Welcome to THE MOUTH of the South Bay

Hello and welcome to South Bay Mouth.

 Many of you may already know why this is site is called The Mouth, but for those that don't, locals commonly call the South Bay, "Mouth Bay."  The South Bay is a section of  South Los Angeles County encompassing a cluster of beach cities.

For a long time now I have wanted to create a place where locals and visitors alike can see what is going on and available to them in the South Bay.  Although I have lived most of my life in the area, I realize there is so much to do and see that I was never aware of.  I hear of great events and local fun and often when I share it with others they say they have lived here for so long and they never knew about it!  So, here we are... My hopes are that this site will provide something new to improve the quality of your life in the South Bay.  I do believe this site will be beneficial to both those living the single life and to families.  Please visit the South Bay Mouth often to stay on top of special events, new restaurants/shops, bargains and sales, reviews and opinions, bands and music, a video from an aspiring Chef or even just a photo of a beautiful sunset.

Stay tuned for updates and posts and please leave comments and share us with your friends.  



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Tuesday, July 6, 2010


For all of my friends out there that want to start couponing and learning how to save money, this is a great promotion to take advantage of quickly. As far as I know this is only valid for those in Los Angeles where delivery occurs.  I just ordered it to go to 2 residences.  Here are the details!

52 weeks of Los Angeles Times Sunday papers delivered for .19 cents per week. Call the LA Times customer service line at 800-326-5500 and give them the offer code 888000. 

xo E

Thank you Coupon Pro Blog

Sunday, July 4, 2010

4th of JULY FUN

Fourth of July

I am sure the majority of you already have your plans worked out for tonight, but if you are like me and you still have not decided on where to be at 9pm as that is when most shows are starting, then you may want to have a gander here for some Family Fun and safe options.

Safe 4th of July Events

A quick peak at the local happenings:

1. Home Depot Center
LA Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders Soccer Match
18400 Avalon Blvd.
Game at 7:30, Post game fireworks

Redondo Beach
1.Seaside Lagoon
200 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach

Gates open at 2:00, Fireworks at 9:00 p.m.
Kids 4th Annual Freedom Parade at 7:00, Live Entertainment until 10:00 p.m.

1.Wilson Park
2200 Crenshaw Blvd.
30th Annual Old Fashion 4th of July Celebration
Starts at 11:00 a.m.
Fireworks at 9:00 p.m.

2. Barge off Coast of Torrance Beach
Palos Verdes and Via Rivera.
9:00 p.m.

Have a fun and safe 4th of July and a Super Monday off from work for some!

Sunday, June 13, 2010



I just wanted to share two great things to take note of and make for a full day of family fun.

Palos Verdes Street Fair
Sunday June 13 10am-9pm
If you want to have food from different cultures, a new wardrobe, adopt a kitten, listen to live music, buy beautiful artwork or have solar panels installed in your house then this one stop shop is great for you.  They even have pony rides and those ones that make you sick to your stomach. :)  ENJOY!
A small article with more information here
(PS there are some folks there that rescue abandoned animals, we brought them some bags of kitten food.  Any donation is appreciated and they have dogs and cats!)

Fuchsia Show and Sale at the South Coast Botanic Garden (oh and for the men the FERRARI show will also be there)
Sunday June 13 10am-4pm
South Coast Botanic Garden"
26300 Crenshaw Boulevard
Palos Verdes Peninsula, California 90274

Phone: (310) 544-1948

Have you seen a Fuchsia? I discovered my love for these amazing little flowers while galavanting through Inismor Island in Ireland.  I found these flowers that looked like dancing ballerinas, still in the Irish darkness after the rain made it's stop on the sleepy town... it is then that I fell in love with a flower.  I think every girl should have some Fuchsia's to bring out their inner ballerina. :)

Here is the one and only photo I got on that trip of my dancing friend

Have a fabulous Sunday

Friday, May 28, 2010



Did you miss the huge sample sale at Tulle? Poor you, BUT you may be in luck! Tulle has announced their JUNE ONE DAY SALE which is online only and will be happening in just a few days.

