Anybody else twiddlin’ there thumbs in the usual ho hum stance wondering what to do this weekend? Ditto on the vibe. Oftentimes I find that there is so much to do in the city of lost angels that I end up doing nothing unable to decide. I’m far from being cool so I could care less about being on the scene. That next party. New club opening. Eyes now fluttering. Just the very thought makes me tired. I’ll explain.
Livin’ in L.A. is cool most of the time. But there is this heavily written rule that applies when attending events. Never look disheveled or drunk in public unless you have your own television show. Because we are in the land of the ever present camera or could unknowingly become the next twitpic victim there’s a certain amount of pressure to always be at your style best. With that being said here are some weekend happenings that will probably guarantee no one is checking for those Happy Socks(great line of funky colors, polka dots and stripes) underneath your carefully rolled trousers.
Rock The Bells 2011 August 20, 2011 12:00 p.m. San Manuel Amphitheater San Bernardino, CA Hip hop heavy hitter lineup includes Nas, Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu,Mos Def & Talib Kweli,Cypress Hill, Ghostface Killah, Mobb Deep and plenty more. This is just the short list. Tickets $50-100
Tank With Special Guest Avant August 20, 2011 8:00 p.m. Fox Performing Arts Center Riverside, CA Over a decade in the biz. When he’s not penning songs for other hit makers you can catch him live in concert making the ladies swoon. If you’re lucky. Special guest Avant will also take the stage. Tickets $45.00-$79.00
LONG BEACH FUNK FEST August 20, 2011 1:00 p.m. -11:00 p.m. Downtown Long Beach. You don’t wanna miss the legendary Fred Wesley & The New J.B.’s along with Delta Nove, RonKat Spearman’s Katdelic, Steve Arrington, Naked Funk(with P-Funk’s Lige Curry) and a host of other funkateers roundin’ out the bunch.
Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing: How The Apollo Theatre Shaped American Entertainment Daily June 3-September 4, 2011 California African American Museum It’s not too late to catch this touring exhibit that features photographs and artifacts of this legendary theater and the indelible mark it has left in entertainment. Wig toss to the Smithsonian! Admission is free http://caamuseum.org
These are just a few suggestions. Of course there’s always something to do in L.A. No socks required.
-by Shon Lomax