Tribute to the Kinks, Love and the Byrds at Safari Sam’s 2/22/07


Last night couldn’t have been more adorable.

Depite the rain, psychedelic rock lovers from all over the city came out to Safari Sam’s for this month’s Club Tribute! series celebrating the music of The Kinks, Love and The Byrds.

Jess and I arrived during Naughty Bird’s lo-fi set. The trio’s lead singer, Solvej, belted out her impressive vox with the gusto of The Gossip’s Beth Ditto.

Up next were the Beatle-boot, retro-suit donning boys of The New Fidelity. Needless to say, they looked absolutely delicious, and their retro sound went perfectly with the theme of the evening.

Velvet Ratio (aka Andrew Scott and a female partner whose name I didn’t catch) then took it down a notch with an acoustic set. Andrew performed a gorgeous rendition of “Alone Again Or” which in itself was worth the price of admission (that is, had I paid – thanks for the listage, Amber!). At the end of their short set, the duo gave out long-stem red roses in memory of the great Arthur Lee to those of us in the audience who weren’t too timid to go up and get one.

Next, Silver Lake locals The Digs went all out in psychedelic garb, performing mainly Kinks tunes.

Kind Hearts & Coronets took the stage at midnight, but after their amazing set Jess and I were too tired to stay for the final act. But though I left early, I was entirely impressed how each band went all out and truly made the show worthy of being called a tribute to three of my favorite ’60s bands.

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