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The Avalon Grand Reveal party

Hollywood's historic nightclub shows off its new look

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Since the Avalon’s 10th anniversary last October, the Hollywood nightclub has undergone extensive renovations leading up to its four day Grand Reveal event this past weekend. On Friday night the club’s weekly EDM dance party, Control, featured three heavy hitter DJs with Italy-native Congorock headlining. Along with restoring many of the historic building’s original features, Avalon has redesigned the entrance and lobby, extended the balcony, added 150 hi-def LED panels that wrap the stage and club as well as upgraded to a state-of-the-art sound system, which is completely custom and unique to the Hollywood dance club. We got to sit down with Congorock, who lives part time in Los Angeles, to chat about his favorite things in LA.

Time Out: Are there any spots in LA that you always go when you’re in town?

Congorock: Yeah, I’m obsessed with this breakfast place, Sqirl, in Silver Lake. I was there today and I think it’s my favorite breakfast spot in LA. Their brioche with ricotta and jam is just insane. Also, I live downtown and there are a lot of other great restaurants there too. Being Italian I’m really picky about Italian restaurants, but I really like Bestia.

Time Out: What drew you to live downtown?

Congorock: I live in an area where there are a lot of other DJs live and it’s becoming a really artistic neighborhood right now. I like it because it reminds me of Europe. I’m used to being able to just walk around and I feel like downtown I can have an easy life not having to get into my car. And if it’s too far to walk, I can just take my bike.

Time Out: What are some of your favorite things to do when you’re in Los Angeles?

Congorock: I really like to go hiking, especially at Griffith Park. It’s so great because you can always find new trails and places to explore.

Time Out: What do you love most about LA?

Congorock: You can have that connection with music and art, but you can also find yourself and be isolated from the crazy nightlife. But I like to have both, being able to have a crazy night out and then the next morning going for a hike. That’s why I like LA, you can’t find another place with all those options anywhere else in the country.

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