June 28, 2008
The Sunset Strip Throws Itself a Three-Night Party
By Lisa Brenner
Six sexy clubs on the rockin'-est strip of Sunset Boulevard open their doors tonight for a three-day festival aimed at preserving the indulgent, influential and important musical legacy of L.A.'s Sunset Strip.
The party starts tonight with an opening ceremony at the House of Blues, hosted by Mark McGrath. The evening will honor the "godfathers of the Sunset Strip," famed club owners/L.A. music mainstays Lou Adler, Mario Maglieri and Elmer Valentine. Camper Van Beethoven will cap the night as part of a triple-bill performance.
Friday and Saturday boast back-to-back action up and down the WeHo corridor. You can't pick a bad show or venue on either night, but make sure to catch sets by The 88, The Deadly Syndrome and Juliette & The Licks.
Also on Saturday, there will be "an exclusive panel discussion" at the new and shiny London West Hollywood Hotel, moderated by CNN's Larry King. Be there as his majesty interrogates the "Godfathers" in front of an audience of music moguls, industry mouthpieces and, we're hoping, groupies.
Go for the glory. Stay for the gridlock.
SUNSET STRIP MUSIC FESTIVAL
Where: House of Blues Sunset Strip, Key Club, Roxy Theatre, Viper Room, Whisky a Go-Go, Cat Club.
When: Tonight through Saturday.
Info: (213) 480-3232, www.ticketmaster.com, www.ssmf.como
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