Kaaboo 2017 lineup includes Muse, Jane's Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers
If Coachella is a sun-soaked paradise for millennials and Desert Trip an upscale nostalgia trip for boomers, then the San Diego area's Kaaboo is something in between: a resort-like music festival for Gen X-ers stocked with contemporary radio staples and '90s throwbacks. The Kaaboo 2017 lineup includes headlining sets by Red Hot Chili Peppers, P!nk, Muse and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers across three days at the oceanfront Del Mar Racetrack and Fairgrounds. Aside from a couple of Top 40 radio headliners (David Guetta, Jason Derulo, Kesha) much of the lineup is straight out of the '90s (Weezer, Jane's Addiction, Ice Cube, Alanis Morissette, Garbage, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Live... Smash Mouth) with a couple of curious outliers, like Michael McDonald and DJ Diesel—perhaps better known as Lakers great and Kazaam star Shaquille O'Neal. Tickets are on sale now, starting at $259 for a general admission three-day "Hang Loose" pass. That'll also get you into the comedy stage and arts fair, as well as access to for-purchase tasting experiences and spa services. The $799 VIP "Hang Five" pass throws in expedited entry and dedicated seating areas, access to a Thursday night preview party and VIP-only performances by Barenaked Ladies and the Dan Band. For the small sum of $2,799, the "Hang Ten" pass basically makes all of those buy-up perks "complimentary" and throws in backstage access, a car service to the event and a golf cart to shuttle you around the festival grounds. K
Tom Petty, Weezer, Alabama Shakes top inaugural Arroyo Seco Weekend
Word of a Coachella-like music festival at the Rose Bowl first popped up nearly two years ago. Details have been pretty thin on the Pasadena event since then, but we finally know everything about the fest—and it's coming real soon. The inaugural Arroyo Seco Weekend will set up three stages in the Rose Bowl-adjacent Brookside Park on June 24 and 25. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers headline Saturday of the two-day fest while Mumford & Sons top Sunday's lineup. The rest of the lineup includes the likes of Alabama Shakes, Dawes, Weezer, Broken Social Scene, the Shins, Charles Bradley and Andrew Bird. Tickets go on sale Monday, March 20 at 11am, with an American Express presale period beginning on March 17 at 10am. A single day ticket costs $125 while a weekend pass is $225. VIP admission starts at $225 for a single day and $399 for the weekend. While the musical lineup may seem a little mild, the food selection is astounding: Arroyo Seco Weekend is set to bring a mix of casual favorites like Sweetfin Poke, Sumo Dog, Locol, Dog Haus and Nomad's roving chicken burgers alongside some of our favorite fine-dining destinations like République, Broken Spanish, Redbird and Union. Last year, AEG insisted that the fest would be more multi-generational and family-friendly than its subsidiary Goldenvoice's Coachella. That definitely seems to be the case; take a look over the Arroyo Seco Weekend lineup and you won't find a single hip-hop or EDM act. Instead, there's a mix of folk, soul
Journey, Steely Dan and more set to fill out the Classic West festival lineup
Classic West has announced the rest of the superstar lineup for their highly-anticipated new festival. Joining Fleetwood Mac and the Eagles for the two-day classic rock extravaganza will be Steely Dan; the Doobie Brothers; Earth, Wind and Fire, and Journey. The six groups will be spread out over two evenings at Dodger Stadium, skipping the typical multi-stage festival set-up in favor of fewer, bigger acts and no schedule conflicts—logistics that may seem familiar to anyone who attended last year’s Desert Trip festival in Indio. (Still no official word on if Desert Trip will be making a repeat visit for 2017, but the first Desert Trip wasn’t announced until after Coachella last year.) What do all of the acts on the Classic West bill have in common, besides being staples on the playlists of your parents’ favorite radio station? As Billboard reports, they all share a connection to music industry guru and super-manager Irving Azoff, who is also a former executive chairman of Live Nation, the primary promoter behind Classic West and it’s East Coast iteration Classic East. If the rest of the festival isn’t your thing, last year’s Hollywood Bowl season openers Steely Dan also have announced they will be performing a nine-night residency at the Venetian in Las Vegas over the course of next month. Classic West is set to take place July 15 and 16, 2017 at Dodger Stadium. Ticket sale dates and prices have yet to be announced. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
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Sound has quickly made a name for itself among serious househeads and music lovers by delivering high profile acts that were doing dance music well before EDM hit the top 40. Sure, the new space has the markings of a typical Hollywood super club scene: 8,000 square feet of playspace with a sunken dance floor and elevated DJ booth, fancy 3D mapping visuals and a custom Funktion One sound system. But where it emerges ahead of other Hollywood clubs is its focus on the music (hence the name)—not by flaunting celebrity patrons or by playing into the hottest bottle service contest. Acts like Stanton Warriors turn out a Monday night crowd at Social—the 17-year-old landmark party has just set down roots at Sound—and burners find a second home at the club’s Friday party, where face painters, neon-clad dancers and green screen booths bring the spirit of La Playa to LaLa Land. The 500-capacity crowd basks in perks such as burlesque dancers, impromptu celebrity visitors and a frequent 4am closing time, all without the overcrowded feeling of a mega-club.
By the sheer look of the place, Lure has all the makings of another slick Hollywood club, where bottle service and bodycon dresses spur a sit-and-stare vibe. Consider the pulsating LED walls, galaxy of glowing moonlike orbs that hover above the dance floor, gorgeous honey-lit VIP bar and elevated DJ stage—all framed in a massive open room where everyone and everything can be seen. Then, venture out to the expansive patio, where you’ll find winding, white tufted banquettes in cabanas framed by green, living walls. The hostesses are remarkably attractive, and beautifully lit palm trees and footbridges over ponds also disorient—it feels more like a 5-star resort than a Hollywood club. It almost seems like a trap for big spenders in shiny shirts looking for no more than a little bump and grind. But Lure is also where some of the best DJs and acts are throwing down: beneath its beautiful façade, Lure is all about the beat. No cultural ground is being broken, and it can be expensive, but the casual and sexy LA vibe is certainly in full bloom.
The Sayers Club
Live music fiends used to get their fix by entering the Sayers Club via an unassuming hotdog shop. But SBE has commandeered the former Green Papaya to make for a more grown-up precursor to the Sayers experience: the Front Room. It’s fashioned after a neighborhood bar and lounge—the kind of place where you can order a woodfired pizza or a mean old fashioned. But the gunmetal tin-tile walls, which are punctuated with framed guitars, serve as a not-so-subtle tell: serious music lies just beyond the back wall. The actual club is a place where cozy Turkish rugs are piled atop hardwood floors, and whiskey leather couches, exposed brick walls and industrial touches make for a cozy (and exclusive) man cave away from home—well, if that man cave happened to belong to the most connected music buff in town. In this case, that buff is Jason Scoppa and he rules the musical roost. Scoppa is famous for orchestrating Bardot Sessions, now Sessions at the Sayers Club, in which both up-and-coming and world-famous musicians play cover tunes. Of course, it’s the performances from beloved groups like The Black Keys, impossible-to-see-outside-of-an-arena musicians like Prince and actors like Emmy Rossum that seal the Sayers' fate as the best little room in Hollywood to catch major—and sometimes unexpected—talent.