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The E Spot Lounge
4349 Tujunga Avenue Studio City, CA 91604
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35 events
13 reviews
64 stars
We dined before we arrived and used our two item minimum purchase per person on drinks and desserts. The bread pudding and the black and white cake were delicious. I really enjoyed my moscato wine too.
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35 events
13 reviews
64 stars
Small adjacent lot with $5 validated or $10 without validated valet parking.
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Poncho Sanchez
119 ratings
4.7 average rating
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62 events
30 reviews
7 stars
attended Dec 18 2009

This was an intimate venue to see Pancho. Stayed for both sets and he and his band were tight in the second set. My only complaint was the limited food service in the upstairs room. I had looked online at the menu and wanted dinner not bar food....continued

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8 events
1 review
1 stars
attended Nov 20 2009

Seeing Poncho Sanchez live is always a treat, and this was no exception. This was my first time at Vitello's and I would not hesitate to return. The only drawback was the slightly crowded seating at long tables where some seats have a slightly...continued

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30 events
5 reviews
2 stars
attended Dec 18 2009

I always enjoy Poncho Sanchez and I was pleasantly surprised at the intimate and up close venue. Would definitely return to Vitello's.

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Listen to samples of Poncho Sanchez’ music.


At any given show, on any given record, Sanchez presents fragments of Latin jazz, swing, bebop, salsa and other infectious grooves colliding and churning in a fiery swirl, with results that are no less than dazzling.

Although born in Laredo, Texas, in 1951 to a large Mexican-American family, Sanchez grew up in a suburb of L.A., where he was raised on an unusual cross section of sounds that included straightahead jazz, Latin jazz and American soul. By his teen years, his musical consciousness had been solidified by the likes of John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Cal Tjader, Mongo Santamaria, Wilson Pickett and James Brown. Along the way, he taught himself to play guitar, flute, drums and timbales, but eventually settled on the congas.

Whether it’s salsa, straightahead jazz, Latin jazz, or even elements of soul and blues, the mesmerizing array of sounds and colors from Poncho Sanchez’s youth have telegraphed across the decades and continue to inform his creative sensibilities to this day. “There’s room for a lot of different sounds in our music,” he says. “I think people have come to know that that’s what Poncho Sanchez is all about. We put it all together in a pot, boil it together and come out with a big stew. This isn’t some marketing strategy to sell records. These are the sounds I grew up with. So when I play this music, I’m not telling a lie. I’m telling my story. This is the real thing.”