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Photos: NoHo Arts District's Monthly Mini Music Festival

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For the last nine months, the slowly burgeoning NoHo Arts District has been holding a monthly gem of an event that's received about zero buzz. It deserves a lot more than that.

Hear NoHo, a product of the area's Business Improvement District, brings artists to a handful of venues for a night of music. For $10 last night, a wristband got attendees five hours of music and nine bands at three venues. It's definitely not the scene you'll find in Silver Lake and Echo Park--rather, it's more like an eclectic amalgam of jazz, country, singer/songwriter, rock and pop.

At the Cella Gallery, Jazz singer Sara Lieb and trio of musicians were reminiscent of Pat Methany with her syncopated arrangements that were light, colorful and excitingly refreshing. At the same time, Frank and Derol were playing pop music at the NoHo Arts Center (the guitarist is Miley Cyrus' older and much hipper sister, Brandi). Cyrus then introduced her friends in the band Everlife, a trio of Pittsburgh sisters now based in Nashville, whose music we are likely to hear on the pop radio stations soon.

The night's highlight was Soul Puppet, who played to a packed house at the NoHo Arts Center. They were followed up by a world rock trio, the Makepeace Brothers. Back at the Cella Gallery, the Flutterbies played followed by the country-coiffure sentiments of Lynda Kay. Outside Pitfire Pizza, a duo from the band, The Bolt, played with heart around a fireplace.

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All in all, a good night for any audiophile seeking to hear new bands. Hear NoHo takes place on the first Thursday of every month. Organizers hope to expand the event to include Taste (food) and see (theatre) in 2010.