SSMF – Day 1 Recap of The Doors/Day 2 – Rap on The Strip

Sunset Strip Music Festival 2012 is now well under way…

A serious tribute to The Doors, which included Ray Manzarek playing a keys solo on “Light My Fire” as if he’d never play again, upped the bar on this still young festival.   Joined by a parade of musicians including Billy Morrison, Matt Sorum, Mark McGrath, Emily Armstrong (Dead Sara), Linda Perry and Franky Perez - as well as Door’s members Bobby Krieger and John Densmore – the third SSMF launched with a big blast off.

Early close time at the Tribute meant other Sunset Strip enclaves opened their doors to the parade of festival-goers for the likes of Lady Sinatra at The Viper Room, Peter Murphy at The Roxy and more.  Finding my way over to The Viper Room – Murphy’s vocals pierced the air for a crowded house of rock fanatics and I got spent on a bit of a Roxy family celebration.  Big shout outs to @nicadler for not only operating one of L.A.’s top venues and being so hospitable, but for also playing such an instrumental role in bringing the entire Sunset Strip Music Festival (@ssmf) together.

Tonight Festival goers can grab a healthy dosage of hip-hop – from Hollywood scene rapper Mickey Avalon at The Viper Room to the Shaolin stylings of RZA at Key Club.  RZA will be joined by rising Jewish MC and freestyle entertainer - Kosha Dillz - so make sure to get their early….

Peep videos from RZA, Mickey and Kosha Dillz here.


Kosha Dillz Freestyling at The Mint on Wednesday with Erick “Jesus” Coomes’ Peasant Party 

Mickey Avalon – “Tight Blue Jeans”

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