July 27, 1995 |
The five members of Duck's Breath Mystery Theatre hadn't performed together in seven years. But it took only four nights of rehearsal for the outrageous comedy troupe and '80s cult favorite to prepare for its two reunion shows in San Francisco last weekend. For Duck's Breath, which also appears at LunaPark starting tonight, its once potent chemistry and timing quickly fell into place when the group members reconvened.
April 6, 1995
On his new album, "Everyman," Australian singer-songwriter Simon Bonney plugs into a classic tradition, framing an internal quest as a geographical journey. Bonney crisscrosses the American heartland, detouring around cliches in a song cycle whose country-folkish cabaret style generates a haunting atmosphere and spiritual resonance. Atmosphere and resonance were sorely missing in Bonney's show at LunaPark on Tuesday.
January 13, 1995 |
LunaPark in West Hollywood is many things: bar, cabaret, rock club and restaurant. One night recently, a folk rock band was performing in the main room, a woman was singing like Edith Piaf downstairs, and she would be followed by impressionists who used audience members for their material but would not, the hostess promised, be too cruel to anybody. We sat in the dining room, a relatively still place in the heart of all this activity.
November 23, 1994 |
Lost Tribe's recent "Soulfish" recording is a rhythmically expansive affair featuring a varied supply of jazz and hip-hop riffs powered by dual guitars, wiry alto sax and strong drumming. But the New York-based ensemble came up one short Monday at LunaPark. Minus guitarist David Gilmore, who remained in New York due to prior engagements, the Tribe lost one of its main attractions: the counterpointed attacks of Gilmore and guitarist Adam Rogers.
November 5, 1994 |
Dionne Farris opened her show at LunaPark on Thursday with the hard-rock exultation of "Passion," then cut to the progressive-reggae philosophizing of "Reality" and jumped to the folk-accented embrace of "Now or Later." It was a dazzling combination, but it proved to be a typical stretch for the singer, who just released her debut album after a term with the spiritually tinged rap group Arrested Development. As her set proceeded, such names as Prince and Bowie seemed more to the point.
October 27, 1994 |
In the ten months since L.A. club veteran Jean-Pierre Boccara opened his latest night-life venture, West Hollywood's LunaPark, the Parisian entrepreneur has consistently given club-goers an elegant and eclectic night out. Despite the hoopla that accompanies a new "scene" in L.A., LunaPark has managed to maintain a trendy, chic atmosphere without the snobbery that plagues too many Westside clubs.
June 25, 1994 |
While a generation of young rock women is turning to the likes of Joan Jett and Chrissie Hynde for inspiration, Lush's Miki Berenyi has seemingly reached back to such older, underappreciated heroines as Jackie DeShannon and Sandie Shaw. In an intimate performance at a hot and sweaty LunaPark on Thursday, Berenyi mixed that striking pop presence into the English quartet's swirls of sound to great effect.
February 13, 1994 |
The cabaret room at LunaPark is a low-ceilinged black box hung with red curtains and mirrors--as well a cabaret should be. Little round tables snuggle together. Candles smolder. "I feel like I'm in a Turkish prison," comic Ed Kraznick says appreciatively, taking the stage. LunaPark is the creation of Jean-Pierre Boccara, genius of the Lhasa Club and Cafe Largo.