June 1, 2010
starts at 12am PST

here at the Tulle website

They have some really great prices lined up so be sure you tune in and act fast, I have learned in the past that things do not last too long sometimes.



Memorial Day weekend will be a huge event in the South Bay.  If you are a fan of the arts and the beach, time with family and friends, live music and beer gardens (especially that benefit great charities), then Fiesta Hermosa is the place to be!

How lucky are we that the "largest arts and crafts fair in Southern California" will be right here in our own backyard.  This event has been going on for over 30 years and will have nearly 300 artists and crafters and 18 different ethnic food choices all just a block from the sand.  There will also be activities and rides for kids so this is for sure an event for Family Fun.

The parking scene is horrendous but there will be shuttles and as always a bicycle would be a great option! Check out the Fiesta Hermosa website for more information and to answer all you questions.  See you at the beach!

Check out this VIDEO of Fiesta Hermosa so you can get a feel for it.

Hermosa Beach Pier
Pier Ave and Hermosa Ave
Hermosa Beach, Ca 90254

Memorial Day weekend
May 29-21

One of my favorite little additions about this years festival is the efforts to go green.  This is a direct statement from the website. 

"Fiesta Hermosa goes “green” in 2010

Our buses and generators will be fueled with clean-burning biodiesel, made from used vegetable oil donated by local restaurants Patrick Molloy’s, Sangria, and Café Boogaloo. Glass and plastic containers will be recycled by Consolidated Disposal, and the food court vendors will be using compostible plates and cutlery"



Saturday June 5th

Old Navy ant the Del Amo Fashion Center
21450 Hawthorne Blvd
Torrance, Ca 90503

Kids Fingerpinting
Face Painting
Coloring Table
First Aid and CPR Demos
Torrance Fire Department
Torrance Police Department
Activities and Give Aways

Sadly this is all of the information I have gotten and I do not see anything online about the event, however anything having to do with keeping kids safe is an A+ to me, so it should be worth while to check out.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010



This Saturday May 22,2010 there will be 2 sales to take note of! :)

TULLE is a clothing company out of Compton, California that occasionally has great sales on their site.  Even bette then great online sales is that lucky LA locals can visit their wherehouse this Saturday for a SAMPLE SALE where everything is priced from $3-$15.  Check out the site for TULLE and have a look for yourself! 10AM-3PM SATURDAY MAY 22

Some cute favorites if I were thin... :)
350 West Apra Street
Compton, CA 90220-5529
(310) 605-6789


This Saturday is also the OLD NAVY $1 Flip Flop Sale!  This is a great opportunity to buy flip flops in every color and gear up for summer.  For $1 you will not be sad if you forget a pair behind.  I admit they are not the super best flip flops out there but I do have about 10 pairs and I wear them a lot.  They get the job of the flip flop done! I will be definitely getting my flip flops this weekend and I am sure I will have some updates for you in a few weeks if all goes as planned. :)  According to some sources the stores will open at 7am and will limit 5 pairs per person.
Contact your local Old Navy to see what time their store will be opening for this promotion (and go early because they sell FAST)
OH and do not forget as always to check oldnavyweekly.com to try and score some money saving coupons!

Some cute new styles!

Saturday, May 15, 2010



Now through Sunday, May 16th, kids under the age of 12 can EAT FREE by choosing any 3 items off of their kids menu to create a meal.  NO ADULT PURCHASE NECESSARY.  The value is $2.49 (because it is pretty reasonable in the first place).  Did you know that Ikea also has FREE childcare for an hour while you shop.  How about you take your kids for some FREE lunch, then drop them off in the kid center while you study the strange Swedish names of fun stuff! :)

View more info at the

Friday, May 14, 2010

SEAL DAY Sunday May 16, 2010

'SEAL DAY' at the Marine Mammal Care Center

Sunday, May 16, 2010 11AM-5PM

Marine Mammal Care Center
3601 S. Gaffey Street, San Pedro, CA 


  • FREE Admission
  • VIP Tours
  • LIVE Music
  • Food and Beverage
  • Games for ALL ages
  • Meet 'SPLASH', Care Center Mascot
  • Excellent raffle and Prizes
  • Special Sea Dog Gift Shop Discounts

