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Friday is one of the most challenging nights of the week to hit the clubs, which is why LAist is thrilled that the venerable Firecracker has endured all these years. On the first, third and fifth Friday of every month, The Grand Star Jazz Club in Chinatown has been hosting this two-story club night for almost a decade, with live jazz downstairs and a hip-hop DJ packing the dance floor upstairs.

The heyday of Firecracker was probably around 2001, when the LA Times hailed it as one of the few culturally diverse music scenes in our splintered town. We're happy to say that despite the drop in buzz, this is still one of the best spots to hear great old school hip-hop, neo-soul and breakbeats. It also remains one of the few truly multi-cultural nights out in our sadly still fragmented town. The downstairs jazz scene is mellow, and the upstairs dance floor is usually too packed to move by midnight. No velvet ropes, no need to get too dressed up. Just grab a drink, commandeer a leather booth, and relax.

Doors open at 9:30pm. Rediscover an old friend. Tribe, take it away...