LA Booker Interview: Patrick Llewellyn of Safari Sam's
LA is home to dozens of classic, independent, rock clubs. Many of these clubs helped launch most of your favorite bands. But those bands would have never made it on stage if it wasn't for the booker, the person who actually schedules the bands to play the show on the particular date.
We start this series in Little Armenia at Safari Sam's, a club that was originally created 20 years ago in Huntington Beach and hosted the likes of Black Flag and Social D. Now in the location of a former strip club on Sunset Blvd., Safari Sam's has injected a much needed shot of indie love into East Hollywood.
What sort of bands normally play there: All kinds— We’re a very diverse club, and Sam and I book the club based on what we like. We’ve found we’re really making waves in Americana/Country and of course, rock.
What are the most famous bands that have played at Safari Sam's?: Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Donnas, The Kooks, The Horrors, Mudhoney, The Knitters (X’s side band), and country music legend Porter Wagoner are some of the most memorable