Monday night (8-16-2010), El May and Rachael Cantu played at The Hotel Cafe in LA.
I was pleasantly surprised that The Hotel Cafe had been renovated and was much larger than the last time I had visited 7 years ago.
El May (Lara May) played a solo set consisting of guitar, experimental looping of vocals and guitar, and piano. Highlights were when she played songs on the piano such as “Draining a Lake” and songs on guitar like “Don’t You” and “Order in the Nothing.”
Rachael Cantu played a great set with an accompanying guitarist with her. Although she didn’t play her cover of “Can You Tell” by Ra Ra Riot, she did play songs like “Thieves and Their Hands.” The use of a guitar slide gave a country twang to some songs. She ended her set with the song “Saturday,” which sounded great with the combination of just acoustic guitar and electric guitar.
Shout out to ATS reader Maribella M. who was also at the show!