Good and Wells Productions presents
Reggie Watts, Theophilus London, Mayer Hawthorne, Fortpolio
Sun, May 1, 2016
Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pmThe Teragram Ballroom
$20 - $35
This event is all ages
Glassnote recording artists HOLYCHILD
and other special guests
performing in a fundraising concert for Bernie Sanders
Every penny goes to Bernie!
Tickets $35, and $20 with valid student ID. Discounted tickets available at box office only.
Silent auction and Bernie merchandise for sale
Official ID required for those who are 16 +
Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
For HOLYCHILD their statement is a self-ascribed genre called brat-pop; or otherwise known as a mix of sarcastic social commentary laden lyrics with absurdist over-the-top inspired music productions Liz Nistico and partner Louie Diller perfected on their debut album The Shape of Brat Pop to Come. It’s a potent blend that’s alive and well on their newest offering, the five song EP, America Oil Lamb. The collaboration EP features the talents of Kate Nash, RAC, Mereki, Tkay Maidza, MS MR, and Kitten. The release sees the Los Angeles duo stretching their signature sound showcasing them and showing their influences of alt-rock, hip hop and R&B.
“We felt we could stretch more on this record, since each song is a collaboration,” Diller muses. “It was fun to explore and show different sides of us on the EP…I think Liz’s voice and me producing/mixing most everything helps tie it together though, so there’s still a HOLYCHILD vibe.”
As with any HOLYCHILD outing, the goal here is equality: be it gender, racially or economically based. Over the course of five songs, the artists take on a myriad of topics, including the limitations and archaic expectations women endure everyday (“Rotten Teeth”), the shallowness of celebrity idolization (“Not Invited”), and the global oligarchy regarding humanity as if it were a herd of sheep (“America Oil Lamb”).
Nowhere is their agitation more evident than on the duo’s first single, the Kate Nash featured cut, “Rotten Teeth.” Across insistent snare drums and an army of guitars and synths, Nistico reflects on the state of the modern woman, declaring “I can never be the girl I want to be/no no I’m never free,” with Nash replying “Do we eat or just starve ourselves tonight?”
“The co modification of feminism is interesting to me,” says Nistico. “On one hand, I feel frustrated. Of course we’re in this capitalist world where we’re selling everything we possibly can. On the other hand, it excites me because the trend of feminism is so cool! It’s so good for the cause! Our EP is essentially embracing that paradox and trying to be true to ourselves while we are doing it. Can we change things through pop? I don’t know, we’re still trying to figure it all out.”
Reggie Watts is an internationally renowned vocal artist/ beatboxer/ musician/ comedian who wows audiences with his live performances which are 100% improvised. Using his formidable voice, looping pedals, and his vast imagination, Reggie blends and blurs the lines between music and comedy. No two performances are the same and to that end, ”genius” is the word most often used to describe Reggie Watts. LA Weekly crowned him ”the most wildly inventive new talent of the past five years” while New York Magazine hailed Reggie as “Spectacularly original,” Rolling Stone featured him as “Hot Comedian,” SPIN named him as “Best New Comedian” and the LA Times praised Reggie is “a superstar.” Rolling Stone also listed him as one of the “50 best stand-up comics of all time”.
As a solo performer, Reggie was handpicked by Conan O’Brien to open nightly on Conan’s sold out North American “Prohibited From Being Funny on Television” tour. Reggie released his debut comedy cd/dvd ‘Why $#!+ So Crazy?’ on Comedy Central Records in May 2010 and it was made available on Netflix June 2013. At the invitation of Jack White, Reggie recorded ‘Reggie Watts Live at Third Man Records,’ now available in limited edition vinyl. Reggie has performed sold out headlining tours in the US and Europe, performed sets at Bonnaroo, SXSW, Bumbershoot and more. At the prestigious TED Conference he received a standing ovation. He recorded his facinatingly sublime original score to the Ridley Scott film “Legend” to a sold out house at SF Sketchfest and made the soundtrack available for free download online. ‘Reggie Watts: A Live At Central Park’ is out on cd/dvd via Comedy Central Records. He is a founding member of JASH.com which launched Spring 2013 with fellow founders Michael Cera, Sarah Silverman and Tim and Eric. Many of his original videos have gone viral.
