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Compelling live shows aren't all that rare, but something truly extraordinary can develop when an act makes its way to an ideal venue.....
Most brilliant live music move: the Tiger Lillies at Safari Sam's
Compelling live shows aren't all that rare, but something truly extraordinary can develop when an act makes its way to an ideal venue. That's what happened when London's deliciously experimental cabaret-pop trio the Tiger Lillies were booked in November into Safari Sam's new home at the Regent Theatre, a nearly century-old former vaudeville and movie palace in downtown L.A. Club owner Sam Lanni lost the lease on his Sunset Boulevard space between Silver Lake and Hollywood, but struck gold in securing the Regent at Main and 5th streets. Putting the Tiger Lillies in for one of the first shows was a stroke of genius. Its haunted and haunting music of prostitutes and other characters from life's fringe rising up to the sky-high ceilings and echoing around its historic walls. Everyone who's been raving in the last few years about Antony & the Johnsons' otherworldly music owes it to themselves to get familiar with the Tiger Lillies, especially if they make a return trip to Sam's.