By Kyle Moore
Clearly, the NoHo Arts District is making an effort to give every aspect of the “Arts” part of its name equal time. Long established as a destination for theatre and galleries, the District has taken to shining a light on live music on the first Thursday night of each month. It’s a smart move in sticky economic times to give folks a good reason to stay and stroll around the area, and for $10, it’s a bargain for anyone who enjoys up-and-coming musical talent.
Your wristband gets you into almost a dozen gigs spread out over six different venues. Tommy Zender and his band, Trinkets of Joy, worked the main theatre of the NoHo Arts Center while sub-teen musical siblings act Ready Set Go! kicked off the evening’s events at the loading dock of How’s Market. A short walk up the block brings you to a ground-floor condo in the Lofts at NoHo Commons where Steve Bardwell and his combo plied blues and covers.
Making sure music lovers don’t go hungry, the event is coupled with food specials from Big Wang’s and Pitfire Pizza. My girlfriend and I enjoyed a garlic chicken pizza and a grilled veggie panini while a stunning full moon rose over the area. The evening closed out with local headliners Abbot Kinney at the Cella Art Gallery, and soulful girl-with-a-guitar Mallory Trunell at the Lofts. Meanwhile Jubala, a young but sophisticated quintet, staked its claim to bigger-and-better things to come with a set that transfixed the teen crowd at the Cella. (Keep an eye on these guys, by the way.)
Next month’s Hear NoHo event is Thursday, September 3 from 6-11pm. For the schedule of artists, go to www.hearnoho.com.