Los Angeles-based speakeasy folk band, Smithfield Bargain, began at a birthday party in late 2009 when a sassy lady in a pretty dress met two stylish brothers in a room with a vacant piano. Discovering a mutual love for all sounds old and new and a willingness making music out of anything at arm’s length, the trio convened over tea, instruments, and voices in a Los Angeles living room two weeks later. David rummaged up a wine glass, a vase, an empty wine bottle and a ceramic bowl, and tapped out melodic rhythms while playing his cello. Daniel put on a hat and delivered some lines from his guitar. Sri took off her shoes and sang a melody with no words. Someone brought out a piece of paper and a pen. The best darn idea that night.
The resulting collaboration is a unique, jazz spin on folk music rich with heart-bending vocal harmonies and a happy dose of humor. Smithfield Bargain plays both as a sweet trio or an expanded troupe featuring LA's finest, emerging jazz talent. Their finely crafted songs and charismatic, vaudevillian stage performance have earned them radio play on KPFK 90.7 FM's "My Side of the City," music video spots on Gorillacoustic.com, and shows all along the West Coast and the sunny Southern California music scene.
Smithfield Bargain is currently recording an EP to be released in late 2014. Their first full-length album, "Pack up the Moon," is available on iTunes, CDBaby, Bandcamp, and Spotify. Get hep with the band on Twitter @strikeabargain, Facebook (facebook.com/smithfieldbargain), or Instagram @smithfieldbargain.
With their first release since their lauded first album "Pack up the Moon," Smithfield Bargain is back with a fast paced group of new recordings for the thirsty ears of their fans: The Buttonwillow EP.
We will be back at The Hotel Cafe on Saturday, July 11th for maybe our biggest show of the summer, as we work away in our musical kitchen. 9PM. $10. Wonderful guest musicians. New tunes. Promised: One darn great time.
Our favorite art rock loves, bikos, have a new album out today! Our first show ever was opening for them under a shady oak tree out in a West Adams backyard. We are so excited for this new full-length release produced by Dean Nelson of Beck fame! Check. It. Out!
Sometimes you run into a Joey Maramba before rehearsal at a house party/venue situation and it turns out he lives there and convinces you to play a 30 minute set because your gear is already in your car. Yes, Joey Maramba, yes indeed. #LlamaLlounge #Altadena #California
Playing some sweet 80's 90's tunes at the #MidTones Prom upstairs at the #GrandStarJazzClub! Shake off this rainy LA day in your finest old school gear! 9:30p #Chinatown #LosAngeles #California @shinkawasaki
-UPCOMING SHOW DATES-
5/8 Couple of 80's tunes at the 2015 Midtones Prom, Grand Star Jazz Club, Chinatown, LA, CA
5/15 Griffins of Kinsale, South Pasadena, CA
5/16 Zach and Taylor's Rumpus Room, Venice, LA, CA
Happiest of birthdays to our charming, guitar-playing, "This song has the same chord structure!"/multi-layered harmony loving, bon vivant and really can play any instrument champion kinda' fella' (seriously, ANYTHING), Daniel of the Landaus! We love you truly. Here's to many more of the many mores!
Big ups to home girl Sarah HP! Go and see her play as part of the LA fringe fest. And if you like good art, donate to help make it happen! #beercitystudios #hardsexyseriousloveconverations #kula #sabach #theladysri
The amazing sisters of the band called Joseph. If you didn't catch these ladies before our hotel cafe show last week, you missed a good one. Be sure to catch them when they come through town again! #harmoniesfordays #incredible #holymoly #inspired #thebandjoseph
Our amazing friends Honey Whiskey Trio just got accepted into an A Cappella competition for their original song "Sweet Honey Whiskey!" Help these wonderful ladies win by voting at the link below. You can vote once each day! Best of luck, Honeys!
We have two FREE shows this weekend, folks!
-3/20 (Fri.) Trio show at The Crest in La Crescenta, CA w/My Name is Milk, 10PM
-3/21 (Sat.) our favorite Irish pub Griffins of Kinsale for our periodic mish-mash of covers, originals, and sing-alongs, w/Marie Ishikawa on drums, 8:30PM-11:30PM.
Thanks to everyone who joined us for Sri's birthday show at #TheHotelCafe yesterday and for your beautiful birthday song skills! Photo by the amazing Joel Michalak @noveltyfriend.
"@smithfieldbargain playing Hotel Cafe last night for the birthday of one of the most wonderful people I know: @theladysri"
Thanks so much for supporting the #ButtonwillowEP and the lovely review, WVAU.ORG!
"Smithfield Bargain’s sound on is thick, with harmonies deep and sweet. Buttonwillow features superb musicianship and superb singing. For those who appreciate acoustic guitars, thick upright bass, strings, and even some brass, this album will surely make you smile."
Thanks, @sumak428 for the lovely snap from last night at #GriffinsofKinsale #SouthPasadena and being with us all the way from #Seattle! Xo ・・・"@smithfieldbargain at Griffins of Kinsale tonight. So adorable, these guys."
Found: One dust ball that formed inside @cellandau's #cello. Apparently, there are differing opinions about whether to keep formed dust balls inside your cello? @theladysri baffled. #cellistproblems #rehearsal #todustballornottodustball