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Meet Patrick Boylan of Tramp Stamp Granny’s in Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Patrick Boylan.

Patrick, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My parents put me into piano lessons at an early age and grounded me if I didn’t practice. End of story. Kidding. Though, even with my piano lessons, I still was a sports guy all the way through Jr. High into freshman year of HS when I broke my leg falling out of the tree in the back of my yard one day. That stopped me from competing in my swim club’s conference that year. I was super bummed, so my sister asked if I wanted to audition for the play. I did… with a broken leg… I didn’t get in that show, but did the next. It was Pippin. My love for musical theater grew from there. I got cast in my HS plays and musicals, and subsequently at Illinois State University where I majored in acting but switched half way through my first semester to Sociology. I nonetheless endeared myself to the theater school that first semester and became a staple leading player throughout the course of my tenure at ISU.

I inherited a key to the main concert hall my freshman year that I used all the time with my friends, going into the hall half-drunk nearly every night of the week and playing, singing, improvising, to our hearts content. I befriended the janitors. They loved to listen when they got done with their work. Gary and Lisa were wonderful supporters of the arts. It was there where I built my repertoire and became my friends go-to accompanist and liaison to late night soirées in that concert hall.

Flash forward to post-college. I immediately moved to LA to be an actor. I was waiting tables at The Abbey in WeHo for five years when my girlfriend asked why I wasn’t playing piano for a living. I gave a bullshit explanation… Something like, “ooohh it’s too close to my heart! I don’t wanna bastardize my love for the instrument,” and she simply said, “stop being a prick and go do it!” I did. And I immediately got returns.

I started by accompanying classes at CSArts, an after school conservatory in San Gabriel Valley. I then got a subbing gig playing background jazz at Larsen’s Steakhouse in Encino. Then I met a guy at an audition who knew the lead pianist at Tramp Stamp and he put me in touch, I auditioned, and got the job! The rest is history.

I am now playing and singing at TSG 2-3 nights a week, I have a residency at Maggiano’s at the Grove on Sunday’s from 6-9pm, sub at Larsen’s still, and play for classes Monday through Wednesday’s from 2-5pm, and still have time during the days to pursue acting. It’s a solid moonlighting gig all around, and I couldn’t be more appreciative and humbled to be playing and singing 3-4 nights a week.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
There were a few times I wanted to quit acting – when I had a low period, or when I saw a part I auditioned for go to someone that didn’t play the part as well as I think I could have – but I rarely wanted to quit piano. Acting will always be my number one, but I know that piano and singing will always be in the back of my life somewhere. Whether it be my survival job or just a hobby, I was always going to come back to it. I was always going to act as well no matter where I lived or what I did (community theater and a masters in Sociology was my backup plan at one point), but that usually needs more people to say yes to you doing it than piano does. That can be done from the comfort of your own home without an audience, simply for the joy of doing it. Which is always what it is for me… something I do FOR me, which I am grateful to be able to do with hundreds of people a week at TSG.

Tell us more about the business.
So Tramp Stamp Granny’s is a musical theater, Disney, 90’s rock and pop piano bar, and I’m one of the resident Singing Pianists. I sit at the piano for 3-4 hours at a time taking requests from the audience, singing and playing for and with them, and insisting they tip the bar staff. The people are fantastic, and the staff is even greater. Toni and Alexx, two of the bartenders, are an INCREDIBLE singer, and when Toni sings Defying Gravity from Wicked, everyone hits the floor. The list of things about this place I am proud of is extensive, but I can say from the bottom of my heart that the throngs of customers that come to the bar along with the people that run the place including the staff and owners all the way down to the security guards, are some of the most genuinely kind and inclusive folks I know. Everyone that comes through our doors are greeted with a smile and a kind, “Welcome,” from the security guards, implying to even the most extraordinary people, “You are welcome here, no matter who you are.” There’s nothing like a place where every walks of life can come together and sing musical theater tunes to their hearts content. That’s what TSG is. You walk in, say, “I’m here,” grab a baller cocktail, sing cathartically to your hearts content, and walk out 4 hours later, hoarse, and ready to go to bed after having an evening of bliss. To be able to give people such a unique experience is unprecedented for me. Millions of people have seen me on TV, but there’s nothing like the live cathartic cacophony that is Tramp Stamp Granny’s.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Luck has a big role to play in the arts in general. You could be the most incredible artist but you weren’t given the skills of business throughout your childhood, so you don’t know how to market yourself properly or know who to contact to get into touch with the business side of it. It’s called show Business for a reason my friend.

I consider myself very lucky in regards to finding Tramp Stamp Granny’s. I heard of it, but I never had a connection to it. And when I just happen to have met someone that knew someone that worked at Tramp Stamp, I seized the moment and made it happen. If that connection didn’t happen, or if I showed up to that audition a bit earlier or later and happened to not have been in the same group of audioners as this guy who knew someone who worked at TSG, it wouldn’t have happened. That is extremely lucky.

Pricing:

  • $12-$17 for cocktails
  • $7-$12 for well drinks, bottled beer, and drafts

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Image Credit:

For my picture, the credit should go to: Stacey Barrette (https://www.instagram.com/dazyb73/)
Spring Menu – https://www.instagram.com/drinksandpunk/
Tickle My Pickle – https://www.instagram.com/drinksandpunk/
Open Dyke Night – https://www.facebook.com/TrampStampGrannysLA/photos/a.2137738519788151/2454514401443893/?type=3&theater
TSG Laura Wiley – https://www.instagram.com/laurawileypiano/
Alexx, Lulu, and Toni – https://www.instagram.com/trampstampgrannys/
***in this picture are some of the employees of TSG – Alexx Oddenino, Lauren LULU Bernard, and Toni Clarisse Rodriguez

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