Offbeat L.A.: Meet Marty & Elayne! A Video Trip to the Dresden Room in Los Feliz

Sometimes in Los Angeles the Santa Ana winds of change blow warm and caressing, taking one’s soul down a haunted memory lane in which the past comes softly knocking. At times like these the best medicine is a stiff drink in a dimly lit joint with crimson red leather booths; a place where time stopped ticking thirty or forty years ago. When the heart needs to be fed and elusive ghosts make themselves visible, it’s time to stop by the Dresden Room to see Marty and Elayne.

The Dresden Room (Photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

The Dresden Room (Photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

Located in the heart of Los Feliz, the Dresden has been in business since 1954. Its decor is a superb unadulterated flashback to its last mid-1960’s remodel. Marty and Elayne, a husband and wife lounge act, have been performing here five nights a week since 1982, crooning a strange and seductive jazzy blend of wistful standards.

Offbeat L.A. host Nikki Kreuzer was fortunate to be able to meet with the quirky yet legendary couple and ask them a few questions. Make sure to watch the video posted above…

Marty and Elayne (Photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

Marty and Elayne (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

Marty and Elayne perform Tuesday to Saturday, 9pm-1:15am.

The Dresden Room: 1760 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027; (323) 665-4294. 

www.thedresden.com/lounge.html

 

Nikki Kreuzer

About Nikki Kreuzer

Nikki Kreuzer has been a Los Angeles resident for over 30 years. When not working her day job in the film & TV industry, she spends her time over many obsessions, mainly music, art and exploring & photographing the oddities of the city she adores. So far she has written 110 Offbeat L.A. articles, published at the Los Angeles Beat. As a journalist she contributes regularly to LA Weekly, Blurred Culture and has also been published by Oddee.com, Twist Magazine, Strobe and Not For Hire. Nikki is also a mosaic artist, radio DJ and published photographer. Her photography has been featured in exhibit at the Museum of Neon Art, in print at the LA Weekly and in exhibit at the Neutra Museum in Los Angeles. She has recorded with the band Nikki & Candy as bassist, vocalist and songwriter, directing and appearing in the 'Sunshine Sunshine Santa Claus' music video for the band. She co-hosted the monthly radio show Bubblegum & Other Delights on Dublab.com for over two years. Her acting credits include a recent role in the ABC-TV show 'For The People', 'Incident at Guilt Ridge', 'Two and a Half Men', the film 'Minority Report' and 'Offbeat L.A.', a web series, written and hosted by Nikki Kreuzer. Her writing, radio and video portfolio can be found at OffbeatLA.com, her photography work @Lunabeat on Instagram and her music history posts @NikkiKreuzer on Twitter. Find Nikki & Candy music on iTunes, Amazon or at NikkiandCandy.com.
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