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Billy’s Fish Fry: Where Hollywood Scenesters Go “WACKO”

WACKO/ Soap Plant in Hollywood is probably the greatest pop culture store ever opened and one of the longest standing boutiques in Los Angeles. It started in Los Feliz in the early ‘70s as a family run shop selling hand-crafted soaps, ceramics and leather wares. By the early ‘80s it became legendary when it moved to Melrose Avenue in Hollywood and expanded to include a pop culture toy and book store and was a well-known hangout for rockers, nerds, collectors, and hipsters to get their knick-knacks and generally see and be seen. Owned by Billy Shire, the shop has a long running history of hosting events from art openings in the La Luz de Jesus Gallery to book signings and concerts. Basically, any excuse for a party with Hollywood underground’s coolest!

For a little taste, hit up Billy’s Fish Fry & Community Social, which takes place the last Thursday of the month and features a diverse mix of bands and spoken word, with hearty vibe of anything can happen! When I last went there,  The Purple Gang were headlining with members of Tex and the Horseheads, The DI’s, The Hangmen, Kix, Thelonious Monster, The Joneses and Rhino Bucket (some of you ‘80s LA punk scenesters know these bands well!) Plus, there were stand-up comics, live art creation, a special acoustic performance by Prima Donna (who I reviewed on the blog previously as one of my current favorite local bands), a jam session featuring Michael Rozen, Johnny Indovina, Billy Shire and Lee Joseph. And serenading everyone into the store, was one of my oldest and dearest scenester friends, Francois from Motorcycle Boy and a few of his buddies playing with the ol’ clip on belt amps. They even pulled in my pal Fabby to play washboard! Click on the image below to check out the photos:

Wacko / La Luz de Jesus Gallery is located at 4633 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027 and admission is FREE!

Wack out,

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Tag: Prima Donna

Prima Donna: Bless This Mess

I was hanging out at the NoHo Arts Festival when I heard something that caught my attention over on the parking lot stage of the Federal Bar. As I walked closer, I saw the stage jumping with energy – skinny, shaggy-haired boys in drainpipe black jeans and black eyeliner. The big beats in the vein of Johnny Thunders and Bowie got my hips shakin’ and I pulled out my camera. This is Prima Donna and this is my kind of band.  Singer Kevin Preston is all rock ‘n’ roll heartthrob, a born frontman with bad boy sex appeal with full command of the stage.

The new album “Bless This Mess” was just released on Acetate Records on Feb. 15 and it’s chock-full of ruckus, anthemic, sax-stung, rock ‘n’ roll numbers that make ya want to drive faster, live faster. Produced by Chris Dugan (Green Day, Iggy Pop) and D. Sardy (Jet, Wolfmother, Oasis), it’s clearly a melodic progression from their more raw previous effort, “After Hours.”

While their albums will no doubt inject ya with a little bit of dirty attitude and make ya sing along with a Sid Vicious snarl, this band is a must-see live. They’re on tour tearing up Europe at the moment, they’ll be back in LA on April 27 at the Redwood. In the meantime, check out my pix from the NoHo Arts Festival Performance and their music video below:

Prima Donna Photos – NoHo Arts Festival

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Prima Donna Video – “I Don’t Want You to Love Me”

Rock on,

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