March 4, 2013 |
This post has been updated. See note at the bottom for details. The center of L.A.'s music gravity shifted eastward long ago, but the iconic rock clubs along the Sunset Strip have generally managed to keep their doors open. That will change this month, as the LA Weekly is reporting that the Key Club will shutter March 15. The venue, which has lately hosted a melange of hip-hop shows, hard rock and grab-bag local sets, doesn't have any shows listed beyond this week. The Weekly cites several sources connected to the club that suggest its days are numbered, and the venue confirmed in a statement from operations manager Ian Shepp that it will close March 15 (the full statement is below)
March 5, 2013
The center of L.A.'s music gravity shifted eastward long ago, but the iconic rock clubs along the Sunset Strip have generally managed to keep their doors open. That will change this month, as the Key Club will shutter March 15. The club first opened in the 1960s and operated for years as Gazzarri's, named after owner Bill Gazzarri. L.A. bands including the Doors, Van Halen and Guns N' Roses played its stage. The club cycled through ownership in the '90s, and after the original structure was damaged in the Northridge quake, it was rebuilt as Billboard Live.
March 11, 2010
Bay Area icon E-40 (real name is Earl Stevens) has been a force in the hip-hop game since he first arrived on the scene in the 1980s. He's made a name for himself with his quirky flow, and, more recently, he's popularized the "hyphy" scene. For this show, he'll get some help from Foci, Prease, the Circuit, Bellz, Da Paranormal and Eyedrop. Key Club, 9039 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 8:30 p.m. Sat. $25. www.keyclub.com.
July 14, 2011
The current reigning air guitar champ in the U.S. is the fabulously named Matt "Romeo Dance Cheetah" Cornelison, but like the empire of Rome, he will eventually fall. At this regional air-off of the U.S. Air Guitar Championships, competitors will get 60 seconds of play in two rounds (freestyle and compulsory), after which they will either get to advance on the power of their Pete Townshend-esque windmills, or be sent home. The winner of the night will then go off to the finals in Chicago, and then, you guessed it, Oulu, Finland, for the Air Guitar World Championships.
January 31, 2009 |
In the eight months since dropping his critically lauded, "Seinfeld"-themed, "Mixtape About Nothing," Washington, D.C.'s, Wale has emerged as one of the leading lights of hip-hop's rapidly rising Generation Y -- with Jay-Z and Leonardo DiCaprio even taking in last month's show at New York's Highline Ballroom. Judging from his bravura performance Thursday night at the Key Club, the buzz around the Interscope-signed phenom is absolutely warranted.
January 29, 2010 |
Earlier this month, the city of West Hollywood began work on repaving Sunset Boulevard for the first time since the 1930s. The makeover is more than metaphorical for many businesses on the Sunset Strip, including the iconic Key Club, which is undergoing its own beautification project -- a surprise to some who thought the club might be on its last legs. "I grew up right down the street from here, and I'm committed to bringing back the Sunset Strip night life that I remember," said new Key Club proprietor Ian Shepp inside the venue last week.