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West Hollywood's Key Club unlocks its doors

January 26, 2010 |  6:49 pm

Reopening just as quietly as it closed in November, West Hollywood's Key Club has again started operating as a live music venue. The club will host an opening-week party with rapper LL Cool J on Friday, and the VIP-only Roots Grammy Jam on Saturday night. 

The Key Club is now run by Ian Shepp, who also helps man Cahuenga corridor nightspot Madame Royale. The club actually played host to a couple of smaller events earlier this month and has R&B singer Amerie tonight, as well as rapper Mos Def on Thursday. The hip-hop artist will also host a post-Grammy party there on Sunday. 

"We didn’t really want to go big for our previous shows," said Shepp. "We wanted to do dry run-throughs."

The Times' Hot List will have more details on the Key Club reopening later this week. For his part, Shepp doesn't envision much changing in the way of music bookings, although the Key Club 2.0 might not be as open to hard rock as it was previously.

"I’m not opposed to rock 'n’ roll, but I am opposed to the shows that were being picked, insofar as the grunge metal that doesn’t really appeal to me," Shepp said. "Basically, we’re looking to book today’s top artists and the top artists of the past. We’re trying to get icons in here as well."

The Key Club closed suddenly over Thanksgiving weekend, canceling a slew of booked December shows. At the time, longtime owner Keith Pressman told The Times that he would be limiting his involvement, looking for a partner who would assume near control of the venue. "As far as everyone is concerned we're dead and buried, but this is just a temporary thing," he told Pop & Hiss. 

--Todd Martens


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