TheSunsetStrip.com Exclusive With Tuesdae Of Chelsea Girls

Before trucking down to The Roxy Theatre to catch the next Chelsea Girls show (Thursday, May 7), get to know the band a little better. It’s the closest you’ll get without a backstage pass.

How did the band come together? How did you meet the other members?
Chelsea Girls was kick started by bassist Corey Parks (Nashville Pussy), with a little help from Thor, God of Thunder. CP set her sights on drummer Samantha Maloney (Hole, Motley Crue, Eagles of Death Metal, Peaches), and guitarist Allison Robertson (The Donnas). I was brought into the project by my pal Allison, whom I call "Mistress of the Shred." The girls call me their "Secret Weapon" because I’m the least famous and the deadliest.


What does the future hold for CG? Working on any original material? Any plans to record? Tour?
We want to be the biggest cover band in the world. We plan to tour the globe, record, maybe do a TV show, and make lots of cash. Original songs don’t interest us right now. But money talks, and we’re always listening.


Having seen your past few shows, you certainly can hold your own on the mic. Being a former Playboy model and front woman for one of the sexiest new bands in rock do you find that people have certain "preconceptions" about your vocal abilities?
We’re fortunate to have a monthly residency at The Roxy, it’s been wonderful working with [owner] Nic Adler and the staff there – top-notch all the way. Sure, there will always be preconceptions. I get a kick out of slaying the audience…I’m like Pearl Harbor. You didn’t see it coming, and now you’re fucked. But without Sam, Allison and Corey, I’d be killing "Welcome To The Jungle" at a karaoke bar with a bunch of drunk frat guys. Now we get to take over the world together!


Present band mates excluded, what contemporary female rockers do you look to for inspiration?
Ann Wilson (Heart)! She’s my rock Goddess. I know we’ll meet someday soon. And I’ll cry like a little sissy girl.


Everyone has a great story about a night out on The Sunset Strip, anything you’re legally allowed to share?
… I was at the Rainbow the night Bruce Kulick (ex-Kiss guitarist) was shot, back in October 2003. I was standing outside on the patio with Taime Downe (Faster Pussycat frontman) and this kid Brady when we heard gun shots. Bruce was probably 20 feet from us when he was hit, bullets flew over our heads. Taime pushed me to the ground and held me there, and Brady sat down behind him. I’m a sucker for danger, it makes me romantic. I looked over Taime’s shoulder at Brady, all hell breaking loose, and we kissed. I married Brady, and five years later, divorced him. But we had one helluva run. Maybe if we had a few more near-death experiences, we’d still be hitched.


Other than Lemmy Kilminster (Motorhead), who’s your dream duet partner?
Lemmy rules! Corey’s been close with Lemmy for years, so she asked him to sing "Ace Of Spades" and Eddie Cochran’s "Somethin’ Else" with Chelsea Girls. Corey duets on "Somethin’ Else" with him, it’s mind-blowing! My dream duet partner is Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden! I love my Bruce-Bruce.


In his review of Warhol’s film Chelsea Girls, film critic Rex Reed described the picture as, "A three and a half hour cesspool of vulgarity and talentless confusion which is about as interesting as the inside of a toilet bowl." How would a review of a CG show read?
That’s a fantastic review! … Brent, I’m going to leave the review up to you. A few hints: "Best damn night of my life. I really mean it"; "I can die now, I’ve seen heaven"; …"Tuesdae is the greatest singer in the universe and all dimensions beyond. I love unicorns"; "Someone call the coroner, because Chelsea Girls just killed it! Again!"


Model, DJ, front woman extraordinaire, what’s next for you?
… Everyone always asks me this question in interviews. I always say "If you can dream it, you can be it." I’ve seen my path clearly since childhood. Every success I’ve had, I visualized until it became a reality. It also takes hard work, talent and skill to achieve the level of success Chelsea Girls want. What’s next for me is more hard work and focus. I love what I do, it’s fun. The party never ends.


–Brent X Mendoza 

Photo courtesy donrichner/dzrimages 

Not Just Pretty Faces, Chelsea Girls Know How To Rock

It was the third show of Chelsea Girls ongoing monthly residency at The Roxy Theatre and judging by the line down the block, word had spread of the band’s blistering performances.

Comprised of some of the most talented ladies of rock, it’s no surprise that the droves have been turning out for this super sexy all-star cover band. Hosted by Carmen Electra and DJ’d by Riki Rachtman of “Headbangers Ball” fame, the night kicked off with a raucous set by local Hollywood buzz band and flat iron friendly youngsters Prima Donna.

