Lucy’s 51, the legendary hotspot for entertainment in Toluca Lake, CA has become the hard rock haven of nightspots for music fanatics as well as aspiring musicians. Featured on Monday nights with the amplifiers on at 7:30 PM, James LoMenzo (Black Label Society, White Lion, Megadeth) brings friends to the stage for an All Star Jam, and you never know who is going to get up on stage, it might just be you.
On July 8th, the second edition of this residency at Lucy’s 51 featured LoMenzo on stage with top ranked industry drummer Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp, John Fogerty, Jon Bon Jovi) and long time rock respected guitarist Brent Woods (Vince Neil, Wildside, Warrant). The trio invited locals to do more than just hang; they opened the mic up to aspiring rockers who wanted a chance to play. In the second set of the night, the room became a modern version of MTV’s Headbangers Ball.
Throughout the crowd, world-class artists were enjoying the first class fare at Lucy’s 51. The menu boasts some top-notch chef creations (I myself enjoyed an amazing plate of soft shell tacos), along with a full bar and friendly staff. Scanning the room, music fans were thrilled to see who was in attendance, and more inviting – who was to get on stage and perform.
Within the first half dozen songs of the band’s second set on stage, artists that you would see from the floor seats of a 20,000 seat auditorium were jamming just feet away from a barrage of iPhone cameras and video without having to nudge elbow to elbow against throngs of fans clamoring for a look at fame.
Chuck Wright, bassist for Quiet Riot, House of Lords and the amazing new Heaven and Earth (www.heavenandearthband.com) got on stage to add his flair to a pair of Led Zeppelin tracks. Gilby Clarke (Kill For Thrills, Guns n’ Roses, Candy) took the stage for a couple of songs while performing with drummer Jimmy D’Anda (Bulletboys, Lynch Mob). As the night rocked on, fans in attendance saw Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, Ozzy Osbourne) and Shaun Williamson (James Brown, the Moody Blues). Beyond the stage were a host of others that didn’t perform, but took time to talk with friends and fans during the performances.
What you want to know is how you can get involved. The grand price for the evening – FREE! No cover and a respectable two drink minimum (you’re going to have dinner anyway) put you both in front of the stage and perhaps ON the stage for a night you’ll talk about the rest of your rock star days. Location details are found below.