Live Music At That Weird Gas Station On Tuesdays

P6120023 You all know that strange looking green gas station on Olympic and Robertson, right? It’s called “Helios House”, and it’s BP’s attempt to build a better, greener station. They say it is a “a kind of a conversation between BP and people who come into the station.” To which, the public has responded, it still sells gas! Not alternatives to petroleum, not ethanol, not hydrogen refills or electric car recharging or biofuel or anything – just gas. Calling your grades “good, better and best” instead of by octane count still isn’t going to make me forget you’re selling gasoline, folks.

Anyways, I stopped there last night around 9pm, on the way home from work. I chose that station mostly out of curiosity (and because I needed gas) and found a live concert going on. A female singer with a strong, deep voice was singing Johnny Cash songs and playing an acoustic guitar. A half dozen chairs were set up around her, and the station workers and a couple of Prius drivers were assembled to listen. I asked what was happening, and was told that they rotate musicians through for weekly concerts. So if you’re looking for gas on a Tuesday between 8 and 10pm, and you’re in the Olympic/Robertson range, you can stop by, fill up, and listen to an acoustic performance.

(Photo above goes to the very small set on Flickr. Note the self-promoting presentation for the station behind the singer)

7 Replies to “Live Music At That Weird Gas Station On Tuesdays”

  1. Unfortunately most of our transport runs on gas… someone HAS to sell it, might as well be someone who is trying to be a little more careful about their impact in the world? Just my $0.02

  2. To quote the great(?) Randy Newman “I love LA”, Where the hell else could such a thing happen?

    P.S. I drove by that building once, was wondering if it really was a gas station or some crazy movie thing?

  3. I wonder if she’ll add ‘played gas station at olympic and robinson’ to her list of credits.

  4. I wonder if she’ll add ‘played gas station at olympic and robertson’ to her list of credits.

  5. WTF??

    Ahh, nothing lovelier than live music with gas and exhaust fumes… Did she sing: “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot”

    But seriously, they’re missing the bio-diesel powered boat, by not offering a veggie oil pump!

  6. WTF??

    Ahh, nothing lovelier than live music with gas and exhaust fumes… Did she sing: “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot?”

    But seriously, they’re missing the bio-diesel powered boat, by not offering a veggie oil pump!

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