SUNSET STRIP MUSIC FESTIVAL
TO CELEBRATE THE DOORS AT 2012 FESTIVAL
This year, the Sunset Strip Music Festival, now celebrating its fifth annual three-day music festival, will celebrate the music and legacy of The Doors, one of the most influential rock bands of all time who started in Venice Beach before becoming a vital piece to the legacy and history of The Sunset Strip.
The festival will kick off with an exclusive VIP event honoring the iconic Sunset Strip band on August 16, which will feature an all-star band celebrating The Doors, and will conclude with an all-day street fest on Saturday, August 18, featuring headliner Marilyn Manson, along with performances by The Offspring, Bad Religion, Black Label Society, Far East Movement, De La Soul, Dead Sara, and Das Racist, among a slew of others. The venues on Sunset Boulevard, The Roxy Theatre, Whisky A Go-Go and Key Club, will also host full lineups from more than 50 bands throughout the day.
"The Doors are honored to be celebrated by the magical, legendary Strip,” says co-founding member Ray Manzarek. “A great leap forward from the Summer of Love to today. What a great time we're going to have! The Sunset Strip, live bands, loud music, rock & roll. It's the ‘60s all over again, and everyone is welcome. Dancing in the streets; joy; love; peace; and we want to get it all together just one more time! Could this be the beginning of the new Golden Age? Let it be so."
“Venice was our home, but The Doors lived and came of age on the Sunset Strip,” recalls Doors guitarist Robby Kreiger. “It's exciting to see that the legacy we helped create is still alive and thriving today!"
Look for further lineup announcements to be revealed in the coming weeks. Tickets are on sale now via TicketWeb.com/SSMF (featuring various pricing options). A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit Impact Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center in Pasadena, which has been treating individuals struggling with the powerful force of addiction since 1969.
As in years past, Sunset Boulevard will be closed to traffic between Doheny Drive and San Vicente Boulevard and transformed into a premier concert destination with two outdoor stages, beer gardens, an artist autograph tent, an outdoor VIP rooftop lounge, silent disco, VIP Lounge at On The Rox, food trucks and interactive experiences.
“We are happy to bring another amazing and diverse lineup to the boulevard as we celebrate the music and legacy of one of The Sunset Strip’s most influential artists, The Doors,” noted SSMF executive director Todd Steadman. “We’re also excited to mark the fifth year of the music festival. SSMF is a homegrown, not-for-profit festival that continues to grow each year. It is shaped by a team of venue owners who partner each year to create a unifying event that celebrates The Sunset Strip and the community of musicians and music fans it has fostered. We look forward to seeing past attendees and welcoming new fans to this year’s event.”
Photography courtesy of: Sunset Strip Music Festival