The band set the tone for the heavily drinking patrons as lead singer Kevin Preston continuously doused himself with tall cans of Miller Light in a shameless effort to get a rise out of the crowd. By the time Chelsea Girls hit the stage the audience was definitely “in good spirits.”

The darkened stage lit up with the opening guitar stutter to Guns N’ Roses’ “Welcome To The Jungle” and the audience erupted with excitement. With her trademark fan-blown hair, Samantha Maloney (Hole) precisely held together the percussive bridge of the perfect opener for a set that would be chock-full of rock and roll favorites.

The blonde quartet, dressed in all white attire and jamming in front of a wall of white Marshall stacks kept the momentum at a feverish pace, following up with the Heart classic “Barracuda.” As Allison Robertson (The Donnas) and Corey Parks (Nashville Pussy) strummed out the chugging hook, lead singer Tuesdae did justice to the song’s high frequency falsetto as she leered at the crowd from under her doll-like platinum bangs.

Midway through the set, the band was joined by late ‘80s pop princess Taylor Dayne for a duet cover of the Joan Jett anthem “I Hate Myself For Loving You.” This was the first of a string of guest appearances that seamlessly filled out the nights set. Later joining the band was Carlos Cavazo (Quiet Riot) who lent his signature guitar sound to “Bang Your Head (Metal Health)” as Tuesdae playfully dawned the silver mask from the album’s memorable cover.

As if that wasn’t enough to satiate the crowd, many of whom were in their prime during The Strip’s hair metal, glory days, the special guests just kept on coming. The definitive high point of the evening came with a near Ratt reunion. As they ripped through “Lay It Down,” the girls were joined by singer Stephen Pearcy and guitarist Warren DeMartini, who was promptly treated to cake and a song to celebrate his birthday.

Chelsea Girls rounded out their set with an exaggerated start, stop version of Motley Crue’s “Live Wire,” which gave Maloney the chance to show off the skills she perfected while touring with the original band. As Tuesdae marched the show to a close with AC/DC’s “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap,” it was clear what the fist-pumping crowd not only loved the classic songs but appreciated the skilled musicianship involved in reproducing them.

The Chelsea Girls will perform May 7 at The Roxy Theatre with Trainwreck (featuring Kyle Glass of Tenacious D) and JAPS. Visit www.theroxyonsunset.com for more information.


–Brent X Mendoza 

Photo courtesy donrichner/dzrimages

15 Under $15: Affordable Dining On The Sunset Strip


It may not be free, but there is such a thing as an affordable meal on The Sunset Strip. We’ve scoured the boulevard to find 15 budget-friendly dishes under $15, proving that good taste doesn’t have to break the bank.


Best of Mediterranean
The satisfying half chicken plate at Best of Mediterranean is served with hummus, rice, tabouli and garlic sauce for $7.99. And save 10% on all dine-in, to-go and catering orders with code “SSBA09.” www.bestofmediterranean.com

BLT Steak
Savor a budget-friendly ‘5 at 5′ menu from 5 – 7 p.m. daily. Menu features five food items, a specialty cocktail, draught beer and red/white wine for $5. Selections include steak sliders with caramelized onion jam, miniature crab cakes with Meyer lemon aioli and Kobe hot dogs. www.bltsteak.com

Café Med
Fresh pastas provide the signature touch at Café Med. Relax with patio dining and homemade taglionlini in a fresh pesto sauce for $14.75. www.cafemedsunsetplaza.com

Joe’s Pizza
NY-style pizza classics are the piece de resistance at this family eatery. Pizzas come in one size here: large. So grab a date, or a couple friends, and dig into a fresh cheese pie. Although $18, split two or three ways, it is a steal of a deal. Going solo? Their chicken or eggplant parm hero at $8 will satisfy. www.joespizza.com

Breakfast and lunch are covered at this local favorite. Enjoy house specialties Sante Fe scramble for breakfast, with turkey-chicken or vegetarian chorizo, diced green onions, tomatoes, cilantro and corn tortilla strips scrambled with eggs and topped with melted cheese, or the chicken artichoke sandwich for lunch, with chicken breast, artichoke sun dried tomato spread and boursin cheese. Both $10.95. www.jinkys.com

