View more photos in Timothy Norris' "Sunset Strip Music Festival" slideshow.
God bless the Sunset Strip. Hipsters can pooh-pooh it all they want as they ride their purple-tired fixed-gear bikes through Silver Lake, but for a sheer what-the-fuh!? parade of humanity, nothing beats the Sunset Strip.
Steeped in a rock & roll Truth (currently ignored by whiny Conversed indie kids) that your Inner Rockness (the spirit) is directly proportional to your Outer Rockness (your tight leather pants, dangling earrings and impossible hairdo), The Strip will always fly the proverbial freak flag. On Saturday, the city of West Hollywood shut down Sunset from Doheny to San Vicente, the Sunset Strip Business Association threw a big-ass party, and a wild flock of Los Angeles characters showed up to rock in the streets.
West Coast Sound correspondent Lizzie Azran, a senior at Calabasas High, noticed that the SSMF eyewear choices were uniquely Sunset Strip-ian: "L.A. is infested with Ray Bans at every intersection. But at the Sunset Strip, my Ray Bans and I were undoubtedly the minority. Between the metalheads, bros, punks, Goths and the occasional indies, the clashing styles were a little overwhelming."
Unlike the two other late summer L.A. rock festivals of note, Sunset Junction and the FYF Fest, both of which cater their rock offerings to the indie and hipster crowd, the Strip music festival offered more hard rock, rap rock and heavy rock -- as well as a dose of hip hop, emo and pop rock. In other words, the Silver Lake contingency was greatly outnumbered by the dudes who used to beat them up in high school.
But then, what did you expect with a line-up that featured Ozzy Osbourne, Korn, Pepper, Kottonmouth Kings, Shiny Toy Guns, LMFAO, Shwayze and a host of wannabe or soon-to-be rap rockers?