If you can't stay away from downtown on a Friday night, then you best come kick out the jams with SoCa rockers Redd Kross at the Black Cat Back Stage on April 5. Tickets are $15 at the box office, or purchase online for $18 via Ticket Alternative, http://www.ticketalternative.com. Doors open at 9:00, and that area is hopping on Friday night. I'm happy to meet anyone in the BC Red Room around 8:30.
If you're not familiar with Redd Kross, check out their website http://reddkross.com/. These guys came out of LA punk scene of the late 70s, although they much have listened to a bunch of their parents Beach Boys and Beatles records growing up. They innovated their own blend of power punk/power pop with a peppering of sha-la-la-las and catchy melodies.