Indie Folk Duo Takes Control of Performances, Builds New Showcase Venue in LA

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The Los Angeles-based indie band The Likes Of Us has devised and built their own private venue in Burbank to house their performances, video shoots, industry mixers, and private showcases for other artists.

We were tired of pay-to-play shows, terrible sound systems, no sound checks, and zero control of the atmosphere. -Katrina Stone

Indie darlings The Likes Of Us are taking the DIY movement to a new level with their new business venture of building their own private concert venue. On February 20th, they will be hosting their first private industry mixer and live EP recording with other performers to include indie rockers Aedio as well as platinum R&B artist Eamon.

"We were tired of pay-to-play shows, terrible sound systems, no sound checks, and zero control of the atmosphere," said Katrina Stone, a fiery redhead and one-half of the duet project. "We love the idea of creating our own space and throwing private parties, video shoots, whatever we can dream up!"

The remarkable undertaking is built on the back of the successful debut album from the folk/jazz duo, released in November or 2012. Completely self-produced and self-funded, the album had extensive success in the licensing and micro-licensing worlds leading to the need to perform more shows, locally and nationally. Securing endorsements from major manufacturers like PreSonus, 1964 Ears, and DC California Drums, the duo has garnered attention from every facet of the industry for their innovative DIY style.

"We are both seasoned musicians and performers, but we were finding ourselves struggling to play at various venues that are touted as being world-renowned stages," exclaimed Benj Heard, the producer and soulful male vocalist for the indie duet project. "Our venue can hold 150 people, has the new PreSonus StudioLive sound series, and has a really great vibe to it."

The Likes Of Us is breaking new ground in the indie music movement with their business-minded approach to running their ever-expanding careers. The addition of venue-ownership to their numerous list of accomplishments is generating a buzz in the music community in Los Angeles and allowing the creative duo to provide opportunities to other independent artists, bands, and record labels.

To learn more about The Likes Of Us, visit

To be added to the guest list for the grand opening event on February 20th, 2014, contact maeweathermusic(at)gmail(dot)com.

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