Roxy & Elsewhere Live!

Zappa Plays Zappa are setting up shop here December 8-10, 2013. The Grammy award winning group is embarking on a tour of the US, Canada, and Europe to celebrate the Frank Zappa & The Mother’s album Roxy & Elsewhere. These shows mark are 40 years to the date of the original shows here when the album was first recorded!

Led by Dweezil Zappa, Zappa Plays Zappa will recreate history when this legendary album is played top to bottom on these anniversary nights. Songs to be played are:

Penguin In Bondage
Pygmy Twylyte
Dummy Up
Village of the Sun
Echidna’s Art (Of You)
Don’t You Ever Was That Thing?
Cheepnis
Son of Orange County
More Trouble Every Day
Be-Bop Tango (of the Old Jazzmen’s Church)

Before each show, Dweezil will be teaching the “Dweezil Zappa Guitar Masterclass – Dweezilla On The Road”. This ticket is separate from the show and fans will learn techniques from the son of Frank Zappa. The class is open to players of all levels and they wil have the opportunity to share musical ideas and improvisational strategies with one other and Dweezil.

Tickets for the show are on sale Friday, May 3!

Now Serving: Stumptown Coffee

We are so happy to announce that The Roxy is now serving Stumptown Coffee!

As Portland based coffee roasters, Stumptown began in 1999 and have managed to stay with the same company ideals since. Each step of the coffee process is carefully looked after from the plant itself down to providing intense education for baristas and it’s this attention to detail that makes us proud to carry this new brand.

Out of their many blends, we are currently serving the crowd favorite “Hair Bender” which will give you enough umph to last through any show. Or to get you enough energy to make that long drive home after 3 hours of sweating and singing your heart out. Hair Bender is a complex blend featuring coffee from all three of the major growing regions; Latin America, East Africa and Indonesia. Grab a cup next time you’re in house! 😀

Hair BenderPhoto: Courtesy of Stumptown Coffee Roasters

5 Questions with Enter Shikari

5 QUESTIONS WITH ENTER SHIKARI
By: @brentXmendoza

Closing in on ten years of politically conscious, genre defying musical anarchy, Enter Shikari is set to invade The Sunset Strip once again when they perform here on Saturday, March 23.

Since the release of last year’s critically acclaimed A Flash Flood of Colour, the band has been touring nonstop spreading their progressive global message while collectively kicking post-hardcore musical ass on stages across the world.

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It’s been a little over a year since the release of A Flash Flood of Colour, an album whose lyrics seem to focus primarily on issues surrounding the current global recession. Do you think we’ve made any economic progress over the past year?

Well, how long have you got? I think the fundamental problems are the fact that our economic system is completely unsustainable and inefficient. First of all the obvious point, capitalism relies on infinite growth and we live on a finite planet. It falls at the first hurdle! There ain’t no planet B as they say!

It’s also a system that relies on cyclical consumption, a constant cycle of production and consumption. But this hasn’t taken into account the exponential advancement of technology and therefore technological unemployment. The more people that become unemployed as machines take over mind-numbing jobs, the smaller the amount of people that have purchasing power… We need a system that allows humans to reach their true creative potential and to not be stuck in a soul destroying repetitive ball-ache of a job that a simple bit of machinery could do!

The band has quite an eclectic mix of very cleverly crafted song titles. Which of your song titles are you most proud of? What’s the story behind it?

Thank you! “Fanfare for the Conscious Man” is probably a proud one for me. I used to play with my dad’s vinyl when I was a kid and “Fanfare for the Common Man” was always a favorite. I like to think I brought the grandiose nature of that old track into the fury of our song.

Other ones with a narrative or history to the actual titles themselves would be “Return To Energiser,” which is the command heard in many laser tag places when you need to reload.

Thoughts on the current dubstep trend/craze?

Indifferent I guess… There was a point where I became slightly frustrated at the way the “mainstream” had gotten hold of it, but that’s the trouble with any new hyped underground genre—as soon as labels and artists see a dollar sign on it they’ll dive in and dilute it or just plain murder it. We were lucky enough to see dubstep grow from its very roots—living here in London—and many of its classier artists still influence us to this day.

The band’s been touring pretty much constantly since January of last year. Looking forward to taking some time off? What’s next?

