Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Esotouric offers Tom Waits bus tour April 20 in LA

Once-A-Year L.A. Bus Tour Follows in Tom Waits' Youthful Footsteps

WHAT: 2013 edition of "Crawling Down Cahuenga: Tom Waits' Los Angeles" bus
WHEN: Saturday, April 20, noon-4pm
WHERE: Bus tour departs from The Daily Dose, 1820 Industrial St., Los
Angeles, CA 90021
COST: $63/person
VIDEO PREVIEW: http://youtu.be/ctDPOa2D178
MORE INFO: visit http://www.esotouric.com/waits or call 213-373-1947
 Fans of the legendary musician Tom Waits just don't get a lot
of chances to get together. Last time he toured, fans in his old hometown of
L.A. were out of luck‹the closest show was in Phoenix, Arizona. So once each
year, Esotouric, the bus adventure company whose offbeat tours expose LA's
secret history, offers a bus tour celebrating the life and work of Waits, a
rare opportunity for fans to scratch that gravelly voiced itch in good

Tom Waits' formative creative life and the people, places and late night
pastries that shaped it.

Calling all rain dogs, gin-soaked boys and Gun Street girls! Climb aboard as
your hosts David Smay (author of the acclaimed 33 1/3 series book on Tom
Waits' "Swordfishtrombones" album) and Esotouric's Kim Cooper (a Zoetrope
Studios intern who'll tell how she used teenage subterfuge to arrange a
private concert by the man) lead you on a scrupulously researched ride
through Waits' epic misdeeds and shenanigans, from the Trashing of the
Troubadour to epic nights at the Tropicana.

And oh, there are such tales to tell, from food fights with L.A. Punks and
smackdowns with L.A. police. We'll crawl through the Sewers of Paris, tattle
on the Ivar Theater, and get the lowdown on Waits' legendary performances at
the Wiltern and elsewhere. Before departing for points rural, Tom Waits left
his mark all over L.A., from Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope Studios to
Sunset Sound to Skid Row. We'll show you where he found his true love and
collaborator, Kathleen Brennan, and how all the pieces came together to
transform a drunken, desperate singer into the multi-faceted, multi-media
artist he'd become.

Raised near San Diego, Tom Waits launched his musical career in L.A.,
signing with David Geffen's Asylum Records in 1972, living in a famously
cluttered room in the raunchy Tropicana Hotel (where he sawed off the
kitchen drain board so his piano would fit), and building a reputation as a
songwriter willing to risk his own health and sanity to get inside the sad
sack characters that peopled songs like "The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not
Me)," "On The Nickel" and "Pasties And A G-string (At The Two O'clock

By 1980, Waits was 31 and starting to feel the effects of his hard living.
While scoring the music to Francis Ford Coppola's "One From The Heart," he
met Kathleen Brennan, whose influence would completely transform his life
and his art. After a whirlwind courtship the pair married and began a
30-year creative and personal partnership, beginning with the revolutionary
album "Swordfishtrombones," the subject of tour host David Smay's latest

Passengers gather in the historic Arts District, the neighborhood that best
evokes the gritty 1970s-era downtown where Waits found inspiration, before
boarding Esotouric's luxury coach class bus, where the mood is set with
vintage photos and live footage. CRAWLING DOWN CAHUENGA spans Tom's personal
city, from The Nickel (aka Skid Row) to once-ratty West Hollywood, favorite
strip clubs and midnight diners, recording studios, night clubs, record
labels and film studios, before rolling back downtown with plenty of time to
get the night started right.

ABOUT THE HOSTS: Longtime collaborators David Smay and Kim Cooper co-edited
the books "Bubblegum Music is the Naked Truth" ("quite simply the most fun
music book I have ever read." -Bucketfull of Brains) and "Lost in the
Grooves: Scram's Capricious Guide to the Music You Missed" ("the perfect
book for the advanced record collector" -Ear Candy) before penning their
solo 33 1/3 series books on Tom Waits and Neutral Milk Hotel. Kim hosts
Esotouric's true crime and occasional rock and roll history tours. David
Smay lives in San Francisco, where he is working on a history of the Beats.

For more info on Esotouric, visit http://www.esotouric.com

Upcoming Esotouric bus tour and special event schedule (free events starred)
Sat March 23 - Weird West Adams crime bus tour
*Sun March 31 - LAVA's Sunday Salon (info at lavatransforms.org)
Sat April 6 - John Fante's Dreams from Bunker Hill (weekend pass available)
Sun April 7 - Charles Bukowski's LA (weekend pass available)
Sat April 13 - The Birth of Noir: James M. Cain's Southern California
*Sun April 14 - Neff Estate Tour in La Mirada (info at lavatransforms.org)
Sat April 20 - SPECIAL EVENT: Crawling Down Cahuenga: Tom Waits' LA
Sun April 21 - Crime lab seminar: Insights in Criminal Investigation and the
Secret World of Street Gangs with Nick Guskos (info at lavatransforms.org)
Sat April 27 - The Real Black Dahlia crime bus tour
Sat April 27 - LAVA Literary Salon: A Dashiell Hammett Evening (info at
Sat May 4 - Blood & Dumplings crime bus tour
Sat May 18 -  Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles
*Sun May 26 - LAVA's Sunday Salon (info at lavatransforms.org)
Sat June 1 - Eastside Babylon crime bus tour
Sat June 8 - Pasadena Confidential crime bus tour
Sat Jun 15 ­ Hotel Horrors & Main Street Vice crime bus tour
Sat June 22 - Weird West Adams crime bus tour
*Sun June 30 - LAVA's Sunday Salon (info at lavatransforms.org)
Sat July 13 - Charles Bukowski's LA
Sat July 20 - The Birth of Noir: James M. Cain's Southern California
Sat July 27 - The Real Black Dahlia crime bus tour
*Sun July 28 - LAVA's Sunday Salon (info at lavatransforms.org)

Esotouric's Kim Cooper and Richard Schave are proud members of LAVA - The
Los Angeles Visionaries Association. http://www.lavatransforms.org

For more info on Esotouric, visit http://www.esotouric.com

For more info on David and Kim's previous books, visit

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