Exclusive Interview: Dead Sara’s Emily Armstrong

The Sunset Strip Music Festival scored an amazing interview with Dead Sara frontwoman Emily Armstrong. The band, who has Sunset Strip roots, has successfully climbed the Billboard charts and this year will perform on the outdoor stage at the August 18 SSMF street festival alongside Marilyn Manson and The Offspring.
Get to know Armstrong! Read the full interview on 

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Picks of the Week: July 30 – August 5

Per usual, you can always count on The Sunset Strip for entertainment pleasing to any and all diverse musical pallets, and tonight is no exception with two great shows just a stone’s throw away from each other…  At The Viper Room: 98-7fm presents hipster, indie rocker Andy Clockwise with special guests Of Verona. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 at the door.  And just down the street, The Roxy Theatre presents hip-hop supergroup La Coka Nostra. Doors also open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20.

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The Avenues Celebrates Music, Fashion & Art At Charitable Dinner

The Avenues: Art, Fashion and Design District of West Hollywood presents their signature fundraising event, Taste Music, an extraordinary dining experience where rock culture plays the muse, August 15, 2012 at the Sunset Marquis Hotel.

Taste Music will present a multi-course menu and wine pairing inspired by legendary photographer and featured guest Bob Gruen, fashion designer Logan Riese and to be announced musical guest. The evening is a backstage pass into music history with Gruen’s forty-year legacy ranging from Muddy Waters to Madonna as well as his iconic image of John Lennon wearing a New York City t-shirt.

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Picks of the Week: July 23-29

Tonight, quintessential hardcore punk pioneer H.R. of Bad Brains invades the Whisky A Go-Go. Don’t miss this legendary underground icon whose influence has been cited by every relevant artist form the Beastie Boys to Henry Rollins, Fishbone and 311. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $13 at the door.

It’s Taco Tuesday! This Tuesday, July 24 create your own “taco trek” stopping by Pink Taco Sunset Strip, The Den, Rosa Mexicano and Isla Cantina for their spins on this weekly staple. Plus, did we mention they all also offer amazing happy hours?

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School’s In For Summer: Bar 1200 Cocktail Lab Mixes Up An Interactive Learning Experience

Looking for a way to mix up your week? Stop by the Cocktail Lab at Bar 1200 for an interactive mixology course with “creative director” Matthew Salinas (P.J. Clarke’s, The Bowery, Hotel Gansevoort). These aren’t your usual summer school courses. (In fact, this is probably the first time you’ll look forward to homework.) The biweekly courses teach you how to make some of the most popular and interesting cocktails as well as provide helpful tips on when to shake instead of pour and what bar tools are really essential for the home.

The courses are held the first and third Thursday of every month and limited to six students at a time. The cost is $45 per person and includes instructions on how to craft three cocktails, plus sampling your creations and light bar snacks. 

Ready for your course syllabus? Upcoming courses include:

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Restaurant Week: Summer Edition!

DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince were right: It’s time to sit back and unwind. DineLA is helping you accomplish these summertime goals with a new edition of their famous Restaurant Week. Once relegated to the spring and fall, this new edition allows local restaurants and chefs to highlight some of the freshest seasonal produce available.

DineLA features pre-fixed three course meals at each of the participating restaurants. Prices range from $15-$25 for lunch and $25-$45 for dinner. The summer edition runs from July 16-27.

Participating Sunset Strip restaurants include:

Asia de Cuba
BLT Steak
Boxwood Café by Gordon Ramsay
Crossroads at House of Blues
Gordon Ramsay at the London West Hollywood
Rosa Mexicano

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Trina Green’s Festival Survival Guide!

As the weather gets warmer, the days longer and the music louder, you know festival season is upon us. Music festivals, whether they last a day, a weekend or even an evening can make or break not only bands but fans and music lovers alike as well.

I recently met up with avid concertgoer – and familiar Sunset Strip face — Trina Green (aka @dharma69 of High Voltage Magazine, The Owl Magazine and at Rock & Reilly’s to discuss the most successful survival techniques for eager fans in a live music setting.

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“Summer Of Music” Gives You And A Friend The Chance To Attend SSMF Street Festival!

It’s summertime and since everyone loves sharing what they’re doing, we thought we’d give you and a friend the chance to attend the Sunset Strip Music Festival street fest on August 18!
The theme of this Instagram contest is “Summer of Music,” and to enter all you have to do is follow @SSMF on Instagram and tag your summer/music related Instagram photos with #SSMF! Don’t skip on the quality of photo, though. Only the best of the best will win this awesome prize pack.
Start taking photos today and the winner will be announced July 20 via @SSMF on Instagram!*
*Contest winner will receive two (2) GA tickets to the Saturday, Aug. 18 street festival. Tickets are nontransferable.

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