Yes this summer should be great fun: a bit of writing, some festivals and some time at home. The best of all worlds in comfortably sized doses! After the festival season, we’ll be gearing up to get back in the studio for whatever comes next!

Are you more “at home” on the road than when you are actually at home? What’s the one creature comfort you miss the most?

Weare comfortable with being on the road, but if you’re away for longer than a few months it really does begin to grind you down—mainly because you miss your family and friends. And I do miss my mum’s cooking [laughter]!

Bonus Question: Can we all finally come to an agreement that “color” is best spelled the American way sans “u?”

Well to be honest we’re both wrong I reckon… The logical way to spell it would surely be “culler,” but that’s our confused English language for you!

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Tickets for Enter Shikari, Architects (UK), Heartist, and Crossfaith are on sale now.

A Special Conversation with Clive Davis

To mark the publication of his new autobiography, The Soundtrack of My Life (Simon & Schuster; February 19, 2013), Clive Davis joins The Roxy Theatre on March 21st from 6-8pm for a behind the scenes of his incredible life orchestrating careers, creating stars and building musical empires several times over, taking us behind the scenes with fascinating anecdotes about some of the most talented musicians of the last sixty years.

Davis’ career has spanned more than forty years, and he has discovered, signed, or worked with a staggering array of artists: Whitney Houston, Janis Joplin, Simon and Garfunkel, Barry Manilow, Patti Smith, Lou Reed, Dionne Warwick, Carlos Santana, The Grateful Dead, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, and Aretha Franklin, to name a few. He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy, and hosted the world’s highest profile parties.

The Q&A will be moderated by Tom Sturges.

Proceeds from this special event will benefit MusiCares®, a nonprofit organization established by The Recording Academy® in 1989, to help music people in need and is presented in part by the Los Angeles Chapter of National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

The Roxy has always been a destination for Clive Davis to showcase his “artist on the verge” and we couldn’t be more excited to host this very special Q&A.

Tickets are on sale now and each sold comes with a copy of “The Soundtrack of My Life”.

Free Music from Willie’s Nerve Clinic

Willie’s Nerve Clinic is at The Roxy on March 16 with Rapscallions, Zen Robbi, and Meet Me At The Pub! The band was started by Incubus’ founding member Dirk Lance with his first bass teacher Stray Deuce and Alexa Brinkschulte. Their debut album “Vampire Kiss” is out now. Get 3 free songs from the band below:

Tickets are available now.

Take Home Roxy Beer!

Starting today, you can pick up your very own Roxy beer growler! The Roxy House Draft No. 1 is a medium-bodied golden ale with toasted malt flavors and a dry citrus hop character. It has been our #1 seller since we launched the beer with Karl Strauss last year. It is 5.0% alcohol and goes straight to your head.

These 32 oz. growlers are $30 and when brought back to get more beer, you get $5 off.

Fill out this form & someone from The Roxy will be in touch with you ASAP. If you don’t feel like filling this out, swing by on a night we’re open to get one!

(The Roxy endorses responsible & moderate drinking and recommends reading about drinking responsibly.)

Fall Out Boy is BACK!

THE FALL OUT BOY REUNION IS HAPPENING & THEY ARE PLAYING HERE THIS THURSDAY! Tickets are sale Today at 10a and they will probably be gone by the time some of you read this, in which case, we are sorry.

FOB called it quits in 2010 and rumors of the reunion have been stirring ever since. The lineup features favorites Patrick Stump, Pete Wentz, Joe Trohman, and Andy Hurley and we are so excited. Get fired up with some “Dead On Arrival”

Stay Up Late with Gary Clark Jr.

February 9, the incredible Gary Clark Jr. is here for a late night show!! He is so cool and unbelievably talented that everyone here is buzzing about this one. He has been on the rise for the past 2 years and is widely regarded as one of the most mind-blowing guitarists around.

Listen to “Ain’t Messin’ ‘Round” here:

Doors are at 11:00pm & tickets are on sale Wednesday, January 30.

Mark Your Calendars: Frank Turner Is Coming

Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls are playing here March 6 with Jonny Two Bags & Salvation Town, and Jamie N Commons!

Frank Turner recently announced his upcoming album Tape Deck Heart due out on April 22 so hopefully we’ll hear some new songs. 

Tickets for this guaranteed-to-be-spectacular show are on sale Friday, February 1. Set an alarm, they will go fast.

