Who said Mondays can’t be fun? Stop by The Den for their happy hour featuring half-priced drinks from 5-7 p.m., as well as a complimentary appetizer after 7 p.m., then shuttle on over to the House of Blues for comic spoof house band Steel Panther. Trev Lukather (son of Toto frontman Steve Lukather) and his band Slideaway join The Panther this week. Doors open at 9 p.m. and tickets are a steal at $12.50 at the door. This show is 18+. www.hob.com

Embrace your inner Tween on Tuesday, Jan. 12 as The Roxy Theatre presents singer/songwriter Howie Day. Buy your tickets in advance and get there early, as you will no doubt be fighting an army of Twilight-toters saving places in line. Doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are $18.50. www.theroxyonsunset.com

Back by popular demand, comic magician Justin Kredible returns to The Comedy Store on Wednesday, Jan. 13 with a night of modern vaudeville. This hilarious variety show includes everything from music to pancake juggling; and with tickets only $5, it’s a night not to be missed. Doors open at 9 p.m. The Comedy Store is 21+. www.thecomedystore.com

Thursday, Jan. 14 the Viper Room kicks off a three-day stint showcasing bands in conjunction with the 2010 NAMM tradeshow. For those of you not in the biz, NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) is the largest music product trade show in the world. Besides their regular nightly events, the Viper will play host to some of music’s most promising up and comers as they give it their all for industry scouts. Contact the Viper Room for details on admission and show times. www.viperroom.com

Originally conceived as the Cat Club’s all-star house band, Starfuckers and its rotating lineup of rock n’ roll legends will play a one off jam this Friday, Jan. 15 at the Viper Room. The full bill also includes Out Of Grey, New Heir, Red Target, The Reactives, Cold Forty Three and The Goldenhearts. Doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are $15 at the door. www.viperroom.com

Saturday, Jan. 16 Sunset Strip legends L.A. Guns return to their old stomping grounds at the Whisky A Go-Go. Experience one of the bands that defined “The Strip” and its music in the 1980’s. Also taking the stage, Deadwood Creek, Suicide Circus and Spektra. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $20. www.whiskyagogo.com

Celebrate MLK Day early with a special Gospel Brunch at House of Blues as the City of West Hollywood presents “Living The Legacy – Embracing The Dream” on Sunday, Jan. 17. The event features gospel artist Ray Sidney and Firm Soundation with mistress of ceremonies Sylvia St. James as well as a full Southern-style buffet. At the event, the City will present this year’s "Keeper of the Dream" award to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in assisting youth. Seating is at 10 a.m. and is $16.50 for children and $20 for adults. www.hob.com

 

–Brent X Mendoza