Like the last eleven years the Annual Eagle Rock Arts & Music Festival is being held Saturday October 3rd from 5pm until 11pm FOR FREE (all ages)! Yes, FOR FREE!
The street festival will commandeer six blocks of Colorado Boulevard in sunny and humid Eagle Rock, California. There will be three main stages (even more sub stages): Global/World, Indie/Emerging, and a Kids’ Stage. Just to let you know ahead of time, you should probably take public transportation like the Metro if you want to get there without having to hock over what’s left of your savings for parking. So, get there early, and get there smart. Save your money for the food booths!
And as with most music you have to weed out the stuff you don’t exactly vibe with and hang on to dear life to the ones you do mesh with. So, I hate to do it, but I’ve researched a lot of the artists on the bill and I’m only recommending you stop by certain live acts, which I entitle: “My Faves By Stage.” The stages I look forward to the most are these six: Emerging, American Legion Hall, Kingsize Sound Lab, The Ship, Razorcake/Zocaloc, and South in the Park/Future Music Stage. Although I pride myself on my super human concert going abilities, I am merely still a mortal human so I can’t make it to each, but I will try to make it to a few of them. You gotta pick your battles people!
Drawing from past experience I take that each of these stages represent what the independent music scene in Los Angeles is all about – variety. Some of last year’s performers turned this year’s Indie darlings include: Earlimart, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, Princeton, and Mika Miko. So because of past reputation you can bet your sweet headphones that this year’s diverse lineup’s gonna bring it and bring it for FREE.
My faves from the Emerging Stage are: Faraway Places, Fol Chen, Free Mortal Agents, and No Age. Faves from the American Legion Hall Stage are: Shakey Graves, Random Patterns, Bob Bruno, and Pocahaunted. Faves from the Kingsize Sound Lab Stage are: Andrew Lynch and Alaskan Summer. From the Ship Stage: WonderGround, Ovideo, The French Semester, Nico Stai, and of course The Happy Hollows. On the Razorcake/Zocaloc Stage are: The Ignorant, Carnage Asada, and Apples and Onions. Last and final of my favorites are on the South in the Park/Future Music Stage with: DJ Nobody, Jeremy Sole, and last but not least, Peanut Butter Wolf.
This event will be packed in waves since everyone is trying to find things to do for free nowadays. So please, be prepared for some musical and cultural interaction with your fellow Angelenos. Maybe meet up with a few friends for a bar crawl down Colorado Blvd or just get out in the sun for while, since you’re out of the office anyways and it still feels like Summer. Make note of all these artists because you will definitely hear more about them in 2010…
Listen to the bands beforehand:
Emerging Stage Faves:
Faraway Places – http://www.myspace.com/thefarawayplaces
Fol Chen – http://www.myspace.com/folchen
Free Moral Agents – http://www.myspace.com/freemoralagents
No Age – http://www.myspace.com/nonoage
American Legion Hall Stage Faves:
Shakey Graves – http://www.myspace.com/shakeygraves
Random Patterns – http://www.myspace.com/randompatternsmusic
Bob Bruno – http://www.myspace.com/bobbbruno
Pocahaunted – http://www.myspace.com/pocahaunted
The Ship Stage Faves:
WonderGround – http://www.myspace.com/wonderground
Ovideo – http://www.myspace.com/ovideomusic
The French Semester – http://www.myspace.com/thefrenchsemester
Nico Stai – http://www.myspace.com/nicostai
The Happy Hollows – http://www.myspace.com/thehappyhollows