*Bring an item from the "Wish List" to Seal Day and get a special treat!
(some examples: Paper Towels, Toilet Paper, Light Corn Syrup, Powder Laundry Detergent, Household Bleach, Recycled standard copy paper, Comet/Ajax, 45gal trash bags, bottled water)  for more information and the detailed 'Wish List' visit the Marine Mammal Care Center website

We visited the care center recently, as it is open free to the public everyday, and sadly they are currently caring for nearly 200 marine mammals.  These animals are either sick or injured and they are nursing them back to a condition where they can be released, or those that may not make it back in the wild they try to place in homes with Sea World or at the zoo and other care facilities.  One of the biggest animals they have is 5 years old and completely blind now so they are working on his placement.  We took Corn Syrup donations that we bought at Ralph's for about $3 each.  

I am back, sorry for disappearing!

Life caught up to me and in life we have to make choices as to what our priorities are.  Family, friends and the means to survive are forefront, I have had a crazy 6 weeks or so that led me to make the decision that somethings had to be put aside because I could not put forth the quality that I would have wanted.  Life has sorted and straightened out and I am ready to begin sharing the South Bay with you again.  Thank you for your patience!

Monday, March 22, 2010



This Friday, March 26th from 7-8:30 PM there will be a FREE event held in Redondo Beach for women.  Women are invited to come and bring a friend for a Lecture on "Your Ability to Receive," proudly presented by Clairvoyant healer, Karin Fogerty and hosted at Shape Shift Pilates.

Shape Shift Pilates (above Coffee Cartel)
1820 S. Catalina Ave #105
Redondo Beach, Ca 90277

Hope to see you there!  Thank you for offering this opportunity Karin!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010



So I am not a huge Kmart fan, I am always at Target, but I just heard some news that may get me in there.  For one week in April Kmart will be DOUBLING Coupons up to $2 and it does not matter what the retail price is.  This means there is a possibility to either receive overage or cash back (that part I am still waiting to find out).  I did however contact Kmart to get some info to share with all of you.

  Here are the details:  (If you are not in California I suggest you contact Kmart and see if your store will participate.  I know ALL stores in UTAH are also participating)

Thank you for your recent correspondence.  We are always interested in 
hearing from our customers. We appreciate your interest in our double 
coupon event. This event is for select participating Kmart locations 
from 04/04/10 to 04/10/10. All stores in CA are participating in 
this event.   

The rules for this event are: 


§         Manufacturer Coupons up to and including $2 Value ? Doubled up 
to $2 no matter what the retail price of a single item is. 

§         Offer dates:  04/04-04/10 

§         In-store Activation MUST BE tied to Shop Your Way to Rewards 
card-offer is only good when the Shop Your Way to Rewards card is swiped 

§         Does not include Kmart Store Coupons 

§         Does not include Kmart Pharmacy Store Coupons 

§         Limit 5 total coupons per customer per day. 

§          Store Operations:  First 5 coupons provided by customer will 
be doubled. 

Again, thank you for your interest in our Kmart Double Coupon Event.  We 
invite you to visit any of the participating stores. 

Monica W, 
Retail Customer Care 
Sears Holdings Corporation 

Tuesday, March 9, 2010



This sounds fun for all the little ladies out there.  On Saturday March 13, 2010, Toys R Us will be having a Barbie Mermaid Party to celebrate the release of "A Mermaid Tale."  It says their will be activities for kids and there is also a $2 off coupon to buy the DVD.  March 13th Noon-2pm.

Get More INFO here



This Friday, March 12, 2010, at ALL Pinkberry locations (according to Pinkberry but it does not hurt to check your local Pinkberry location) from 5-9 pm they will be having "Mad About Mango Happy Hour" offering a FREE small Mango Pinkberry and a toppings bar.  I have been to 2 other Pinkberry Groupie parties and not only are they always fun, but I overdose on the yummy stuff each time!

I strongly suggest you all become a "Pinkberry Groupie" so that you may stay in the know of what is happening and get all the Froyo perks.  YUM YUM

Go here to see details about this event and sign up for Facebook/Groupie/Twitter followers as well.

