Downtown Los Angeles 2013

Well, I just found a draft of a Downtown Los Angeles Blog from 2013 and the pictures were all laid out with captions. So I thought for the third year anniversary I would work it up a little and publish it for your entertainment.

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Los Angeles Times Travel Show (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

I was invited down to L.A. Live in DTLA for lunch and a private tour of the Grammy Museum courtesy of AEG. I was working a deal to package their events with travel and destination specific tours. At the time when this was written I was a newbie travel advisor and set this deal with AEG up for the agency immediately. This lunch meeting was to discuss all the details and I’ll write more on the outcome later in this Blog.

The day included freeway traffic in both directions from the San Fernando Valley, driving around DTLA, parking at Staples Center and L.A. Live, a nice lunch at Rock’N’Fish and a private tour of the Grammy Museum and the AEG offices.

Here’s the Blog and please note the pics were shot with a Blackberry camera.

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There was traffic on the 101 Freeway heading Downtown (as usual).

101 Freeway Traffic - Downtown in the Distance (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

101 Freeway Traffic – Downtown in the Distance (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Downtown - This is where once got a flat tire at Midnight (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

101 – 110 Freeway South Exchange – Downtown, Los Angeles – This shoulder is where I once got a flat tire at Midnight (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

110 Freeway south - Downtown, Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

110 Freeway south – Downtown, Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

110 Freeway South

110 Freeway South

110 Freeway South

110 Freeway South

Convention Center or Staples Center (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Convention Center or Staples Center?  (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Los Angeles Convention Center

L.A. Convention Center

L.A. Convention Center (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

L.A. Convention Center

L.A. Convention Center (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

L.A. Convention Center

L.A. Convention Center (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Staples Center

Up the Escalator - L.A. LIVE (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Up the Escalator – L.A. LIVE (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

L.A. Live (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

L.A. Live (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

L.A.'s Finest at L.A. Live (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

L.A.’s Finest at L.A. Live (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Ritz-Carlton and J.W. Marriott Hotels at L.A. Live (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Ritz-Carlton and J.W. Marriott Hotels at L.A. Live (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Staples Center (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Staples Center (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Staples Center (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Staples Center (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Staples Center - Chick Hearn Plaza

Staples Center – Chick Hearn Plaza (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Staples Center - Chick Hearn Plaza

Staples Center – Chick Hearn Plaza (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

L.A. Live

L.A. Live (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

L.A. Live (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Lunch at Rock'N'Fish - L.A. Live (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Lunch at Rock’N’Fish – L.A. Live (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Lunch at Rock’N’Fish!  We shared a Calamari appetizer (no pic, but it was good), then I had the 1/2 rack of Baby Back Ribs with fries and a salad, and Creme Brulee for dessert.  The food was excellent!  The calamari and ribs were tasty and cooked perfectly, and the creme brulee was delicious too.

Luxe Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Luxe Hotel Downtown Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The Grammy Museum at L.A. Live – Would you like a private tour?

Grammy Museum at L.A. Live (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Grammy Museum at L.A. Live (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

In the Lobby of the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Janis Joplin’s Porsche 356 in the Lobby of the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Photographs are not allowed inside the museum., but I was able to take a picture of the Janis car in the Lobby before taking a private tour. It’s a great space and the permanent and visiting exhibits were pretty spectacular!

NOTE: Dec. 10, 2015 – A 1964 Porsche 356 that once belonged to the rock singer Janis Joplin sold at auction for $1.76 million. The car had been expected to sell for between $400,000 and $600,000. The sale price includes a 10% commission for Sotheby’s auction house.

The Plaza at L.A. Live

The Plaza at L.A. Live (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The Plaza - L.A. Live

The Plaza – L.A. Live

The Plaza at L.A. Live (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The Plaza at L.A. Live (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

J.W. Marriott and the Ritz-Carlton Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

J.W. Marriott and the Ritz-Carlton Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Downtown Los Angeles

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717 Condo – Downtown Los Angeles

Downtown

Downtown Los Angeles

Downtown

Downtown Los Angeles

Westin Bonaventure Hotel

Westin Bonaventure Hotel and the Wells Fargo Towers

Wedbush Building - Downtown Los Angeles

Wedbush Building – Downtown Los Angeles

Four Level Freeway - Downtown Los Angeles

Four Level Freeway – Downtown Los Angeles

Under the Freeway - Downtown

Under the Freeway – Downtown Los Angeles

Under the Freeway

Under the Freeway – Downtown Los Angeles

 

NOTE: As you can see, there was a lot of the Blog laid out but never finished.

