Whisky’s Cancer Benefit Draws Rockers & Fans

Last Monday, Jan. 24, Sunset Strip impressario Mario Maglieri presented a night of music benefitting breast cancer. The lineup included Camp Freddy, The Head Cat and Darling Stilettos and featured a crowd of who’s who of  musicians, rappers and rockers, including B-Real (Cypress Hill), Phil Campbell (guitarist, Motorhead), Steve Stevens (guitarist, Billy Idol), Josie Stevens (VH1’s "Married To Rock") and Sebastian Bach (Skid Row). Check out the scene both inside and outside the club.
Photo 1: B-Real
Photo 2: Phil Campbell
Photo 3: Steve and Josie Stevens
-Photos: Brent X Mendoza

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TheSunsetStrip.com Interview: Comedian Nick Youssef

Funny man and longtime Comedy Store resident Nick Youssef will take the stage this Sunday, Jan. 30 as part of The Conan O’Brien Stand-Up Guest Showcase. Store regulars, Comedy Central comics and virtual unknowns will match wits to see who has the comic chops worthy of a coveted spot on the best late night show on TV. 

Before his big “audition,” Youssef spoke with TheSunsetStrip.com about his “first time,” heckler etiquette and the Ricky Gervais controversy. 
Can you recall your first time on stage performing stand-up?  How’d it go?
Unfortunately, yes. It was in the Annex Room at the Pasadena Ice House. I did about seven minutes and bombed miserably. Just as I was thinking that maybe it wasn’t so bad, a woman approached me with a big smile on her face. I got a little excited. She extended her hand, smiled and said, “You were terrible.”

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TheSunsetStrip.com Exclusive Interview: Into The Presence

Prog/art rockers Into The Presence took the stage at The Viper Room on Jan. 14, emerging from a long hiatus to test the waters with brand new material. Originally a sort of collective of longtime industry pros whose recorded lineup consisted of Luis Maldonado (UFO, Train), Ana Lenchantin (A Perfect Circle, NIN, Gnarls Barkley) and Tim Alexander (Primus), the band is back with new songs, new members and a new label. After their energetic performance at The Viper, core members, frontman Maldonado and cellist Lenchantin, spoke with TheSunsetStrip.com about what’s to come for this dynamic duo. 

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Get Stranded At Desert Nights

Despite it being another warm winter night, we spent last Wednesday inside the Cactus Lounge at The Standard, Hollywood for a curated evening featuring some of L.A.’s best emerging artists. This free Wednesday night series has taken a refreshing approach as local artists showcase their music in live, acoustic sets.

The vibe was warm and intimate, with a jam-in-a-musician’s-living-room vibe, topped off with the ability to order food from The Standard’s 24/7 Restaurant as you sat and listened. And it’s no surprise that with past participants like Mia Doi Todd, Neal Casal and Daniel Brummel, a healthy group of music fans showed up to sip cocktails and chow down on Southern comfort food as they watched the super-intimate concert.

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Rock Of Ages, Gowalla Launch Sunset Strip Scavenger Hunt

You’ve rocked out to Journey and Pat Benatar in the comfort of your own home. And chances are you’ve dazzled karaoke audiences with your flair for Foreigner. Now’s your chance to bring that raw talent to the big stage as Rock Of Ages launches a three-week scavenger hunt on The Sunset Strip, with the grand prize winner receiving a walk-on role in the hit Broadway musical’s L.A. run.

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Channeling The Spirit Of John Bonham: TheSunsetStrip.com Exclusive Interview With Drummer Samantha Maloney

The spirit of Led Zeppelin was alive and well on Jan. 13 as the Key Club hosted a special encore show paying homage to the band’s legendary drummer, John Bohnam. The night, produced by Brian Tichy and Club Vodka promoter Joe Sutton, featured a house band with a rotating cast of rock’s most prestigious drummers banging out their favorite Led Zep tunes.

In the company of notables such as Chris Slade (AC/DC), Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Ozzy Osbourne), Abe Laboriel (Paul McCartney, Sting) and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), drummer extraordinaire Samantha Maloney (Hole, Mötley Crüe, Chelsea Girls) was the sole female to take the stage, picking up the sticks for the classic “All My Love.” Her hard hitting, dynamic performance was one of the definitive high points of the evening, as Maloney proved more impressive than some of her better known contemporaries.

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Francis And The Lights Kick Off The Strip’s Best Nighttime Pool Party

The Skybar pool deck may seem like an unlikely music venue for most, but a crowd of well-mannered, indie music devotees were packed poolside on Jan. 14 to enjoy a great night of music with New York-based ’80s throwback band Francis And The Lights as part of Mondrian Sessions live music series.

Francis And The Lights, who recently toured with pals MGMT, jump-started the 2011 series appropriately with songs like "In a Limousine" and "Get in the Car." The crowd was into it – swaying along to every note. Mojitos, an unseasonably hot winter night and sweeping views of the city added to the swanky late night pool party scene.

The series continues Friday, Feb. 11 when L.A. natives Fool’s Gold perform, weaving together Western pop aesthetics with African rhymes and melodies. That performance is then followed by Ted Leo, Dum Dum Girls, Lykke Li and more!

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Sunset Strip Picks: Jan. 24-30

Tonight, Monday, Jan. 24, Whisky and Rainbow founder Mario Maglieri presents an epic night of music at the Whisky A Go-Go. This unprecedented lineup is hosted by Mark McGrath and features Camp Freddy (Dave Navarro, Billy Morrison, Matt Sorum), The Head Cat (Lemmy, Slim Jim Phantom, Danny B. Harvey) and the Darling Stilettos all rockin’ out for a good cause; Proceeds from the show will benefit breast cancer. When one of the founders of The Strip’s music legacy puts on a show, you know it’s going to be big! Doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets for this all-ages show are a charitably low $25. www.whiskyagogo.com

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