On the last Thursday of every month, the memorabilia-laden Hard Rock Hotel’s sleek lobby is transformed into a state-of-the-art concert venue, called Velvet Sessions. Your $29 online ticket (or $35 at the door) secures admission, free hors d’oeuvres, big acts — recently Spin Doctors, and a flotilla of specialty cocktails from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Hot tip: Land your invitation simply by going online to www.velvetsessions.com.

5800 Universal Blvd.