May 1, 2008 |
The Sunset Strip is a neon name in the music history of Southern California. Three of the district's backstage legends will be honored during the Sunset Strip Music Festival, a three-day event that will unite the marquees of the Roxy, the Whisky a Go-Go, the House of Blues, the Viper Room, the Key Club and the Cat Club. It kicks off June 26 at the House of Blues with a concert tribute to Lou Adler, Mario Maglieri and Elmer Valentine, impresarios who were key figures in the Strip during its glory years in the 1960s, when Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and the Byrds were making history.
June 7, 2013 |
This post has been corrected, please see below for details. In March, the Sunset Strip music venue the Key Club announced that it was closing for good. Few local music fans were especially surprised. The venue had operated in various guises since the '60s - first as Gazzarri's, where it hosted such rock 'n' roll royalty as the Doors, Guns N' Roses and Van Halen - and as the Key Club since 1998. It closed briefly in 2009, but 2013 was to be the final curtain for the club's monthly slate of heavy metal, hip-hop and stuffed local bills where bands sometimes had to prepay for blocks of tickets.
July 20, 2006 |
JAMIE FOXX strutted across the stage in a sparkling belt buckle and diamond studs in his ears, having shed his white dinner jacket and donned a red, rhinestone-encrusted Dodgers cap to blow through songs from his platinum-selling album "Unpredictable." "She takes my money / when I'm in need," the comedy veteran and Oscar winner riffed. Fans' camera phones shot into the air during the instantly recognizable intro to the Kanye West super single "Gold Digger."
August 6, 1998 |
In these transitional times, it wouldn't be right if we didn't saddle up and do some intensive clubbing for you all--first-hand knowledge is the best-hand knowledge, I always say. So we corralled a few pals and spent Friday night hitting up some new joints on the Sunset Strip (see Club Hoppin'), and my, my, my, there's a lot happening out there. . . .
July 30, 1998 |
The Key Club hit all the right notes last weekend, with the smashing opening of Friday's Club Rubber (which left lines lingering around the block all night) and Saturday's benefit show by the Artist, who performed at the West Hollywood nightclub for more than three hours, jamming with legendary bassist Larry Graham (Sly and the Family Stone) and Fishbone's Angelo Moore.