Tonight, KCRW presents the funky afro-beats of Chico Mann at The Roxy Theatre. You will most certainly want to catch the artist who is described as a “time-travelling multi-instrumentalist-producer who with drum machines, synthesizers and guitars has singlehandedly filled the 30+ year gap between afrobeat, afrocuban, freestyle and electronic music while throwing a wrench into the cogs of musical history.” See if he lives up to his claim. Doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are $13.50. www.theroxyonsunset.com
Some Hear Explosions!? One of The Sunset Strip’s best and brightest takes the stage at the Viper Room on Tuesday, Dec. 7 along with Hollywood Heartthrob, EchoGram and Shawn Chrystopher. School yourself on some great local up and comers. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. www.viperroom.com
Wednesday, Dec. 8 Key Club presents punk rock pragmatists Anti-Flag. Flying the finger in the face of the man for almost two decades, these underground anarchists have gained respect for their “old-school ethics of punk: fast, loud, obnoxious and anti-everything that ends with an ‘ism.’" Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $20. This is an all-ages show. www.keyclub.com
Rather than facing another evening of grueling L.A. gridlock, take a detour to The Sunset Strip and spend your Thursday evening exploring a bevy of happy hours. With well over a dozen hotels and restaurants offering budget friendly fare and discounted drinks, you can while away your post-work wind-down bar hopping at the “other” happiest place on earth. For your guide to all places happy, check out TheSunsetStrip.com/happyhour.
They’re back! And better than ever! All-star super cover group Camp Freddy returns to The Roxy this Friday, Dec. 10 bringing a killer lineup of openers, including Sabrosa Purr and Matt Sorum’s Darling Stilettos. Last week the band crushed it, playing rock n’ roll favorites featuring the “who’s who” of special guests. See who shows up this week. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. www.theroxyonsunset.com
Saturday, Dec. 11 get your read and celebrity insider on at Book Soup as the indie book retailer hosts TV stars and real life power couple Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna. With Hamlin’s memoire, titled Full Frontal Nudity: The Making of an Accidental Actor, and Rinna’s Starlit: A Novel, the duo will most certainly have plenty of Hollywood dirt to dish. This signing/discussion begins at 5 p.m. www.booksoup.com
Tastemaker extraordinaire Sarah Berkowitz brings you an unparallel lineup of punk rock mayhem at the Viper Room this Sunday, Dec. 12. Ending your week with a swift kick in the teeth, her inaugural night of Up The Drunx features Sex N Violence, The Bombpops, Murderland, Toys That Kill and Neutralboy. For cheap drinks and great bands, it doesn’t get much better than this. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are a punk rock $5. www.viperroom.com
–Brent X Mendoza