“I’m just so excited!!” — Doug Hream Blunt
"Doug's open spirit and trust in collective, spontaneous endeavors has been a real motor in the shaping of the String Theory series. We are thrilled to be helping the local music communities as he embarks on his newest music adventure." — Kelly Sawdon, Partner and Chief Brand Officer, Ace Hotel
Doug Hream Blunt didn't learn to play music until taking a "how to start a band" class at age 35, but he picked it up quickly. He formed a backing band out of his classmates. He would only perform at the hospital where he worked as a nurse, and when he’d finish a new song and was able to get everyone together, made a few rare appearances on the local San Francisco cable access television. He eventually recorded an album and EP of hypnotic lo-fi soul/pop at his teachers house, which recently excavated and reissued by the good souls at Luaka Bop. On Friday, June 10, he will be playing in our lobby at Ace London for an open-rehearsal in preparation for his appearances at the Field Day Festival that weekend.
This live performance will be celebrating many firsts: the event will mark Doug's first live show ever as well as the first performance by his newly community-formed band The Doug Hream Blunt Experience. In addition, we will be kicking off our String Theory series — a collaboration between Luaka Bop, Martin Guitar and Ace Hotel which seeks to benefit local adult education and music therapy centers.
The event at Ace Hotel London Shoreditch will be serving St Mungo – a housing association based in London whose mission is to provide aid, resources and shelter to London's homeless population. At the end of the performance, Martin will gift a guitar to St Mungo's band, Mental Health, who will be playing with Doug at the Field Day Festival that weekend.
About Luaka Bop
Founded by David Byrne in 1989, Luaka Bop has introduced Os Mutantes, Shuggie Otis, Tim Maia and William Onyeabor to the world at large, and become home to artists like Tom Ze, Floating Points, Cornershop, Zap Mama, and Janka Nabay among others. A few years ago, Luaka Bop reissued the music of William Onyeabor, which may have been the most complicated, if also one of the richest, undertakings in label’s (rarely straightforward) 26-year history. Since, they have put out two artists, whose background and music couldn’t be different from the next: Doug Hream Blunt, a nurse who learned to play music at the age of 35, and Floating Points, the musical genius that is Sam Shepherd, with a Ph.D. in neuroscience.
About Martin Guitar & Martin Strings
C.F. Martin & Co. ® (www.martinguitar.com) has been creating the finest instruments in the world for 183 years. It continues to innovate, introducing techniques and features that have become industry standards, including X-bracing, the 14-fret guitar and the “Dreadnought” size. One of the world’s leading acoustic instrument makers, Martin guitars are hand-made by skilled craftsmen and women, who use a combination of new design and techniques, along with those introduced by the company founder. The company is also known for producing high-quality, popular acoustic guitar strings. These include the successful Martin SP® LIFESPAN® the fastest-growing treated string in the industry, the exciting new Retro Strings line played and loved by Tony Rice and Laurence Juber and the Martin SP line, which uses an industry leading core wire to hold tunings better. Martin guitars and Martin strings are the instruments and strings of choice for musicians around the world, from the icons of rock, pop, country, folk and bluegrass to those just beginning their careers. They can be seen across all segments of pop culture, from television to movies, Broadway, books, online, and gracing the covers of popular magazines on newsstands everywhere. Connect with Martin and Martin Strings on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube and via www.martinguitar.com and www.martinstrings.com.
About Doug Hream Blunt
Doug Hream Blunt learned to play music in the late 1980s at the age of thirty-five through an adult music class organized by a high school music teacher and his wife in their small San Francisco garage. Doug performed regularly to patients in the hospital he worked at, and has been driven by ties to public and community-driven uses of music as a therapeutic tool. His story reinforces the truth that music is for everyone, and that success can be achieved at any stage of life. To learn more about Doug, you can watch this video by Swedish animator Leo Lyx and narrated by Doug’s 11-year old daughter, Juanita.
About Ace Hotel
Ace Hotel reimagines urban hotels for people who make cities interesting. We crave experience more than hospitality clichés. We are curious about the history and geography of the buildings we inhabit, and let these guide us to someplace fresh and familiar.