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Martha Davis and The Motels

with Liz Gherna
December 29, 2018 8:00 pm ( Doors: 6:00 pm )
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This is a General Admission ticket and does not guarantee seating. For table upgrades please call 310.372.0035

Artists
Martha Davis and The Motels
No Wave

In 1971, a young Martha Davis joined The Warfield Foxes, a band from Berkeley California.  In 1975 they moved to Los Angeles and changed the band name to The Motels.

 

The new name was inspired on the way to the band’s first show at Barney’s Beanery. Guitarist Dean Chamberlain noted the motor inns as they drove down Santa Monica Boulevard and suggested “What about The Motels?” 

 

The band broke up then reformed in 1978 with guitarist Jeff Jourard who brought in his brother Marty on keyboards and saxophone. Michael Goodroe on bass and Brian Glascock on drums rounded out the quintet. This lineup played around L.A. for six months before signing with Capitol Records on May 13, 1979—Mother’s Day.

 

The Motels released five albums on Capitol Records between 1979 and 1985, two of them earning gold record status and generating two Top Ten singles, “Only the Lonely” and “Suddenly Last Summer.”  When the band broke up in 1987 Martha released Policy, a solo album that charted in Australia. 

 

After leaving Capitol Davis spent years working in different musical genres with multitudes of players. Recently it became apparent that one particular configuration generated the same feeling as the original band concept. 

 

The new lineup includes guitarist Clint Walsh, drummer Eric Gardner, bassist Nic Johns and as of 2011, original member Marty Jourard.  Apocalypso, a previously unreleased version of 1982’s All Four One was released in 2011 on Omnivore Records, thirty years to the day after the intended original date.

 

In Spring of 2018 the Motels will release their new record The Last Few Beautiful Days.

 

Motels Discography

 

The Motels 1979

Careful 1980

All Four One 1982

Little Robbers 1984

Shock 1985

Apocalypso 2011

The Last Few Beautiful Days 2018

Liz Gherna
Folk Rock

Liz Gherna is a songwriter who writes and performs rootsy rock and music she calls hard folk.  Liz has a soulful, melodic, original and edgy voice which betrays her love for early west coast punk rock, Linda Ronstadt, Michelle Shocked and Lucinda Williams to name only a few. 

Each original song is a semi autobiographical story, from difficult times in My Stew Blues, strong feelings about LGBT rights in the very clever I'm Not Happy Im Gay and in general her songs are a commentary on the human condition. 

"At 17 I really got into local (LA) bands Redd Kross, Alley Cats, X, The Flesh Eaters, Tex & The Horse heads" says Gherna. "I was soaking it in, buying vinyl of what I could  though much of what I was listening to wasnt even being recorded. Seven days a week I was going to Hollywood and seeing the shows."

The first music she remembers in the house was Hank Williams:  a double Hank Williams best of album she played over and over. Her older sister had Jesus Christ Superstar, Hair and a four part Woodstock album.  One of her early favorites was Linda Ronstadt. "She had such amazing song writers and song choices"

By 1986, Liz had  joined her first band with guitarist Steve Vasquez. His band, Hood, was a hard rock band with big guitar riffs and the songwriting collaboration really worked. The combination was a hit and they played the Troubadour, Club 88, Music Machine, and more. When the band lost its bass guitar player, Liz picked it up and became Hood's bass guitarist as well as lead singer. 

When Hood broke up, She continued her solo songwriting, forming the first Liz Gherna band. The Liz Gherna Band played around the LA/Hollywood scene. In her band was Flying Ike (Mark) Robison, who went on to play with the Bad Town Boys and the Electric Ferrets (two big punk rock bands) and Diana Malouf on drums.

Influences over the years were The Cult (Electric), Motley Crue, Guns n Roses (Appetite for Destruction), Eleven, Audio Slave, Lucinda Williams, Concrete Blonde, Hole, Mary's Danish and L7. 

She picked up again with Steve Vasquez who was now a drummer, Dag Flater on screaming guitars, Damion Presogna on bass, Liz on guitar and they continued as Bess Dreader, a modern punk rock meets metal and heavy rock playing all Liz Gherna originals.

Going solo again, she recorded an EP in 2005 with producer Bobby Cuff, entitled Green Waste Mansion and in 2006 an EP with engineer/producer Vincent Damion Presogna entitled Songs for August. In 2006 The Liz Gherna Band toured with Bobby Cuff (guitars, lap steel), Karlee Tittle (violin), Markee O'Pharn (bass) and Zachary Wrobel on drums. 

From 2007 and for the next few years Liz played solo gigs around Los Angeles and began a deep involvement in non-profit charity events and benefits.

In 2014 she recorded The Very Best of Liz Gherna a 12-song CD featuring My Stew Blues, Im Not Happy I'm Gay and 10 other stripped down and magnificently produced songs from her extensive catalog.

My Stew Blues, I'm Not Happy I'm Gay, and Hey Me are available on iTunes, YouTube, Spotify, and Apple Music.  The Very Best of Liz Gherna is available for purchase through LizGherna.com or at Liz Gherna Music on Facebook.  I'm Not Happy I'm Gay videos are on YouTube and Liz Gherna.com. Liz Gherna plays regularly around Los Angels and most recently in the South Bay at St. Rocke in Hermosa Beach, The Mint in Los Angeles, and at festivals and charity benefits.