You can find me at the Hermosa Beach location!



Wednesday March 10, 2009 ONLY you can score a FREE serving of Honey Walnut Shrimp at PANDA EXPRESS.  There is no purchase required.  Become a Fan of Panda Express on Facebook and then click on the "What's new" tab to get the offer.  Print it out and take it to a participating location.  YUM YUM Have fun!  (Or you can just go here and print it out)

Thank you * Hip2Save *

Thursday, March 4, 2010


38th Annual Spaghetti Dinner (Torrance Fire Department)

Saturday March 13, 2010

Ken Miller Recreation Center Auditorium [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 
3341 Torrance Blvd, Torrance, Ca 90505


Adults $6, children $4 

Proceeds go to benefit the California Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation's summer Burn Survivor Champ Camp.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


Woman's Club of Redondo Beach

The Woman's Club of Redondo Beach has been meeting for over 100 years and for 88 years they have been meeting in the original clubhouse that was built for them.  The Woman's Club "helps in the civic and cultural life of their community."

310 316 9766
(corner of Broadway and Pearl, one block West of Pacific Coast Highway)

Rummage Sale Fundraiser

The Woman's Club will be holding their annual Rummage Sale on Friday, March 5, 2010 in their historic original clubhouse in Redondo Beach.  You can be a great part of their efforts by donating your items to the rummage sale or by shopping (I prefer the shopping hehe).

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Monte Pittman and Kiley Dean

Monte Pittman and Kiley Dean Photos and Videos

Monte and Kiley graced us all with beautiful music last Tuesday at Suzy's bar in Hermosa Beach.  Here are a few photos from that evening as well as videos of their performances.  We hope to see them again together soon!  (sorry it has taken so long to put these up)  See many of you this Saturday Feb 27 at Fantasy Springs in Palm Springs for the Adam Lambert concert!

Video of Monte Pittman and Kiley Dean covering "Duet" by Rachael Yamagata and Ray LaMontagne video courtesy of Dougasauris on YouTube

Video of Monte Pittman and Kiley Dean covering "Secret" by Madonna, video courtesy of Dougasauris on YouTube

Video of Monte Pittman and Kiley Dean covering "Black Hole Sun" by Soundgarden, video courtesy of Dougasauris on YouTube

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Monte Pittman and Kiley Dean in Hermosa Beach

Monte Pittman

Tuesday, February 23, 2010, Monte Pittman and Kiley Dean will be performing together at the Suzy's Bar Open Mic Night in Hermosa Beach.  The time is not yet determined, but I would say do your best to be there no later than 8pm.  Monte Pittman is not only known as being a great guitar teacher, but he has been a key musician in the bands for Prong, Madonna and his current position is as the guitarist for Adam Lambert.  If you have been to a Madonna concert over the past 8 or so years or if you have seen any of her live performances such as the Hope for Haiti OF if you have seen any of the interviews/performances with Adam Lambert from television performances such as the Grammy's, Oprah, David Letterman...etc... then you have seen Monte Pittman.   You can follow Monte on Twitter @Monterrific

Kiley Dean

Kiley Dean is a contemporary singer with 3 Albums on her belt, some which have been produced or had guest appearances by big names like Timbaland and Randy jackson.  Much of Kileys recent work included being a back-up for Britney Spears on two different tours and most recently touring as back-up for Madonna during 2008 and 2009.   You can follow Kiley on Twitter @KileyDean

Suzy's Bar Open Mic

The South Bay is in for a treat as these two talents will combine Tuesday evening.  There is no entry fee so come and enjoy the many different artists that perform 15 minute sets, giving you just a taste of their talents and making you want to return every tuesday.  Suzy's Bar has great prices on tacos and beer during Open Mic night and always a varied crowd gathered to watch musicians from an array of genres.  Seating is quite limited, so if you come hungry and thirsty it may benefit you so that you may get a table.  Please be 21 and over.

Suzy's Bar
1141 Aviation Blvd
Hermosa Beach, Ca 90254
310 379 6171

Sunday, February 21, 2010

DIVE N SURF Annual Yard Sale!