The meeting was a great success! I had a terrific lunch and a private tour of the Grammy Museum. I was gifted a couple of FREE tickets to return another time on my own. I wasn’t able to tour the Staples Center because Rihanna was rehearsing for her concert that night (if I remember right, and we would get a private tour of Staples Center on my next visit). It was a good day downtown and they did comp my parking!

The deal included access to the Grammy Museum and the 200 seat performance space, AEG events at L.A. Live and Staples Center including the Kings, Clippers, and Stars games; the BET Experience and other concerts (including corporate CLUB BOXES) and the L.A. Galaxy soccer (fútbol) games. It was a major score! But, the best laid plans….la la la.

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Here are a couple more recent picture of DTLA from the Echo Park Blog:

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US District Court Building & Los Angeles City Hall

 

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Echo Park – Downtown Los Angeles, California


“Just listen to the music of the traffic in the city
Linger on the sidewalk where the neon signs are pretty
How can you lose?
The lights are much brighter there
You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares and go
Downtown, things’ll be great when you’re
Downtown, no finer place for sure,
Downtown, everything’s waiting for you
Downtown!”

Downtown Los Angeles is the central area of the Los Angeles metropolitan area and features many of the city’s major arts institutions and sports facilities, sightseeing opportunities, a variety of skyscrapers and associated large multinational corporations, and an array of public art and unique shopping opportunities. Downtown Los Angeles is the hub of the city’s freeway network and Metro rapid transit system.

Staples Center, opened in 1999, has contributed immensely to the revitalization of Downtown, adding 250 events and nearly 4 million visitors per year to the neighborhood.  Since the opening of the Staples Center, the adjacent L.A. Live complex was completed, which includes the Nokia Theater, the Regency Theaters and the Grammy Museum.

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Downtown Los Angeles from up high 2014 (taken from WP24)!

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100 BANDS YOU DONE SAW N’ SH*T… (thanks Skippy!)

100 BANDS YOU DONE SAW N’ SH*T… (from fb, thanks Skippy!)

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My friend Skippy posted his list and these rules in his “notes” on facebook in 2009.

“OK, here are the rules. Test your memory and your love of live music by listing 50 artists or bands (or as many as you can remember) you’ve seen in concert. List the first 50 acts that come into your head. An act you saw at a festival and opening acts count, but only if you can’t think of 50 other artists. Oh, and list the first concert you ever saw (you can remember that, can’t you)? *So far I can’t remember a lot of stuff… so I’ll keep this list going.

Should you choose this challenge, here’s what you do: Copy my note. Click on “notes” under tabs on your profile page. Select “write a new note” in the top corner. Paste the copy in the body of the note. Make your list. Change the number at the top, and add your title. Once you’ve saved, don’t forget to tag friends (including me) on the right.”

Here’s mine:

Grateful Dead ticket stubs (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Grateful Dead ticket stubs (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

 

