Sunset Strip Music Festival: Celebrating the old and the new?

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Exclusive photos and overview of the weekend

Last weekend the annual Sunset Strip Music Festival brought together a mishmash of acts, and seemed to be a celebration of the old (The Doors, Leif Garrett, Quiet Riot) and the new: (Dead Sara, The Mowglis, Steve Aoki), to name a few. In all, more than 70 acts performed.

We’re not sure if it was on purpose, but we like that the older acts were given a chance to perform, as they still have a loyal fanbase, and after all, they paved the way for today’s music. The fest aptly kicked off with a launch party to honor The Doors at the House of Blues.

In the sweltering heat, two outdoor stages between Doheny Drive and San Vicente Boulevard featured live music blasting for 9 hours each day, as well as indoor performances in the music venues located on those streets — the Key Club, The Roxy and the Whisky A Go-Go.

And perhaps the most interesting performance was Marilyn Manson who was joined onstage by the remaining members of The Doors:  Ray Manzarek, John Densmore and Robby Krieger, singing such Doors classics as “People are Strange.” An odd yet ingenius pairing, considering the underwritten theme of “the old and the new.”

Lindsey Best shot these amazing photos:

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(c) Lindsey Best


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Were you at the festival? What did you think of it?