Over ten years ago, millions of pre-teen girls began their crush on a young actor/musician playing prince to Anne Hathaway’s princess. Tonight, in a dark bar in Silverlake, Los Angeles, those same girls – now women – are wanting a lot more from that prince than a peck on the cheek…
His name is Robert Schwartzman, and he is currently smack dab in the middle of a month’s residency at the Satellite, a local venue tucked into the Silverlake hills offering free Monday night resident acts. Schwartzman (formerly of the band Rooney, and of Coppola royalty), has gained notoriety for his song writing on soundtracks including “Easy A”, and “Bad Teacher” in the past few years, as well as his acting and recorded albums.
Around 11:30, Schwartzman and his band take stage after two warm up acts so congruent with his own love for unique sounds and charming demeanors, they seem painstakingly hand-chosen by the headliner. Think sweetly satisfying pop rock with danceable beats, catchy melodies, and that signature hipster aesthetic you’d expect from a venue in East LA. Though the opening bands change week to week, each night’s sound feels organic and instantly lovable.
Seasoned fans of Schwartzman will still find the jovial, hopeful romanticism of his former Rooney days, but with a more honest approach through darker chord progressions, more transparent emotional revelations, and a stronger sense of seduction. It’s clear he’s grown up, and he’s using his maturity to deepen his sound. And it’s working.
Schwartzman’s music and performance aren’t overly processed. His new songs follow a traditional structure, and their end result is always a clean sound designed to stick in your head for months. More importantly, Schwartzman is connected, and he offers up an intimate experience, one that seems to thrive on humbleness rather than bypassing it, though he certainly could have given his clout. In turn, the audience finds themselves enjoying the artist rather than his reputation, which is an increasing rarity in live music these days. Schwartzman projects a character as lovable and addictive as his music, and sure to have strengthened his following with it.
The songs are the kind you can’t help bouncing along to. The venue is the kind you can’t help with you were a regular of. The drinks, poured for $2 a pop during 8-9pm happy hour, are the kind that go down easy. Schwartzman, his band, and his ‘friends’ are offering up one fantastic night that will remind you why you fell in love with live local music in the first place. Not to be missed, fans of the musician-actor-writer extraordinaire and newbies to his sound are sure to be entertained.
“Robert Schwartzman and Friends” will be performing tonight for their third week at the Satellite (formerly Dreams of LA) located at 1717 Silver Lake Blvd, Los Angeles. Doors are at 8:30, music begins at 9pm. Next Monday will mark the last show of his residency, so be sure to stop in tonight or next week to catch him before he jets off to write another soundtrack hit. Next month’s resident act will be Queen Caveat.
To find out more about Schwartzman and score his latest solo album, visit his website at http://www.robertschwartzman.com/. Proceeds of his latest album are donated to the Tibetan Healing Fund.