Dogs: Plugged In!
Owner Blends Coffee and Tunes in Perfect Harmony with
James E. Fowler
Times Staff Writer
Benson, owner of the Coffee Junction in Tarzana, is
feeling pretty good these days. She's in
- love -
with her coffeehouse and with playing in her new band,
- So, you
can expect her to be practically out of her mind with
happiness when the Soul Dogs perform at the coffee
junction this Saturday.
night I say, 'Thank you store ; I love you store.'"
said singer - songwriter Benson. "Beside being a
coffee junkie, I'm also a music junkie."
- Benson and
her partner, Linda Sherlin, have owned Coffee Junction
for more than seven years.
- Owning a
club was a longtime dream of the two. When they first
moved to Los Angeles in the 1970's, they were regular
visitors to the Blah Blah Cafe in North Hollywood. In
those days, jazz singer Al Jarreau played there almost
every weekend, and other artists such as Joni Mitchell
would drop in for an occasional set.
said She and Sherlin made a promise : "One day we will
have our own little Blah Blah Cafe."
- And when
the opportunity presented itself a few years later,
Benson, who previously worked in the medical and
entertainment fields, jumped at her
families told us not to : 'You're crazy; you'll lose
your money; You don't know what you're doing.'" Benson
said. Regardless, Benson and Sherlin went ahead,
guided only by their love of music and
- "Being a
musician, I feel honored that I have a place where I
get to really get my musical rocks off," Benson
previous band, the all female Token Angel, went the
way of most bands in Los Angeles - that is, it broke
up due to creative differences. Soul Dogs features
Benson and two men, Jesse Wright and Lewis Wolfe, each
of whom has taken up a new instrument.
who started playing the violin when she was eight,
started playing guitar just over a year ago. Drummer
Wright was until recently a guitarist, and bassist
Wolfe was a sound engineer.
wouldn't guess it to listen to them. They more than
make up for any technical deficiencies with creativity
and energy. Plus, Benson is a fine singer who writes
interesting, well crafted tunes.
finally able to play what I'm feeling", Benson said.
"Before I was always settling for less".
- "I finally
can have it my way and feel really good and complete
said the Soul Dogs' style of music is different as
Angel was acoustic, more laid back," Benson said.
"This music's more energetic; it makes you want to get
up and dance."
Angeles Times Calendar Section - March 5
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