Watch I Still Believe below and get ready to sing along. 

Frank Turner

Jonny Two Bags

Jamie N Commons

Party Backstage with Escape The Fate

Escape The Fate’s FREE Live DVD filming is going down this Sunday & we want to hook you up with a chance to hang with the back backstage, get an exclusive meet & greet, AND get to hear the entire new album with the band!

All you have to do to enter is Tweet a video, photo, or essay (yes, essay… it’s a big contest!) of why you should get to meet the band. There are 4 passes up for grabs that get you +1 each.

BUT WAIT, there’s more! The BEST submission will win the ultimate VIP package that includes VIP access for the show, party backstage, pizza party at The Rainbow, and access to the exclusive performance before the show at Soundcheck Hollywood!

Use #ETFLiveatTheRoxy in your Tweets to make them count.

Winners will be announce at 5:00pm, Saturday January 5.

GOOD LUCK!

Escape The Fate Takes Over The Strip

In celebration of recently signing to Eleven Seven Music and partnering with Monster Energy Drink, Escape The Fate will be taking over The Sunset Strip on January 6, culminating in a free show here! The only way to get in is to acquire a wristband for the show, available at Soundcheck Hollywood beginning Friday, December 21st. There is a very limited quantity available so get there early if you want to get in!

Festivities throughout the day on January 6 with the band include an Escape The Fate store takeover at Soundcheck Hollywood with an autograph signing, a VIP pizza party at The Rainbow, a party in the Green Room, an after party at On The Rox, many contests and more. More info on all activities can be found at www.facebook.com/escapethefate.

The band’s new album, first to be released on Eleven Seven Music, will be released in Spring 2013 and co-produced by John Feldman, Monte Money and Brandon Saller (Atreyu) and mixed by Josh Wilbur. ETF also released a clip of their brand new song “Ungrateful” which can be heard here:

Cheers To The Holidays

We’re launching this year’s holiday cocktail menu and, while it’s not eggnog (because who wants that when rocking out), here’s what you can have now through the end of the year!

Frangelico Gingerbread
½ oz. Frangelico®
1 oz. Sailor Jerry
½ oz. cinnamon schnapps
Ginger Ale

Pumpkin Spice
1 oz Absolut Vanilla
1/2 oz Bailey’s
splash of Pumpkin syrup
pinch of cinnamon

Holiday Margarita
1 oz Avion Silver
1/2 oz Veev Acai
sour mix, lemon juice
floater of Grand Marnier cherry

Spicy Whiskey
Jameson
floater of Cinnamon schnapps

(SHE’S MY) CHERRY PIE
1 oz Grand Marnier Cherry
1.5 oz Vanilla Absolut
Ginger Ale
Cherry Garnish

MERRY CHERRY CIDER
1.5 oz Grand Marnier Cherry
2 oz Apple Cider
.5 oz Lime Juice
Cherry Garnish

CORNUCOPIA
1.5 oz Grand Marnier Cherry
2 oz each of Cranberry Juice, Orange Juice
Lime Wedge

ClubRox 2013 Now Open

January 1, 2013 will initiate the fourth year of The Roxy Theatre’s annual membership, CLUBROX. Started in 2009, Clubrox is a membership to a limited number of purchasers providing access to most ticketed events throughout the year. Membership perks also include nightly discounted drinks, VIP access (on select shows), additional guests (on select shows), front of the line access (on limited shows), early announcement on shows, and a limited edition membership card. For the first time ever, 2013 members will receive limited edition custom merchandise strictly created for Clubrox. 2013 will notably be The Roxy’s 40th anniversary. In anticipation of this anniversary we expect the shows to be as spectacular if not more as the great shows and events in 2012; The Transplants, The Wanted, Ghost, Hot Chelle Rae, Madeon, Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra, Lisa Marie Presley, McFly, Lindsey Stirling, Birdy, Peter Murphy, X, She Wants Revenge, Blaqk Audio, Vegan Beer Fest, Camp Freddy and more.