Isla Cantina
Isla Cantina’s abundant tequila selection is matched only by its menu offerings. The enchiladas are a delicious choice with Monterrey jack cheese, free range chicken or Santa Maria tri tip rolled in corn tortillas and topped with cotija cheese, sour cream and your choice of a red pasilla chile sauce or green tomatillo sauce. Served with rice and beans ($12/$14). www.islalounge.com

Mel’s Drive-In
Comfort classics reign at Mel’s Drive-In, which is serving an unlimited spaghetti dinner from 4 – 11 p.m. ($8.95) and a “Stimulus Meal Deal” throughout the day. When you order from a variety of breakfast options that are served with pancakes, you can get unlimited pancakes from 6 a.m. – 11 p.m. Or, if you order a sandwich or entrée for lunch or dinner that includes soup, you will receive unlimited soup refills from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. www.melsdrive-in.com

Delicious dishes are plentiful at Mirabelle, a classic on The Strip since 1971. Stop by for lunch and enjoy roasted whitefish with glazed baby vegetables, wild herb salad and port wine reduction ($15). Dinner options include crispy gnocchi with sweet English peas, asparagus tips, oven dried tomatoes, wild mushrooms and pea tendrils ($14). www.mirabelleonsunset.com

Pi On Sunset
The chicken schwarma wrap served with cucumber salad is a favorite among Yelpers, and for $6.99 it won’t hurt your wallet, either. www.pionsunset.com

Poquito Mas
Serving fresh and fast Baja style food, the studio plate is filling and affordable. Charbroiled chicken served with rice, beans, salad, fresh flour tortillas and unlimited trips to the salsa bar for $7.52. www.poquitomas.com

Rainbow Bar & Grill
Part legendary restaurant, part living museum, the Rainbow Bar & Grill provides a one-of-a-kind experience. Home-style classics fill the menu whether you are looking for a cheeseburger with fries or salad ($6.75), or the always popular pizza (small starts at $8.95, medium at $14, and large at $15). A full bar completes your dining experience. www.rainbowbarandgrill.com

Standard 24/7
Offering fresh, contemporary twists on ‘standard’ diner fare anytime of day, try the Baja-inspired Corona beer battered fish tacos ($14) or the flavorful Thai beef salad ($12). www.standardhotels.com/hollywood

A plethora of sushi, sashimi and rolls ranging from $3.95 for Tamago sushi to $18 for Toro sushi awaits you at this Sunset Plaza mainstay. Try house specialty The Bogi — fresh ground sirloin steak mixed with scallions, lemongrass, cilantro, almonds and peanuts and served with edamame and carrots ($13.95). www.sushiyaonsunset.com

Lunch at critically-acclaimed Talesai on Sunset features a popular $12 lunch with selections including cashew chicken, curry-spiced shrimp, vegetable curry and five other entrees. All served with a vegetable spring roll and green salad. www.talesai.com  

Tony’s Steakhouse
All dishes at Tony’s are under $25, but for these rules, stick with a satisfying classic: spaghetti with meatballs made with veal, proscuitto, pork and beef ($14).



Photo courtesy Bob Friday

GQ, Burberry Host Exclusive Cold War Kids Performance At Viper Room

It was an exclusive event Thursday, March 12, one synonymous with The Sunset Strip energy. The event was hosted by GQ magazine and Burberry at Sunset Strip mainstay the Viper Room. While a small but anxious pack of paparazzi jockeyed for position along the black carpet, a slow and steady stream of RSVPs made their way from check-in, through the velvet ropes and into the club.

Upon entry, invitees were treated to an open bar featuring freshly muddled mojitos and passed hors d’oeuvres. It was the type of crowd you’d expect for a GQ and Burberry hosted event: sleek model types in their flowing boho chic attire, male models in sharply tailored suits, publicists and fashion execs.

The VIP tables were littered with a slew of TMZ favorites and reality TV stars, including Lisa and Brittny Gastineau and half the cast of “Miami Ink,” and actresses Mischa Barton and Liv Tyler. While most of the room fought for valuable real estate at the bar, the rest of the crowd mingled in small groups casually glancing at a projected film loop showing a behind-the-scenes look at a photo shoot for the new Burberry ad campaign.

As the projection screen rose into the ceiling, local indie rocker and songwriter Nico Stai kicked off the night performances with a short acoustic set and heart felt crooning.

 Mostly people, however, were waiting for the main event…an intimate showcase by one of the biggest buzz bands of the last ten years. And after a short changeover, the Cold War Kids took the stage.