Dive N Surf is a great local South Bay business that is known around the world, mostly in the Surf community.  In 1953 the Meistrell twins invested into the local sports shop with a couple of friends.  Business grew and grew and in 1957 the Meistrells bought out their partners and became the sole owners of Dive N Surf.  1990 marked another landmark year for the Meistrell brothers when they were "inducted into the Diving Hall of Fame and the Pioneers of Surfing."  Dive N Surf is still going strong today, even after the passing of brother Bill Meistrell, the company continues to be as popular as ever.  Dive N Surf is a household name to many South Bay residents.  I love that you can get Dive Certified through Dive N Surf.  That is certainly on my to do list!


This is the last week for the Dive N Surf Annual Yard Sale, it will end on February 28th.  You can score some great deals on dive/surf gear, clothing, gadgets and other goodies.  If you buy some specific items you may even score some life tickets to Mt. Baldy!


Dive N Surf
504 N. Broadway
Redondo Beach, Ca 90277
310 372 8423

EVERYDAY 10am-8pm   NOW- February 28, 2010

Here is a video shot in Redondo Beach by Holly Beck a local South Bay surfer and diver, Holly is what I would consider the Poster Child for Dive N Surf.  She truly encompasses the passion for the sports that Dive N Surf lives for.  Holly is quite inspirational and such a great girl.  Look for her videos next time you are on Holly Beck's youtube and become a fan on Holly Beck's Facebook Fan Page.  She has some wonderful stories, videos and photos to share.



What is "Punk Art"?

It seems only suiting after my recent post all about the music scene of the South Bay that there will now be an exhibit featuring the art of South Bay punk music.  Local company, AMI Productions, formed by some South Bay natives has created an art exhibit that is on display in Hermosa Beach and features fliers, posters and other media that has graced the area over the past 30 years.  The gallery is showcasing the classic and world famous South Bay Punk bands such as Pennywise, Black Flag and the Descendants as well as those better known around the area and those just getting started.  This will certainly be an interesting look at how the Punk scene has progressed over the years.

When and Where:

Punk Art will be on display NOW- April 1, 2010 at the Hermosa Beach Historical Museum and is open to all Ages.

Hermosa Beach Historical Museum
710 Pier Avenue
Hermosa Beach, Ca 90254
310 318 9421

HOURS: 10am-12pm Wednesdays, 2pm-4pm Saturdays and Sundays (excluding holidays)




On Tuesday, February 23, 2010 it will be the IHOP National Pancake Celebration where from 7am-10pm you can get a FREE short stack of 3 buttermilk pancakes.  IHOP asks that you consider making a donation to the Childrens Miracle Network, but they are not requiring it.  (however it would be a great idea!) :)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

WINNER of Penelope's Porch!!!


1. lisa curlyfry

2. lisa curlyfry

3. ali 

4 ali 

5 ali 

6 tilivimommy 

7 sophie etsy

8 marci 

9 Hope 

10 Hope

11 Hope 

12 Hope 

13 Hope 

14  M and M 

15 M and M

16 J Danger 

17 j danger

18 j danger 

19 j danger 

20 ann diana 

21 ann diana 

22 jewelknits 

23 Em  

24 Em  

25 linda

26 rubynreba 

27 rubynreba

28 Jolynn

29 Jolynn

30 Aikychien

31 Aikychien

32 Aikychien

33 Margie 

34 Margie 

35 Shelly 

36 Shelly 

37 Shelly

38 Shelly 

39 homesick

40 homesick

41 homesickf

42 denise 

43 Ginny 

44 Ginny 

45 Ginny 

46 Camille 

47 Grace 

48 Grace 

49 Grace 

50 Grace 

51 Cheryl

52 Cheryl 

53 Cheryl 

54 Cheryl 

55 Cheryl 

56 Serena 

57 Serena 

58 Serena 


According to random.org the winner of the Penelope's Porch giveaway is.... LISA aka Curlyfry!

Congratulations to Lisa and thank you to all of you that entered this ETSY contest.  Remember that when you are looking for a gift for yourself or someone else that ETSY is a great place to look.  There are so many amazing and unique artists out there, I have so much fun even when I am just looking at all the pages.  

