Sunday, December 30, 2007

LAAC, Paco's, and More Haden Rehearsing

My good friend Nate is getting married in February and not only has he given me the honor of being one of his groomsmen, but he is also having my band Spain perform at it. On Friday afternoon I met with Nate, along with the conductor of the big band he's hiring and the wedding DJ, at the wedding venue, an old, historic building in Downtown L.A. called the Los Angeles Athletic Club (LAAC).

According to their website LAAC was established in 1880 as "a haven for up and coming members of the Los Angeles community". Originally it was a men-only club (Nate told me during prohibition they had secret rooms where alcohol was served), but with the modernization of humankind it became co-ed and smoking is prohibited.

I could still smell the cigar smoke in the air, history just oozed off the oak walls and original art deco furnishings.

The piano looked and sounded great.

Here is Nate deep in thought, his head full of guest-to-food ratios and square-footage statistics.

The LAAC website is great and everyone should check it out, its at

The Los Angeles Athletic Club is located at 431 West Seventh Street in Los Angeles, CA 90014. It's a members-only club but free tours are available by calling (213) 625-2211.

Later that night Lisa and I went to our favorite Mexican food restaurant, Paco's Taco's, for dinner. Paco's serves without a doubt the best Mexican food in Los Angeles and we eat there at least two or three times a month (it is a little bit of a drive from where we live). Make sure you try their homemade flour tortillas which are incredible (and don't forget to tip the nice lady who makes them). I almost exclusively stick to their chile rellenos, either in a combo with a taco or enchilada or in their signature Paco's Burrito, which is actually a chile relleno burrito (without meat, as they always remind me). I always get Paco's Burrito with their green sauce, which is incredibly tasty with overtones of cinnamon and goes great with the refried beans.

The atmosphere of Paco's Taco's is festive as you can see.

The happy couple enjoying a night out a Paco's Tacos!

On our way out I bumped into my old friend, former Los Abandoned guitarist Don Verde, who was standing outside waiting for a table (I forgot to say that on weekend nights the wait for a table could be up to 45 minutes). Don Verde is an amazing musician, check out his myspace page at

Paco's Tacos is located at 4141 S. Centinela Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90066. Their phone number is 310-391-9616, and their website is

Yesterday I went to rehearse with my dad and Mark Fain for the upcoming Haden Family CD. I won't spoil the surprise by telling you which songs I'm singing on but I will say my dad and Mark sounded great and it was really inspiring to me.

Mark is an incredible country bassist (although he plays in lots of other styles too), he has worked with Ricky Skaggs, Bruce Hornsby, Dolly Parton, and many, many others. Check out his myspace page at

Here's a photo of Mark and I at the rehearsal.

Last but not least, the other day I uploaded a live video to youtube of footage from a concert my solo band played last April. Here it is for your viewing pleasure.


Rino Feys said...

Its a little bit to far for me, but I will remember the adress of this nice places you describe. Anyway, Happy to read of the up coming family cd and I hope you visit Belgium in the near future. I never got the opportunity to see you live, still I see you as one of my favorite singer/songwriters/bands. Many good wishes for the new year, take care

Josh Haden said...

Thanks Rino, I hope to play in Belgium next year. If you'd like to be added to my email list just let me know at and I'll keep you updated. Or you can always check back here. Thanks again, and have a great new year!

Darkmorcel said...

The LAAC seems AMAZING !!! Have a great time playing with Spain there ;), hoping (still ha ha)seeing you on tour in our beautiful reunion island.

happy new year !

Josh Haden said...

Thanks darkmorcel!