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Old 04-05-2011, 01:26 AM
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Default Re: Going to the coast (SoCal)

Originally Posted by DrumEatDrum View Post
Given not every college has Spring Break at the same time, I don't think there is any one week that is better/worse than any other.

Disneyland and the freeways are always crazy year around.
Yeah, we were there in spring when we last went and the roads were a mess. We tried to avoid the typical rush hour times, which did help a little. I'm sure Disney will be better now than in summer, either way.

Originally Posted by DrumEatDrum View Post
And no, I would never recommend strolling around downtown. Although certain sections of downtown have been cleaned up a lot in the last few years. It's much safer than it used to be.
Lesson learned! It freaked my wife out...she's a country girl. It was bizarre to me that downtown was almost completely empty. You could have fired a bullet down the street. I think it was a Saturday - I hadn't realized that the city pretty much vacates after business hours.

Originally Posted by DrumEatDrum View Post
As for drumming:
Check out the Hollywood Guitar center with the Rock Walk. And right next door is the Sam Ash Drum department. Between the two, there is a ton of drum gear to drool over.

It is also worth hitting up The Professional Drum Shop (aka Pro drum) in Hollywood. It's not huge, it's a bit funky, but you can spend hours just looking at all the old photos tacked on the walls.

It's also worth looking to see who is playing at the Baked Potato when you are in town. Big name players are often doing side gigs at this tiny little club in North Hollywood.

And yes, many name players offer lessons when available. Even Gregg Bissonette has been advertising recently.
Excellent, thanks for the tips!
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