Lido Beach poses for a photo as part of their "Under the Covers" gig at the Andaz in WeHo. Photo by Natalie Escobedo.
West Hollywood’s Riot House, now known as the Andaz Hotel, is setting a new standard for rock n roll on the Sunset Strip, and it isn’t for motorcycles cruising the hallways or televisions crashing down onto the Sunset Strip.
Since January the upscale hotel, refurbished and re-opened three years ago, has been offering “stripped down” acoustic sets by rock bands more accustomed to the rock clubs on the Strip.
Curated by the Roxy's owner, Nic Adler, the rock concerts feature up and coming bands who play covers of the bands that influenced them for the crowd dining at the chic RH, the hotel’s ultra-hip restaurant.
In addition to the mini-concerts, the bands also participate in a photo session at the Andaz, which is later posted on Tumblr.
In perhaps the most ambitious move, Roxy owner Nic Adler interviews the bands in a hotel suite and then posts a “Pillow Talk podcast” of the event.
Andaz general manager Philip Dailey tells WeHo News that the idea is to create a buzz around the hotel in the music community, “joining two iconic buildings to offer what we do best, rock n roll,” and firmly plant the idea of going to the Andaz as something to do on a Thursday night.
The bands so far have included the Bolts, Queen Caveat, 28 North, Love and a .38, and Lido Beach.
Proceeds from the events are funneled to MusiCares, which provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need through the Grammy Foundation.
Check out the podcast of Queen Caveat, recorded in February and look for information regarding upcoming Andaz “Under the Covers” on the Andaz Facebook page.