Offbeat L.A.: Meet Marty & Elayne! A Video Trip to the Dresden Room in Los Feliz

Originally published November 21, 2013 at The Los Angeles Beat

Sometimes in Los Angeles the Santa Ana winds of change blow warm and caressing, taking one’s soul down a haunted memory lane in which the past comes softly knocking. At times like these the best medicine is a stiff drink in a dimly lit joint with crimson red leather booths; a place where time stopped ticking thirty or forty years ago. When the heart needs to be fed and elusive ghosts make themselves visible, it’s time to stop by the Dresden Room to see Marty and Elayne.

The Dresden Room (Photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

The Dresden Room (Photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

Located in the heart of Los Feliz, the Dresden has been in business since 1954. Its decor is a superb unadulterated flashback to its last mid-1960s remodel. Marty and Elayne, a husband and wife lounge act, have been performing here five nights a week since 1982, crooning a strange and seductive jazzy blend of wistful standards.

Offbeat L.A. host Nikki Kreuzer was fortunate to be able to meet with the quirky yet legendary couple and ask them a few questions. Make sure to watch the video posted above…

Marty and Elayne (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

Marty and Elayne (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

Marty and Elayne perform Tuesday to Saturday, 9pm-1:15am.

The Dresden Room: 1760 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027; (323) 665-4294.


About Nikki Kreuzer

Nikki Kreuzer has been a Los Angeles resident for more than half of her life. When not working her day job in the film & TV industry, she spends her time over many obsessions, mainly music, art and exploring the oddities of the city she adores. So far she has written 100 Offbeat L.A. articles, which she started in 2013 while writing for The Los Angeles Beat. She has also been published in the LA Weekly,, Twist Magazine, Strobe and Not For Hire. Nikki is also is a mosaic artist, working actor and published photographer. As part of the band Nikki & Candy, she plays bass, sings and is co-writer. Find Nikki & Candy music on iTunes, Amazon, YouTube and other music sites. Nikki is currently working on her first novel. Please “like” the Offbeat L.A. Facebook page! For more Offbeat L.A. photos & adventures follow @Lunabeat on Instagram.

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