PS - I just have to add that I just now learned how to take a screen shot on my MAC and I have a feeling I am going to be screen printing everything! lol It was sooooo easy.  If you do not know how but what to learn just ask here in a comment!



PSS - Stay tuned, there will be another giveaway coming up very soon!

Saturday, February 13, 2010


Pinkberry FREE
If you are not already a PINKBERRY GROUPIE then I strongly suggest you go to pinkberry.com and become one.  Why? Well, because every so often Pinkberry sends out some great offers to those that have signed up.  The new offer they just sent out is for 2/12-2/19 Buy One Get One Free PINKBERRY.  Go to that link and print out the coupon, you can even print more than one!  I am excited especially because I have a $20 Pinkberry giftcard I just got, so this means I could potentially get $40 worth :)

I am thinking you may even be able to order it online and use the coupon... You might have to call and ask :)

Happy Pinkberrying.

GIllette Fusion Razor $1

Last night I was browsing Walmart for some bargains as I am out in Utah, where Walmart is a popular place to go.  I was not super impressed with their prices but I did find one great deal, especially for any Denver Broncos lovers.

Look in the shaving area OR in your clearance section.  The Gillette Fusion Razor that is a special BRONCOS edition is on clearance for $5.00.  Match that up with the $4 off any Gillette Fusion Razor coupon from the 2/7 PG and you will have a new razor and a couple of blades for $1.  These are usually priced between $7-$10 on average.  You could even buy 5 razors if you have the coupons and it would be about $10 less than buying refill blades.

I can not find a photo anywhere but this is a great deal. :)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

GIVEAWAY: Handmade Jewelry from Penelope's Porch at ETSY


About the Artist
Penelope's Porch, an ETSY store out of Redondo Beach is offering a GIVEAWAY to our readers!  This ETSY store features adorable handmade jewelry items which Penelope describes as "unique, whimsical and romantic."  I think she chose 3 great words to describe her items.  According to ETSY, Penny joined in September of 2009 and from the looks of it people are loving her crafts.  Now you can also get a piece of Penelope's Porch!  In addition to what you see here are my other favorites: Cupid's Arrow Necklace in Valentine Red, There's an Owl in my Garden Antiqued Book Locket and the Aqua Flowers and Yellow Dahlia Charm Necklace.

What you will WIN!!!
Penelope has graciously offered to allow the winner to choose from 3 of her items.  Here are the choices:

1. Three Roses 
Three gorgeous roses. One vintage pink porcelain rose, one blue clay handmade blue rose and one buttermilk rose in lucite . All on an 18" gold plated chain. $18.00

2. Secret Garden Teacup Necklace
This darling little peachy pink teacup sits upon a ruffled edge saucer and is filled with a dainty pale blue garden rose.  I also added a tiny golden key to the garden gate and attached them both to a sparkly gold plated chain.  The teacup measures 3/4" and the gold plated chain is 18" in length. $14.00

3. Who's Calling Vintage Telephone Ring
A miniature vintage telephone in copper with a rotary dial that actually turns. There is a tiny brass owl that dangles from the receiver and the gold plated ring base is adjustable. Telephone measures 1" high.

How to Enter:
Complete one or all of the following options by Tuesday February 16, 2010 at 11:59pm PST.  What a great gift for yourself for Valentines Day!

1. 1 entry = FOLLOW this blog, on the homepage click FOLLOW and then leave me a comment in this post to let me know you are following so I can verify.  If you are already a FOLLOWER then leave a comment here so I may verify.

2.  1 entry = Become a follower of SOUTHBAYMOUTH on Twitter then leave a comment here saying you follow on twitter and your twitter name so I may verify

3.  1 entry = Leave a comment telling us what your favorite item is from the Etsy store 

4.  1 entry = REPOST this giveaway on your blog and leave me a link here in the comments. 

5. 1 entry = Tweet about this giveaway and link to @SOUTHBAYMOUTH

That is a total of 5 ENTRIES!

*The winner will be chosen and announced on Wednesday February 17th, 2010.   Once chosen you will be able to tell us what you choose from our 3 items. GOOD LUCK!!! 

