Sometimes L.A. is a small town

On Sunday a group of us went to the Hollywood Bowl to see the Swell Season, She & Him and the Bird and the Bee in concert, each a male-female duo. We weren’t in our seats long when a couple about eight seats away got my attention: It was Cherie Savoie and Lee Tintary, whom I know from downtown Pomona’s Arts Colony.

Perhaps even odder, I had run into them at lunch a few hours before in Claremont. Obviously we have similar tastes in food and music. But what are the odds you’ll run into somebody you know in a metropolis?

This alone would have made me think “small world.” Minutes later, however, who should come walking up the steps past us but the dancing man from the Fox Theater concert in Pomona June 5. He’s the one who stood in the balcony dancing furiously by himself until one of our group asked him to sit down. And here he was in Hollywood. We recognized him immediately.

Later we saw him take a seat in a box way down in front (in blue shirt). He sat still and enjoyed himself. Then, when She & Him launched into a spirited take on “Roll Over Beethoven,” we saw, in the twilight, from 150 feet away, the dancing man stand and begin shaking his moneymaker.

I suggested to my friend who told him to sit down in Pomona that he ought to go down and ask him to sit down in Hollywood, just to rattle him. He’d have thought, “small world.”

Here are videos from the Bowl of the Bird and the Bee performing “Polite Dance Song,” She & Him performing a sultry, spooky rendition of “I Put a Spell on You” and the Swell Season doing “Falling Slowly.”

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  • Lee Tintary

    Just to make things even more bizarre, I also taped “I put a spell on you” on my iphone; interestingly, it was the only song that I taped during the entire concert. What are the chances?

    [Well, you picked a good song. As did I. — DA]

  • My best friend, my brother and I all went to the show as well. You can add two Pomona residents and one more from Claremont to your list of attendees!

  • Doug Evans

    I love that The Bird and The Bee song. If memory serves, I first heard about it here in your blog (did you post about it/them before?). Just looking at the lyrics, you realize that never have words and music been so wrong for each other, which is what makes them so right.

    My wife and I saw Peter Gabriel at the Bowl earlier this summer. And our mutual friend Elizabeth saw The Flight of the Conchords there about a week after that. The Inland Valley: single-handedly keeping the Hollywood Bowl afloat!

    [I don’t recall if I ever mentioned buying one of their CDs here, but I’ll take full credit anyway. — DA]