TRUE MUSIC: Lucy’s 51 — That’s the Place


By Carlos Roberto

Striking a pose live on stage: Dave Bertiz, Vocalist/Guitar; Mandy McMillian,Vocalist; Joel Morin, Lead Guitarist; Jack Johnson, Drums; and Tony Macias, Bass.

Striking a pose live on stage: Dave Bertiz, Vocalist/Guitar; Mandy McMillian,
Vocalist; Joel Morin, Lead Guitarist; Jack Johnson, Drums; and Tony Macias, Bass.

It’s Friday — the most anticipated day of the week. The workweek is over and a fun and relaxing weekend is about to commence. TGIF. However, I am stressed out. I am dressed to impress and about to meet some of my good friends from The Tolucan Times, coworkers.

Truth be told, I’m stressed because I’m not good at socializing and it’s hard to convince me to go out, even on a Friday night. However, my friends mention the fact there will be LIVE MUSIC, which you know is my true love. So I agree to join them.

“Who’s playing?” I ask.

“Crown City Bombers, an awesome classic rockabilly band,” is the answer.

I discover we’ll be heading to Lucy’s 51, the Best Jazz/Blues Club in the Valley and the home of the original Money Tree in Toluca Lake.

To ensure a fun evening with no worries, I enlist a designated driver to whisk me to Lucy’s 51. We pull up to the front door, which is a couple of blocks from Bob’s Big Boy and next to Malbec, an Argentinean restaurant. I realize I have seen this place hundreds of times, but have never been inside.

I felt apprehensive walking through the door. To my delight, I was greeted twice by smiley hostesses in a quite alluring interior. I immediately warm to the funky mood of the place. It’s a lounge bar/restaurant with sparkly chandeliers and a music stage. There is also a full bar, with multiple TV’s to entertain. Comfortable tables for two or more, and intimate booths for larger groups, which is where I find my friends huddled, already drinking, laughing, and having a great time.

As I sat down, a friendly waitress approached me and took my drink order. When I do go out, I like to challenge bartenders by inquiring about a variety of unique cocktails and beers. To my delight, nothing I mentioned surprised the cocktail waitress. Instead she offered up even more enticing drink suggestions. I settled on a Flat Tire Beer, which is perfectly cold and cool.

Lucy’s 51’s food menu also impresses — offering everything from Lamb Chops to Chicken Cordon Bleu to classic burgers, and even Crème Brulee for dessert.

I’m falling head over heels with this place and the music hasn’t even started! Once that happens, I’m smitten and never want to leave. True story, True Music fans.

The Crown City Bombers have their roots firmly planted in rockabilly, country, and ‘50s & early ‘60s R&B. They take the stage and own it for their entire set. As I listen to their addictive music, which is a time-travel delight, I enjoy a few more beers. However, it is the music of this highly infectious band within this cozy lounge that I find most intoxicating.

If you live in the Hollywood Hills, Burbank, or the Valley, trust me, Lucy’s 51 is a destination you must keep in mind when aiming to hang with friends and have an enjoyable night out. And kudos to Crown City Bombers for an awesome show. You guys rocked my Friday night.

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