In its 7th month on the Sunset Strip, The Sunset Jam is making its new home at The Viper Room each Monday night starting on Monday, July 18.
Led by acclaimed session and touring guitarist Erik Himel, The Sunset Jam hosts local and national/international artists to showcase their talents alongside Himel’s professional house band. Known for his touring and session work with Mumiy Troll, JES, and Matt Sorum, he states: “I got involved in this whole scene through Brent Woods, who was doing a jam (with Kenny Aronoff and James Lomenzo) at Lucy’s 51 several years ago. Most people don’t realize it, but the other jams in town spawned off of this night.”
Himel has seen the Sunset Strip change drastically over time, citing “the absence of venues as another hurdle for original bands“, so he strives to create consistent live music events with different acts and performers and to change the “old mindset when it comes to The Sunset Strip and live music.”
The house band performs a selection of songs throughout the evening with Erik on guitar, Dani Ivory (Vocals/Keys) Sean Sobash (Bass) and Dave “Chili” Moreno (Drums). Each with busy touring schedules, from time to time you’ll see substitutes for various house band members.
“Name credits aren’t what we base it on…..(it’s) simply musicianship. We’ve had a large share of A-list players already come through and have a few lined up for the first couple weeks. It’s not as important for me to list who they are…. you’d have to come through and see.”
SCHEDULE FOR JULY 18:
SUNSET JAM MAIN ROOM: 9PM: DIG THE KID; 10PM: THE SUNSET JAM
INTERNATIONAL ACOUSTIC LOUNGE: 9PM: Zoya (Belarus), 10PM: John Tirado (USA), 11PM: Enny Owl (UK)
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SPONSORS: BAE Audio, Bogner Amplification, Bock Audio, Pedaltrain, G4L Records LLC, Plastic Dog Recording