It’s hard to imagine now but in 1976 nightclubs like the Whisky and the Starwood wouldn’t book unsigned bands performing original music. The entire L.A. club scene was a strictly regulated musical wasteland of cover bands and washed-up metal acts until three local groups — hard-rocking proto-punks The Dogs, aptly named power-pop hopefuls The Pop and Martha Davis’ then-unknown The Motels — invoked the spirit of Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney by putting on their own show in a rented Hollywood hall. That gathering did so well that the established clubs slowly began to book power-pop and even punk bands. Tonight’s reunion includes ongoing groups from the era, such as The Dogs and The Last, alongside rare flashbacks from Carla Olson’s Textones, Backstage Pass, The Furys, Dean Chamberlain's Code Blue, Gregg Sutton, Andy & the Rattlesnakes, The Hollywood Stars, The Model, and former members of The Pop, The Motels and The Brats.
With The Dogs, Code Blue, Warfield Foxes, Andy & the Rattlesnakes, Gregg Sutton, The Textones, The Last, The Model, Backstage Pass, The Furys, The Flames, The Hollywood Stars, Fur Dixon.