ClubRox has become a tight knit community and justly become part of The Roxy family. Here is what some of their seasoned members have to say about it:

“Roxy is consistently one of the best clubs in Hollywood and LA for that matter, they have the most professional staff, best sound and book only the highest quality acts! I can’t recommend the Roxy and ClubRox enough! And they even have the awesome grilled cheese sandwich of the month!!!!” – Frank, member since 2009

“I’ve been going to shows ever since I was 14 years old all across the West Coast, and really have a great respect for what venues have to do to put on a great concert. It requires good sound, a professional attitude towards the bands, and a comfortable atmosphere for fans like me to enjoy the music. With ClubRox, I’m at the Roxy on a weekly basis, and I can honestly say I feel welcome, comfortable, and am always able to enjoy the show. They do a great job here and I always recommend the club to friends who are looking for a good time.” -Chris, member since 2009

“As ClubRox members for the past 3 years, my husband Chris and I have enjoyed countless shows, and the annual membership fees have more than paid for themselves! We’ve had fun checking out new bands we probably would have never seen otherwise, and we’ve been lucky to see some very well-known acts up close and personal at The Roxy. The benefits of ClubRox are pretty awesome…VIP treatment, front of the line access at sold out shows, a chance to know the amazing and friendly Roxy staff and to become a part of the Roxy family, lower-priced drink specials, and rockin’ live music. One thing I love is that when we don’t have plans on any given night, we can always head to The Roxy on a whim (though it’s always good to get on the list ahead of time) and we’re guaranteed to have a good time!” – Carly, member since 2009

For information on pricing and to sign up click here and we’ll get back to you ASAP.

Exclusive: New Queen Caveat Video

Queen Caveat, the hard-hitting, explosive Los Angeles-based rock band led by powerfully expressive singer Lauren Little, is closing out a momentous 2012 with the release of their new song and music video, “Mr. California” and we have the exclusive!

The video was shot in our four walls and watching this band explode this year has been nothing short of an incredible pleasure. For the band, 2012 included break through network television exposure on ABC TV’s 20-20 episode, “Sunset Boulevard”, their sophomore EP release, “Slap on the Wrist,” extensive national touring and the honor to be named in Music Connection Magazines Hot 100 Unsigned Artists list for 2012.

Watch “Mr. California” below!

Download “Mr. California” on iTunes or Amazon.

Q&A with Vintage Trouble

5 QUESTIONS WITH NALLE COLT & RICHARD DANIELSON OF VINTAGE TROUBLE
By: @brentXmendoza

This New Year’s Eve youthful revelers and seasoned troublemakers alike will be counting down the final moments of 2012 with the throwback sounds of L.A.’s own Vintage Trouble as the soundtrack to their midnight kiss. Currently on a North American tour with The Who, the band’s genre defying, soulful pizzaz has put the Laurel Canyon based quartet on an unheard of trajectory to stardom, that has landed them in front of stadium size crowds only two short years after first coming together.

Before tipping back your plastic Champagne flutes this NYE, get the full tilt tale from VT guitarist Nalle Colt and drummer Richard Danielson, as they share their whirlwind journey that’s taken them from zero to touring around the world with the likes of Bon Jovi and Brian May (Queen), and even playing Paul Stanley’s 60th birthday party!

Having such a unique sound, have you found it at all challenging getting paired with like sounding bands for shows? Any particularly bad experiences, as far as mismatched billing is concerned?

Colt: Not really… we have been supporting lots of different acts this year from The Cranberries, Lenny Kravitz, The Bangles, KISS and now of course The Who. All of them have a very different crowd and sound, and thus far our sound has worked with them all!

Danielson: We played a festival last year in England called Sonisphere. It’s basically a metal festival and the “Big Four” (I guess they are called…) were the headliners. So it was pretty much a metal festival with a few other tidbits thrown in; but we ended up picking up so many new fans from this experience. So I think this says something about the U.K. listener—they tend to enjoy many genres of music, with multi-faceted tastes and ears.

The band almost immediately after forming took off for Europe in hopes of building an initial buzz. In your opinion, why is it that certain bands/genres fair better across the pond and have to “catch on” in Europe before they get noticed in The States?

Danielson: Perhaps Europe is sexy in the eyes of us Americans, much in the way that the U.S. is sexy in the eyes of a lot of Europeans. But it is a smaller place, so it’s easier to infiltrate perhaps. I am of the opinion that the American attention span has waned a bit as well… Radio and pop culture as a whole has really been dumbed down in the last decade. One gets a sense of this by traveling the world and seeing how other countries and cultures are fairing. There are some great things going on in Europe, both musically and artistically.

Touring with The Who, Bon Jovi, Brian May… What’s been your most surreal experience thus far? Who were you most excited to meet?

