Acting – And Partying – Like Rock Stars In The Rainbow Bar & Grill And Whiskey A Go Go
We were rolling along Sunset Blvd., top down and jammin’ to the Rolling Stones.
The neon lights were just coming on, as we had arrived at dusk, and we could literally feel the energy of the area coming through the open roof the way the wind was playing wildly with our hair.
There were four of us: Tas (short for the Tasmanian Devil, which he can become on occasion and our host for this night), PubClubette Ashley, PubClub LIVE co-host SOUL COLE and myself. Our objective: the Rainbow Bar & Grill and, ultimately, Whiskey A Go Go for its Tuesday Night Ultimate Jam.
Anxious to get the evening started, we rolled to a stop at a parking spot behind the Whiskey, Tas tossed the valet a twenty and off we bolted to the Rainbow Room.
For those who don’t know, the Rainbow Bar & Grill (its formal name, most people simply call it the Rainbow Room) is as legendary as the live music clubs that are around it – in fact it’s right next door to The Roxy – and every famous rock ‘n roll icon, as well as some not famous icons-in-their-own-mind, have drank there.
Not only drank there but partied there; its proximity to the music clubs made it a natural place for pre- and post-show cocktails. The walls may not have have ears but they sure do have memories and they are jammed with photos of famous people and rock stars who have downed quite a few at the Rainbow Room.
Excited by being on the Sunset Strip, Tas immediately ordered a vodka/Red Bull, killed it and promptly downed two more.
There’s just something about being on the Sunset Strip that makes one strip away their inhibitions. Maybe that’s because when drinking in places that Motley Crew, KISS, Jimmy Hendrix, Van Morrison and countless other bands and rock stars have thrown back the booze, we feel as if we should do the same.
Upon watching Tas polish off his second drink, PubClubette Ashley and SOUL COLE leaned over to me at the same time and said, without hesitation, “er, we’re taking an Uber home.”
Tas was just warming up and once at the Whiskey A Go Go began bouncing and spinning in front of the stage by the time the first band sounded its first note.
PubClubette Ashley, SOUL COLE and myself pretty much stayed at our perch in the VIP section overlooking the action and hanging out with the flow of musicians that were coming through the area. One minute they would be next to us and the next they would be belting out songs on the stage.
It was awesome.
Ultimate Jam Night at the Whiskey A Go Go was just that – an ultimate jam night. Musicians did one song then handed off the mic to another awesome performer. Our South Bay’s own Tatiana Erse of Phoenix Rising nearly blew the roof off the ‘ol place with her song. Wow!
Immersed in this non-stop musical environment, Ashley, SOUL COLE and myself went Tas-like at the bar. My tab at the end of the night was a whopping $110.
But that’s the Sunset Strip and the vibe you get when going out on it and into these legendary venues. You feel like a rock star and, as we all proved, we partied like the Sunset Strip rock stars.