*RESTRICTIONS* This giveaway is only open to those with a shipping address in the United States, excluding Hawaii and Alaska.  

Erin and Penelope's Porch!

Sunday, February 7, 2010


Music History in the South Bay

It is fair to say that everyone loves music, some genre or style speaks to each individual in its own way.  The South Bay community must be full of music lovers when you sit back and think of the long line of live music venues that have been housed along the beach cities.  The most popular was once "Anabelles," which changed to "The Strand" and had its final days as "Club Caprice" before closing its doors at the turn of the millennium.  The same place that was once the Plush Horse, a steakhouse of sorts, later became the biggest night club in all of the South Bay.  Many of you know what I am talking about, but to some what you now know as Bristol Farms on the corner of Palos Verdes Blvd and PCH was once a place that I would work all hours of the night alongside amazing talents in a room filled with tobacco smoke, bopping around to the sounds of  harmonious melodies and bass filled beats.  

There are memories I will always hold with me, memories that will make me smile every time I drive past the Bristol Farms that is now in place of where I spent most of my evenings in the mid 90's to the early 2000's.  I had been a patron of "The Strand" as a tween and in hindsight I scored a pretty amazing job for a high school  kid when I became the Head Hostess at Club Caprice.  My daily income was not only dependent on how many hours I worked, but it was mostly based upon the talent we showcased and where I sat my guests.  We always had a few tables we would hold aside, ready to be the prime spot for the highest bidder.  The most memorable experience for me beyond the music and meeting Keanu Reeves or Kevin Bacon etc, would be working New Years Eve 1997 in a smoke filled cloudy bar and going back to work on New Years Day of 1998 to the first day that I would never have to work in a room filled with smoke again.  It was an amazing change.  I was actually able to breathe and see the artists on stage from my humble little hostess desk.  Thank you California!

Music Talent from the South Bay

Various musicians have come from the South Bay, why the majority of those that made it were from the Hardcore Punk and Alternative genre is perhaps in relation to the beach culture that adopted the surf and skate sports that have labeled our local scene.  The most successful and universal of the talents to claim the South Bay as home would be the Beach Boys, staking their stomping grounds to be the city Hawthorne. Much of what we know today to be South Bay music got their influence and start from Black Flag who also created a label that got a lot of other kids in town their start to stardom.  Other South Bay based artists are Pennywise, The Deviates, 98 Mute, Circle Jerks, The Descendants and more.

Music Now in the South Bay

There are a dozen or so venues now in the South Bay where you can go to enjoy local talents and some that house big names for a night.  Nothing out there is quite like what my corner used to be, but there does seem to be something for everyone. 

 My new favorite location would have to be Saint Rocke, not only do they have an impressive line up, but they offer a delicious menu, friendly service, fair ticket prices and the ambience is comfortable and catered to those that dress smart and want to have a good time.  My first time was for a night of dueling pianos which is always fun, and shortly after I went for a Halloween costume extravaganza put on by Scoop magazine.  SR has showcased many local talents as well as those like Ziggy Marley.  

You can watch the sunset at the beach, walk along the strand, have dinner at an old classic on the Pier and then end your night with some live music at Brixton on the Redondo Beach Pier.  Although there has been a heap of turnover in this seemingly underground location, the talent that has been housed in this venue with no windows may surprise you.  I know a couple of people that went to see Sheila E perform and were surprised when the man formerly known as Prince appeared on the stage and surely shocked those that went to see some cheap entertainment.  Just recently they had the English Beat and they will soon be having Shawn Colvin.

The venues are vast and varied and there should be something to suit the tastes of everyone around.  If you want more Blues or Funk and Soul then Cafe Boogaloo may be the right place, there are an abundance of bars housing DJ's on nearly every night or you can even go to a small strip mall hole in the wall on Tuesdays for Open Mic night at Suzy's bar.  To end it all,  what was once the hottest club in the South Bay for live music may be gone, but there are still a lot of choices to bring music to your ears and a beat to your step.

You can visit a few websites to see what is coming soon to the South Bay.
Saint Rocke

*there are many more out there, but these are a few favorites*