The band, dressed from head to toe in Burberry suits and dress wear, launched immediately into an energetic, key pounding version of “We Used To Vacation,” with guitarist Jonathan Russell spastically beating his maraca into a cymbal teetering on his amp crate. The band played a short but fulfilling set, equally drawing from both of their records, and kept the crowd’s interest for the entire performance.

The band rounded out their set with fan favorite “Something Is Not Right With Me” and led a boisterous sing along to monster single “Hang Me Up To Dry.” By the time they dove into the last song of their set, lead singer Nathan Willett was dripping with perspiration as his fingers pounded out the final notes to “Hospital Beds.”

Cold War Kids kept the beat and the crowd moving. They did what most bands should do with these kind of intimate appearances: Keep the audience wanting more.


— Brent X Mendoza

De La Soul Among Artists Showcasing The Strip’s Music Scope

When people ask me to define the sound you might hear at a club on The Sunset Strip, it takes a little while. Not as easy as it used to be – The Strip used to be home of rock and roll, with a little soul, hip-hop and reggae thrown in as well. This was the way for many years, and largely the reputation of The Strip, both musically and image-wise.

It’s still rock and roll up here, as anyone who takes the curve from the Beverly Hills segment of Sunset Boulevard onto The Strip and drives east toward Crescent Heights will see. On any given night, the people walking (where else are people walking in L.A. besides the beach and a mall?) from the many world-class restaurants to the bars, clubs and even late night retailers show you the style that still reads rock after many decades. It’s tried and true.

But as music has evolved, so has The Strip. Depending on the evening, or the venue, you’ll have an expansive choice of any or many of the musical genres that create the spectrum of new music today. The Strip is in stride with the times, ahead of the times, and always rock and roll. In recent months, I’ve caught the best of soul and funk at House of Blues, everything from indie guitar pop to jam bands to hard-core techno at The Roxy Theatre, and some amazing breakbeats at The Viper Room.

Then, last Thursday, March 12, at the Key Club – a Sunset Strip venue that perhaps best embodies the ethos of providing music in its many, many flavors – served up a true classic for a packed house of hip-hop enthusiasts who remember the day when hip-hop was 3 Feet High And Rising. De La Soul lit up the joint with the big, big sound of three MCs and a beatbox (actually two digital turntables), booming tracks from their long career, and shaking the rafters full of their many fans.

De La Soul’s breakthrough recording, 3 Feet High… was released in 1989, but the sound is still fresh experienced live today. The big hits, including “Say No Go” and “Me Myself And I” brought big reaction, as did classics like “Buddy” and “Can You Keep A Secret?” While the banter between the tracks didn’t quite match the continuous flow of the original recording – one of its most interesting and original artistic conceits – the through-line was the band’s signature big beats, booming voices and the energy of three talented, motivated hip-hop legends prowling the stage and pumping the audience.

Given the continued marquee power of acts like De La Soul, Public Enemy and the Beastie Boys, along with talented newcomers who have crossed genres and infused new life into the form, like Kanye West, M.I.A., Foreign Exchange and the massive success of the Black Eyed Peas, the stories of hip-hop’s demise are proving to be, as the saying goes, greatly exaggerated.

Like last month’s long-overdue L.A. debut by Nightmares on Wax, also featuring three MCs and a beatbox, the sound, the energy, and the vibe are fresh and moving forward, perhaps because the old school roots were so far ahead of their time when they first appeared in the late ’80s and ’90s.

From the packed house, and I mean top to bottom, every tier and corner of the Key Club was full of bumping fans, to the enthusiasm of those in attendance, all systems were go on Thursday. Spring is here, the long, cruel winter of 2009 is coming to an end (OK, as cruel as it gets in Southern California), and live music is in full effect.

Last week the Key Club was the First Temple of Hip Hop. This week, it’s country, blues, indie rock and jam bands. The genres are always changing, but the point is always the same: On The Sunset Strip, you can hear every kind of music because The Strip is always rockin’.


–D. Loomstein

Evil Nine Electrifies The Viper Room With A Rare L.A. Appearance

It promised to be an event for true breakheads at the Viper Room in West Hollywood. World-class breakbeat artist Evil Nine was scheduled for a rare L.A. appearance along with opening act Destructo. On a cool and unassuming Wednesday night on the Sunset Strip, some serious entertainment was about to go down.

The evening began on a solid note, with Destructo dropping smooth and solid electro breaks and funky remixes for a crowd that clearly needed a little time to warm up. Sometimes that’s how it goes on the dance floor. Beginning in the nines for a show that would go past 1:30 a.m., you may have the crowd on your side even though they’re not prepared to show it…yet.

