Category: Festivals

Goldenvoice unleashes pre-Coachella concert calendar

Golden Voice unleashes pre-Coachella concert calendar
It's that time again. For the hordes of secret show fanatics and would-be Coachella goers, April is the key month to keep an eye on L.A.'s Goldenvoice lineup. On Monday, the mega concert promoter, headed by Paul Tollet, unleashed an impressive lineup of concerts for local venues including the El Rey, the Fonda, the Orpheum and the Fox Theater in Pomona.

Check it out and please, try not to disturb your co-workers with the major freakout you're about to have:

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Local-centric Silver Lake Jubilee unveils lineup

Aloe Blacc
The excitable punk rock of Fidlar, the hip-hop inspired soul of Aloe Blacc and the tap-dancing pop of He's My Brother She's My Sister will be on display at the 2012 edition of the now-annual Silver Lake Jubilee. Set for Memorial Day weekend, the two-day event promises more than 35 bands, including the Latin dance rock of Kinky and the electro-pop of Princeton. 

Now in its third year, the May 26-27 Silver Lake Jubilee will be all grown up in 2012, featuring a hike in ticket price from $5 to $20 per day (a weekend pass is $35). After the collapse last year of the Sunset Junction street fest, the Jubilee will be assuming the role of the neighborhood's premier music-focused street fair.

In an attempt to avoid any controversy about the jump in ticket price, the Jubilee, presented by nonprofit Los Angeles Arts & Athletics Alliance, has posted a breakdown of the fees on its website. The event promises to invest $10 in community programs, while revealing that $4 goes to administration costs and another $4 will cover city fees and insurance. The remaining $2 is divided between marketing costs and a "re-investment fund." 

Still to be revealed are this year's showcases for comedians and book readings, as well as the list of food trucks and vendors. New for 2012 is what is described as a "free community block party," although details about that have also not yet been revealed. 

Lineup after the jump:

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'The Hunger Games' soundtrack to showcase USC pop music students

USC students rehearse as part of their training for baccalaureate degrees in popular music
“Thanks for coming out to the Thornton School of Music pop music department festival,” a USC music student said Sunday afternoon during the inaugural on-campus event showcasing students who are working toward undergraduate degrees in pop music performance.

The name didn’t roll off the tongue quite like “Woodstock” or “Lollapalooza.” It did, however, give an audience of several dozen onlookers a glimpse of things to come in performances by nine bands and eight singer-songwriters working two stages for most of the afternoon in USC’s EF Hutton Park.

Associate Dean Chris Sampson, who heads the program that launched three years ago giving USC the nation’s first pop music performance bachelor's degree at a major university, said his students benefited Sunday by piggybacking on equipment that had been brought in for an indie rock concert the previous night.

The six-hour festival Sunday tapped the know-how of students in different specialties: the performers themselves, one group that selected the featured performers from among some three dozen that tried out for spots, another that worked to promote the show on campus, and others who helped with the logistics of running the equipment, lights and other production facets.

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Sunset Junction Street Festival group files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy

Rock group Kinky played the Sunset Junction Street Festival in 2008
The Sunset Junction Neighborhood Alliance has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy following last year’s  last-minute cancellation of the 30-year-old Sunset Junction Street Festival in Silver Lake, leaving behind a trail of creditors owed more than $900,000, according to documents filed in Central District U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

The city of Los Angeles, which had helped underwrite the event, is the big debt holder among more than 200 creditors, with more than $250,000 owed.

Much of the rest of the debt detailed in the filing is for booking fees not paid to musicians who had been scheduled to perform, including the Butthole Surfers ($24,000), the alt-rock band Clap Your Hands Say Yeah ($22,000), pop singer k.d. lang ($20,000), the pop band Hanson ($20,000), the rock-funk collective Ozomatli ($20,000), Bobby Womack ($15,000), the dance-pop collective Gayngs ($13,000), Peaches ($12,800), soul-R&B singers Freddie Pool ($8,750), Charles Bradley ($5,500) and Brenda Holloway ($1,500), the alt-rock duo Belle Brigade ($5,000), the punk band Helmet ($5,000), the Dum Dum Girls ($5,000), the EC Twins ($3,000), the neo-soul band Butch Walker & the Black Widows ($3,000) and the Three Degrees ($2,500).

PHOTOS: A few Sunset Junction-adjacent performances (2011)

Alliance president Michael McKinley is also listed among creditors as being owed $50,000.

The alliance listed assets of only $500 in miscellaneous furnishings and equipment at its Coronado Street office.

The alliance is the nonprofit organization that put together the festival, which was denied the city permits it needed to continue in 2011 after city officials declined to extend more time to the alliance to repay money still owed from previous years.

In August, after alliance officials scrambled to assure city officials that they could meet the year’s financial obligations, the Board of Public Works denied permits that would allow the event to proceed because promoters failed to come through with a check for $141,000 to cover fees. A last minute loan of $100,000 from concert promoter Live Nation failed to change board members’ minds.

“Fail me once, shame on you,” board President Andrea Alarcon said at the time. “Fail me twice, shame on me. This organization has failed this city time and time again.”

The street festival had grown in 30 years from a free grassroots celebration among neighborhood businesses and local musicians to a ticketed  event attracting national talent. Many residents and business owners had grown disenchanted with the yearly festival because of the disruption it created in the area.

The Internal Revenue Service, listed as being owed $20,000, and California’s Employment Development Department, an additional $6,511, are the only two creditors given priority status. All others are categorized as nonpriority debts.

Among the other major creditors are CBS Radio ($61,500) and event promoter Spaceland Productions ($24,000). The Groove Tickets ticket agency is also owed $46,417, according to the liquidation filing that was entered Dec. 7. The festival group’s lawyer, Phillip Tate, is listed as being owed $30,000.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation of Los Angeles, AIDS Walk Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center and the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles are each owed $350, according to the filing.


