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Four Great Lines From This Interview With Dresden Lounge Act Icons Marty & Elayne

The Los Feliz legends reflect on 35 years behind the mic

The Dresden, Los Feliz
The Dresden, Los Feliz
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Marty and Elayne are the stuff of legend. The long-running lounge act (and arguably the primary draw) to The Dresden in Los Feliz have officially been singing tunes for 35 years, which means they’ve seen (and sung) it all. LAist recently caught up with the timeless duo, last name Roberts, to discuss their run at the Dresden, and reflect on how the happy couple met.

Here are the four best lines.

"About 15 people would be a crowd here on the weekend." Marty says it was dark days at the Dresden before their act came to life, back in the 1970’s. Certainly the place has had some slower nights since then, but the sequin-wearing pair have done much to not only keep the longtime haunt alive, they’ve also given it a timeless sensibility.

"I got good PR from the girlfriend." That’s Marty again, relaying the story of how he and Elayne first met through a mutual friend of hers. Apparently the friend talked Marty up so much that a set-up was in order. That’s all it took, really — minus a little Mr. Nice Guy act from Marty, that is.

"I wouldn’t stand in the rain." The humble couple largely credit the film Swingers for their cult status, though in fact they’d been playing together for quite a while before the movie even came out. In fact, they used to moonlight at places like Michael’s in Los Feliz, which was originally the Brown Derby, says LAist. But once Swingers hit, the lines started up well before the doors even opened, with folks apparently braving the weather just for a chance to see the show. Not that Marty would have done the same.

"The other one was Seth MacFarlane. He has a beautiful voice." Who knew? Elayne says one of her all-time favorite guest performers was Adam Levine from the band Maroon 5, but she’s not afraid to shout out Family Guy creator/Hollywood mega-millionaire Seth MacFarlane as having a great set of pipes.

Be sure to read the whole thing over at LAist.

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