Pair of SAC shows: Valley and the Whisky

The Strawberry Alarm Clock opens its 2015 gigging with a “slightly unplugged” concert in Canoga Park, followed by a trip back to Hollywood’s famed psychedelic den the Whisky a Go Go.

Strawberry Alarm Clock posterFeb. 7 sees SAC at the Guitar Merchant on Topanga Canyon Boulevard. It’s a “semi-acoustic set,” says band member Mark Weitz, who’s going to be playing a grand piano. The Guitar Merchant, a music store, seats about 100 people in its concert mode, so it’ll be a great chance to see the Strawberry Alarm Clock in an intimate setting.

The Guitar Merchant show is at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7. Admission is $20. Support from Brad Lee Swanson and his CF Band. (map to venue)

On March 26, it’s back to the Sunset Strip and the Whisky a Go Go, where the Strawberry Alarm Clock tops a busy bill. The band played a well received set at the Whisky in the summer of 2012 — surprisingly, it was the first time the veteran L.A. band played the famed rock club.

Longtime SAC collaborator Steve Bartek (Oingo Boingo) will perform with the band at both shows. Listen for some new Strawberry Alarm Clock songs at the shows, in the vein of the band’s recent CD “Wake Up Where You Are.”

Also scheduled to play at the Whisky are Their Only Dreams (“throwback psychedelic sound minus the ego”), Slow White, the Shag Rats, the Night Times, the Electric Magpie, the Wandering Gypsies and Major Minus. All-ages show; doors at 7 p.m. (get tickets)

The Sunset Strip venue is rich with psychedelic music history, of course: 1960s rock groups that made multiple appearances at the Whisky a Go Go include the Doors, the Byrds, Love and Buffalo Springfield.


  1. Lee Sandstedt Dawson says:

    I remember when you did a concert in Rapid City, South Dakota, maybe 1968? The class of 1970 is getting together in June 2015 for our 45 year class reunion, so our FB page has been posting lots of things we remember. Glad to find you have a web site and are still singing.

  2. Ivan Danilo says:

    Hi fellas! When will you be coming to Chicago/Midwest?

  3. Can you please come to Detroit? I’m a big fan!

  4. I saw you perform at the L.A. Battle of the Bands at the Hollywood Palace venue in 1967. You were the Special Guests. I was 15 and in awe. A band called “The Good Guys” won. They played Sgt Pepper/Help from my Friends medley.

  5. I just LOVE that so many bands I grew up with are still around/playing here or there/scheduling new shows & tour dates! It’s so fun to see posts like this one of Strawberry Alarm Clock, who I haven’t heard anything about in years & here they are, not too far away!! Love the era I grew up in: sock hops, jitterbug, tie-dye (still my favorite to wear!), and good ‘Ol ROCK ‘N ROLL!!! I am a die-hard rock ‘n roller, still LOVE the music I grew up with!! It’s best when played LOUD & clear!!! Thanks for this great article, I look forward to many more!!

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