Situated just a few short blocks east
of Hollywood's most famous landmarks such as the Hollywood and Vine
intersection, the Capitol Records building and Mann's Chinese Theatre,
Los Angeles' hottest music destination VANGUARD (6021 Hollywood
Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028) has made its own mark in Hollywood's
burgeoning nightlife society since its launch in the Summer of 2005.
Vanguard serves up weekly club events and live-performance shows.
The Crystal Method launched Vanguard's Friday weekly electronic/dance
DJ nights on August 26; Velvet Crossing, which is the collaboration
of Hollywood's top promoters, kicked off (July 9) their Saturday's
at Vanguard, weekly drawing the area's most desirable young and
fabulous club crowd; and DJ Marques Wyatt now hosts Deep, LA's longest
running house music weekly on Sundays. Saturdays are a mecca for
the hip hop crowd, while other promoters and crowds rotate throughout
the week, using different areas of the club such as the furry walled
stairways leading to the exclusive upstairs VIP lounge, or the full-kitchen
Creative Director Johnny Jos drew upon his 10-year + background
in motion picture art direction and event production for the design
concepts of the Vanguard space. The main room features scenic-treated
stone walls and a curved bar lit by hi-tech LED fixtures. While
cavernous in size, the hanging truss and lighting rig (designed
by Steve Leiberman of SJ Lighting), decorative sconces and customized
furniture add a level of comfortable intimacy. Of course, once the
thunderous Funktion One sound system is turned on, there's no mistaking
this 21,000 square foot venue for what it truly is: a colossal mega-club
catering to both live performances and discotheque situations alike.
With a capacity that can hold over 1600 people, Vanguard features
a lavish cherry-wood dance floor, a large indoor balcony terrace
overlooking the main room (for perfect privacy), and a Asian-inspired
outdoor patio as big as the entire club itself, complete with fountains,
tented hideaways and a giant Buddha... all completely open to the
stars with a spectacular view of the Hollywood sign.
Owned and operated by CEO Jordan Birnbaum, partner Pasqualle Rotella
of Insomniac Events (Electric Daisy Carnival, Nocturnal Wonderland)
and General Manger Misty Mansouri (Lingerie Night Club, National,
Maple Drive, Sushi on Sunset and The Palm), Vanguard is open 7 nights
a week, features several fully stocked bars and full kitchen. It
is also available for private events and as a film/photo shoot location.