‘The Village Presents’ showcase featuring Nico Vega at Mack Sennett Studios

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Thursday marked one of the very few rainy days Los Angeles has been graced with in the past couple months, but that didn’t stop The Village from throwing a great party!

Held at the historic Mack Sennett Studios in Silverlake, CA, The Village welcomed Nico Vega for a special showcase of their upcoming songs. Featuring all new tracks as well as singles, “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” and “Easier”, the set was a balance of the familiar and the unexpected – both being beyond expectations.

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The four-piece performed for an audience filled with celebrities and industry folk, enjoying an open bar provided by Amour Prive Winery, Bushmills and Mulberry Love specialty cocktails as well as delicious snacks from Cheffry. Nico Vega’s showmanship is unparalleled, but its just the icing on the cake compared to their seemingly effortless musical perfection.

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The Village Studios Presents Nico Vega at Mack Sennett Studios

Special thanks to those who attended, including  Kamran V, CEO of Bedrock Studios who provided sound for the evening with one of their several top of the line PA systems, and  Kevin Bronson of Buzzbands.LA and KCSN 88.5, for providing music for the evening.  A very special thank you to Jesse Rogg, CEO and keeper of Mack Sennett Studios, who pulled out the red carpet for us and helped make the event magical.

We’ve got some great shots of the night, view the full gallery with photos by Zane Roessell HERE.

Phantogram performs live in Studio D for KCRW Morning Becomes Eclectic

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Phantogram, the duo comprised of Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel of Saratoga Springs, NY came by the Village Tuesday morning for a live performance and interview on 89.9 KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic.

The performance streamed live from Studio D with Ghian Wright and Alex Williams engineering the session. Jason Bentley, host of MBE, chatted with the band about their new album, Voices, upcoming shows including The Hollywood Palladium, their performance at Lightning In A Bottle music festival, and the breakfast burritos and candy we gave them, you can listen hereScreen Shot 2014-02-18 at 5.23.51 PM

DJ Cassidy’s “Calling All Hearts” Single Released

DJ Cassidy is the DJ experience you have been longing for. Passionate, innovative and affable, this “superstar spinner” has performed for everyone from Oprah to President Obama. In anticipation of his debut artist album, Paradise Royale, due out this Spring via Columbia Records, DJ Cassidy has released the first single, “Calling All Hearts.” The title is no misnomer, featuring Robin Thicke, R. Kelly and Kelly Rowland together with members of Chic, Earth, Wind & Fire and Kool & the Gang, the track incorporates super funk and stadium-worthy production that will have you on your feet before you know it. “I needed an anthem, a song that would call everyone to the dancefloor,” Cassidy tells Billboard, referring to the making of the track.

Recorded at the Village, DJ Cassidy has made some sweet soul music for Paradise Royale. Naturally, Cassidy has been the most pleasant of guests to have here.

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Legendary Folk Singer Pete Seeger Dies at 94

We last wrote about Pete Seeger in June 2013, revealing the “Story Behind” Seeger’s stirring rendition of “Forever Young”.

A pioneer of contemporary folk music, Seeger inspired many activist singer-songwriters. With a career spanning over 70 years, Seeger was an activist himself, promoted political views that landed him in direct confrontations with the government, galvanized the folk movement and influenced icons including Bob Dylan.

Seeger was a courageous, devoted man, full of spirit even to his final days. Garnering multiple Grammy wins, singing at President Barack Obama’s 2008 Inauguration, and named one of America’s Living Legends by the Library of Congress are just a couple honors that define Seeger’s career.

The Village Studios were fortunate to have been used in the recording process of Rod Stewart’s 1988 Album, “Out of Order” – highlighting the genius of Bob Dylan, inspired by Seeger’s “Forever Young”.

Pete, may you stay forever young.

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Carole King Honored as MusiCares’ Person of the Year

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Carole King (left) and daughter Louise Goffin work in Studio D at The Village

One of the most prestigious events held during Grammy Week, the MusiCares Person of the Year gala was held during Grammy Week on Friday, Jan. 24.

While Carole King’s Grammy Award-winning debut album, Tapestry, was partially recorded within the walls of the Village, she has been a staple at the Studio since it’s doors opened in 1968. Having written over 100 pop hits now – from Aretha Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” to her own, “I Feel the Earth Move” – it all started when King wrote her first hit at age 18, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” for The Shirelles. The icon has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. She is also the first woman to have won the Song of the Year Grammy award in 1972 for “You’ve Got A Friend”.

King received the high honor in recognition of her extraordinary creative accomplishments and significant charitable work. Just as her music career evolves, so has her involvement with environmental organizations, supporting a range of political causes including forest wilderness preservation.

Friday’s tribute to the legendary singer-songwriter included performances by a wide range of artists performing covers of some of her best-known songs: Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Lady Gaga, Zac Brown, Alicia Keys and more.

Watch the star-studded video featuring highlights from the Tribute below:

Or view the video over at Grammy.com

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