Picks of the Week: SSMF Week Edition!

Tonight the queen of The Sunset Strip, Dayle Gloria, kicks off SSMF Week with a superstar sampling of local fare at The Viper Room. Headlined by the Alt brothers of Street Drum Corps (playing the street fest this Saturday, Aug. 3), this swingin’ lineup includes performances by Bobby Alt & Back to Earth, The Moonbeams (featuring Adam Alt), The After Hours and Elle Rae. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are a low, low $10.  www.viperroom.com
Stop by the Andaz West Hollywood on Tuesday, July 30, and throughout SSMF Week, and step back in time to The Sunset Strip of the ’60s and ’70s as the official hotel of SSMF presents an exhibit featuring Robert Landau’s photos of rock and roll billboards from The Sunset Strip. The photos capture a time when hand-painted music billboards lined this legendary music boulevard. The Andaz will also host a screening of “The Sunset Strip” documentary and a performance by Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett and his band Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants on Friday, August 2. (Check out the hotel’s special packages and events.) 
This Wednesday, July 31 meet legendary film producer Robert Evans – the man responsible for such landmark films as The Godfather, Chinatown and Rosemary’s Baby, just to name a few…    The former head of Paramount studios will be discussing his notorious 1994 memoir, The Kid Stays in the Picture, considered by many to be the greatest show biz story ever recounted. This free signing/speaking engagement begins at 7 p.m. Please consult www.booksoup.com for specific event guidelines.  
Also this Wednesday, for those fans lucky enough to snag a pair of tickets, House of Blues Sunset Strip presents a special, soldout HOB 20th Anniversary show with Hollywood Undead plus special guests –  and 2011 SSMF alum — Escape the Fate. Doors open at 6 p.m.  www.hob.com/la 
SSMF Night 1 >>> Thursday, Aug. 1 the 2013 Sunset Strip Music Festival officially kicks off at the House of Blues with a celebration honoring 2013 honoree Joan Jett. This special event will be followed by a performance by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and is open to all three-day SSMF pass holders. Doors open at 6 p.m.  www.ssmf.com
Also kicking off the official start of SSMF… 
  • OURS with special guests 8MM at The Roxy Theatre.  Doors open at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $16.50. www.theroxy.com
  • Rock Revival Night at The Viper Room featuring a free show with local faves The Black Marquee, Badwater, TB5 (The Bangkok Five) and more… Doors open at 7:30 p.m. www.viperroom.com
  • Enuff Znuff plus Bang Tango at the Whisky A Go-Go. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the door.  www.whiskyagogo.com
  • Free, live performances by Burning Jet Black, Rainbow Jackson and Lonely Drunks Club Band at the Sunset Strip Market, 7-10 p.m. Also, enjoy a vinyl record swap, craft beer and wine garden. www.sunsetstripmarket.com
* Venue shows also included in the  three-day SSMF pass on a first-come, first-served basis.
SSMF Night 2 >>> Friday, Aug. 2 Jack Daniel’s & Swing House Studios present the SSMF Pre-Street Fest Party featuring performances by Franky Perez & The Truth, Jessica Childress, Great White Buffalo, Exist Elsewhere and theIndependent.fm DJs. Enjoy local and mobile L.A.-centric fare from: the Grilled Cheese Truck, Border Grill and Joe’s Pizza. This event runs from 7-11 p.m. and is free for all. Guests ages 21 and older may also enjoy libations from Jack Daniel’s. (Located at 8950 Sunset, across from The Roxy.)  www.ssmf.com
Later this evening the SSMF fun continues with…
  • Scott Weiland and The Wildabouts at Viper Room (night 1 of 2).  Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 GA/$100 VIP meet & greet.  www.viperroom.com
  • The Icarus Line plus special guests Cherri Bomb at The Roxy Theatre. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $16.50.  www.theroxy.com
* Venue shows also included in the  three-day SSMF pass on a first-come, first-served basis.
SSMF Street Fest >>> Saturday, Aug. 3: It’s the biggest day and night of the year on The Sunset Strip! This year’s annual street festival features performances by Linkin Park, Awolnation, Wale, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Logic, Slick Rick & Doug E. Fresh, Asher Roth, Finch, Street Drum Corps, Warren G, Orgy, Bizarre Ride featuring Fatlip & SlimKid3, 7Lions and more! The street fest takes place outdoors on the Sunset Strip, between Doheny Drive and San Vicente Boulevard. The fest features two outdoor stages, performances inside The Roxy and Whisky, a special outdoor Viper Room stage, beer garden, VIP rooftop lounge, food trucks and art installations. A limited number of VIP street fest tickets are still available. For ticket options, visit sunsetstrip.eventbrite.com or www.ssmf.com
Sunday, Aug. 4…and now we rest! Join us poolside at The Standard or at Asia de Cuba's Sunday brunch with a view. What a week!

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