Laguna Beach Live!

The Real La La Land

The Real La La Land

October 4, 2017 outdoors on the bluff top of Montage Resort. The REAL LA LA LAND was a musical showcase from the perspectives of former jazz club bartender and singing waiter Dave Damiani and trumpeter Bijon Watson. Like Ryan Gosling’s character in the film, Dave Damiani and his group of talented jazz musicians are in pursuit of bringing back the class, style and swagger of iconic clubs like the 500 Club, The Copacabana, To Copa Lounge, and the Cocoanut Grove.




With stories of actual success and challenges working for such musicians as Michael Bublé, Justin Timberlake, The Jersey Boys, Steve Tyrell and many more... This show captivated the audience with true experiences of being a working musician, singer or actor, in the entertainment and jazz community of Los Angeles. Many of the members in the show appeared in the film “La La Land” or were involved in the making of the film and its music.

Featured artists in the show included: Bijon Watson (professional freelance performing artist, and trumpet player appearing in the film “La La Land”), Alex Frank (professional freelance musician and bass player appearing in the film “Jersey Boys”), Renee Olstead (International music superstar, and actress from “Secret Life of an American Teenager”, “Unfriended”), chart topping and critically acclaimed Jazz artist Spencer Day, and impresario singer and producer Dave Damiani (appeared in the CBS series “Vegas”, and impresario responsible for bringing the 500 Club back to Atlantic City).

This energetic band has performed all over the world and will share their tales of being a working musician and "sideman" for other artists in their pursuit of success. They presented timeless, fresh, and original arrangements of songs performed by iconic artists such as Frank Sinatra, Frankie Valli, Dean Martin, Nat "King" Cole, Johnny Mercer, Natalie Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, The Beatles and many more!