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Sunset Strip Music Festival plans to close off part of Sunset Boulevard for a day

July 22, 2009 |  6:58 pm

In its second year, the Sunset Strip Music Festival is going bigger, just like a righteous hair-metal guitar solo.

The lineup for the festival, scheduled for Sept. 10-12, includes Chris Cornell, Pepper, Kottonmouth Kings, LMFAO, Shwayze, Shiny Toy Guns, Unwritten Law, the Donnas, Fishbone, Iglu & Hartly, Living Things, the Ringers, the Pricks, Nico Stai and Thenewno2.

But perhaps the most notable change to this year's festival is the closing of the Sunset Strip between Doheny Drive and San Vicente Boulevard on Saturday, a first for this particular stretch of legendary road. In place of the usual stream of joyriding cars will be two concert stages and food and drink vendors, a la Sunset Junction in Silver Lake.

The organizers of the festival, the Sunset Strip Business Association in conjunction with key Sunset Strip venues, are anticipating 10,000 people on Saturday. The Strip's participating venues include the Cat Club, House of Blues, Key Club, the Roxy Theatre, Viper Room and Whisky A Go-Go, which will all feature live performances during the day as well as Saturday night after the street closure portion ends at 9 p.m.

For the Donnas, the choice to play the festival was a no-brainer. Speaking from San Francisco during a tour stop with Blondie and Pat Benatar, lead singer Brett Anderson said that the Strip's lore and legend, affixed into L.A. history with plenty of Aqua Net, has always attracted the band.

"Its heyday was a long time ago but it was a good time. We still go to the Rainbow Room and the Roxy -- we love those places."

For the all-girl rock group, it's also a home of sorts -- whiskey stench, animal-print leggings and all. "We don't have a whole lot of places where we fit in, so it's going to be nice to be in a place where we belong. That’s what the Strip is all about to me -- not having to apologize for your sense of humor or anything about yourself."

--Margaret Wappler

Photo of the Donnas: Neil Zlozower