Friday, October 02, 2009

THE MUST LIST: This Weekend's Eagle Rock Music Festival

Our favorite local music festival? Easily the Eagle Rock Music Festival. Not only is it free, but parking's a snap (shuttles run from the Eagle Rock Plaza shopping center, where parking is bountiful) and the event is spread far enough out along Colorado Blvd. that it's not a zoo. PLUS, it takes place along our favorite stretch of Eagle Rock. Swork, The Oinkster, the Colorado Wine Co., etc. are all there to make it a complete evening.

AND, it's very kid and stroller-friendly. Now that we're bursting at the seams with Franklin Avenue Jr. members, that's a huge plus.

Musicians perform at fifteen unique one-night-only venues ranging from auto shops and formal stages to coffee shops and a motel balcony along Colorado Boulevard, which will be open to pedestrians between Eagle Rock Boulevard and Argus Street. Each venue highlights a different type of independently-minded music, going beyond the traditional genre boundaries that define most festivals.

Artists performing include No Age, Fol Chen, The Happy Hollows, Pocahaunted, Peanut Butter Wolf, Free the Robots, Dusty Rhodes and The River Band, Leslie and the Badgers, Amateurs, The Gaslamp Killer, Blank Blue/DJ Nobody, The French Semester, Alaskan Summer, The Pulsars, Nico Stai, The Faraway Places, Jail Weddings, Wounded Lion, SASSAS, Random Patterns (Heard of Elephant Collective), The Street and Babe Shadow (featuring Luke Paquin of Hot Hot Heat), The Pity Party.

Among the stages:

-- The Future Roots Stage, which will include live cumbia by East L.A’s Buyepongo, organic jazz from former Alice Coltrane violinist Michael White and his Quintet, cosmic experimentalism by Human Ear Music’s Julia Holter, and Indonesian gamelan from Bali and Beyond.

- The Emerging Stage, featuring The Faraway Places, Leslie and the Badgers, Fol Chen, Free Moral Agents, Jail Weddings, and No Age.

- A Latin focused showcase at Rantz Auto Center with salsa by East Los Angeles-based Japanese salsa by Kotolan and harder-edged bilingual music by Ollin.

-A stage of independent punk and hard rock curated by non-profit art and music organizations Razorcake Magazine and , Zocaloc, showcasing Glassell Park's 1970s Chicano punk innovators The Gears, plus more.

-Electro, international, psych, hip-hop and funk with djs in conjunction with Soul In the Park and Future Music, including electro from Free the Robots, psych selected by DJ Nobody, and more.

-A stage presented by Eagle Rock-based recording studios The Ship Studios and Kingsize Soundlabs featuring The Happy Hollows, The French Semester, Amateurs, The Pity Party, and Alaskan Summer; plus The Pulsars, Dusty Rhodes and the River Band, Patrick Park, Andrew Lynch, and more at a historic auto body shop built in 1929

-Pehrspace Pehriscope, a stage of collaborations curated by Pauline Lay for the non-profit all-ages venue, at Swork and featuring collaborations led by Meredith Meyer, Matt Eckel of Jack Wilson Jr./Natural Disasters, Christian Biel of the Transmissions, Champoyhate of Magick Orchids and Die Rockers Die, and The Monolators.

-A stage at the American Legion Hall with Eagle Rock-based Not Not Fun label founders Pocahaunted and Robedoor, and more.

- Revival rock at the historic Craftsman Women’s 20th Century Club by The AM/FM Band.

- Jazz at Colombo’s with the Tim Yalda Quartet and at Camilo’s with the Juan Vega Trio

- Multicultural progressive programming geared towards children on the lawn of Eagle Rock’s “City Hall” with Spanish learning songs by Sandra Sandia, tween band The Tracs, local family favorites Artichoke, and vaudeville acrobatic visual jazz of the March Fourth Marching Band.

Check out this map of who's playing when. The festival takes place Saturday evening from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; It takes place on Colorado Boulevard, which will be open to pedestrians between Eagle Rock Boulevard and Argus Street.

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