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Arts and Entertainment

New Live Music Venue: Safari Sam's

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After 18 months of planning and Sisyphean struggles with the city, Safari Sam’sfinally opened on Thursday. Located at 5214 W. Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood (with free parking in the 99 Cent Only Store parking lot) it’s half way between the east side venues and the Cahuenga corridor. It’s a cool spot with a Knitting Factory type layout with a wide-open downstairs and an upper mezzanine (still under construction). There’s a large bar in the back and they’re currently serving food (with the Machete restaurant opening on 4/24). The downstairs is about the same size as Spaceland or the Echo but once the upstairs opens the club will hold 465. The stage is higher than most venues (good news for the vertically challenged). The sound system is very crisp and unlike the Knitting Factory, doesn’t get muddy under the overhang. And good news for patrons of bars like Little Joy - the bathrooms are clean and actually have doors on the stalls. Kiss or Kill clubis there on Fridays (with the exception of the first Friday of every month). DJ Frankie Chan, who recently broke off from the Dim Mak crew, will start promoting events on Tuesdays in May. The Bellrays are playing their record release party on 5/12.

Pictured (left to right): Midway (on stage last Saturday) / Sam (Artistic Director) & Marty (Manager) are happy they're finally open