Omar Velasco Residency Night 3

Omar Velasco Residency Night 3

Jenny O., Mapache

Tue · May 16, 2017

8:00 pm

Free

This event is 21 and over

Omar Velasco
Omar Velasco
"I started playing as soon as I can remember. I took to it right away," said singer/songwriter Omar Velasco of his musical beginnings. "I didn't really decide to do it as a career until later in life — about 18 years old." Now, after six years as a guitarist touring with the band A Fine Frenzy and then with Jonathan Wilson, Velasco has embarked on a solo career. His debut album, Golden Child, comes out this summer.

If the two preview songs on his website (musicofvelasco.com) are indicative of the record's entirety, then Golden Child will prove to be a tantalizing aural experience. "Great Western City" is a galloping number with rich vocals and a lyrical sense of storytelling. "Golden Child" has a jazzy feel with orchestration undertones à la a funkier Seals and Crofts, and Velasco's warm vocals soothe like a summer breeze.

Velasco lived in different cities and countries while growing up, but the family finally settled in Goleta when he entered high school. His eclectic sensibilities come from his nomadic beginnings and being raised in a multicultural family that listened to a wide array of music. "My mother is Mexican, so there was a lot of Latin-influenced music," Velasco explained. "My dad would listen to a lot of world music — African, Afro-Cuban, South American. He has a Yiddish background, so a lot of that, too. … Of course [there] was the Beatles and Cat Stevens, more of the popular stuff, which I love."

For the last year and a half, Velasco has been laying down tracks with Wilson, who is also a sought-after producer. "I actually finished mixing about October," he said. Previously, he played mostly solo acoustic gigs, but for this go out, Velasco has put a band together. "I love doing things by myself, you can be absolutely vulnerable because nobody is listening and you can make all the weird sounds that you like," he said. "That being said, there's nothing like the magic that can be created with a group of resonant people." —Michelle Drown
Jenny O.
Jenny O.
Jenny O. has returned to California to finish a second full-length album with producer Jonathan Wilson after spending a year writing and reading in Nashville. The follow-­up to her widely respected Automechanic will be out later this year.

Jenny began making simple recordings on her father's reel-to-­reel tape machine as a teenager and kickstarted her career with the self­produced and heartily licensed Home EP. She has toured with Father John Misty, Rodriguez, Ben Harper, Leon Russell, and Rodrigo Amarante. In 2015, Jenny O. was awarded The Holly Prize by the Songwriters Hall of Fame, as "an exceptionally talented and inspired young musician whose work exhibits the qualities of Holly's music: true, great, and original." Jenny has already begun touring songs from the new album.
Mapache
Mapache is an acoustic duo from Glendale, California. Taking influence from artists such as Gillian Welch, The Louvin Brothers, The Band, and The Grateful Dead, Mapache brings a new sound of california conscious country/folk. Clay Finch (acoustic guitar/vocals) and Sam Blasucci (dobro/vocals) met in 2011 and have been writing and performing music ever since.
Venue Information:
The Hi Hat
5043 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90042