The neighborhood of Echo Park, in the heart of Los Angeles, celebrated its seventh year of music with food and multiple stages spread out across the major intersections of Sunset, Glendale and Alvarado boulevards feature more bands than one can handle. The free, four-day weekend included some of our favorite local bands including Ramonda Hammer, Sad Girl, New Evil, Billy Changer, SWIMM and The Henry Clay People. The venues included The Echo, The Echoplex, Taix Champagne Room, The Lost Room, Street Level Café, Little Joy, Trencher and Spacedust, to name a few. Several local business had specials including a 10% discount at Cosmic Vinyl, a charity fundraiser at Delikt Clothing drink specials at Lot 1 Café. At the Echo on a Friday night, room had a plethora of dynamic rock music starting with The Veers capped off with DJ Noah Wallace. In between the enormous talent, we caught up with two of L.A.’s finest: C.G. Roxanne and The Nightmare and Cheap Tissue.
C.G. Roxanne and The Nightmares are Marlon Rabenreither (vocals/guitar), Sam Thornton (bass) and Carlos Laszlo on drums. Formally in the rock outfit Gold Star, Rabenreither packed a punch with the Nightmares as their infectious and catchy rock songs filled the space in between the walls of the Echo. They opened the flood gates with their first track, “The Clampdown” and did not ease off one bit during the set. The forceful and melodic rock had the room bouncing as “Modern Love” and a new track “Don’t Die” ripped through the sound barrier holding the ceiling in place.
The onslaught of lethal bands did not stop there. Prior to this set, The Schizophonics tore up the stage with their frantic rock that’s known for issuing crowds bruised elbows and shins as a souvenir from that show. Soon after the Nightmare trio, L.A.’s Cheap Tissue took the stage to take advantage of the steam rising from the dance floor. The deadly assault from guitarist and singer Andrew Taylor was gigantic while guitarist Jesse Youngblood and bassist John Tyree backed on vocals during their set. Drummer Matt Spizer banged the hell out of the high-hat, nearly causing spasms from the front row. This is currently one of L.A’s toughest bands that needs to witness in a sweaty venue with a bit of moshing to make it through the night. They demanded attention at every song as the invasion of gritty garage-punk music shattered any noise ordinance sign in the surrounding establishments on Sunset Blvd.
The music fest ended on Sunday with Egrets on Ergot closing the Echoplex, Summer Twins at Spacedust and Part Time Punks ending the night at The Echo. Rest assured, next year will have to top this past weekend’s fantastic music showcase. We can’t wait!