Concerts on the Sunset Strip You Don’t Want To Miss!By: Brittany Nicole La Hue
Ellie Goulding truly is the epitome of the small-town-girl tale. Growing up in rural Wales, Goulding’s family couldn’t afford to pay for voice lessons, so she taught herself to sing by emulating such powerful singers as Celine Dion, Beyonce and Lauryn Hill. At age 15, an obsession with Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine and Deftones inspired her to teach herself to play guitar.
Since then, Goulding’s 2012 debut album, Lights, premiered at #1 on the U.K. chart, she had four hit singles and won 3 BRIT Awards. Now “Lights,” “Starry Eyed,” “The Writer,” “Under the Sheets” and “Guns and Horses” are hits in the U.S.
Hear Ellie Goulding’s eclectic electro-pop-folk-blues-soul-indie rock mix on October 16 at Troubadour.
Tuesday, October 16. Doors at 8 p.m., Ellie Goulding at 9:30 p.m.
If you like combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bells, you’ll love Das Racist’s song of the same name. The self proclaimed “white guilt art project” and “Ponzi scheme” alternative hip-hop group has been both mocked as a joke and lauded for its originality. Members Heems, Kool A.D. and Dapwell hail from Brooklyn but have been taking the entire music world by storm. The group was named one of the “25 Best New Bands in the World” by MTV and was featured on the cover of Spin magazine, among many other honors.
If you haven’t been swept up in the movement yet, catch Das Racist at The Roxy Theatre on Sunday, October 14 for a night full of laughter, academic references and unique music.
Sunday, October 14 at 8 p.m. $20
You’ve definitely heard of Salvador Santana’s father, Carlos Santana, but the music legend’s son is ready to make a name for himself. Salvador is a 28-year-old vocalist, keyboardist, songwriter and composer. In 2008, the Salvator Santana Band released “SSB.” Since then, collaborations with the masterminds behind the Beastie Boys and the Wu-Tang Clan put Salvador on the map.
Although Carlos has been a frequent mentor and collaborator, Salvador is now embarking on an entirely solo project. At the world-famous Whisky A Go-Go in West Hollywood, Salvador will perform both songs from past projects and new material from his upcoming EP ((“Mi Tesoro,” “Into the Light”).
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 7 p.m.
First emerging on the rap scene in 1994, Warren G. has had a long career with the industry’s greatest legends, eventually becoming a legend himself. Before he was Warren G., Warren Griffin III and friends Nate Dogg and Snoop Dogg grew up in Long Beach hanging out at a local record store. The trio formed 213, a rap group named after their area code. After several jail stints, the three returned to V.I.P. record store to practice and record.
When Warren G.’s half brother, Dr. Dre, began collaborating with Snoop Dogg, Warren G. chose to forge his own path to fame. Collaborations with 2Pac, MC Breed and Mista Grimm led to his being signed with Death Row Records. “Regulate,” Warren G. and Nate Dogg’s duet, ballooned to #2 on the Billboard Charts and the rest is history.
In July, Warren released his new album, G. Regulate…G Funk Era Pt. 2, which includes hit single “Still in Love.” You’ll hear all that and more at Warren G.’s special Birthday Show at Key Club in West Hollywood.
Friday, November 9. Doors at 7:30 p.m., Event at 8 p.m.
Set Times: The Mind – 8:30 p.m. Ease – 10:30 p.m. Illaborate Minds – 11:15 p.m. Warren G. – Midnight
Tickets are $22, VIP $32, SVIP $40.
Unwritten Law’s self-stated goal is to “blow the doors off” with power-packed rock hits at its shows, including their upcoming one at Viper Room on The Sunset Strip. Band members Scott Russo, Steve Morris, Pat Kim and Dylan Howard have sold nearly 2 million albums, and have had 6 songs become radio hits. You’ll hear new songs including “Up All Night,” “Save Me (Wake Up Call)” and “Seein’ Red.”
Their live concert LP/DVD, Live and Lawless, was recorded in March at Key Club, and now Unwritten Law is returning to The Sunset Strip to make a splash at a new venue.
Saturday, October 13, Doors at 7:30 p.m. $20
Set Times: Chasing Claymores: 8 p.m. Gunpowder Secrets – 9 p.m. London Cries – 10 p.m. Unwritten Law -11 p.m.
Named after a street in South Gate, California, Cypress Hill is the first platinum Cuban-American/Latino hip-hop group. Best known for their award-winning songs “Insane in the Brain,” “I Ain’t Goin’ Out Like That” and “Throw Your Set in the Air,” the West Coast rap group has been critically acclaimed since the 1990s.
Although the band is currently making new music, the members of Cypress Hill are also responsible for founding and hosting Smokeout Music Festival, a yearly single-day concert featuring hip-hop, dubstep, electronic dance and metalcore artists. On Friday, November 23 the band will perform at House of Blues Sunset Strip.
Friday, November 23. Doors at 8 p.m., Event at 9 p.m.
Tickets:$29.50 in advance, $32 day of.
Saying that Blue October is a rock band wouldn’t quite begin to describe it. Blue October creatively mixes art rock, alternative rock, experimental rock and piano rock with post-grunge to create their own genre. Members Justin Furstenfeld, Jeremy Furstenfield, Ryan Delahoussaye, Matt Noveskey and Julian Mandrake hail from Houston, Texas, and were discovered by Kid Rock’s former manager, Michael Rand. After an extensive tour, publicity and artist development process, they were signed to Universal Music Group.
Blue October has released 6 studio albums and 3 live albums and will be playing at the House of Blues on November 15 as part of their current tour.
Thursday, November 15. Doors at 7:30 p.m., Event at 8:30 p.m.
Tickets:$32.50 in advance, $35 day of.
Opening Acts: Barcelona, A Silent Film