman returns to his roots as a rock and roll inspired singer/songwriter. A 10-song collection of musings on loss and letdown, Heartbreak Hits blends personal vulnerability with imaginative songcraft, yielding an album that's simultaneously tragic/comedic, serious/satirical, over-the-top/subtle, and healing/hurting. In his own words, Katzman says he writes "songs to soothe your post-Y2K pop culture hangover." He also wrote this bio.
Suzanne Santo of HONEYHONEY
Suzanne Santo of HONEYHONEY
Caught halfway between the dark swoon of pop-noir, the raw rasp of soul music, and the honest punch of Americana, Suzanne Santo's Ruby Red tells the story of a singer, songwriter, and mul-ti-instrumentalist who, more than 10 years into an acclaimed career, is turning a new corner. Produced by multi-platinum Grammy nominee Butch Walker (whose Los Angeles recording stu-dio gives the album its name), Ruby Red marks Santo's first release as a solo artist. For the past decade, she's spent most of her time fronting the Americana duo HONEYHONEY, whittling her banjo, violin, and vocal chops into sharp shape along the way. Here, she takes a break from that longtime gig to explore something different, creating a moody, sexually-charged album filled with organic instruments, distorted fiddle, Walker's powerful electric guitar, and Santo's most stunning vocal performances to date. "I think I started writing songs for this record long before I realized that I was writing songs for this record,” said Santo. “ I’ ve identified with a collaboration for so long that the thought of taking a leap into the depths ofmy own music and having no idea what that would look like, definitely came as a shock. I was getting lazy and not finishing the tasks at hand like I really wanted, deep down, tobe able todo. Writing this record was bewitching in a way.” Before they collaborated onRuby Red, Santo made multiple appearances on Butch Walker's eighth album, Stay Gold. She joined him on the road, too, singing harmonies and playing violin,guitar, and banjo during a nationwide tour in 2016. During breaks in her touring schedule, she began diving into a different type of songwriting, looking to diverse albums by Erykah Badu, Da-vid Bowie, Townes Van Zandt, and the Alabama Shakes for inspiration. For years, she'd always been somebody else's bandmate. This was a time to explore her own identity. To write her own music. To ignore genres and defy expectations. To determine what, exactly, she wanted to say. . .and find out the best way to deliver it. “ Once Butch acquiesced to producing the record, I had an‘ oh shit!’ moment where I realized that I needed to really show up,” continued Santo. “ I hadto have songs that were finished, let alone good enough. I couldn’ t stop and I wrote all day every day to finish the songs I’ d started years ago as well as the few that presented themselves in the 4th quarter. I took long walks inmy neighborhood and listened to demos onmy cell phone and worked out lyrics. I would also wake upin the middle of the night with new ideas and would get up and write them down orrec-ord them. It felt like the songs were seeping through the cracks ofmy mind and out ofmymouth, without much ofmy consent. I think art is a channel, connected to something much greater than we are and I feel honored when it picks me from time to time." Ruby Red isan album about love, life, and lust in the modern world. Moody and melody-driven, its 11 songs range from "Handshake" — the record's epic opening track, equal parts Southern-gothic anthem and slow-burning soul ballad —to the driving "Ghost inmy Bed," which pairs anexplosive chorus with layers of mandolin, fiddle, and piano. Meanwhile, tracks like "Better Than That" focus on little more than Santo's voice: an electrifying, elastic instrument that's capable ofboth vulnerability and ferocity. Santo and Walker recorded Ruby Red quickly, pulling long hours in Walker's bright, sunlit studio in Southern California. The instrumental tracks were captured live, with help from guests like pedal steel player Dr. Stephen Patt — Santo's primary care physician, as well as a former member of the Edgar Winter Group — and drummer Mark Stepro. Santo kept the guest list small, though, splitting the bulk of the instrumental duties with Walker.
"It was incredible to work with Butch. He facilitates a great time and an artistic environment that orbits solely around what’ s best for the song, which isso rare in a business full of egos. Butch and this environment liberated and enabled meto work in a way that I never knew I was capa-ble of." Although Ruby Red marks the start of something new, it doesn't signify the end of Santo's long run with HONEYHONEY. Santo will join bandmate Ben Jaffe in the television series The Guest Book, whose episodes feature the two musicians in acting and musical roles. The show premi-eres on TBS during the latter half of 2017, adding another bullet point to the acting career Santo launched years before HONEYHONEY's formation. Santo's story is still unfolding. This is the newest chapter, bringing with it a track list that doubles down on the songwriter's strengths and stretches her limits. There willbe more chapters to ex-plore. More colorful stories to tell. But for now, Suzanne Santo's future is looking Ruby Red. "This record isso fucking sexy, I can't deal,” said Walker. “ Proud to have been in the room when these songs were going down. Put iton and turn out the lights."
Madison Cunningham
Madison Cunningham
Madison Cunningham "Love Lose Remember" Available now on iTunes and Spotify
Mike Viola
Mike Viola
American singer-songwriter, producer and recording artist, engineer. New record The American Egypt out now!
Rett Madison
Rett Madison
Rett Madison is an LA based singer/songwriter originally from West Virginia. She began performing her own songs at hometown talent shows when she was twelve. After much encouragement from her friends and family, she moved to northern Michigan to attend boarding school at Interlochen Arts Academy where she studied songwriting for her junior and senior years. At Interlochen, Douglas refined her sound as a folk/pop artist. After graduation, she relocated to Los Angeles, California to pursue a career in music as well as a degree in performance from the University of Southern California.
Venue Information:
Bootleg Theater - Bar Stage
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90057
http://www.bootlegtheater.org/