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Save Music in Chinatown with the Alley Cats on Sunday, May 7

This isn’t happening in the SGV but I know a lot of you grew up in Chinatown before relocating. Just the other day, my daughter and I were walking around Alhambra and someone passing us at a crosswalk saw her T-shirt and said, “Go Castelar!”

On Sunday, the twelfth Save Music in Chinatown benefit concert is taking place at the Grand Star Jazz Club. The goal is to raise money for the neighborhood’s excellent-but-underfunded elementary school’s music program, while carrying on the tradition of the old Hong Kong Cafe. You know, the dive where Black Flag, X, The Weirdos, and Go-Go’s used to play.

Headlining the all-ages matinee are The Alley Cats, who played  the Masque, Starwood, Whisky, and Hong  Kong Cafe regularly alongside the likes of The Bags and The Zeros. Fans of old school punk will appreciate that Alice Bag will be starting off the show with a reading and some acoustic songs, followed by My Revenge with Hector from The Zeros. There are some new bands in the lineup, too: The Schizophonics, the out-of-control garage rockers who recently followed up on their two hard-to-find 7″ singles with a 10″ single, and Tabitha with hard-rocking members of The Binges and Jane’s Addiction. Just $12 in advance and $15 at the door!

There’s also a full-on bake sale with homemade cookies and strong coffee, a very cool raffle, and kids under 12 are free. Perhaps the best part is that everything wraps up around 6:00 p.m. so you can grab some noodles afterward, get home early, and be ready for Monday.

Get more information and tickets at eventbrite.com. See you there!


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