1) Temperatures are reasonable and the coolness of LA summer nights has kicked in. It’s a prime weekend to check out what’s going on at Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park. Bring a picnic, sit under the trees, see the big city lights in the background, and enjoy some FREE music! On Thursday we have THEE COMMONS who we are never tired of. Their infectious punk-cumbia, juggling clown, and dancing pink gorilla always make an impression. On Friday we have rock n’ soul via Chicago with JC BROOKS, and on Saturday it’s electronic-pop night with BAIO from Vampire Weekend (with a guest performance from starRo). The park is always kid/dog/people friendly!
RSVP for Levitt shows here.
2) Just read a Steve Gunn tweet. He’s not a fan of being pigeon-holed as an Americana artist. I’m right with you Steve! The intricate and moody guitar playing noodles around and takes you beyond any set category. With special guests and heavy tripsters from Oakland, Heron Oblivion. For those of you who still believe in miracles and guitars, this night is for you. Come hear it yourself on Friday.
Tickets to Steve Gunn + Heron Oblivion here.
3) As the owner/curator/promoter of the Lethal Amounts Gallery, you may have already felt the Danny Fuentes influence. Mr. Fuentes brings an edgy flair to what he does, and his monthly club night SEX CELLS is a good example. This Saturday he’ll bring together wonderful weirdos and anyone who can fit into latex to the Echoplex. Sex Cells wants everyone to twist things up in all their glam goth glory. For reference check out London’s Bat Cave.
Tickets to SEX CELLS here.
4) GOE isn’t exactly a Sunday morning come down, but more of a continuation of Saturday night. Come check out Greg Felden, Victoria Bailey and Charlie Overbey with his guest Jamie Wyatt – cool country and a cold beer. I never get tired of having this song posted because it’s a true American classic.
Grand Ole Echo at The Echo is Free before 5 PM and $5 after 5 PM
5. Amigo The Devil may not be the dude you want to take home to mom, but we like him anyway. If songs about creeps, mass murderers, boozing, and other unsavory habits appeal to you, then he’s your soundtrack. Listen to this while reading a Flannery O’Connor short story and you’re set. Come see him at the Echoplex on Aug 3.
Tickets to Amigo The Devil at Echoplex here.
6. And Echo Park Rising … it’s all happening.