Darren's Miscellaneous Projects and Events for 2018 - Wed May 02, 2018 12:33 am
From Darren Criss Army.
Aw, they sang some Hedwig songs during the Queer Cabaret night (April 30, 2018). Love that they are having Queer Cabaret at TSG.
trampstampgrannys Quit playin games with our hearts, Ms. Anita. Thank you so much for our first ever Queer Cabaret at #TrampStampGrannys ! Check back for the next one!
“If you weren’t at the first ever Queer Cabaret at @trampstampgrannys then you missed out. Keep a lookout for the next one! Thank you @anitaprocedure for having me!”
Via Jessabelle Thunder on Instagram
Darren with Matthew Hancock at TSG, April 30 2018.
Via Matthew’s Instagram story
“what a pleasure to play as the house band at the queer cabaret last nite w- #imatthewhancock, #lylecmackston, #coco.ono, #jessthndr, #ourladyj, surprise guest #darrencriss, and the fiercest hostess #anitaprocedure thk u #mia.swier and all who queered”
Via jackbennynow on Instagram
Darren singing along to “Wig In A Box” at TSG, April 30 2018.
Via TSG’s IG story
Darren sounds so good on the Hedwig songs. I would love to see him in HATAI again (maybe when he is older, in his 40s?).
Darren singing Sugar Daddy at Tramp Stamp Granny’s April 30, 2018 via TSG’s Instagram Story
Darren performing “Sugar Daddy” at TSG’s queer cabaret night, April 30 2018.
Via TSG’s IG story
They sound good together. This video also gives you a look at the bar counter and shows you that it's pretty busy in TSG, which is especially great, considering I think this happened on a Monday (April 30).
Darren Criss & @AnitaProcedure singing the end of Sugar Daddy.
Via Jessabelle Thunder’s Instagram story
A few more items:
The Pride wrote:
Tramp Stamp Granny’s: Your New Weekend Hangout
April 30, 2018
I can honestly say I’ve never used the words “tramp stamp” and “granny” in the same sentence, so of course I had to check out LA’s newest piano bar, Tramp Stamp Granny’s, to see if it lived up to the name. Located in the heart of Hollywood’s Cahuenga Strip, Tramp Stamp Granny’s ironically took the place of Grandpa Johnson’s Cocktail Club, which closed unexpectedly last year. The love child of co-owners Darren Criss and fiancée Mia Swier, Tramp Stamp Granny’s pays tribute to L.A.’s past with a modern twist.
Long before portraying Toby Phillips in “Little White Lie” and his breakout role as the openly gay Blaine Anderson on Fox’s musical hit “Glee,” Criss played piano at the Grove’s Maggiano’s restaurant to make ends meet. Criss (and his abs) were all over the blogs during the first weekend of Coachella, but during Tramp Stamp Granny’s opening week, Criss himself was a regular on the piano. If you didn’t get a chance to hear him play, don’t worry. Chances are you’ll get the opportunity again. I walked (yes, walked) to the piano bar on a Sunday night, passing well known watering holes like The Room Hollywood, Velvet Margarita, and the Attic along the way. When I got to Tramp Stamp Granny’s and realized I’d have to walk through a red curtain to get inside, I knew I was in for a treat.
The most important part of a piano bar (besides the cocktail list, which I’ll get to later) is the music, and Sunday night’s piano player didn’t disappoint with his impeccable song selection. Known to the bartenders simply as Mike, he performed his rendition of songs like “Wonderwall” by Oasis and Elton John’s classic “Tiny Dancer” – the kinds of songs you’d sing along to even if you’re sober, but definitely when you’re drunk. The acoustics were perfectly balanced. I was pleased at the simple fact that I could easily hold a conversation while still enjoying great music. Mike took a break from his set and suddenly I was listening to Paul Simon’s “You Can Call Me Al” followed immediately by Go West’s classic “King of Wishful Thinking.” The former song got one brave patron out of his seat and on the dancefloor, channeling his inner Chevy Chase. (If you’ve seen the music video, you’ll get it.) Even if you happen to miss the piano player, the music overall is just what you’d want from a place like Tramp Stamp Granny’s: A throwback to New York-style sing-along hubs like “Rose’s Turn” and “Pieces.”
Tramp Stamp Granny’s is a small space with a lot to take in. The piano is the main attraction and the fact that you can sit right around it only adds to the sense of intimacy. From the brass fixtures to the hardwood, chevron-printed floors and the contemporary art hung tastefully on the walls, each detail feels carefully thought out. Whether you’re lounging in the red velvet chairs or standing by the marble top bar, Tramp Stamp Granny’s is a vibe. It’s a “Great Gatsby” meets “Cocktail” vibe – the kind of vibe I didn’t even realize my soul needed until I walked through that red curtain. It’s a uniquely inviting atmosphere that’s sadly missing from many bars and nightclubs throughout Hollywood.
In addition to great music, Tramp Stamp Granny’s offers a full bar and interesting cocktail list complete with names like Great Rac, Boob Soup, Actress/ Waitress/ Mattress, Pierced Nipple, and their signature, the Tramp. You can order spirit shots like Matcha Vodka, Basil Vodka, Truffle Bourbon, and my favorite, Bacon Bourbon. They’ve got PBR and Pale Ale on tap, and for the non- drinkers, there’s Kombucha on tap (or in my case, diet coke.) The bartenders are friendly and know how to make a proper drink, which is essential to any bar, especially in Hollywood.
A few minutes before I had to call it a night, Mike came back to the piano and said a few words before he began his second set. He said that when you come to Tramp Stamp Granny’s, you can always expect “…great people, great staff, great family.” Los Angeles is a big city and a bar that makes you feel welcome and at home is priceless. Tramp Stamp Granny’s is just that kind of bar.
Aw, Alan! So nice to see the two pals having fun at TSG. How nice for Alan to visit.
alancummingsnaps: My bartending duties at @clubcumming stood me in good stead last night when I hung out with my lovely chum @darrencriss at his bar @trampstampgrannys
trampstampgrannys: We love @alancummingsnaps!!!
thechristopherlawrence: They sing, they act, they make cocktails!! Yet another great night in the company of #PalsWhoOwnBars. Congrats to @darrencriss and @trampstampgrannys for a great bar, amazing basil vodka made by #MiaSwier, awesome #songsroundthepiano & a cool way to celebrate @granteepants! Lots of fun and love in the room. (and, if in NYC hit @clubcumming)!