Category: Goldenvoice

Goldenvoice takes over Hollywood's Music Box; it's now the Fonda

Esperanza Spalding is coming to the Music Box
When the Music Box in Hollywood was abruptly shuttered in early January, local promoter Goldenvoice promised that it would be a "short-term" closure. The masterminds of the Coachella festival in Indio, Calif., on Tuesday officially revealed that they were taking over the venue's lease and that they would immediately resume promoting concerts at the space.

The venue was closed in January after the leasees were evicted, but details were scant. According to sources involved with the venue, Music Box operator Thaddeus Smith reportedly was evicted after he violated  terms of his lease when some of his business partnerships changed. Smith did not return numerous emails from Pop & Hiss.  

It had long been assumed that Goldenvoice would take control of the 1,300-capacity venue. Even while the the theater was closed, the promoter continued to announce concerts at the space.  In early March, Goldenvoice announced numerous Coachella-related concerts at the venue, now known as the Fonda Theater, including Kasabian (April 17) and Manchester Orchestra (April 16). 

Tickets are currently on sale for upcoming shows such as Nada Surf (March 20), Esperanza Spalding (April 27) and Mogwai (June 2). The first show currently on the docket is electronic act Feed Me on March 17.


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Photo of Esperanza Spalding by Getty Images.

Angels & Airwaves, Jayhawks, other Music Box gigs rescheduled

Angels & Airwaves
Those planning on a quick reopening for Hollywood's Music Box can now officially consider their hopes dashed. Today promoter Goldenvoice began rescheduling many of its upcoming concerts slated for the space, beginning with a sold-out date from Blink-182 offshoots Angels & Airwaves, which has been moved up from Jan. 26 to Jan. 23 to the nearby Avalon. 

The Angels & Airwaves gig is one of four upcoming Goldenvoice gigs that was originally slated for the Music Box and has now been relocated. A Feb. 2 date for alt-country forebears the Jayhawks has also been shifted to the Avalon, and Dr. Dog's Feb. 10 appearance has been relocated to downtown theater the Orpheum. Finally, noise-rockers Sleigh Bells, whose Feb. 21 Music Box date went on sale last week, will now play at the Mayan Theater downtown. 

Not all Music Box dates have yet been moved to other venues. Those scheduled for March, such as dates with Nada Surf, Lucero and the Cults, are still slated for the Music Box. Cults booking agent Tom Windish, however, has already told Pop & Hiss that he has a backup venue is in place

In moving Angels & Airwaves from the Music Box to the Avalon, some extra tickets have been found for the previously sold-out show. According to a statement from the promoter, a "limited number" of tickets will go on sale Wednesday at 10 a.m. All Music Box tickets will be honored, which also holds true for other concerts referenced in this post.

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Signs of life, craft beer at Hollywood's Music Box

The Music Box curtains remain closed
Concerts are still going on sale and the craft beer is still being tapped, yet questions remain on the  fate of Hollywood's Music Box. There are, however, signs of life.

This week alone, promoter Goldenvoice is placing on sale four shows at the concert hall, this despite the fact that it remains shuttered after the venue leasees were evicted. Meanwhile, Blue Palms Brewhouse, which was on the Music Box lease and evicted along with the venue, has been granted a temporary reprieve. 

Owner Brian Lenzo wrote in an email this morning that he hoped to have "good news" about the future of the bar/restaurant; this afternoon, he was able to reveal that the venue's owner has allowed him to stay open at least another two or three weeks.

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Critic's Notebook: At Coachella, a rebellious spirit

The booking of Pulp, with its ‘Common People' anti-1% screed, typifies Coachella '12. 

Critic's Notebook: At Coachella, a rebellious spirit

One of the great, universal rock anthems of the last two decades — Pulp's “Common People” — bypassed the U.S. when it exploded out of England in 1995. But if and when a reunited Pulp plays the song at this year's Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., its artful and catchy screed against the 1% couldn't be more timely.

At a moment when jobless kids are cracking open piggy banks and digging deep for a Coachella ticket to see 120-odd bands over one weekend at the Indio festival, Pulp seems the most relevant among veteran acts that also include Refused, Mazzy Star, At the Drive-In, Company Flow, Madness and Squeeze. But Pulp's arrival isn't the biggest name coming out of the desert's festival, which runs two consecutive weekends. This year's roster, which was announced Monday afternoon by promoter Goldenvoice, will feature Dr. Dre and Snoop, Radiohead and the Black Keys as headliners, while dozens of other acts will occupy the festival's five stages, including Grammy-nominated names such as Bon Iver, Florence and the Machine and David Guetta. An undercard includes dance, hip-hop and rock upstarts SBTRKT, M83, Azealia Banks and Feist.

Pulp's arrival at Coachella this year, however, typifies the festival, its ever-evolving and maturing aesthetic, and its place in the culture right now.

