Sunset Strip Music Festival To Honor The Doors

06/14/2012
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The fifth annual Sunset Strip Music Festival is set to celebrate the music and legacy of The Doors.

The three-day music festival will be taking place on The Sunset Strip from Thursday, August 16 through Saturday, August 18 and organizers have announced that Marilyn Manson will headline the outdoor street fest, which will also feature performances by The Offspring, Steve Aoki, Bad Religion, Black Label Society, Far East Movement, De La Soul, Dead Sara, Das Racist, The Mowgli's and more.

Many of the artists will celebrate The Doors by performing their take on some of The Doors' legendary songs. The venues within the street festival closure--The Roxy Theatre, Whisky A Go-Go and Key Club--will also host full lineups from more than 50 bands throughout the day. Look for further lineup announcements to be revealed in the coming weeks.

"The Doors are honored to be celebrated by the magical, legendary Strip," says Ray Manzarek. "A great leap forward from the Summer Of Love to today. What a great time we're going to have! The Sunset Strip. Live bands, loud music, Rock and Roll. It's the '60s all over again, and everyone is welcome. Dancing in the streets. Joy, Love, Peace. And we want to get it all together just One - More - TIME! Could this be the beginning of the new Golden Age? Let it be so." Robby Krieger says, "It's a thrill to be honored by The Sunset Strip Music Festival this year. Venice was our home, but The Doors lived and came of age on the Sunset Strip. It's exciting to see that the legacy we helped create is still alive and thriving today!" John Densmore adds, "The Sunset Strip in the '60s was the incubation canal for an entire renaissance in music, and its impact is still with us. The Doors are proud to be honored this year at the 5th annual SSMF celebration."

The festival will kick off with an exclusive VIP event honoring the iconic Sunset Strip band on August 16, which will feature an all-star band celebrating The Doors, and will conclude with an all-day street fest on Saturday, August 18.

The Doors--organist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger, drummer John Densmore and late singer Jim Morrison--have earned worldwide notoriety for being one of the most influential rock groups of all time. With an intoxicating, genre-blending sound, provocative and uncompromising songs, and the mesmerizing power of singer Jim Morrison's poetry and presence, The Doors had a transformative impact not only on popular music but on popular culture. The band was formed in Venice, Calif., and remains a vital piece to the legacy and history of The Sunset Strip. It was on The Strip that The Doors got their start at the London Fog before moving down the street to perform as the house band at the Whisky A Go-Go. A show at the Whisky in August 1966 helped them land a deal with Elektra Records, which would propel the band into international music icons.

"We are happy to bring another amazing and diverse lineup to the boulevard as we celebrate the music and legacy of one of The Sunset Strip's most influential artists, The Doors," noted SSMF executive director Todd Steadman. "We're also excited to mark the fifth year of the music festival. SSMF is a homegrown, not-for-profit festival that continues to grow each year. It is shaped by a team of venue owners who partner each year to create a unifying event that celebrates The Sunset Strip and the community of musicians and music fans it has fostered. We look forward to seeing past attendees and welcoming new fans to this year's event."

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