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LA Venues: The Viper Room


By now, is there anyone alive who doesn’t know Johnny Depp is one of the original partners in what’s become a fast part of L.A. rock ‘n’ roll history? Right in the very heart of lively Sunset Strip, the Viper Room is a good ole fashioned rock ‘n’ roll club with metal or hard rock acts taking the stage, and name rockers sitting… Read More

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Great Venues: The Green Mill – Chicago

A legendary Chicago venue with a colorful history, The Green Mill Jazz Club has hosted the famous and infamous, from Frank Sinatra to Al Capone. As one fan described it: “It is such an institution…with an interior from a bygone era…the lighting is very art deco and those murals are just ridiculous… a HUGE wraparound bar, intimate tables up front, and plenty of booths, including the one used by Al Capone himself which faced the door, not the stage. He needed to see who was… Read More

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Chicago Players: Buddy Guy (with B.B. King) – I Can’t Quit You Baby

Blues legends and old friends Buddy Guy and B.B. King play “I Can’t Quit You Baby” at King’s nightclub, with Guy singing and King throwing it down on “Lucille,” his black Gibson guitar. Lucille is based on the Gibson ES-355 but has certain modifications requested by King—most noticeably the Lucille script on the headstock, a maple neck, and the signature absence of F-holes at the top of the guitar, which King requested to reduce feedback.
 

“I Can’t Quit You Baby” is an… Read More

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Chicago Venues: The Hideout


What can you say about “Chicago’s Most Loved Small Venue” The Hideout? Plenty. It’s a true shanty, and a true Chicago legend. It’s over 100 years old, sports the same name since prohibition ended and, probably, exactly the same look. There’s no sign out front, and nothing to suggest it’s a prime music venue, and it’s not necessary. It’s located in the middle of nowheresville, adjacent to an industrial truck park that is also host to The… Read More

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NYC Venues: The Bowery Electric

When CBGB finally succumbed to landlord pressure and closed in 2009, New York City musician Jesse Malin opened The Bowery Electric, a rock club a block away from the location of the legendary punk launching pad for The Ramones, Blondie, Television and Patti Smith.

Malin himself is a successful rock artist whose anthemic songs have earned him comparisons to his friend Read More

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Great Venues: The Wiltern Theater – Los Angeles

This is another L.A. deco beauty, and a landmark to boot, the Wiltern Theatre built in 1931 by G. Albert Lansburgh, with incredible decorative plaster and tile and murals on the walls. When it opened, it has the largest pipe organ in the United States—a little-known fact. It’s also in the National Register of Historic Places, and its… Read More

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