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Simone White, Oren Lavie, Jim Bianco & Gary Jules @ Hotel Cafe, 12/16/08

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Gary Jules

Earlier this month, local singer-songwriter Gary Jules concluded his "Old School Tuesdays" residency at the Hotel Cafe (MySpace) in Hollywood, supported by openers Simone White (MySpace), Oren Lavie (MySpace), and Jim Bianco (MySpace). At first a space for jazz musicians, the Hotel Cafe was revitalized as an alternative to Largo -- for early-adopters Jules, Bianco, and Joshua Radin (MySpace) -- a fact that hasn't been lost on Jules, who reminsinced during his set about those early days.

As for upcoming local shows, Bianco's is tonight at Typhoon at the Santa Monica Airport, where he will be accompanied by Tim Davies' 19 piece big band, "playing all original songs in the old swing style." Meanwhile, Jules' are on February 14th at the Brixton (MySpace) in Redondo Beach, February 15th at the Agoura Hills Canyon Club, and February 20th at The Roxy (MySpace) in West Hollywood.

Special thanks to Simone White, Oren Lavie, Jim Bianco, Gary Jules, and Hotel Cafe.