As a musician, Reggie can be seen as musical co-hort in the IFC series “Comedy Bang! Bang!” and in his many “Reggie Makes Music” videos. He joined LCD Soundsystem as guest onstage at the final NY shows and he appears in the documentary “Shut Up And Play The Hits.” Reggie also sang on Regina Spektor’s "Dance Anthem of the 80s" and toured Europe with her, toured the US with DEVO, was featured in Hot Chip’s “Night and Day” video and recorded an original session for the Daytrotter series. As the frontman for Seattle rock outfit Maktub, Reggie and his band released five albums. Reggie composed original music for “Louie” on FX and performed the theme song for “Comedy Bang! Bang!”
On screen, Reggie co-stars in the IFC series “Comedy Bang! Bang!” His special "Reggie Watts: A Live At Central Park" aired on Comedy Central in May 2012. He also has appeared multiple times on Conan, and on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live, John Oliver’s Stand-Up New York, HBO’s The Yes Men Save The World, IFC, Comedy Central’s Michael and Michael Have Issues, UK’s "Funny Or Die," and PBS’ Electric Company. Spring of 2015, Reggie Watts will be taking on the role of bandleader on CBS’ Late Late Show with James Corden, premiering March 23, 2015. His stand-up special “Spatial” is currently available on Netflix.
“Offbeat genius” – Playboy
“Do yourself a big favor and go see him on tour now.” – MTV
“It is not fair to compare the other performers to Watts – he is playing in a whole other professional league.” – New York Times
“Deliciously strange” – LA Times
“Spectacularly original” – New York Magazine
“Do yourself a big favor and go see him on tour now.” – MTV
“Musician, comedian, stand-up-surrealist-beat-boxer-force-of-nature” - Radiolab
“An impressive vocalist and musician, Watts has a knack for pushing past staid jokes to playing with the rhythm and sound of words; it makes his act both thrilling and impossible to categorize.” – Rolling Stone
He can be found on the internet at
Twitter - https://twitter.com/reggiewatts
For the first time ever, Mayer Hawthorne brings all three of his groups to one stage for a special concert experience, The Mayer Hawthorne Revue – featuring live performances by Jaded Incorporated, Tuxedo, and Mayer Hawthorne & The County – at the intimate Teragram Ballroom, Downtown Los Angeles.
Mayer Hawthorne has come a long way since his 2008 debut, and right now, he says, "Life is great." He's released three well-received full-length albums, been nominated for a Grammy, had songs licensed for film, television, and toured the world as a headlining act, with Bruno Mars, Foster The People, Erykah Badu, Janelle Monae, and the late Amy Winehouse. His latest album, Where Does This Door Go, features a host of topflight production work from Pharrell Williams, Greg Wells, Jack Splash, John Hill, and Oak (of Oak & Pop), who contributed both the album's first single, "Her Favorite Song" and the Kendrick Lamar-assisted "Crime."
A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Mayer remembers as a child, driving through the Motor City with his father and tuning the car radio in to the region's rich musical tapestry. Throughout the years he's cited Soul legends Barry White and Curtis Mayfield as inspiration, along with late Hip-Hop producer J Dilla.
In the last five years, the singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, DJ, and producer, has grown in all areas of his repertoire. Touring with partners like Winehouse and Mars bolstered his vocal and performance chops. Lyrically, he's moved away from the bitter break-up tone of his first two albums toward more diverse storytelling and personal coming-of-age content. Some have described the new vibe of Where Does This Door Go as "Steely Dan meets the Beastie Boys," which suggests both a studio seriousness and playfully irreverent approach.
"The only rule I had when I went in to make this album was that it had to be fun," Mayer says.
The Teragram Ballroom
1234 West 7th Street
Los Angeles, CA, 90017