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04.25.2014
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Bolthouse, Unbolted: L.A. Club Czar Brent Bolthouse Looks Out Over His Domain and Asks a Pressing Question: Just Where Will L.A.'s Club Crawlers Party Next?

Brent Bolthouse is worried. The 24-year-old host extraordinaire at such happening L.A. night spots as the Viper Room, Roxbury and Saturday Night Fever thinks the city's party scene is in the throes of an identity crisis."There was a time when...

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Brent Bolthouse is worried. The 24-year-old host extraordinaire at such happening L.A. night spots as the Viper Room, Roxbury and Saturday Night Fever thinks the city's party scene is in the throes of an identity crisis.

"There was a time when there were six different club parties going per week. Now there's nothing to do," he complains. "The main problem is that L.A. is still a segregated city when it comes to partying. Certain people only go to certain places, so nothing ever becomes really big." In an attempt to change things, Bolthouse recently resurrected his infamous New Year's Eve party, co-hosting the bash for 2,000 people at a Mulholland Drive estate with the modeling agency Bordeaux.

"We're at a crossroads," Bolthouse continues. "We're all trying to figure out what direction the club scene is going. Even though I was never into Rave parties because of the drugs, they're over. And we used to have all of those hip-hop kids, but they grew up and moved on. There's no incoming group to replace them. Even the bands that grew up here -- Cypress Hill and House of Pain -- aren't doing their thing here."

The young impresario speaks wistfully of the New York club scene. "Hip-hop is more mainstream there; a new crop is always coming in at the Soul Kitchen. Hip-hop acid jazz is very cool. US 3 is a great group. I'd love to see a club open with that theme."

Staying connected to the record, modeling and entertainment industries helps Bolthouse keep his ideas and his guest lists fresh. Re-energizing the fading Roxbury by redesigning the staging, lighting and sound to make room for live music was another tactic. With the help of the Doobie Brothers' Skunk Baxter and Stray Cats' Slim Jim, both of whom will perform at the venue, Bolthouse hopes to introduce more sophisticated evenings into the lives of night crawlers.

Another priority is getting them to dress better. "I want to see L.A. get a little more elegant," says the long-haired, goateed Bolthouse, who typically wears a black three-piece suit complete with watch chain. "Maybe that's because I'm getting older. Maybe I'm a role model for that idea, since I act too middle-aged.
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