Hey there Socialites - we're a little late with our July issue but we'll take a summer pass and switch out our flip flops for some blue suede shoes ready to rock the house with a few of our favorite music inspired boutique hotels. The new Bob Dylan Center just opened in Tulsa and Kurt Cobain's past go-to guitar exceeds sales to support mental health plus a surreal experience hanging out with Ethan Tucker and Frida Kahlo at Walter Where? House...
Venice Beach, CA
We stayed at The Kinney Venice Beach for a quieter Cali-vibe than the Hotel Erwin, but we still went up to The Erwin for our favorite High Rooftop Bar coming back to kick it old school style in the lounge - spin some records and chill out in the The Quad with Jim Morrison ...
Nashville’s Music Row has a new set of creative spaces - the Writers Studios at Hutton Hotel. Conceptualized by singer-songwriters Dierks Bentley and Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic. These studios are fully outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment. The West Studio and East Studio encapsulate their own unique personalities: West Studio, by Dierks Bentley, features Martin Guitars and relies on Saltillo tile and layered rugs to create a Southwestern vibe; and Ryan Tedder's East Studio includes Gibson Guitars with a more urban lounge style.
KARMA SANCTUM SOHO
London’s best kept secret, Rooftop Terrace and Bar at Karma Sanctum Soho is an exclusive space for residents & members to let the good times roll and where the music plays all day. Located on the 5th floor is an enclosed sanctuary far from the crowds of Soho where creative cocktails are served alongside Japanese-inspired dishes from Wild Heart Bar & Shokudo.
HOTEL SAINT CECILIA
Austin’s most coveted reservation is scoring a room at this rockstar haven, named in honor of the patron saint of music and poetry Saint Cecilia. Hotel Saint Cecilia's rooms are complete with a turntable & an extensive vinyl library filled with vintage LPs along with a Gibson guitar loaner program. In 2015, in a handwritten letter Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters (and Nirvana) famously said, “I honestly feel like we left a piece of our band there as we were being torn away from it" after recording their secret St. Cecilia EP which many agree is their best album.
THE VERB HOTEL
Boston’s retro-vibe The Verb Hotel pays homage to its rock and roll roots complete with its very own tour bus. In 2014, Verb owner, Steve Samuels, collaborated with David Bieber to redevelop the property, updated but keeping its kitsch like a rock ‘n’ roll encyclopedia on the Boston music scene between the ‘60s and ‘90s. Bieber’s collection of music and touring memorabilia is extensive - from all of his swag and backstage passes to a signed Beatles guitar. Legends from crooner Tony Bennett to punk rock's royalty The Ramone’s are rumored to have stayed on premise as well as rock and roll heavyweight - The Edge from U2.
BOB DYLAN CENTER
Designed by Olson Kundig, the world-class Bob Dylan Center houses & exhibits more than 100,000 exclusive cultural treasures created and owned by Bob Dylan over seven decades. These include handwritten lyric manuscripts to treasured songs, some previously unreleased recordings, never-before-seen film performances, rare & unseen photographs, visual art and priceless items spanning Dylan’s career as one of the world’s most important cultural figures.
BOB DYLAN MURAL
by Eduardo Kobra
FRIDA KAHLO - The Life of an Icon
Exhibition by the Frida Kahlo Corporation
Walter Where? House
photo courtesy of Frida Kahlo Corporation
Exhibition Frida Kahlo - The Life of an Icon at the Walter Where? House - a unique art focused event performance space in downtown Phoenix, is an immersive biography into the life of one of the most influential artists of all time. Explore the most relevant moments of Frida's life within 7 transformational spaces surrounded in 360-degree projection and virtual realities that tell the story that built the myth. Experience digital environments, original films, historical photographs and collector's items with newly created music now on a 7-city tour.
When first meeting Ethan years ago and hearing him perform - it was a kind of surreal experience, as if flashing forward to the future and knowing one day we could say, “I knew him when…” Finding out that Ethan was in town, I was so excited to see my friend and was hoping to hear a sneak peek of the music he is about to release. I invited him to join me for the media preview of the Frida Kahlo Exhibition on the same night and on the ride over got the chance to hear one of his new songs - now we're obsessing for the new album! Frida's exhibit submerged us into her spirit and was the perfect evening to catch up with Ethan!
HS: We were thrilled to catch up with you while you were in Phoenix at the tail end of your tour. Tell us a little about the tour and the band/s you were on the road with?
ET: It was great to catch up with you as well! This tour is called the "Storyteller Tour." The western leg of the tour was Thrive, Operation Culture and Myself. Operation Culture opened the show and brought an amazing energy every night. Thrive and I co-headlined the tour and Thrive also performed as my backing band during my set. Such an amazing group of people to travel and work with.
HS: What was your favorite destination during the tour and why?
ET: It is so hard to pick a "favorite" destination. I really found amazing experiences at every stop. I was able to reconnect with friends and family that I had not seen in years as well as make many more friends along the way. One of my favorite things about touring is the adventure all along the way.
HS: Any fun or interesting stories from the road you can share with us?
ET: Really there are too many stories to fit into one conversation. Living on the road with people teaches you so much, you get to learn about experiences that make people who they are.
HS: We hear you have some new music coming out - What can you tell us about it?
ET: I have a whole lot of new material that I will be releasing over the next several months. The first single that I am releasing is called "Forces" that is one that I am very excited to share with the world. I recorded it with my friend and amazing producer/musician Dru DeCaro and was mixed by Mario Caldato Jr. who produced multiple albums for the Beastie Boys, Jack Johnson, Beck and many others. The whole album has been produced with Dru and Mario and I am so excited with how everything sounds.
HS: Where are you touring next and with who?
ET: I'll be in Idaho and Washington coming up in August then I will be joining back with Thrive for the Dry Diggings festival in September in California. In November Thrive and I will be continuing the Storyteller tour making our way from California through the southern U.S. to the east coast. AND in December I will be performing at the Ayotl Festival in Mayto, Jalisco, Mexico.
Thanks Ethan! Find tickets/tour dates and more here ETHANTUCKERMUSIC.COM
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