Colt: Our first show with Bon Jovi was pretty surreal. To walk on that first stadium show with about 65,000 people in front of you is an amazing feeling! I was most excited to meet Pete Townshend of course!

Who will you be kissing at midnight this New Year’s Eve?

Colt: Probably whoever in my band will have me, since I will be on stage with them during the midnight countdown at the World Famous Roxy Theatre!

Women or booze, which generally leads to more “trouble?”

Danielson: Booze can lead to woman… but women are always going to lead you to booze at some point!

Please share with us your most memorable New Year’s Eve story.

Danielson: Well I have yet to cement The Roxy in my mind at this point, so I’d have to say Naples, Italy… Best fireworks show I’ve ever seen, and coolest outdoor NYE party ever!

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Tickets for NYE with Vintage Trouble, Sy Smith, and DJ Jeremy Sole are available now including VIP and drink options!

New Music: Bondax Remix

UK DJ duo Bondax is coming through on December 12 and to get you ready for the show, they’ve been gracious enough to let you stream this new remix.

Their remix of Rudimental’s “Not Giving Up” appeared on Diplo radio a few days ago and isn’t even out yet. Listen & enjoy!

Rudimental – Not Giving In (Bondax Remix) by The Roxy Theatre

HARD is presenting the 12/12 show and tickets are available now.

Give Back At Friendsgiving

We know Thanksgiving is about a week off and that’s why this weekend, we’re throwing the first Friendsgiving at The Roxy! Best thing about Friendsgiving is that if you bring a canned good, you get $2 off any drink up to 2 per person! Read more about some of our favorites Young Beautiful In A Hurry, Father Tiger, and Never Like The Movies that are headlining the night below.

Young Beautiful In A Hurry are an LA four-piece focused on creating an organic rock/pop sound with an added ounce of glam. Their influences range from Bowie to Queen and back to Elvis.

Father Tiger is a synthpop duo that is often compared to bands like Cut Copy, M83, and Holy Ghost!, while having their own twist on it. They combine live drums with programmed beats while adding layer upon layer to create their sound. FT brings in their Motown influences with the vocals and have managed to maintain a unique upbeat catalog.

Never Like The Movies is a female fronted rock/pop/metal band out of Los Angeles. They are inspired by everyone from Adele to Lamb of God. Their debut release Through The Hourglass takes you on the band’s journey of self-discovery and shows they are on the road for the long haul.

Oceans Of Eternity by Never Like The Movies

The show is free for 21+ and $3 food & beverage coupon must be purchased at the door for those under. Don’t forget the canned goods for this one & we’ll see you on Saturday!

Q&A with Donovan Leitch

5 QUESTIONS WITH DONOVAN LEITCH OF HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH
By: @brentXmendoza

Tonight, actor, musician, thespian Donovan Leitch returns to The Roxy stage for a seven night run of the gender bending rock and roll musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. This being the third time that Leitch has reprised his role as the fiercely flamboyant Hedwig, the actor has gained much insight into the tragic yet tenacious character that fans of this modern cult classic have so feverishly come to love and embrace.

Fans of Hedwig, who have maybe seen the movie but not the play, what can they expect from the live stage version?

Hedwig was a major off Broadway hit and ran for five years, and then it was another five years before the film was released. Seeing Hedwig live is a completely new experience for anyone familiar with the film. It’s raunchy and raw and reckless rock n roll!

How did you prepare for your role? What’s the most challenging aspect of your performance?

This is my third time putting on the wig, so the dialogue and music is like riding a bike. And Hedwig is kind of like the village bicycle… everyone’s had a ride.

What aspects of Hedwig’s character do you find most relatable?

Hedwig is in all of us. Our deepest fears, our ability to rise above and make it through tough times… Always trying to connect with our other half, most people look outside of themselves, but ultimately finding it within. Hedwig is tragedy, humor, sacrifice, and completion.

Do you believe in true love? That we are all searching for our other half, as described in the play?

I believe that love is immortal and we are always trying to find our other half.

What lessons about the music industry and conducting business as a band can be gleaned for the Hedwig story?

As far as the music business goes, get ready to be screwed because there are a lot of shady characters in the music business and Hedwig has certainly been screwed over!

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Tickets are available for this week’s show on Ticketweb.

