'Ho-Ho-Tel' 2009 @ Hotel Cafe, 12/17 & 12/18/09
Sara Bareilles entertains on the first night of "Ho-Ho-Tel" with a Rihanna "Umbrella" adaptation called "'Jersey Shore' Christmas"
As mentioned previously, earlier this month, over 50 singer-songwriters and bands participated in "Ho-Ho-tel" 2009, a three-night fundraiser with the proceeds benefiting the LAFD's "Spark of Love" Toy Drive, at the Hotel Cafe in Hollywood.
LAist was there for the first two nights, where the lineup included Erin Mclaughlin, Alex & Sam, Clare Means, Michelle Featherstone, Sydney Wayser, Shane Alexander, Jake Newton, Charley Turner, Jen & Abby, Joey Ryan, Chris Pierce, Jay Nash, Joe Purdy, The Rescues, Javier Dunn, Sara Bareilles, and The Elevaters on Thursday, and Kathryn Ostenberg, Jason Kanakis, Brendan Hines, Kenneth Pattengale, AM, Waz, Austin Hartley Leonard, Holly Conlan, Buddy, Meiko, Alvin Stewart, Laura Jansen, Cary Brothers, Jim Bianco, Butch Walker, Andy Clockwise, Brother Sal, Truth & Salvage Co., and Brian Wright on Friday.
Highlights included Bareilles' freshly-penned adaptation of Rhihanna's "Umbrella" called "'Jersey Shore' Christmas" and Walker's cover of Taylor Swift's "You Belong With Me" -- which Swift has tweeted, "'I'm losing my MIND listening to it! Blown away.'"
Special thanks to all of the participating artists and Hotel Cafe.