There's a popular music venue in West Hollywood, California called Whiskey a Go Go, or as the cool people call it, "The Whiskey." My son's good friend plays guitar for a teen band, Gravity Hill, and they scored a gig at The Whiskey (Scored? Gig? The Whiskey? Am I cool yet?).
We went to see this super talented group of kids sing and play. As most writers do, I took mental notes of the scene. In case you've never been there, and in case you can use these scene details, here's what I remember:
- Small brick building with neon sign.
- Horns honking on Sunset Blvd. as more than one accident almost takes place.
- Entry tickets: red with black writing. No band name printed on the ticket, but hand-written on the back.
- Inside...black walls and floors.
- Red semi-circle booths in back, reserved for $100.
- Stairs with pipe railing leading to the second floor, where the bar is located.
- Mid-sized stage angled in the corner.
- Band name on stage banners and also on the big drum.
- Folks of all ages standing in line before showtime. Teens, young adults, older adults *ahem*.
- "Bouncer" at the door checking bags, patting down guys, stamping the right hand of adults only (he threw away my bottled waters...*angry face*).
- Inside, teens clustered together talking and texting before the music begins.
- Teen guy with a green, yellow, and red beanie cap.
- Teen girl with short shorts, high heels, loose tank top, studded belt.
- iPhones held high during show, taking still shots. No video taping allowed.
- My son's friend's band was clean cut and wore simple jeans and T-shirts. The second band was older, edgier. More piercings, less parents in the audience.
- Band members warming up, saying, "check, check" in the microphone several times.
- Screaming fans.
- Audience members singing along to old favorites.
- A trio of girls talking during the show instead of listening.
- Loud guitars, keyboards, and drums.
Have you ever heard of Whiskey a Go Go? Have you ever been there? Are you uncool like me?