Get Into Trouble On NYE

There’s a clean crisp in the air and we are gearing up for the holidays and that means New Year’s Eve is right around the corner. This year we are very excited to announce that LA’s Vintage Trouble will be owning the last night of 2012.

After forming in 2010, the band focused on creating a loyal Los Angeles fan base that would flourish in to fans all over the world known as Troublemakers. The band headed overseas on 2011 to gain huge success and nab the #1 spot on the R&B charts with The Bomb Shelter Sessions. A gracious welcome back to the United States launched them even further here. The band recently wrapped up a tour with Joss Stone and are about to embark on a U.S. tour with The Who.

Attire is guys in suits and gals in gold.

Tickets are on sale now including VIP and well/premium drink options.

Win Hedwig Tickets

Win tickets to Hedwig & The Angry Inch LIVE on November 1 or 2!

We have 5 pairs of tickets to give away for each night and here’s how you can enter: Since a portion of the proceeds from all Hedwig shows will go towards the incredible Trevor Project, Instagram or Tweet your favorite photo of Hedwig (any will do!) with #Hedwig4Trevor.

If you tag @TheRoxy & @TrevorProject, you may get a better in. ;D (hint, hint)

Winners will be chosen October 29.

Hedwig & The Angry Inch starring Donovan Leitch runs November 1-7 and if you don’t want to try to win, tickets for all dates are available now via Ticketweb.

Tweet & Taste with Kyle Hollingsworth

Kyle Hollingsworth, keyboardist of The String Cheese Incident, will bring his Hop On Tour interactive fan experience here on Wed., October 17th! Hollingsworth will team up with Stone Brewing Company for an exclusive meet & greet and tasting contest before the show that night with Kyle Hollingsworth Band and John Brown’s Body.

Also, Hollingsworth has come together with Sierra Nevada Brewing Company to create an exclusive beer that will be on tap for this show and only other select shows on this tour: Hop Bam Pale Ale, a light pale ale with hints of orange, white peppercorn and white hops from the homegrown fields of Sierra Nevada.

Tweet the following to enter for the meet & greet + tasting: “I want to #HopOnTour with @KyleonKeys at @TheRoxy on 10/17!”

Winners will be notified October 16. Please note that the prize does not include a ticket to the show. To purchase tickets click here.

Show Review: William Elliott Whitmore

By: Trina Green

He raised his glass, dispatched a wish upon the room, took a sip and then it was on.

“May the jaws of death have cotton teeth.”

There are many aspects of his presence and persona to appreciate: His amazing body art (tattoos to die for) and ability to hold his whiskey are, themselves, pretty epic. Then there is his command and conveyance of the human condition as he knows it via that voice. That incredible, raggedly textured and expressive voice that surely belongs to an aged, bluesman born and raised far below the Mason-Dixon line, right? No, that glorious noise is coming out of the mouth of a 34-year son of the Iowa soil.

The Roxy was a warm and welcoming place for William Elliot Whitmore who is probably the most famous resident to come out of Lee County, Iowa where he still calls home. If, for some reason, you are not familiar with the man or what he brings to the music table, what you are missing is one of the earthiest and soulful conductors of punk-tinged roots, blues and folk breathing today. On record and live the man is a minimalist because it’s just him, his banjo, his guitar and- now having gone high tech- he has upgraded his rhythm section by replacing the steady stomp of his left foot with a kick drum. That’s how he rolls.

The fact that so many Los Angelinos packed into the venue on a Friday night to see a man with a banjo is amazing (not going to lie about that), but that simply exemplified the very words that came out of Whitmore’s own mouth: “Folks are just folks everywhere.” And those “folks” were a healthy cross section of the LA scene from middle-aged blues fans and hipster and punk youth to Sunset Strippers and frat boy pretty; all who appreciate his rugged and bare bones esthetic.

