While The Silverlake Lounge is known by many as a dive bar rented for music video filmings and as a nighttime rock 'n' roll companion for those waiting at the adjacent bus stop on Sunset Boulevard or those dining outside at Café Tropical, it is refreshing when the venue brings in a more diverse set of sounds, like the elegant and mesmerizing voice of singer-songwriter Naama Kates. She will perform there on Wednesday, August 6, at 9:00PM, with MaryBeth Doran opening at 8:00PM.
Kates is a sparkling vision of what many aspire to in the art world. After moving to New York City and successfully emerging as an actress in a variety of roles, from appearing as a peripheral character in Stepmom to having a guest lead on NCIS, Kates's fortune and skill brought her to Los Angeles. In 2009, she bought herself a keyboard and set out to make music within and about the city; however, her story becomes one that every musician in Los Angeles dreams of: finding the right people with whom to collaborate. After meeting and clicking with composer and producer Cyrus Melchor, she released her first album, The Unexamined Life. With the release of her first album came immediate success, which was then followed by King For The Day, her self-released, sophomoric stunner. With the help of Simon Fraser, a three-time Grammy Award-winning producer, Kates's reach became international.
It is with the trajectory of these past successes that Kates will bring the world another album that will surely push past her previous two with increasing force and vulnerability, taking her signature sounds to their limits and continuing to ensnare the ears of her audience. Her third album, Souled, will be arriving in fall 2014, and has much contribution from Cyrus Melchor.
Drawing comparisons from some of the most celebrated female singer-songwriters to perform in the United States, including Kate Bush, Fiona Apple, and Regina Spektor, Kates will surely enchant the audience at The Silverlake Lounge while breaking every listener's heart. The evidence is within her first single off Souled, "Run." Kates's vocal range is impressive and vast on this track; when juxtaposed with the dark, genre-crushing musical accompaniment, "Run" suggests that its accompanying songs will be just as haunting.
With the breathiness of cigarette smoke and the graceful unpredictability of her lyricism--from the temporary tragedy of losing a beloved cat, to the crumbling peace in Ukraine--Kates's new album will not be one to miss, nor will this evening at the Lounge. Kates will be joined onstage by Cyrus Melchor on electric guitar and MPC, Steuart Liebig on bass guitar, Gene Bautista on synthesizer, Joseph Harvey on cello, and Rich West on drums. Michael Allen will be providing live projected visual art to accompany the music.