Faster Pussycat and Gilby Clarke To Kick Off Universal CityWalk Summer Music Series

Universal CityWalk will kick off its "plugged-in" summer music series this Friday July 9 with Faster Pussycat and former Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke, from 7-9p.m. when CityWalk partners with the Sunset Strip Music Festival to showcase an eclectic array of L.A.'s hottest upcoming bands and established artists.

The series featuring an "Always Unexpected" mix of non-stop live entertainment, popular celebrity bands, battle of the bands showcases every weekend throughout the summer, from July 9 through August 29.

On July 23, the program heats up when it transitions to 98.7FM's "Rockstar" battle of the bands competition. A panel of top music executives from popular Sunset Strip venues, sponsoring record companies and the 98.7FM programming department will be on hand to judge the weekly contest. Event dates are Fridays July 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6, 13, 20 and 27.

Weekly winners will compete in the 98.7FM Rockstar Finals, which take place at The Key Club as part of the legendary Sunset Strip Music Festival in August. The winning band will receive $10,000, a spot on the Warped Tour 2011, record company meetings, a professional photo shoot and more.

Selected bands will compete in the finals, which will take place at the legendary Sunset Strip Music Festival in August. The winning band will also receive $10,000, a spot on Warped Tour 2011 and a private party for 50 friends at the swanky 98.7FM Penthouse in Hollywood. More information is available at www.CityWalkHollywood.com and www.987FM.com.

The stars shine bright on CityWalk as Saturday evenings rock to the rhythmic sounds of popular celebrity bands, including performances by pop group the BeachGirl5 with former Pussycat Doll, Carmit Bachar (July 10); Frank Stallone, Golden Globe and Grammy Award-nominated songwriter for his work on Staying Alive and the Rocky movies (July 17); "Lost" star Harold Perrineau (July 24); Petree and Jared Lee, both of whom have songs featured in MTV's "The Hills" (August 7); You Hang Up with "Malcom in the Middle" star Frankie Muniz on drums and Apache Stone featuring Michael Lombardi from "Rescue Me" (August 14); Norman Kelsey opening for Tim Russ of "Star Trek: Voyager" (August 21). Celebrity Band Saturdays begin July 10 and continue every Saturday through August 28 from 7:30-10 p.m.

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