Bar Hoppin’ With Kat & the Blues Hounds!

Los Angeles band, Kat & the Blues Hounds are working overtime. You may have seen them performing at various events and clubs across LA. This week, you can catch them at the Melody Bar and Grill in Westchester (7-10 pm on Wed February 26th) and then two days later, at their monthly 4th Friday gig (9pm-12:30am Friday February 28th) at Sonny McLean’s Irish Bar in Santa Monica.


Kat and the Blues Hounds Photo by Phil Kimball

The band performs classic blues and consists of pro-players, Keyboard player Bob Crickmore has worked with icon Pat Benator among others, while saxophonist Lucky Wright played with greats Chubby Checker, Bobby Rydells and more. Bass player, John Weimken caught the music bug from his father, who was Wayne Newton's musical director and pianist. Drummer Rich Bryan, worked as part of Ray Charles blues lab with Gashouse Dave other artists. Fronted by blues dynamo Kathy Leonardo, a native New Yorker, who got her start singing and dancing in Broadway musicals. In her twenties, she toured with renowned actor/singer and composer Anthony Newley in his show “Stop the World, I Want to Get off.” She also had the chance to work with Bill Cosby in “Cosby” on CBS.


This Wednesday and Friday, guest guitarist Greg Cruz will throw his hat into the ring. Cruz has incredible blues chops and has performed at many Los Angeles venues.  At Wednesday’s show he will step in with the full band…along with other special musical guests (trumpet, harp and more) who have taken to popping in for a fun evening of spontaneity. You truly never know what to expect with this band.


The Melody Bar and Grill (9132 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles) in Westchester offers a homegrown, retro vibe. Offering live music most nights with karaoke featured later in the evening (after 10pm). They have a fantastic happy hour which ends at 7:00 pm….right when the music starts….The specials include sliders for $5, a huge plate of tasty garlic shoestring fries for just $3 or your choice of tacos (steak, salmon or chicken) all for just $2 each well drinks at $5. Other delicious happy hour specials include BBQ grilled cheese bites: melted cheese with barbecue baby back rib meat in a roll. Kat and the Blues Hounds will play Wednesday, February 26th from 7-10pm.

Kat and the Blues Hounds Photo by Phil Kimball

If you can’t make it out Wednesday, you’ll have one more chance to see the band. Kat and the Blues Hounds play at their 4th Friday monthly gig on Friday, February 28th from 9:15pm – 12:30 am at Sonny McLean’s Irish Bar. This hoppin’ Irish bar offers live music every Friday, free of charge, with music happening on several other nights as well as Karaoke.  A popular sports bar, it also features delicious food with Irish specialties. With 23 TV’s, you’ll be sure to catch the game of your choice. Sonny’s also has a fantastic Happy Hour from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm weekdays (except holidays). On the beverage side, it offers a full bar, plus 40 taps for beer.

Most nights you can catch owner Grant Woods sitting at the bar at Sonny McLean’s. Stop in and say hi! “If you enjoy an unpretentious and warm atmosphere with live music, great patrons and staff you must visit Sonny McLean’s Pub,” says Woods.

Sonnys McLean's Irish Bar is located at 2615 Wilshire Blvd., in Santa Monica. See Sonny McLean’s website for a full list of events.

Remember both musical events are FREE! For more information about Kat and the Blues Hounds as well as many of the other bands that Kathy Leonardo performs in, see the Kathy Leonardo website. To find gig info, see the Kat and the Blues Hound FB Page.




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