WEST HOLLYWOOD (AP) — West Hollywood is considering holding a Go-Go Dancer Appreciation Day this fall to honor the club "groovers" who helped establish the Sunset Strip as a hub of hipness in the 1960s, and whose successors lend an edgy energy to its gay bars today.
Go-Go day would also highlight the quirky flamboyance that for decades has been the hallmark of this small burg shoehorned into the middle of Los Angeles.
In the 1960s, a shambling stretch of Sunset Boulevard became the epicenter for the burgeoning rock music scene with venues such as the Troubadour, Roxy Theatre and Whisky a Go Go launching legendary bands including The Doors and The Byrds.
But a recent wave of gleaming condo towers and big-box retailers has the mayor concerned about the "sanitizing" of the city.
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