“Common People” is a lyrical conversation with a rich girl longing to slum it with the commoners. With bitterness in his voice, Pulp's Jarvis Cocker tells of her desire to “sing along with the common people,” then replies that she could never truly do that because inherited wealth blinds her to the realities of the paycheck-to-paycheck life. “You'll never get it right,” he sings, conjuring the spirit of both Ray Davies and Bob Dylan, “'cos when you're laid in bed at night/watching roaches climb the wall/if you call your dad, he could stop it all.”

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Coachella 2012: Full lineup revealed; Dr. Dre, Radiohead headline

Click here to see photos from Coachella 2011.
Rapper Dr. Dre will close the 2012 edition of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, to be held for the first time over two consecutive weeks in mid-April. Headliners for the multi-weekend, six-day affair include rock acts the Black Keys, Radiohead and the Shins, as well hip-hop and dance acts Snoop Dogg, the Swedish House Mafia and Kaskade, among many others.

In keeping with tradition, the festival will host a number of artists on the reunion circuit. Brit-pop band Pulp, hardcore Swedish punk band Refused, Mike Watt's post-Minutman band fIREHOSE and experimental Texas rockers At the Drive-In are among those on the comeback trail.

Sunday night headliner Dr. Dre is a something of a revival act himself. Though he's stayed in the public eye via his branding efforts and production work, the Compton-raised artist has not released an album since 1999 and has spent much of the last decade working on his long-rumored "Detox."

PHOTOS: Coachella 2011

Coachella, run by AEG-owned concert promoter Goldenvoice, will be held over two consecutive weekends, the first on April 13-15 and the second on April 20-22. Each weekend is a separate ticket. Paul Tollett, who heads Goldenvoice and has organized the festival since its 1999 inception, said last year that the expansion was in reaction to the increased demand for tickets.

“We wanted to create access for as many people as possible,” said Tollett.

“The thought of this selling out super quick, and the only people who get to go are the people who bought the first minute or bought tickets for more than they sold for, that didn’t seem great to us,” he said. “We didn’t want to go with more people and ruin the experience. We can’t add a midnight show, and we didn’t want to add another city or raise the ticket price. So we decided to add another weekend.”

Click here to see photos from Coachella 2011.
The lineup was unveiled Monday on the Goldenvoice and Coachella Facebook pages. However, Goldenvoice has yet to reveal updated ticketing information. A spokeswoman for the promoter has yet to respond to requests for more details.

Tickets were initially sold for the 2012 festival nearly a year in advance of the event. Three-day passes went on sale via Coachella's official site for one week in June. In prior years, tickets were not sold until the lineup had been revealed, and were sold via Ticketmaster. Tickets were once again priced at $269, not including service fees. Goldenvoice had earlier said that if tickets remained after the one-week presale, they would be made available once the lineup was announced.

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Music Box's landlord evicted; Blue Palms closing Sunday night

Henry Fonda Theater, 1994

While today's sudden closure of the Music Box will have reverberations on the local music scene, it was the venue's craft beer bar that today provided some clarity on the situation. "In light of our landlord losing their lease, we are in middle of the fallout," writes the restaurant/bar on its Facebook page. As earlier reported, the venue was suddenly shuttered today, surprising even its main promoter for concerts, Goldenvoice.

The music community remains optimistic that the 1,300-capacity Music Box will reopen soon. Goldenvoice is continuing to sell tickets for concerts at the venue, including a Feb. 2 Jayhawks date, and is going ahead with tomorrow's planned on-sale for the Cults, who are scheduled to appear at the venue March 22. Tom Windish, the Cults' booking agent, wrote in an email, "The venue is going to reopen soon. If it doesn't, there is a backup venue in place."

No reason was given by the Music Box, the concert venue inside the Henry Fonda Theater, for its sudden closure, and emails and voicemails left with numerous Music Box executives have not been returned. The Music Box has also not updated any of its social networking sites, leaving fans confused if shows, such as Wednesday's dance event Funktion, are going forward as planned. 

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Hollywood's Music Box closed -- for now

Curtains at the Music Box

Hollywood's Music Box has closed its doors, venue promoter Goldenvoice confirms. A spokeswoman for the promoter, however, noted that Goldenvoice was still hoping to stage its events at the space, and concerts that were due to go on sale this weekend, such as a March 22 show for the '60s influenced pop of the Cults, would go on sale as planned. 

"At this time, it is our understanding that the closing of The Music Box is a short term closure, please be patient with us as we work out the details as they pertain to our previously scheduled shows," wrote the promoter in a statement. 

A follow-up call to Goldenvoice yielded little more in the way of information regarding the 1,300-capacity venue, as Goldenvoice's Lindsay Lyons mentioned the company was still waiting to speak to owners of the Music Box to hopefully sort out details. Calls to all of the Music Box's executives all went straight to voicemail, and none has been returned yet.

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