"L.A. is a machine. It's not for real. There are a couple of clubs that are, like the King King. I'm going there tonight to see Jump With Joey. You can tell everybody that's my favorite band. They are the baddest," Herrera said of the ska band.

As for the Hitchhikers - which play the King King once a month and the Sunset Social Club in L.A. every Thursday - it's a revolving door of exceptional players. Members split their time between the Hitchhikers and any number of recording and touring projects.