Destructo’s set was both bumpy and tight, including some deeply funky material, very danceable in its own right. He was even joined on-stage for a few tracks by superstar DJ Adam Freeland, who dropped a nice remix of Rick James’ “Super Freak” and rallied the growing crowd as the set began to build.

Nearing a conclusion, Destructo took the mic and began to cheer on those assembled to mix it up on the dance floor. He only had a couple of takers, but his wishes would plant a seed that was to reach fruition in a very bizarre and surreally enjoyable way later on in the night. When you wish it from the DJ booth, it will likely happen, although not always in the time or way you might expect. That’s why I love venturing out into the rare L.A. air, especially on a random weeknight — because you never know when the unexpected will occur.

Evil Nine took over a little shy of midnight, and rocked the decks for two hours of butt-shakin’ breaky goodness. Production and mixing was very tight, and the sound is a blend of finger-lickin’ funky and smoothly-crafted Daft Punk-inspired electro-house. The crowd continued to increase steadily throughout the evening, joining DJ Adam Freeland and his posse, who stayed for the main event along with an increasingly entertained group who wandered into a full-blown funk-fest.

By 1 a.m., with the dance floor pumping, but still plenty of room to move arms and legs without poking anyone in the eye, what can only be described as an uninhibited Hollywood go-go dancer spied an opening at the front of the room and filled the void. To the complete delight and a little shock of everyone in attendance, she performed an interpretation of the Dance of Seven Veils in modern dress, leaving virtually nothing to the imagination as she strutted across the dance floor, as well as on and around the stage.

It doesn’t get much more freeform than this. And in pure entertainment terms, it was the only thing the night was missing till then. With the music, the people, the vibe, a crystal clear Viper Room sound system, all were treated to a world-class performance in a classic venue. This show had it all. Even the bartenders, the waitresses and Evil Nine themselves were thoroughly entertained by the impromptu dance performance before them.

That’s the thing about life in L.A. People come from the four corners of Southern Cal to get their respective grooves, dances and freaks on. With the right people under the right roof, things can get pretty trippy. Another great time at a great house in the heart of West Hollywood.

Hyatt Riot House On The Sunset Strip Re-Opens As Andaz West Hollywood

Legendary Sunset Strip haunt the Hyatt West Hollywood unveiled a revamped look and a new name on January 8, when the hotel reopened as the Andaz West Hollywood. A boutique hotel brand from Hyatt, the Andaz West Hollywood has completely re-imagined the 14-story former Hyatt on Sunset, or as it was know in its rock and roll heyday, the “Riot House.”

While guests may still find subtle hints of its heritage from its earlier days, the new hotel focuses on unique details and the special locale of West Hollywood. Andaz hired New York based architecture and interior design firm Janson Goldstein who developed the many facets of the hotel.

“Our mission has been to make each [Andaz] property unique to the surrounding area,” says Janson Goldstein principal Hal Goldstein. “We highlight both the contrasts between the modern and the mid-century, as well as to offer transparency. We break down barriers between inside and outside space.”

January 8 also marked the opening of the highly anticipated RH restaurant (a play on the hotel’s “Riot House” nickname).

“It’s an integral part of this neighborhood,” says Andaz General Manager Michel Morauw. “The public desire to pay homage to the hotel’s history while setting our sights on the future was simply overwhelming. RH is a wink at the past and a new story to write. RH is about simple elegance, freshness and conviviality.”

While its name may recall images of the property’s colorful rock and roll past, RH’s new incarnation is as a smart yet informal neighborhood restaurant. French-trained Chef Sebastien Archambault leads the culinary team as executive chef of RH and has created a fresh spin on the “market to table” concept with local vendors and growers, which focuses on regional, seasonal ingredients and personal choice. In addition to a menu of signature dishes, the restaurant offers a market list.

Guests will be able to choose items off this list and customize their own dinner. The restaurant also showcases local wines inspired by boutique vintners celebrating the best of California. In the spirit of openness and transparency that marks the style of RH, Archambault and his team will work in a kitchen completely open to the 100-seat bar and restaurant. The walk-in coolers feature glass doors so guests can observe their entire meal taking shape from storage and preparation to cooking and plating. The unique market menu will highlight Los Angeles’ climate and richness; “We give new meaning to the concept of honest food,” Archambault says.

