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The Moroccan Lounge, Los Angeles’ Hot New Music Venue

Los Angeles has a new music venue, I haven’t had the occasion to check it out yet, but I am sure it will happen eventually. We already have many music venues, tons of them I should say, small and big, large and underground, from the tiny Resident downtown LA to the huge Hollywood Bowl, from the new Zebulon in Frogtown or the Hi Hat in Highland Park to the good old Satellite in Silverlake. Of course, there are places where I go much more often than others, the Echo/Echoplex are almost my second home at this point, but we also have the Bootleg bar/theater, the El Rey, The Fonda theater, the Wiltern, the Palladium, the Teragram Ballroom, the Troubadour, the Roxy, the Viper Room, Harvard and Stone, The Ace Theater, the Orpheum, the Greek Theater… I could go on and on. Los Angelinos have plenty of concert places to go to, but we have nevertheless another option, the Moroccan Lounge, located in the Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles.

And this place seems to be very hot, so hot that there was a secret show last night: Julian Casablancas + The Voidz made their live return there last night, and I wish I had been invited because the place is so intimate, Who else is playing there in the future? Grouplove, Grizzly Bear (but both shows are sold out), Geographer, Kan Wakan, Warbly Jets, Exsage, among many others, and that October BØRNS show? Sold out of course!

The place is described as decorated with a ‘variety of big, unique lighting fixtures, tapestries, and stage lighting as well’ with exposed brick to go around. The bad news (just a personal opinion) is that food will be available ‘mostly small bites with Moroccan flavors’… I am just not a big fan of people eating during a show. I have also realized that the place was once the location of others venues, and I remember venture to this place when it was called Bordello! But it’s now all cleanup and updated.

The Moroccan Lounge is in fact the ‘little brother to the Teragram Ballroom’ as Duncan Smith, the talent buyer, said. Michael Swier and Joe Baxley, the duo who opened the Teragram 2 years ago, are happy to welcome their new venue: ‘We were inspired by the building’s existing Moorish style, which kindled memories of Tangier, and the iconic Café Baba, notorious haunt of rock legends,” declared Brian Swier, ‘While rock ’n’ roll was my primary design mode, visitors can expect unusual details here — some new, some vintage — like unique wall coverings, exposed masonry, and salvaged ephemera. Swier is also behind New York’s Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge.

Welcome to my list Morroccan Lounge, and I hope to visit you soon.

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