October 11, 2011 - October 13, 2011, Varied


Hit Week Brings the Cool and Quirky Sounds of Italy to Los Angeles for Three Nights of Wild and Worldly Music

Hundreds of FREE TICKETS for USC students to each concert!!!

October 11-13, 2011

Taking place at:

Catalina Jazz Club, El Rey Theatre & Key Club


About HIT WEEK 2011

HIT WEEK's objective is to promote the Italian music scene abroad, in a uniquely exclusive context. Never before has there been an event in the US dedicated to modern Italian music. HIT WEEK isn't your basic fair or music venue - it is also the introduction of Italian vitality and creativity as they are expressed through their most poignant vehicle: music.

Learn more about the concerts at the Official Website:

Schedule of Concerts

10/11, 8:00 P.M.: Erica Mou + Nicola Conte at the Catalina Jazz Club
200 FREE tickets available. To RSVP, click here.

Erica Mou: Alanis Morisette’s grit meets acoustic flair and thoughtful intensity. Nicola Conte: Super-cool grooves and worldly sounds put polished spin on jazz.

10/12, 8:45 P.M.: Après La Classe + Caparezza at the El Rey Theatre
200 FREE tickets available. To RSVP, click here.

Après La Classe: Wry humor and uptempo world beats from Puglia, back by popular demand. Caparezza: A wacky Adriatic alt-rocker makes devilishly clever pop.

10/13, 8:35 P.M.: Casino Royale + Subsonica at the Key Club
200 FREE tickets available. To RSVP, click here.

Casino Royale: The slick secret agents of Italian trip hop. Subsonica: Electro-laced rock with catchy hooks, big sounds, and intense appeal.

Once you have made reservations, you must redeem your tickets on the individual nights at the theater Box Office by identifying yourselves on the USC Guest List.



More About the Artists of HIT Week 2011

Subsonica formed in the roaring ‘90s, when the dull, industrial reputation of their hometown of Turin gave way to a hot youth scene. Underground producer and Africa Unite guitarist Max Casacci and singer Samuel Romano enrolled keyboardist and long-time friend Boosta, together with Ninja and later, Bass Vicio to create a hard-hitting, top-notch rhythm section. Subsonica’s rock cred is matched by the band’s ability to channel the glittering, high-energy vibe of a rave, thanks to its innovative incorporation of electronica into its catchy songs. 2011 finds the band at the height of both its artistic prowess and its popularity: Heavy rotation singles, chart-topping albums, and packed stadiums testify to Subsonica’s winning combination of thoughtful lyrics, powerful rock, and techno flair.

Michele Salvemini, known as Caparezza ("curly head" in Puglia’s dialect), sees Frank Zappa as a mentor. And with the same unorthodox zeal and musical skill, Caparezza hits at social mores and contradictions with a roots-tinged, pop-friendly sound that’s as zany as his notoriously crazy live show. This unexpected mix has delighted the Italian mainstream: This avant-garde troublemaker manages to sell out arenas, while satirizing the politics and social issues of the day.

Nicola Conte
Cult DJ, producer, and remixer on the international nu-jazz scene from over 10 years, Nicola Conte has figured out how to unite intelligent dance music and jazz with competence and style. Founder of a cultural and musical movement in Bari in the early 1990s, he cut his teeth as a sought-after remixer and as a bandleader with globetrotting tastes. Several solo albums later, Conte caught the ear of Blue Note and launched 2011’s “Love & Revolution.” On this album, the human voice is the real protagonist, though perfectly blending with a “sound carpet” of extraordinary effectiveness. 

Casino Royale
Casino Royale started out as secret agents in Milan’s booming arts underground, the illegal clubs and squats that nurtured a thriving music scene. Inspired by bands from the Clash to The Specials, the band absorbed black rock, reggae, hip hop, dub, funk—all with a specifically Milanese twist. While their sound may be wide-ranging, their songs often reflect their hometown: its lonely figures, the doubts and long nights of ordinary people.

Après La Classe
Après La Classe returns to Hit Week by popular demand. From Salento in Puglia, the band exemplifies their home region’s melting-pot musical mentality. Often compared to Manu Chao, the band mixes rollicking accordions, dancing robots, madcap scratching, and multilingual good times into dance-inducing pop. Dancehall and Mediterranean beats, chanson and satire, Après La Classe moves nonstop through every genre imaginable—and it works.

Erica Mou
Erica Musci, known as Erica Mou, is a young singer-songwriter and rising star who got her start traveling around Puglia, wowing unsuspecting club goers with her voice and her guitar. From her teens, she has been gigging, winning song contests, and gathering a following with her gusty, honest songs reminiscent of Alanis Morissette. Mou has now hit the international scene with European tours, her debut at Hit Week, and her recent work with Bjork’s producerValgeir Sigurðsson. Yet it all comes back to Mou’s emotionally raw and deeply personal songs.

About the Venues

CATALINA JAZZ CLUB: 6725 West Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, CA

The priority of this club is to please our diverse clientele by bringing the best jazz talent to Hollywood. This supper club, with its Old World charm provides a warm and inviting environment for its guest, while enjoying a superb meal and great live jazz: Dizzie Gillespie, Art Blakey, McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Ray Brown, Joe Williams, Max Roach, Carmen McRae, Betty Carter, Ron Carter, Joe Henderson, Benny Carter,Tony Williams, Joe Zawinul, Marcus Miller, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Joshua Redman, Michael Brecker, Dee Dee Bridgewater.

EL REY THEATRE: 5515 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA

The El Rey Theatre is an original art deco theater in the heart of the Miracle Mile, one of Los Angeles' preserved art deco districts. The El Rey was built in 1936 and designed by Clifford Balch. After over 50 years as a first run movie house, the El Rey was converted into a live music venue in 1994. A registered Historic-Cultural Monument, the El Rey has sweeping staircases, an art deco lobby, VIP balcony lounge and a grand ballroom equipped with a full stage.

KEY CLUB: 9039 West Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA

Beginning with the 60’s and for the next three decades, Bill Gazzari, “The Godfather of Rock n Roll”, created a premiere venue, Gazzari’s, at this site for artists like The Doors, Van Halen, Alice Cooper, Tom Petty, Tina Turner, Mötley Crüe, and Guns N’ Roses. The Key Club is the venue which, since 1998, has occupied the historic space where Gazzari’s once stood and it has hosted many groups of talent: Bon Jovi, ‘N Sync, Kanye West, Incubus, Tony Bennett, Prince, The Roots, Heart, and Def Leppard.


Hit Week is produced by Francesco Del Maro for Music Experience Roma Italy and Mela Inc. Los Angeles, with the support of The Minister of Young Generation, The Italian Federation of Music Industry, The Puglia Region, The Italian Trade Commission of Los Angeles, The Italian Ministry of Economic Development, The National Italian American Foundation, The Rhythm Foundation Miami, Gibson, Dw, Aqua Panna, Rockol, Made in Roma, Dw Drums, Paiste and more to come.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago
Email: aago@cinema.usc.edu