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Safari Sam’s ~ Opening Party ~ Hollywood

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Safari Sam's ~ 5214 Sunset Blvd. ~ 323-666-7267 ~ Hollywood

Strip mall parking lots breed our city's best sushi and Armenian chicken restaurants, so it makes sense that getting faded aside a 99-Cent store at Sam Lanni's Safari Sam's is such a kick. Sometimes it takes a while to get get your shit together and even though the dark, sparse cave and live stage has been open for a few weeks, last Thursday found its official opening party kicking out the proverbial jams, I think with the sponsorship of the super-fine LA Weekly.

The crowd was heavy with hotties in ironic tees and thrift store gear. A sampling of Harajuku-esque Victorian Goths was in attendance making me wonder if powdered wigs were going to be the new trucker hats. A very social vibe ran through conversations and massive movements of dancefloor headbanging. But as randy as the crowd was making me, it's all about the music, mang......

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The stage was dominated by the Hell-twisted demons of rock known as S.W.E.A.T. Karaoke (So We Eat All Toddlers?). Lest the soft-core "couples in nature" videos and Spandau Ballet covers of ordinary Karaoke turn you off, Sweat shoves a red hot poker in the bum of the genre, providing the breakneck riffs and crystal-meth addled drumming needed to blow up a fucking goddamned amplifier (which the badasses went and did).

H-word after H-word hit the stage with intimidatingly good range and natural rage. The pop n' metal melee peaked in a version of 'War Pigs' that made Bloodstock look like a Duff sisters concert. Alright, it wasn't that 'core, but the kids really went nuts, bombarding the Gogol Bordello stashed Freddy Mercury look-a-like singer with beers and cheers.

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Safari Sam's books eclectic musical and performing acts, has two bars, a seductive dance floor, and lots of shaking booties. It's guaranteed to see a majority share of shattered eardrums, bleeding brains, and possibly some good high-speed chases on Sunset.

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