KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: "A CELEBRATION of The LIFE & MUSIC of JOE STRUMMER"
Right now, Joe Strummer’s music is blasting from a battery powered boom box in the Sahara, spinning on a turntable in Kingston, blaring in a kid’s earphones in a Malaysian sweat shop... As sure as we breathe, Joe Strummer is inspiring someone somewhere to straighten their back, to question authority, to reach out to their neighbor, to explode their provincial view of the world. He’s still calling and we’re still listening.
This spring we celebrate the man who challenged us to see in a x-ray style, to feel the distance to the Nile. If you were a fan in ’77 or discover him in 2017, you know we need his voice and vision now as ever.
Please, join us and lend your voice for a night of music to benefit
The Joe Strummer Foundation.
Directly east of the not-so- bright lights of Downtown Los Angeles, three young men met under a
janky fire escape next to a dumpster and put their shriveled, pocketed dollar bills and loose change
together to pay for the necessities (mostly booze) of starting a new band.
Furthering their minimal efforts in the dull, cultural wasteland known as Echo Park in June 2015:
Andrew Taylor, Jesse Youngblood and Sean Carroll began to write songs with a high level of energy they
felt most people would not really like very much at all. Shortly after, the three found John Tyree
(Richmond Sluts/Dirty Eyes) lurking around the same local dives without a pot to piss in himself. The
four got together infrequently over the next six months and put the not-so- polished touches on the turd
that is CHEAP TISSUE.
Though most would describe CT as a garage-punk/rock 'n' roll outfit, they prefer being referred
to as a very small, extremely sub-par orchestra with no conductor and the tendency to play songs at
whatever tempo they feel like.
Brandishing snarling, fuzzy guitars and three "singers" up front, Cheap Tissue is coming to
sloppily satisfy the needs of your girlfriend, sister and mother. And guess what? You won't even care.
In the midst of a time of wars, famine, sickness, greed and death, a band of brothers have united to bring the
positive message of REGGAE music to the masses! Not concerned with status, trends , or bling, SOULUTIONARIES sole
mission is to come together and simply give you REGGAE. With a hard driving rhythm section of heavy drum and bass,
and dubbed out guitars fit to start a revolution, SOULUTIONARIES are armed to the core with fire burning dubs,
righteous melodies, and irie vibrations. Determined to battle and smash down the wicked mood Babylon has set upon us,
SOULUTIONARIES are on the march, calling out to one and all! Since 2004, SOULUTIONARIES have played hundreds of shows
in the Los Angeles area and California's coast, sharing the stage with top acts such as The Abyssinians, Skatalites,
The Slackers, and top local acts such as The Aggrolites, Chris Murray, See Spot, The Expanders and many more. So put
on your dancing shoes and rock to the good vibes and positive riddims of SOULUTIONARIES! See ya in the dancehall!!!
"This is L.A., not “L.A.”
Does that make sense?
This isn’t television. This isn’t Hollywood. This isn’t even the L.A. punk that has received
attention from scholars and shoe companies. Pedal Strike is self-propelled, L.A. punk. This
band is one of those rare examples of how good it can be when it all comes together to
shirk clichés and genre pigeonholes. Community over competition. Fuck your condos; this
is development of the mind and body. These guys set up their own shows, release their
own album, and have helped jumpstart their scene. It’s a manifestation of how engaging
and fun a band can be while still standing for something. Pedal Strike represents what’s
happening on the streets of this city, in between the lanes. The work you have to put in just
to create some space for yourself, with detractors and cops on every corner. Defeat isn’t
And then there’s the sound: ripping, garage, surf-punk guitar, tailed by a rhythm section
that predates high school, with The Beast From The Northeast leading the charge. This is
Los Angeles. Pedal Strike! Ride your bike! –Daryl Gussin, Razorcake “
Sydney Ward, musically known as Sunny War is originally from Nashville, Tennessee and
relocated to Los Angeles 13 years ago. She has received much attention from various
notables for her music and has opened for Booker T Jones, Keb’ Mo’, Angelique Kidjo,
Madeleine Peyroux, JJ Grey & Mofro, Mindy Smith, The Levon Helm Band, Eliza Gilkyson
and Nagite Agindotan (Fela Kuti’s Africa 70) among others.
Sunny War has recorded two solo acoustic EP’s and one acoustic album. In 2009 she
released a 15 song acoustic album titled “Sheep”, it was released only through social
media. In 2011 and 2013 she self-released digitally the EP’s “Acoustic Sessions I” and
With 23 years, 25 US cities played and an international touring career that began in 2013
by playing five shows in Colombia and five in Brazil, Sunny War started to think on her
next musical challenge. The touring and travel experiences helped her mature and polish
her unique sound. There was an evolution, she wanted to play as a band to open new
grounds and possibilities for her music.
In late 2013 Sunny War recorded in Miami, Florida her first non-acoustic album titled “Red,
White & Blue”. Brian Rodriguez, her band-mate for 8 years in the folk-punk duo “Anus
Kings” is on bass. Javier Delgado plays the drums; Delgado is the drummer of Miami’s two
times Grammy nominated band Locos Por Juana.
Andrés Berry & Earthquake Weather
Andris Berry is a songwriter/singer. He grew up in Queens, NY where he first picked up a
guitar and heard magic in a boom box. He moved to Los Angeles in the age of riots and
earthquakes, got into old time and folk music living in the Appalachian foothills and found
desert blues on the edge of the Sahara and in the heart of the Mojave. He has performed
with LA bands and on streets and in clubs from here to Addis Ababa. Like weeds breaking
through concrete, his songs tell stories of the working man and woman, the history in the
now - dowsing in the arroyo of the American soul under hidden stars to the backbeat of
cave drums. He formed Earthquake Weather to celebrate the legacy of Joe Strummer and
benefit the Joe Strummer Foundation.
DJ Roger Mars
Cretin Hop emerged out of a sea of Top 40 and electronic music. As an alternative escape, the home for rock n roll misfits was born. 4 years under its belt, Cretin has become Los Angeles biggest rock n roll dance night playing vinyl from rockabilly to punk classics. Regularly taking place at Short Stop every third Saturday. Come experience what the talk of the town is and take a ride with the cretins. "Gotta keep it beatin' for all the hoppin' cretins!"
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