Obama's ninth visit to the City of Angels since his election will also be the coolest.
The Foo Fighters are set to headline a fundraising concert for Obama in Beverly Hills on Wednesday, and if last Sunday's Grammy awards are any indication (they won 5 trophies and performed a rocking set), the band is going to bring the house down. Following the concert is a smaller dinner at the same venue, and then the President will stay in Los Angeles overnight.
On Thursday morning, Obama heads south to Corona del Mar for more campaign events before flying to San Francisco, where he'll rock out again with Chris Cornell of Soundgarden. On Friday, he's appearing at a Seattle fundraiser where local band The Head and The Heart will perform. Sounds like Obama is literally trying to rock the vote!
With President Barack Obama in town on Wednesday afternoon, the city will face unexpected road closures, traffic jams and a thicker-than-usual swarm of paparazzi in the tonier parts of town. We've got the guide that'll help you plan your evening commute, and all the info on how to score hot tickets to the President's most accessible fundraising event in Los Angeles since his $250/person House of Blues affair in 2011.
Obama's Wednesday Travel Itinerary as reported by CBS2
3 p.m.: Arrive at LAX
3:45 p.m.: Helicopter from LAX to VA hospital in West LA
4:15 p.m.: Motorcade to Beverly Hills (watch out for closures on east to west routes, likely on Santa Monica, Sunset or Wilshire Boulevards, reports Westwood-Century City Patch)
8:00 p.m. Motorcade back to his hotel
UPDATE: A tipster tells us that the President will be landing in his helicopter at the Rancho Park/Cheviot Hills area in his helicopter from LAX -- not the VA Hospital. Our tipster had gotten the notice that all permitted events had been cancelled to prepare for the President's landing. A staffer from Rancho Park confirms that the golf course is still open, but that the President could be landing in Cheviot Hills.
The LAPD has released these guidelines for what streets to avoid on Wednesday evening. As reported by NBC Los Angeles, these areas are:
4 - 6 p.m.: Pico Boulevard and Avenue of the Stars
4 - 8:30 p.m.: Wilshire Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard
6 - 8:30 p.m.: Sunset Boulevard and Beverly Glen Boulevard
The impacted streets Pico Boulevard and Avenue of the Stars indicate that the President may well be landing in Cheviot Hills.
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Details on Concert Fundraiser
WHO: Foo Fighters
WHAT: Fresh off their five Grammy wins last Sunday, the band will headline a fundraising concert
WHEN: Guests should note that doors open at 4 p.m. and close at 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Holmby Hills home of Bradley and Colleen Bell
HOW: Even though The Hollywood Reporter said that tickets were priced between $250 to $500, this fundraising page shows that the only available tickets left cost $1,500 each. The bad news is that all the "cheap" seats got snapped up fast. The good news? There are still tickets available!
Details on Dinner Fundraiser
WHO: Bradley and Colleen Bell, along with co-hosts Kimberly Marteau and John Emerson, Viveca and Will Ferrell, Sarah and Joe Kiani, Lissa and Ken Solomon, and Noah Mamet
WHAT: The Hollywood power couples will host a small, intimate dinner in honor of the President
WHEN: Guests should note that doors open at 5 p.m. and close at 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Holmby Hills home of Bradley and Colleen Bell
HOW: Tickets for this $35,800/plate dinner are no longer available. Ken Solomon, co-chairman of Obama's Southern California fundraising committee, told the Los Angeles Times that this dinner sold out faster than any other recent fundraiser.
The co-hosts of Wednesday's high-ticket dinner make up some of the entertainment industry's most powerful couples. Bradley Bell is an Emmy-award winning executive producer and writer for the soap "The Bold and the Beautiful," and his wife Colleen also works as a producer on the same show. Will Ferrell is an award-winning comedian, actor and writer. His wife, Viveca Paulin-Ferrell, is an independent art auctioneer and is on LACMA's Director's Circle and Board of Trustees. Ken Solomon is Chairman of Ovation and was previously President of Universal Studios Television and co-head of DreamWorks Television. Obama's courtship of Hollywood appeared shaky after SOPA was set aside, but recent campaign visits by both Barack and Michelle indicate that the relationship is on the mend.
Foo Fighters frontman David Grohl is an ardent supporter of Obama, and Wednesday's concert won't be the first time that he's performed for the President. In 2010, Grohl performed "Band on the Run" at the White House, where Sir Paul McCartney was awarded the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize. In October 2011, Grohl went public with his endorsement of Obama's second term, saying that the President "definitely has soul."
Watch the Foo Fighter's Grammy set (it starts at minute 4:00) and imagine the leader of the free world jumping up and down, fist raised. Fun, right? If the Foo Fighters bring Deadmau5 to recreate their Grammys set, we could be in for a first-ever presidential dubstep dancing video that would eclipse the President's cover of "Let's Stay Together" by Al Green. Here's hoping.
UPDATE: This story was updated with the latest information about Obama's visit. Since the story's initial publish date, the dinner reception tickets have sold out, and the east-west routes have been released.
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