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Win Tickets to See O.A.R. and Eric Hutchinson at Club Nokia Friday

By Eric Richardson
Published: Tuesday, January 20, 2009, at 09:57PM
O.A.R. and Eric Hutchinson

Another Friday night, another decision to make on what to do. Why not take advantage of Downtown's new musical offerings and go check out O.A.R. and opener Eric Hutchinson at Club Nokia? Tickets start at $29 before fees, but we've got five pairs to give out to blogdowntown readers.

Along with new restaurants, the opening of L.A. Live's second phase brought Downtown a pair of new venues for mid-sized acts. Conga Room holds just over a thousand concertgoers, while Club Nokia has a capacity around 2,300. The new venues, combined with the pull of AEG concert arm Goldenvoice have brought a steady lineup of shows Downtown that would previously have ended up in Hollywood.

The billing for Friday, January 23, is an interesting one for me, since I've actually seen both bands live.

Headliner O.A.R. has had a strong following for over a decade, starting via the college circles and later finding strong exposure via radio and media plays. The band put out its sixth studio album last year. I saw O.A.R. at the House of Blues back in February of 2002.

blogdowntown readers are less likely to have heard of singer-songwriter Eric Hutchinson, but that will likely change. He creates catchy, smart songs and ties them together with an engaging stage presence. Kathy and I first ran across Hutchinson back in 2004, during a show at the Hotel Cafe (at the time, somewhere I visited at least weekly). Back in those days he had talent but not much of a song library. These days the playlist is starting to flesh out, and it's good to see Hutchinson playing to larger audiences.

We've got five pairs of tickets to give away. To win, just leave a comment mentioning your favorite place to see music. We'll close off the contest on Thursday night at 10pm and alert winners via email or Facebook.

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