Largo Nights

LETTER FROM LOS ANGELES about the music-and-comedy club Largo. A few days before the Super Bowl, Benmont Tench, the keyboardist for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, took a break from rehearsing for the game’s half-time performance and texted a friend, Mark (Flanny) Flanagan, the owner of Largo, a small music-and-comedy club on Fairfax, in L.A. The following Thursday, Tench was at Largo, playing with Sara Watkins, of Nickel Creek, who, with her brother, Sean, hosts a regular evening at Largo called the Watkins Family Hour. Joining them were Greg Leisz, Gabe Wicher, Jon Brion, John Paul Jones, and Jim Keltner. Under Flanagan’s protection, Largo has become a hot-house for musicians and comedians, and has encouraged hybridization of the two strains.

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Interview: Mark Flanagan Celebrates Largo at the Coronet’s First Year at Its New Location

In Los Angeles, being a Largo person is much like being a Mac person—those who experience it can't help but buy into its philosophy and talk about it to everyone they know. Under the watchful eye of Belfast-born owner Mark Flanagan, this music and comedy venue has evolved through the years, with each iteration nudging it closer to Flanagan's ideal.

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