Whiskey a Go Go is a nightclub/rock club on the Sunset strip, whose influence is certainly not limited to the L.A. night life. Although it was not the first venue of the franchise, the original having opened in Chicago in 1958, 6 years before the L.A. establishment, it is assuredly the most famous. What separates this venue from many of the others on the strip is that it was the birthplace of go-go dancing, or at least popularized the concept (the name supports this idea). What the club definitively has a right to is the invention of cage dancing; when it first opened, the intent was to have a booth installed and suspended from the ceiling for a DJ to play in while the other acts could be set up on the stage. However, what resulted was hiring dancers to entertain the crowd from the floating cage, and the trend stuck. The club has been home to many up-and-coming acts trying to get their start whom eventually rose to fame, such as The Doors, Guns N’ Roses, and The Who. The cultural relevance for the building should go undisputed,
I attended a show the past weekend headlined by my cousin Matty, who was promoting his newest album. Matty, oddly enough, isn’t the traditional Whiskey-act, as he is a rapper and not a rocker. That goes to show that the venue is a little more diverse, or maybe that it’s just not as popular as it used to be. In any case, the club will remain a historical landmark for the Rock and Roll community (its place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ensures this), and will continue to provide entertainment, in whatever form, for years to come.