For a good- no, a great- hour and forty minutes Whitmore wielded what can only be described as his gifted weapon of the art of storytelling to one hell of an enthusiastic audience, most of who were obviously repeat Whitmore offenders and sang along song for song. He is part-troubadour singing about love, pain and the simple things in life and part-preacher bearing the gospel of sin and redemption with a voice that Tom Waits could only dream of. Dipping into the deep well of his discography, he thoroughly represented his “classics” along with songs on his latest release, Field Songs, like “Everything Gets Gone” and “Field Song” where he swears that “The best of times ain’t happened yet.” Notorious (in a good way) for being a guy who just doesn’t do set lists was and always is one of the beauties of his shows. He encouraged the already boisterous crowd to “gently” make their requests (they shouted and screamed them) making it feel as if he were playing in a neighborhood dive bar or your living room for likeminded, whiskey drinking wayward souls there for a good time. More often than not those gently requested songs led to conversations that charmingly took the show and man off script but for the fact that he doesn’t have one. For every achingly bruised and soulful expression (“Digging My Grave,” “Midnight,” “Porchlight,” “Who Stole the Soul”) he countered and balanced with uplift and hope (“Let’s Do Something Impossible,” “Take It On the Chin,” “Hell or High Water”). And, of course, songs like “Lift My Jug” (an ode to a hobo), “Johnny Law” and “Lee County Flood” were the foot-stomping, hand clapping kind that raised the glasses, energy, volume and joy level in the room each time.

Showing his natural reverence for the music that came before him Whitmore delivered stark yet powerful versions of Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine” and Bad Religion’s “Don’t Pray On Me”; the latter being a pure punk ode to resistance. It’s obvious that he is and always has been tuned in to the life and times that we live in as the lyrics of his songs seem timeless, resonating from year to year, election cycle to election cycle: see “Old Devils” and his pointed, “its true right now like it was back then” for further. Amen, William.

Bless his heart, William Elliott Whitmore is that perfect proof that an artist doesn’t need a lot of hardware, software, stage tricks, back up singers or wardrobe changes to own an audience and rock them at the soul level.

“Oh, how it pleases me to be in such company and I’m so glad our paths have crossed”….”Hell Or High Water”

The feeling is mutual, sir.

SHOW NOTES:

-Party foul 15 minutes into the set as a fan directly in front of Whitmore spilled their drink. The lost beverage was appropriately mourned by all.

-At least three shots glasses made their way to him from the audience.

-Before performing the loudly requested (screamed for) “Black Iowa Dirt”, Whitmore gave us a block of instruction on how to “use the Earth as a canon.”

-His forceful strumming during “Midnight” resulted in a broken guitar string. Samantha Crain (his opening act/tour mate) graciously let him borrow her guitar for the rest of the set.

-He has Public Enemy to thank for his song “Who Stole the Soul” and now so do we.





Roxy Night at the Sunset Strip MKRT

In celebration of our Sunset Strip community, Social Media Week LA and LA Beer Week, The Roxy has taken over the Sunset Strip Market. We’ve handpicked a selection of craft beers, sourced our local farmers and artisans for our gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, and have 3 amazingly talented local bands coming to the market to party the night away among neighbors and friends.

The Roxy’s Grilled Cheese Night at Sunset Strip Market

Classic Grilled Cheese, with Appenzaller Cheese on Sourdough

Grilled Chicken, Carroway Roasted Cauliflower on Squaw Bread. Havarti Style Cheese

Braised Lamb, raclette Cheese, and Caramelized Shallots on Pistachio Raisin Bread.

Soyrizo, Jack Daiya, and Jalapenos on Sourdough bread with Market Fresh Pico de Gallo (Vegan).

Rum and Ginger Roasted Nectarines, Fromage Blanc on Brioche Bread French Toast style.

All sandwiches come with Roasted Beluga Lentil w/ Micro Greens Salad

Over 90% of ingredients in our grilled cheese are sourced from the following Sunset Strip Market farms and vendors:

Farms
Jimenez Farm – lamb, lettuce, veggies, jalapeños
Dey’s Dey’s Best Beef (and chicken )Ever – chicken
Suncoast Farm – cauliflower
Gama Farm – shallots
Tenerelli Orchards – peaches
Silver Lake Farms – microgreens

Vendors
Milkman – Farmstead cheese
Brassica and Brine – Pickles
Old Village Bakery — Bread

The Roxy’s Craft Beer Pop-Up

The Roxy House Draft No. 1
Sierra Nevada Kellerweis
New Belgium Red Hoptober
Deschutes Twilight
Sam Adams Octoberfest
Crispin Cider

At The Roxy we love our beer. We are proud to serve to some of the best craft beer available, with a special focus on the local. In celebration of LA Beer Week, we hand picked these six pours to bring down to the Sunset Strip Market to pair up with our grilled cheese.