Gayle Anderson was live in West Hollywood with a preview of the 6th annual 2013 Sunset Strip Music Festival (SSMF) Saturday, August 3rd. Gayle runs through the list of performers that will be at this weekend’s performance.
Gayle Anderson was live in West Hollywood with a preview of the 6th annual 2013 Sunset Strip Music Festival (SSMF) Saturday, August 3rd. Saturday’s street fest will be headlined by Linkin Park, the two-time Grammy Award-winning rock band. The street fest will also include an artist autograph tent, food trucks, a beer garden and interactive experiences. A portion of the street fest’s ticket sales will go towards, Music for Relief, the nonprofit organization started by Linkin Park to support disaster relief and the prevention of natural disasters through various environmental programs.
The Sunset Strip is a 1.6 mile section of Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood that offers restaurants, hotels, music venues, nightclubs, and upscale retail shopping. The Strip has a long history as an entertainment destination. In the 1920s, the Strip was located outside the city limits of Los Angeles and outside the jurisdiction of the LAPD, which allowed it to flourish as an entertainment and gambling hot spot for Hollywood celebrities and 1920s-era gangsters. Since its beginnings, the Strip has been the center of nightlife and music in Los Angeles providing the backdrop for the L.A. music scene in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. The Sunset Strip Music Festival helps commemorate the Strip’s musical past and its street festival ensures that it remains a key destination for today’s most popular and up and coming bands. For more information about the history of the Sunset Strip, visit their website.
Every year during the two days before the Saturday street festival, all venues on the Strip host secret and not-so secret parties. On Thursday, August 1st, the Sunset Strip Music Festival honors Joan Jett with a tribute ceremony followed by a performance by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts at the House of Blues Sunset. Joan Jett is the 2013 Sunset Music Strip Festival honoree and will accept the Elmer Valentine award at the tribute ceremony, which honors her career and history on the Sunset Strip. Admission to this event is only available with a VIP 3-day pass. On Friday, August 2nd, visit the Jack Daniels Experience stage for a SSMF pre-fest party featuring performances by Franky Perez & the Truth, Jessica Childress, Family Wagon, and Exist Elsewhere. This event is FREE and open to all ages. Performances begin at 7 PM and continue through 11 PM. For more information, visit their website.
In addition to Linkin Park, the two main outdoor stages Saturday will feature performances by AWOLNATION, Wale, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Logic, Slick Rick/ Doug E. Fresh, Asher Roth, Finch, and Street Drum Corps. Alongside these outdoor stages on the Sunset Strip, several clubs will have full lineups of bands including The Roxy, Whisky A Go-Go, and the Viper Room, which will have an outdoor stage. The lineup includes performances by Warren G, 7Lions, Bizarre Ride Live featuring Fatlip & Slimkid3, Orgy, Hunter Valentine, Julien-K, Andy Clockwise, Egyptian Lover, Smile Empty Soul, Terraplane Sun, Stolen Babies, UpRooted, The Active Set, Sabrosa Purr, The Dreaming, Sad Robot, Girl on Fire, The Last Internationale, Battle Tapes, The Diamond Light, Raheem Cohen and more.
Tickets to the Sunset Strip Music Festival are $79 for general admission and $145 for VIP admission Saturday, August 3rd. Three-day VIP passes are available for $250 and are good for events from Thursday, August 1st through Saturday, August 3rd. For tickets, click HERE.
The Sunset Strip Music Festival street fest location is the 9000-8900 blocks of Sunset Boulevard between Doheny Drive and San Vicente Boulevard in West Hollywood. The main entrance is at 8900 Sunset Boulevard at San Vicente. For parking information, visit their website. Residential neighborhoods by the Sunset Strip are permit parking only. Go green by taking public transportation. Plan your trip on Metro at their website.
Gates open at 2:00 PM Saturday, August 3rd. The street festival will close at 11 PM. Venues within the closure will host FREE shows for ticketed attendees during the day and after the street fest closes until 2 AM. Entrance is first-come, first-served. While the Sunset Strip Music Festival is open to all ages, individual music venues may have their own age requirements after 9 PM.
PLEASE NOTE: Sunset Boulevard will be closed between San Vicente Boulevard and Doheny Drive starting at 3 AM on Saturday, August 3 and will reopen by 7 AM on Sunday, August 4th. Traffic approaching the festival gates wull be diverted from Sunset Boulevard. Northbound lanes of Doheny Drive and San Vicente Boulevard will be open to RESIDENTS ONLY. You must provide a valid ID or gas/electric bill verifying your home address to access areas north of Sunset Boulevard. It is suggested that you avoid Sunset Boulevard the day of the festival and utilize other westbound-eastbound streets, including Santa Monica Boulevard, Melrose Avenue, or Beverly Boulevard.
The Sunset Strip Music Festival (SSMF) is a not for profit festival created in 2008 to promote, preserve and perpetuate the legendary Sunset Strip music experience. Now in its sixth year, the festival has featured performances by established and rising artists including Ozzy Osbourne, Motley Crue, The Smashing Pumpkins, Slash featuring Fergie, The Offspring, Public Enemy, Bad Religion, Kid Cudi, LMFAO, Neon Trees, Matt & Kim, among many others. The festival has also raised significant charitable funds through ticket proceeds and sponsor partnerships that have benefited music education programs, drug and alcohol treatment centers and children’s cancer foundations. The Sunset Strip Business Association is the managing member of the limited liability company. For more information, visit the festival’s website, Facebook page, and follow on Twitter @SSMF.
Music for Relief is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has raised over $5 million for survivors of multiple disasters across four continents including the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, China’s Wenchuan earthquake, a cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe and the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Music for Relief also supports environmental programs as a means of disaster risk mitigation including the planting of over 1 million trees to help reduce global warming. The organization was recently recognized by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon for the Download to Donate program to raise funds and awareness in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake.
Based in Los Angeles, Music for Relief has worked locally to reforest burn areas following a wildfire in Sylmar, provided donated water bottles for wildfire first responders and supplies for families who lost homes in wildfires. Earlier this month, Music for Relief volunteers helped plant community gardens in Inglewood. This project was a collaboration with Do Good Bus and the Social Justice Learning Institute. The goal of the event and gardens is to provide fresh produce for families living in Inglewood, increasing access to and consumption of fruits and vegetables among youth and their families who lack affordable and accessible healthy food choices. The produce is harvested and shared with the entire community. The largest of these community gardens is at Queens Park.
Saturday, August 3rd for the 2013 Sunset Strip Music Festival Street Fest. The gates open at 2 PM.
8900 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
The Sunset Strip Business Association
9040 Sunset Boulevard, Suite 212
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 659-7364 FAX
Music for Relief
8820 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 300
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
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