1. Grateful Dead (many times)
2. Rolling Stones
3. The Who
4. Jethro Tull
5. Yes
6. Guns N Roses
7. Metallica
8. Red Hot Chili Peppers
9. Pearl Jam
10. Nirvana
11. Fleetwood Mac (first real concert)
12. The Tubes
13. Zappa (and the Mothers of Invention)
14. Oingo Boingo
15. Neil Young & Crazy Horse
16. The Band
17. Crosby, Still, Nash & Young
18. Jerry Garcia Band
19. Camper Van Beethoven
20. David Lindley & El Rayo X
21. Bruce Springsteen & the Seeger Sessions Band
22. Queen
23. The Cranberries
24. The Blasters
25. The Blind Boys of Alabama
26. Jefferson Starship
27. Foreigner
28. Foghat
29. Richie Blackmore’s Rainbow
30. Jim Belushi & the Sacred Heart Band
31. Wyclef Jean
32. Steelpulse
33. Sly & Robbie (with the Taxi Gang, Eek-A-Mouse & Yellowman)
34. Alice Cooper
35. Ringo Starr & the All Star Band
36. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
37. J.Geils Band
38. George Thorogood & the Delaware Destroyers
39. Prince & the Revolution
40. Destiny’s Child
41. Jane’s Addiction
42. Black Crowes
43. Allison Krauss & Robert Plant
44. The Gipsy Kings
45. Linda Ronstadt
46. Arlo Guthrie
47. Bill Brozman & John Lee Hooker
48. The Clash
49. Steve Winwood & Eric Clapton
50. The A.R.M.S. Benefit (Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, etc.)
51. Jimmy Cliff
52. Neil Young & the Bluenotes
53. Lollapalooza(s) – Jane’s Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers, etc.
54. KROQ Weenie Roast(s) – Living Colour, Ministry, Sublime, Offspring, etc.
55. KROQ Acoustic Christmas(es) – Suzanne Vega, Duran Duran, Soul Asylum, etc.
56. They Might Be Giants
57. The Three Tenors
58. Pink Floyd
59. Roger Waters
60. Vaud & the Villians
61. Stone Temple Pilots
62. Los Angeles Philharmonic (Hollywood Bowl & Disney Hall)
63. Reggae Sunsplash ‘84 (Mutabaruka, Black Uhuru, Burning Spear, etc.)
64. POWER 106FM Powerfest (Eminem, Snoop Dogg, etc)
65. The Congregation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJh…
66. Naked To The World
67. The Sea Monkeys
68. Counting Crows
69. Styx
70. America
71. Berlin
72. G3 Guitar Festival (Eric Johnson, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, etc.)
73. Aerosmith
74. A Tribute to Ray Charles
75. The Simpsons Take the Hollywood Bowl
76. Green Day
77. Blues Traveler
78. Melissa Etheridge
79. The Police
80. Genesis
81. The Dead (with Warren Haynes)
82. The Cure
83. The White Stripes
84. David Byrne
85. Beatlemania
86. Bob Dylan
87. Dylan & the Dead
88. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble (with Jeff Beck & Terry Bozzio)
89. U2
90. Echo and the Bunnymen
91. Jersey Boys
92. The Brass Band
93. The Bobs
94. The Neville Brothers
95. Spin Doctors
96. Bryan Adams
97. The Chieftains (with Roger Daltrey)
98. James Taylor
99. Siouxsie & the Banshees
100. The Moody Blues
101. Bananarama
102. Tina Turner
103. Brian Setzer Orchestra
104. Limpopo
105. Alice in Chains

I know there’s more and probably a bunch I don’t remember too.
Here are some more old ticket stubs:

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Here’s a BLOG about my first concert in 1967, I was just a baby. I also went to a few more concerts when I was growing up. READ THE BLOG> http://wp.me/p3dhVM-1Sc

Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Happy New Year! Balloon Drop San Francisco Civic Auditorium 1983

Happy New Year 1985! Balloon Drop – San Francisco Civic Auditorium 12-31-84

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9039 Sunset Blvd on the Strip

9039 Sunset Blvd on the Strip – A Brief Photographic History:

If those walls could talk! This address was the home of Cafe LaMaze in the 30’s (with a lounge called the Key Club), Sherry’s in the 40’s (where Mickey Cohen was shot), the Plymouth House in the 50’s, Gazzarri’s in the 60’s-80’s, Billboard Live and the Key Club in the 90s until last December 2013 when it became 1 Oak Nightclub.

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9039 Sunset Blvd – Cafe LaMaze 1930’s

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9039 Sunset Blvd – Sherry’s 1940’s (Mickey Cohen was shot here!)

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9039 Sunset Blvd – The Plymouth House 1958

9039 Sunset - Gazzarri's Supper Club 1960's

9039 Sunset – Gazzarri’s Supper Club 1960’s

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9039 Sunset Blvd – Gazzari’s 1970’s

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9039 Sunset Blvd – Gazzarri’s 1980’s  Bill Gazzarri “See Ya Pal”

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9039 Sunset Blvd – Billboard Live and then the KeyClub 1990’s- 2013 RIP

I used to promote club nights as Joshua 13 with Stephen Aquarius and Luis Q NightKing Productions at the KeyClub! “Cloud 9” on Wednesday and Friday nights, “The Indepen-Dance 1998”, “Midsummers Night Dream 1998”, “Saturday Nights in the Plush Room” and “The Resolution!” on New Years Eve 1998-1999.

MidSummers Night Dream Party at the KeyClub 1998

MidSummers Night Dream Party at the KeyClub 1998

Saturday Nights in the Plush Room at the KeyClub

Saturday Nights in the Plush Room at the KeyClub

"The Resolution" New Years Eve 1998-1999! at the KeyClub

“The Resolution” New Years Eve 1998-1999! at the KeyClub

 Now it’s the new 1 Oak Nightclub. (but for how long?)

9039 Sunset Blvd - 1 Oak Nightclub 2014

9039 Sunset Blvd – 1 Oak Nightclub 2014

UPDATE: Not too long after this Blog was posted, rap mogul/convicted felon Suge Knight was shot “six times” at a pre-VMA party at 1Oak nightclub. Lucky mo-fo will survive the shooting. Weird parallel to the Mickey Cohen shooting in the 40’s!

“And it’s all just a little bit of History repeating!”

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