Guitar Center to Take Over Sunset for Street Concert With Anderson Paak & The Free Nationals; Sheila E ‘RockWalk’ Induction with Angela Bassett

Photo by Monique A. LeBleu – Jimi Hendrix on the newly remodeled Guitar Center, Hollywood, California, Monday, October 29, 2018.

Just announced at midnight today, Guitar Center will shut down Sunset Boulevard at their newly renovated Hollywood flagship store for a free live show hosted by radio and TV personality Zane Lowe with performances by Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, with a DJ set by A-Trak, today, Saturday, November 3, 2018, at 8 p.m. To attend this free show you must get a wristband.

At 6 p.m., Guitar Center will be inducting celebrated singer and percussionist Sheila E. who will be introduced by special guest Angela Bassett, along with Drum Workshop’s Don Lombardi and John Good, into its historic RockWalk.

The free Street Concert and RockWalk Induction events are part of Guitar Center Hollywood’s Grand Opening Week this week, which has been featuring workshops, music clinics, and a series of live in-store performances as well, in order to showcase all the new renovations, updates and changes to its merchandise, displays, and music lesson program.

The Vintage Room at Guitar Center’s flagship Hollywood store, Hollywood, California. Photo courtesy of Guitar Center.

The store is a massive virtual Dizz-Knee-Land for pro and novice musicians, students, and music appreciators.

A leisurely stroll through the spacious facility takes a good hour just to take in all the delicious instrumental eye candy. The sheer volume and variety of product that fills the space will make your head spin! The store features 30,000 square feet of guitars, keys, drums, recording gear, and vintage memorabilia. Exclusive to this Guitar Center Hollywood store is its wide open floor panel plan, vaulted ceilings, and second-floor music lesson section.

Photo by Monique A. LeBleu -Director of Used and Vintage, Jack Hetherington, with the Vintage AKG 1950s C24 Mk I Multipattern Stereo Condenser Microphone at the Grand Re-Opening of Guitar Center’s flagship Hollywood store, Hollywood, California, Monday, October 29, 2018.

The Hollywood store now features a 15 foot long interactive pedal display with 150 pedals—their largest pedal display ever—, a 24 foot wide snare drum wall with over 80 snare drums on display, a 9 foot interactive plug ‘n play keyboard display of popular brands and products featuring Moog, Pioneer, Casio, Roland, Yamaha, and more, with additional interactive mic, headphone and DJ displays as well.

The Taylor Acoustic guitar room, Fender and Gibson wall display, and 22 foot Martin Acoustic wall installation will bathe you in the fragrance of freshly lacquer-cured instruments and wood immediately upon opening the door. Candy bowls of guitar picks were placed throughout the space encouraging patrons to try the plethora of guitars that line the walls.

The Vintage and Platinum Guitar Room, which features a “classic Vaudeville Theatre-turned-guitar-heaven complete with stage for live performances, also boasts an unobstructed view of Sunset Boulevard–is currently home to the Gibson 1960 Les Paul Custom guitar valued at $50,000–, is literally filled to the rafters with memorabilia and products, including Guitar Center’s collection of vintage and platinum guitars with classic memorabilia from artists such as Johnny Cash’s Martin guitar, Slash’s Les Paul guitar, Keith Emerson’s keyboard, Peter Criss’ snare drum, and Paul McCartney’s signed acoustic guitar.

Eddie Van Halen’s Fender “Frankenstrat” at Guitar Center, Monday, October 29, 2018.

Some of items alternate in the displays, with a few that have been featured in the store’s outside front and lobby display cases during its grand opening this week like Eddie Van Halen’s “Frankenstrat” and Eric Clapton’s “Blackie.”

Guitar Center’s first Flagship location opened its current location in 1985, with Eddie Van Halen becoming their top endorsee. A frequent stop of Hollywood tour buses, the store attracts visitors from all over who come to see the store and its RockWalk featuring the cemented handprints and signatures of music icon inductees such as AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Chuck Barry, Carole King, or wall plaques with Elvis Presley, John Bonham, Marvin Gaye, Buddy Rich, and many more.

A new second story dedicated space is now a state-of-the-art music lesson facility which retains over a thousand instructors teaching in a variety of disciplines.

Outside, the store has been given a fresh face as well, including a spectacular new L.A. music scene mural created in collaboration by three artists, Amanda Lynn, Patrick Griffin, and Scott Marsh, featuring imagery that bursts with color depicting music listening bliss to a psychedelic portrait of guitar icon Jimi Hendrix.

For the special live events on Saturday, November 3, 2018, the gates open at 5 p.m., with the store open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Visit Guitar Center for more info and to get your wristbands for the street event.

Guitar Center – 7425 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood California

About Monique A. LeBleu

Monique A. LeBleu is a writer, photographer, videographer, and shameless foodie and wineaux. A love of film history and a background in film production, post-production, and film theory provide unique insights into her movie reviews. As well, a background in technical theater fuels her passion on all-things theater. As a foodie, living in the ever-growing and diverse culinary landscape that is the City of Los Angeles feeds her never-ending pursuit of the perfect comfort food—the world's best Mac n' Cheese!
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