You don’t have to travel to the desert for a full lineup of great music and entertainment. Create your own music fest this weekend with a host of live performances on The Strip. And don’t forget, if you are a guest of participating Sunset Strip hotels, you can receive free entry to venues. (Get more info at dev.thesunsetstrip.com/vippass).
Friday, April 16
Local artists Ben Justus, Maureen & Friends, Honeysmash and Magnetico take over the Cat Club. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show is $7, or $5 with a flyer. www.myspace.com/thecatclub
Hip-hop reigns at the Key Club with Da Grizzly, King Precise, Young Hustle of Dipset West, Bad Fly Guy, GNP, Definite the MC and Faze. Try saying it all three times fast in a row. Doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are $12. www.keyclub.com
The Roxy Theatre hosts Early Stand O music showcase early in the evening ($10) followed by New Orleans native PJ Morton with Duanne Turrentine ($15 in advance, $20 at the door). www.theroxyonsunset.com
House of Blues celebrates punk rock with Bad Religion. Youth Brigade rounds out the bill. Doors open at 8:30 and tickets are $22.50 in advance, $25 at the door. www.hob.com
The Comedy Store is bustling with three shows: The Nappy Fro Show in the Main Room at 8:30, 16 Comics in the Original Room at 9 p.m. and the Midnight Comedy Jam. www.thecomedystore.com
Viper Room hosts Blue Scholars, Bambu and Attika. Doors open at 9 p.m. and tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. www.viperroom.com
Want some free fun? Sign-up for FourSquare and join FourSquare Day in LA. The Standard is offering two-for-one priced drinks until 8 p.m. for guests who show their server they checked-in. Then head on over to the Viper Room between 7:30 – 9:30 for free entry, a performance by Attika, $5 drinks and $4 PBR.
Saturday, April 17
Start the party early, pool side, at The Standard with their ping pong tournament from noon to 5 p.m. Delicious drinks, DJs, fun. www.standardhotels.com/hollywood
The Lost Patrol, Skikrz, Sabrina and Minor Aftershock and Samadhi are on tap at the Whisky A Go-Go. Doors open early at 6 p.m. www.whiskyagogo.com
Cat Club’s lineup includes Piss Broke Rebels, Blacklight Revelation, Dead Man’s Army and Lonely Drunks Club Band. Doors at 8 p.m. and tickets are a budget-friendly $7 or $5 with flyer. www.myspace.com/thecatclub
Key Club opens its doors at 8 p.m. to welcome pop and R&B outfit The Divine with Lions! Tigers! Bears!, The Good Boys, Ride Your Bike and Homeless With Guns. Tickets are $10. www.keyclub.com
Sean Healy presents Shyan Daniels, J. Henry, Dre Allen and The Gooniez at the Viper Room. Doors at 8 p.m. and tickets are $10 in advance/$15 at the door. www.viperroom.com
Bad Religion returns for round two at the House of Blues. This time with Strung Out. Doors at 8:30 p.m. and tickets are $22.50/$25. www.hob.com
The Comedy Store hosts 14 Comics in the Main Room at 9 p.m., 12 Comics in the Original Room at 10:30 p.m. www.thecomedystore.com
Looking for a weekend happy hour? Check out Cabo Cantina (two-for-one drinks from 4-8 p.m.), The Den of Hollywood (half-priced drinks from 3-7 p.m.), Borracho Cantina (half-priced food and $5 margaritas 3-6 p.m. and 10 p.m.–1 a.m.) and BLT Steak ($5 wine, prosecco, select beer and cocktails and $5 gourmet appetizers from 5-7 p.m.).
Photo courtesy Erik Voake