Category Street Beat: Photos From The Strip
An eclectic and fun mix of mohawks, tattoos, eco-friendly shoes and (dare we say it?) fanny packs converged on The Roxy Theatre last Saturday for the third annual Los Angeles Vegan Beer & Food Festival. Presented by The Roxy, blogger Quarry Girl and Tony’s Darts Away, the afternoon festival featured unlimited pours from more than 50 craft beers on tap, vegan food trucks and live music performances by The Mowgli’s, Kevin Martin, 28 North, Torrey Summer and The Country.
The annual event once again attracted a full house, with guests lining up to sample pours from Southern California's Golden Road Brewing, Fireman’s Brew, Smog City Brewing Company, Bootlegger’s Brewery and Hangar 24, among others. The fest also featured a full lineup of vegan food options from Doomies, Seabird, Fresh Fries, Plant Food For People, Southern Fried Vegan, Corazon de Jah and Amanda’s Bakery.
Chart-topping Canadian band Silverstein took over The Sunset Strip on Saturday, keeping fans engaged with two epic events on the boulevard.
Before their headlining show at the House of Blues, the band attracted a large group of fans who stopped by SoundCheck record store to meet band members Neil Boshart and Josh Bradford (guitarists), bassist Bill Hamilton, drummer Paul Koehler and vocalist Shane Told.
Eager fans lined up around the block for the chance to talk about the band’s music, their most memorable experiences at shows as well as pose for photos with the band and snag a few autographs. In addition to receiving advanced copies of the band’s new album, Short Songs, attendees also received free posters. SoundCheck Hollywood hosts monthly meet and greet events with bands and artists, providing a unique opportunity for fans to meet some of their favorite bands.
Last Friday, The Strip’s one-stop music shop, SoundCheck Hollywood, hosted a free pizza party all in the name of music! The shop was packed to the walls all night long as members of the bands Vampires Everywhere!, Breathe Carolina, Winds of Plague, Of Mice & Men, Suicide Silence and even Limp Bizkit came to party and hang out with Asking Alexandria’s Danny Worsnop.
We Are The Apocalypse kicked out the jams and kept the party going strong for all the fans lined up around the corner waiting to get in and hang with their favorite bands. Watch out Sunset Strip, it’s the next generation of music and these kids are party animals (some dude even brought his bunny rabbit to join the fun)!
On Dec. 14, the Key Club hosted one of the biggest "must attend" shows of the year: the 2011 Dimebash, a tribute to that big pink beard in the sky that is Dimebag Darrel of Pantera. One of heavy metal’s favorite sons, Dimebag’s life was celebrated once again with an homage to the metal god who passed in 2004. This shred for the dead party was chock full of of metal heads and a who’s-who list of big name metal performances.
Sorry to bust some myths, but The Sunset Strip does boast more than a few affordable parking options. The City of West Hollywood launched the newest public parking lot on Dec. 22. Located at 9056 Sunset Boulevard, on the southeast corner of Sunset Boulevard and Doheny Drive, and is in close walking proximity to the Key Club, Talesai, Rainbow Bar & Grill and The Roxy Theatre. The lot is open daily from 8 a.m. – 2:30 a.m. with rates of $1 per hour.
Revelers donned in calavera attire headed to The Sunset Strip on Saturday to celebrate a Day of the Dead themed Strip Crawl. Like previous “Tweet Crawls” on the boulevard, the event was hosted by Sunset Strip businesses and featured games, prizes, drink specials and free entrance and entertainment at participating venues.
Last week electronic music artist, restauranteur and vegan Moby stopped by The Sunset Strip’s very own Book Soup for a signing of his new multimedia project, Destroyed.
Ever the innovator, the musical guru’s most recent endeavor pairs his new record with a companion book of photographs crafted during the wee hours of world tour insomnia.
"This album, and the pictures that accompany it was primarily written late at night in cities when I felt like I was the only person awake (or alive)," noted Moby. "A soundtrack for empty cities at 2 a.m."
Check out the full listing of Book Soup’s author events at www.booksoup.com
–Brent X Mendoza (@brentXmendoza)
Fashion’s Night Out took over The Sunset Strip on Thursdsay, Sept. 8, turning the sidewalks into a fashionable runway set beneath a warm Southern California evening. Clothing and retail stores in Sunset Plaza and on The Strip extended their hours to celebrate the new fall fashion and featured store specials, cheese, wine, champagne, chocolate covered strawberries and racks and racks of the latest trends for the season.
LIVE! On Sunset, Nicole Miller and Code C showcased new accessories and jewelry made of feathers, chunky necklaces and stylish handbags along with an array of scarves to gear up for the colder weather. Fashionistas should get ready to strut their stuff with mini dresses, leggings, leather jackets and heels, as they are also set to score big this season. Sunset Strip businesses BCBG Maxazria, H. Lorenzo, Andaz West Hollywood and the Skybar at Mondrian also participated in the evening’s events.