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Los Angeles Times Features RG Club
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January 5, 2013
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Bret
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The Los Angeles Times has a new article up by August Brown featuring the newly remodeled RG Club on Lincoln! If you have not been to the club yet, check it out! Trumpeter Nolan Shaheed, pianist John Beasley, bassist Henry Franklin, and drummer Alphonse Mouzon are playing tonight! It is our favorite new place in Venice! The RG is effortlessly hip and features great drink prices and even better music!

From the LA Times:

A new venue in Venice joins Little Tokyo's Blue Whale among a small group of clubs drawing a young crowd seeking live jazz. Welcome to Brad Neal's after-hours job, which he does for the love of the music.

RG Club Venice

As befits a new jazz venue, Brad Neal's RG Club in Venice is kind of an improvisatory venture.

"This is so stupid, why would anyone do this," Neal joked, surveying the bright Art Deco-inspired room, which opened seven weeks ago. "I don't have any experience running a bar. I'm just a guy who loves music."

Neal's a real estate professional by day (albeit one who greets guests in a Hindu "Om" T-shirt befitting his hippie-ish home turf). But his new night job running a jazz joint might prove to be an extended solo.

RG joins Little Tokyo's Blue Whale among a new, small crop of clubs drawing twentysomethings and thirtysomethings out for live jazz in upscale but unimposing settings. As young music culture in L.A. is increasingly dominated by electronic acts where performances are confined to laptops, RG could remind several generations of fans that the pleasures of a crackling live band are perennial.

RG inhabits a '30s-era room that for decades was a beloved Venice dive bar, the Red Garter. Though nearby Abbott Kinney Boulevard was recently named the Coolest Block in America by GQ, RG's stretch of Lincoln Boulevard still has a touch of old-Venice seediness (watch out for the neighboring psychic shop's creepy wizard statue, which may give unsuspecting pedestrians the heebie-jeebies).

Click here to continue reading the entire article at the LA Times!

January 5, 2013
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That's a great review, congrats Brad!

A friend from Silver Lake saw it and is on her way tonight, (and she's a hard drinker and good tipper!)

I wish you all the best, and can't wait to check it out…

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

January 6, 2013
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Thanks Bret and Rick.  We were packed @ 9:00 last night.  

January 6, 2013
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Great Job Brad! This is why i love the Venice life style. Independent industrialists like you that make this City great. I know we are experiencing an influx of wealthy Corporations and individuals like Joel Silver, but it is original Venitians like you that inspire me. It is good to see those big guys follow our leads. 

January 6, 2013
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Next up:  This Thursday Venice based jazz guitarist Julian Coryell @ Friends.  It's gonna get hot @ the RG Club

 

January 6, 2013
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paviasdad said
Great Job Brad! This is why i love the Venice life style. Independent industrialists like you that make this City great. I know we are experiencing an influx of wealthy Corporations and individuals like Joel Silver, but it is original Venitians like you that inspire me. It is good to see those big guys follow our leads. 

Admin edit: that is a pretty broad post, and the guy is not a politician … please email me the details to have the post reinstated.

January 8, 2013
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Look at the line up for this Thursday featuring Venice Beach based guitarist-singer-songwriter-producer Julian Coryell:

 

Julian Coryell:  guitar

Zane Musa: sax

Edwin Livingston: bass

Dennis Hamm: piano

Andy Sanesi: drums

 

 

January 11, 2013
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Venice jazz guitarist Julian Coryell killed it last night at the RG.  

January 12, 2013
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Brad, what's the parking situation at RG?

January 12, 2013
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jonf:  we have valet parking out front on Lincoln (we utilize our our parking lot 40 feet north and the Al and Ed's lot at the corner).  Otherwise there is considerable parking along Lincoln.  

January 26, 2013
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The Azar Lawrence Quintet sizzled last night.  Come out for more of this tonight!!

 

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