Los Angeles native singer/songwriter Zak Waters kicked off the first of his Secret Weekends, a series of monthly showcases featuring the finest indie art and music, on Sept. 7 at Towne Hall, a unique 2,000-square foot community venue hidden on an industrial block in downtown Los Angeles. To enhance the creative feeling of each Secret Weekend, Waters is working with artist/promoter Baha Danesh, who is known for her L’art Pour L’art art shows.
The first Secret Weekend began with tunes from top-tier DJs and local acts, including high-energy folk duo Baywood, who entranced the crowd with a vibrant display of sounds and images across the stage and walls of the Towne Hall. Later, a new set of mysterious musicians took the dimly lit stage and began tuning their instruments. It was Waters and his band, who treated the crowd to a surprise performance. Standing with his side turned to the audience and hunched over his Yamaha M08 keyboard, Waters swayed side-to-side as the band crashed seamlessly into their hot-tempered dance-floor sensation “TNT.” The crowd’s roar seemed to stretch the walls with excitement, while Waters occasionally glanced over his shoulder to reveal an oversized smirk at the sea of arms in the air.