Sibling rockers Jocelyn & Chris Arndt played to a lively crowd at The Hotel Café (Hollywood) on Thursday, August 25th. The blues-rock group played selections from their debut full-length album “Edges.” The album, which features spots from Danny Louis (Gov’t Mule) and G Love, has gotten a fair share of props, hitting The Jam Band Top 30 at #17, The FMQB AAA Top 200 Albums and Single, and The Relix JamBand Top 30.
Jocelyn Arndt owned the stage with inferno-like intensity (think Amy Winehouse x Janice Joplin x Fiona Apple), filling the room with powerhouse vocals. Chris Arndt delivered delicious riffs and energetic solos that’d earn a celestial fist-bump from Jimi Hendrix. With David Bourgeois on drums and Kate Sgroi on bass, it all combined into a heady, soulful rock-jam vibe that went great with my Old-Fashioned.
It’s fitting to see Jocelyn & Chris perform at the Hotel Café, a cozy coffee house-turned-bar known for hosting singer-songwriters and high-level pop acts (past performers include Weezer, Meiko, John Mayer, and Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard). The Arndt siblings write their songs as a team, with Jocelyn focusing on the lyrics and melody and Chris handling the instrumentation and song structure. And then there’s the dinosaur-themed “My Friend Tic Tac,” which Jocelyn and Chris adapted from a four-year-old boy’s story entry for Sing Me A Story Foundation.
If you haven’t heard of Jocelyn & Chris, check ‘em. The band played the Viper Room on January 23rd. Here’s the video in case you missed it. They were phenomenal performers then, but tours in 21 states over the past 12 months – including stops at SXSW, Sundance Film Festival, and The Hard Rock Cafe (Myrtle Beach, Pittsburgh, Memphis) — have turned the band into a well-oiled machine for songs of Sweet Musical Revenge with a classic rock bent.
The current tour continues into the Fall with stops at Blue Ocean Music Hall (Salisbury, MA) and The Hall at MP (Brooklyn, NY). Along with popular tracks “Shame” and “Hot,” live audiences might just be lucky enough to catch their cover of Tracy Chapman’s “Give Me One Reason.” Like you needed another reason to snap up tix to their next performance.
Big ups, Jocelyn & Chris. And if you’re reading this, can we get one of those Sold Out posters? 😉