Last week, I fortunately caught on Kevin Bronson’s Buzz Bands blog that LA-based Afro-pop group Fool’s Gold was playing at Skybar at The Mondrian for a free show. Sure, Arcade Fire was playing a surprise show the same night – and people had started lining up for tickets the night before – but that whole …shebang… was just not my bag.
It was Skybar and I had no trouble getting in. There were no sexagenarian gentlemen with appletinis and womenÂ half their age. In fact, it was a rather mixed crowd with a casual vibe. My Jameson, neat, was still $14 – no surprise – but more a product of The Sunset Strip than the fault of The Mondrian’s.Â This collaboration with IAmSound could mean that Skybar could be on to something and perhaps evenÂ turning a new page.
Fool’s Gold sounded great. With the exception of Surprise Hotel and Poseidon, the 5-piece (for the night, anyway)Â played all new material for over an hour. I was a wondrous hour filled with electric melodies – and lyrics in Hebrew – floating over African beats and rhythms. Saxophone, flute, bongos, guitar, drums – it really doesn’t get any more “world music” than this. I was surprised well everything was mixed.
So check out the dates for bands to come – including the awesome Dum Dum Girls tomorrow. It’s free – and all you have to do is email Mondriansessions@morganshotelgroup.com to RSVP. Word is, theÂ Lykke Li date is practically booked – but if you love her Swedish pop soundÂ enough, it may be worth a try.
Thursday, February 17 – Dum Dum Girls
Saturday, February 19 – Ted Leo (Solo)
Saturday, February 26 – Zola Jesus
Thursday, March 10 – Lykke Li
Saturday, March 12 – Gonzales
Friday, April 8 – Twin Sister
See you poolside!
Various dates: 8 PM – Midnight
Set time is usually 9 PM
SkybarÂ at The Mondrian
8440 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069