In August, the LAPD served the Echo Park performance space Echo Curio with the noise-scene equivalent of The Black Spot -- a warning to the venue operators to make their patrons stop brown-bagging booze. It was only a matter of time before the city noticed that the art and music venue on a busy stretch of Sunset Boulevard, open since 2006 and known for its loosely enforced $5 admissions, was missing a few other permits as well, namely the one permitting live music.
On Saturday, the venue posted a blog item noting that due to another city intervention, all shows in the space have either been canceled or moved to venues such as the Fretted Frog (for a stateside visit from Francophile folkie Francoiz Breut) or founders Grant Capes and Justin McInteer's houses while they procure the proper paperwork to continue hosting live shows. While the gallery will still be open, Echo Curio was on a hot streak of ambitious live bookings, including sets from Sub Pop's Tiny Vipers and disco revivalists Kisses, so we'll pour out a wrapped tallboy from King Liquor in memorial and hope that the music hiatus is a short one.
-- August Brown
Photo courtesy Echo Curio. Via The Eastsider LA