“Our staff is perfecting the techniques to function within the space so that our guests experience the maximum comfort and service Andaz permits,” noted Morauw. “We look forward to welcoming our first guests and the community to Andaz.”


Sunset Strip Restaurants Add Some Heat To dineLA Restaurant Week

Seven celebrated dining establishments along the Sunset Strip are participating in the annual dineLA Restaurant Week, taking place Jan. 25 – 30 and Feb. 1-6.

The nearly two-week event lets patrons explore the culinary landscape of restaurants throughout the Los Angeles area with prix-fixe menus based on three price categories ranging from $16 – $28 per person for lunch and $26 – $44 per person for dinner.

Sunset Strip restaurants Asia De Cuba, BLT Steak, BOA Steakhouse, Gordon Ramsay at the London West Hollywood, One Sunset, The Restaurant at Sunset Marquis and the recently opened RH at the Andaz West Hollywood are participating in this year’s event. All restaurants will offer three-course menus.

Asia De Cuba will offer a lunch menu for $22 per person and a dinner menu for $34 per person; BLT Steak will offer a dinner menu for $44 per person; BOA Steakhouse will offer a lunch for $28 per person and a dinner for $44 per person; Gordon Ramsay will offer a lunch menu for $28 per person and a dinner with “pre-dessert” for $44 per person; One Sunset will offer a dinner menu for $34 a person; The Restaurant at Sunset Marquis will offer lunch for $22 per person and dinner menu for $34 per person; and RH will offer a lunch menu for $28 and dinner for $44 per person.

For more information including reservations and full menu details, please visit www.dinela.com/restaurantweek.


Photo: BLT Steak

Prime Events Draw Fans, Celebrities To The Key Club

January is proving to be a busy, glittering month for the Key Club. On Friday, Jan. 9 music fans lined around the block to see up-and-coming indie bands perform at the Sunset Strip venue.

Director Jason Reitman’s DJ act Bad Meaning Bad performed with Mitchell Schaffer and the evening featured Ginger and the headliner of the night — The Cool Table, a rock group that performs mash-ups live without the use of DJs.

George Clooney, Keanu Reeves, Katherine Heigl and the cast of the hit series “The Office” were spotted in the audience at the sold-out Key Club show.

Mitchell Schaffer, who coordinated the concert, plans to bring the show back to the Key Club in the spring.

Another event that is sure to drive high wattage star power to the Key Club is the 10th Anniversary of the Carnival Choreographer’s Ball, which will be held Wednesday, Jan. 28.

Carnival showcases the best in choreography and dance. It the longest running show in Los Angeles and now in London, New York, Sydney and Tokyo, spanning genres with routines in everything from ballet to modern dance, martial arts to hip hop.

With more than 120 dancers and 18 renowned choreographers contributing to the event, Carnival is a platform for the best talent in L.A.’s dance industry to exhibit the latest and greatest movement. A lifetime achievement award will be presented to producer, director, choreographer, actress and dancer Debbie Allen.

The event always attracts a celebrity crowd and tickets are in high-demand. Contact the Key Club to purchase your tickets today.


Photo information: Mitchell Shaffer performs at the Key Club Jan. 9
Photo courtesy of Jeremiah Murlless

Sunset Strip Business Association And House Of Blues To Host Neighborhood Reception

The Sunset Strip Business Association (SSBA) and the House of Blues Sunset Strip will host a neighborhood reception on Wednesday, January 14 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the House of Blues located at 8430 Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood. The reception will provide the opportunity for residents and businesses to have an open dialogue about the Sunset Strip and Sunset Strip Business Improvement District.

Residents and business representatives from Sunset Boulevard and surrounding neighborhoods are invited to attend. The Sunset Strip Business Association was created in 2002 to oversee the Sunset Strip Business Improvement District, which is an assessment district that aims to improve the business and neighboring residential environment in the area adjacent to Sunset Boulevard by providing security, street maintenance, public outreach and marketing for the Sunset Strip. The SSBA seeks and encourages business and resident participation and input on its programs.

“The reception is a wonderful opportunity to meet your neighbor residents and businesses and talk about issues that are important as a stakeholder of The Strip,” noted SSBA Executive Director Todd Steadman.

Steadman, along with SSBA President Jim Uhl and Security Director Kris Zagyva (Block-by-Block), will be available to answer questions about The Strip and discuss upcoming SSBA programs at the reception.

For reservations, please contact the SSBA at 310.659.7368 or info@thesunsetstrip.com.