Summer in Los Angeles is upon us! One of the gems of this time of year is our aptly named concert series collaboration with The Getty, Saturdays Off The 405.
Between May and September, enjoy 6 expertly curated and eclectic outdoor musical adventures in the stunning outdoor courtyard at The Getty Museum. The concerts are free of course, and each act is paired with an equally talented DJ to take your spontaneous grooves into the night.
On to the talent!
Jonathan Wilson - May 17th
Keunta I Tambu - June 21st
Chicano Batman - July 12th
Caught A Ghost - July 26th
BADBADNOTGOOD - August 23rd
Kan Wakan - September 13th
For enquiring minds who would like to know more, take a visit to the Getty website.
For anyone who went to SXSW, just a reminder - music is meant to be heard and felt; it’s not supposed to be background noise or beige wallpaper or a bag of dorito chips; it’s not meant to be a marketing tool so you buy stuff from corporations… just thought I’d make the clarification before we go on.
We are really looking forward to the LA debut of Philadelphia’s
THE DISTRICTS - they’ll be one of the 9 bands playing the Post-SXSW-Party on Saturday. We saw them in Austin and were hooked within a few guitar chords of their folky rock and heartfelt songwriting. You’ve heard it before but these kids have the magic. Not to be missed also is Baltimore’s Sun Club and the breezy groovy pop of Washington DC’s Misun.
Next Wednesday check out three of our new fave bands - the moody sultry LA GIRLFRIEND, the dark groovy brooding of Flaamingos, and Plague Vendor who we’re pretty sure have listened to Gun Club’s Fire of Love before. Come out and support these kids now!
We love that twisted messed up folk/Americana stuff and SAINTSENECA currently has our ear with their broad scope of crafted songs; as Pitchfork wrote, “bandleader Zac Little writes stompy folk songs that are more artfully crafted than all the bands you probably just thought of when you read the words “stompy folk songs.” Opening is THE BLANK TAPES who are sort of like that thing you take for granted and then one day wake up and go wait, this is awesome! Why haven’t I paid attention!? Matt Adams IS The Blank Tapes and he’s been a guitar toting garage rocking troubadour for many years. He now has a full line up and their recent release "VACATION” sparkles and shimmers and takes you for a glorious ride like a south swell at Huntington Beach.
Next Friday Echo will be heavy with the cool/groovy/hip hop/nu soul/sampled vibe as Soulection takes over featuring Waldo and Iman Omari. If you’re looking to be ahead of the curve, this is where you start. Soulection has a series of mix-tapes that have laid the foundation for their collective and sound.
And we’re counting down the days for ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT… this San Diego band brought grit and style and rock bravado to their sweaty live shows in 90s and we don’t expect anything less today. Front man / guitarist John Reis is swagger and cool as he leads their anthemic punk rock chants.
And stay tuned for two great upcoming events: The 5 year Origami Vinyl anniversary party on April 3rd - expect cupcakes, good friends, some bands and surprise dj sets! And we’re already excited for Echo Park Rising to return on August 15-17!
We also want to take a moment to say RIP Reggae Pops. He was a mainstay at the Echo, especially Dub Club, and we’ll miss his spirit that will forever remind us to celebrate love and life!
And today is the first day of Spring… go outside and take a walk!