Los Angeles based artist Chazzy L. shook the walls last Tuesday night at Club TeeGee, the latest hot-spot for new music in Highland Park. Melding raspy psychedelics with neo-soul, the east coast singer was celebrating the release of her addicting second single, ‘Floating’. She brought on friends The Rolly Spirits and High Sunday to join the eclectic, witchy evening.
As soon as I entered the crowded bar, I was guided by a giant disco ball to the stage where Shelby Paolella of the Rolly Spirits was dancing. In cowboy boots and a flowy 60s style get-up, she floated around her husband and guitarist, Nico, as they played their flirtatiously upbeat tunes. One of Chazzy’s longtime friends, Shelby finished her set with an energetic smile and congratulations to the singer on her release.
At any show, the moments in between are filled with people wandering around as new conversations and friendships are stoked, waiting for another chance to be hypnotized by a performer. LA singer Lauren Ruth Ward (shootstains) & I trailed off to the bar as she clicked away on her camera, getting ready to capture Chazzy’s set. Just as we clinked our glasses, we heard a tom rumble, a symbol crash, and boom: Chazzy’s voice. Exchanging glances, we jetted toward the stage.
Instantly evoking a sense of release, Chazzy L.’s first song glided atop her funky, rock-infused band. We were being completely allured by her husky, sensual melodies, when a massive drop sent a jolt through our bodies. Chazzy fired up the crowd as High Sunday hopped on the mic for a featured verse. Everyone was dancing. Giving everything from electric grooves like ‘Floating’, to dreamy songs like ‘Driving in LA’ (a tune about, yup, you guessed it), Chazzy’s music is indicative of old souls like Seinabo Sey and Winehouse. She penetrates the ceiling with high belts and sassy runs, keeping the party going at every moment.
“If I was a stripper, and let me tell you if I don’t make some money soon mama’s hittin the pole…this would be my opening song.” With a hair flip, Chazzy L. busted into her last song: Time Of The Season by the Zombies. With Curtis Kelley on the drums singing the in-betweens, the whole of Club TeeGee orchestrated the classic tune together: laughing and a little bit sweaty.
High Sunday closed out the night with his own set, capturing our ears with his acoustic guitar, spoken verses and wavy, chill melodies. LA got a little bit funkier last Tuesday night, and we’re pretty stoked about it.
Words by Ariana Tibi