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 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 15, 2012
MUSIC The South-L.A.-raised rapper the Game may now live in Glendale, but his snarling and self-referential lyricism is still a force to reckon. Odd Future dominates the rap buzz in town, but Game still rocks the proverbial khakis with a cuff and a crease like few peers. Key Club, 9039 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 8 p.m. Fri. $35-$60. http://www.keyclub.com
November 4, 2011 |
We've learned that Black Cards, featuring bassist Pete Wentz, will make a surprise performance Friday night at Paul & Andre in Hollywood, as Details magazine brings its "Details @ Midnight" sessions to L.A. And though we hate to ruin a surprise, we love talking to Wentz — about his favorite L.A. venues and the particular sound that makes his son happiest. What's special about a surprise gig ? It can end up being either super disappointing or awesome for the audience.
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.
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.