Once-A-Year L.A. Bus Tour Follows in Tom Waits’ Youthful Footsteps

WHAT: 2010 edition of “Crawling Down Cahuenga: Tom Waits’ Los Angeles” bus
WHEN: Saturday April 3, noon-4pm
WHERE: Bus tour departs from The King Edward Saloon, 131 E 5th Street, Los
Angeles 90013
COST: $62/person
MORE INFO: visit http://www.esotouric.com or call 323-223-2767

LOS ANGELES- Fans of the legendary musician Tom Waits just don’t get a lot
of chances to get together. Last time he toured, fans in his old hometown of
L.A. were out of luck–all the dates were in the South. So once each year,
Esotouric, the bus adventure company whose offbeat tours expose LA’s secret
history, offers a bus tour celebrating the life and work of Waits, a rare
opportunity for fans to scratch that gravelly voiced itch in good company.

Tom Waits’ formative creative life and the people, places and late night
pastries that shaped it.

Calling all rain dogs, gin-soaked boys and Gun Street girls! Climb aboard as
your hosts David Smay (author of the acclaimed 33 1/3 series book on Tom
Waits’ “Swordfishtrombones” album) and Esotouric’s Kim Cooper (a Zoetrope
Studios intern who’ll tell how she used teenage subterfuge to arrange a
private concert by the man) lead you on a scrupulously researched ride
through Waits’ epic misdeeds and shenanigans, from the Trashing of the
Troubadour to epic nights at the Tropicana.

And oh, there are such tales to tell, from food fights with L.A. Punks and
smackdowns with L.A. Police. We’ll crawl through the Sewers of Paris, tattle
on the Ivar Theater, and get the lowdown on Waits’ legendary performances at
the Wiltern and elsewhere. Before departing for points rural, Tom Waits left
his mark all over L.A., from Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope Studios to
Sunset Sound to Skid Row. We’ll show you where he found his true love and
collaborator, Kathleen Brennan, and how all the pieces came together to
transform a drunken, desperate singer into the multi-faceted, multi-media
artist he’d become.

Raised near San Diego, Tom Waits launched his musical career in L.A.,
signing with David Geffen’s Asylum Records in 1972, living in a famously
cluttered room in the raunchy Tropicana Hotel (where he sawed off the
kitchen drain board so his piano would fit), and building a reputation as a
songwriter willing to risk his own health and sanity to get inside the sad
sack characters that peopled songs like “The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not
Me),” “On The Nickel” and “Pasties And A G-string (At The Two O’clock

By 1980, Waits was 31 and starting to feel the effects of his hard living.
While scoring the music to Francis Ford Coppola’s “One From The Heart,” he
met Kathleen Brennan, whose influence would completely transform his life
and his art. After a whirlwind courtship the pair married and began a
30-year creative and personal partnership, beginning with the revolutionary
album “Swordfishtrombones,” the subject of tour host David Smay’s latest

Passengers gather in the historic King Edward Saloon, the last surviving
Skid Row bar since the 2007 closure of Craby Joe’s, before boarding
Esotouric’s luxury coach class bus, where the mood is set with vintage
photos and live footage. CRAWLING DOWN CAHUENGA spans Tom’s personal city,
from The Nickel (aka Skid Row) to once-ratty West Hollywood, favorite strip
clubs and midnight diners, recording studios, night clubs, record labels and
film studios, before rolling back downtown for a last bottle of beer at the
King Eddy.

ABOUT THE HOSTS: Longtime collaborators David Smay and Kim Cooper co-edited
the books “Bubblegum Music is the Naked Truth” (“quite simply the most fun
music book I have ever read.” -Bucketfull of Brains) and “Lost in the
Grooves: Scram’s Capricious Guide to the Music You Missed” (“the perfect
book for the advanced record collector” -Ear Candy) before penning their
solo 33 1/3 series books on Tom Waits and Neutral Milk Hotel. Kim hosts
Esotouric’s true crime and occasional rock and roll history tours. David
Smay lives in San Francisco, where he is working on a history of the Beats.

Upcoming Esotouric bus tour schedule
Sat March 6 – Hotel Horrors & Main Street Vice crime bus tour
Sat March 13 – Raymond Chandler’s Los Angeles
Sat March 20 – Maja’s Mysteries: Rapture & Release (debut)
Sat March 27 – Raymond Chandler’s Bay City
Sat April 3 ­ Crawling Down Cahuenga: Tom Waits’ L.A.
Sat April 10 ­ John Buntin’s L.A. Noir
Sat April 24 ­ Haunts of a Dirty Old Man: Charles Bukowski’s L.A.
Sat May 1 – Pasadena Confidential crime bus tour with Crimebo the Clown
Sat May 8 – Blood & Dumplings crime bus tour
Sat May 15 – The Real Black Dahlia crime bus tour
Sat May 22 – The Birth of Noir: James M. Cain’s So. Cal Nightmare

For more info on Esotouric, visit http://www.esotouric.com

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