Junction's spirit lost in growth

No Sunset Junction? Let's party anyway

Sunset Junction Street Festival canceled

--Randy Lewis

Photo: Rock group Kinky plays the Sunset Junction Street Festival in 2008. Credit: Stefano Paltera / For The Times.

Six acts you can't miss at Fmly Fest

Six acts you can't miss at Fmly Fest

As far as marathon music events go, L.A. locals would be hard-pressed to find a more physically draining, aurally diverse experience than Fmly Fest. The festival, encompassing more than 45 bands and solo acts over two days at two different locales, is a cross-pollination of artists from all over the city.

The event is the brainchild of Cameron Rath, founder of Fmly, a tight-knit organization specializing in D.I.T. (do-it-together) community music and art events in various parts of the country. It's an offshoot of the Fmly Ride, an open, monthly bike ride/band bonanza that hosts as many as 300 cyclists on a trail of mini concerts at random, makeshift stages around Mid-City. Usually, all that's needed for a show is an open slab of concrete for a stage and a place to fire up a solar-powered generator for the amps.

Fmly Fest provides almost the same experience, only at two stationary venues with two main stages and a couple of smaller makeshift venues. The celebration begins at 3 p.m. Thursday and carries on until well past midnight Friday. In addition to the bands and solo acts, there will be community workshops presented by Lincoln Heights venue HM 157, Pehrspace programmer Sean Carnage and others.

There's a lot to see and hear. And if you don't plan on hanging out for 10 hours each day to catch everything, there are at least a handful of acts each night that definitely qualify as "unmissable." In an effort to help you help yourself, we've jotted down a list of six acts that provide all the essential ingredients for a potent Fmly band: copious amounts of indie cred, an intriguing artistic style and a dash of sweat-drenched nihilism. All the details of the festival are available on the Fmly site. To check out our cheat sheet, read on.

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Blink-182, Bush, 311 tapped for KROQ's Acoustic Christmas


Recently reunited acts Blink-182 and Bush are among the initial names unveiled for the annual Almost Acoustic Christmas concert presented by KROQ-FM (106.7). The '90s-era survivors will headline the first night of the two-day event, set for the weekend of Dec. 10-11. 

Artists sharing the bill Dec. 10 include Chevelle, Incubus, New Found Glory, Social Distortion, 311 and Young the Giant, the latter being the only relative new-comers among the initial crop. Pre-sale tickets for Night 1 will be available Wednesday via Ticketmaster for those who are members the KROQ street team.

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Stagecoach expands to 3 days with Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert

Brad Paisley CMA Awards

Miranda Lambert

The 2012 edition of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival will expand to three days to make room for headliners including Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton and Jason Aldean.

The country blowout in Indio will take place April 27-29 and also will feature a previously announced reunion performance by the alt-country group the Mavericks, plus sets from the usual broad range of contemporary and classic acts, veterans and newcomers, including Ralph Stanley, Martina McBride, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, the Del McCoury Band, Alabama, Chris Isaak, Luke Bryan, the Band Perry, Sara Evans, Kenny Rogers, Eli Young Band and Justin Moore.

Others slated for this year’s lineup include the Jayhawks, the JaneDear Girls, Dave Alvin & the Guilty Ones, J.D. Souther, Aaron Lewis, Sunny Sweeney, Sara Watkins and J.D. Crowe & the New South.
Tickets go on sale on Oct. 28 at 10 a.m. at the Stagecoach website.

Stagecoach has been concentrated over two days since it began in 2007 except for the second year, when an appearance by the Eagles warranted a third day.


Brad Paisley breaks the pattern

Miranda Lambert evolves on her new album 'Revolution'

Blake Shelton remains a candid country voice

— Randy Lewis

Photos: Brad Paisley, credit: Wade Payne / Associated Press; Miranda Lambert, credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times.

Fying Lotus as 'angel-spiced halibut'? Only in San Francisco

Flying Lotus
"I need a dollar," Orange County's Aloe Blacc sings on his signature single, but on Thursday night in San Francisco, he'll stand as the culinary inspiration for a foie gras bon-bon. Recessionary soul, after all, is best enjoyed while discussing the ethical concerns of feasting on duck liver. 

The Blacc dish is one of many that can be sampled at a drinks-and-dinner pairing called Treasure Island SoundBite to celebrate the city's Treasure Island Music Festival, set for the weekend of Oct. 15. For those whose palates lean more toward indie rock, perhaps the Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks-named beer-fried game hen and  yeast-risen waffle will satisfy, although only time will tell whether the tomato and peach caprese, with sweet balsamic, aged cheddar and smoky almond pesto, truly captures the pop tartness of Death Cab for Cutie.

Those in S.F. should know that jealousy lies behind this friendly mockery, as there was no multi-course meal in L.A. to properly prep for the FYF Fest or Coachella. Still, the digital experiments of Flying Lotus seem like they deserve more than an "angel-spiced halibut."

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OohLaL.A. showcases the diversity of Franco-friendly sounds

The Gallic festival, which starts Thursday at the El Rey, will feature Tinariwen, DJ Etienne de Crecy and Nouvelle Vague.

LOUNGE-TASTIC: Nouvelle Vague is among the acts scheduled to play the festival at the El Rey.

Some invasions are hostile, but some others come shrouded in Gitanes smoke, Godard references and new wave pop retrofitted for the international cocktail lounge.

The breathlessly named OohLaL.A. Festival will take over the El Rey for three nights starting Thursday, bringing with it a friendly army of French or French-speaking musicians, including Nouvelle Vague, the Tuareg ensemble Tinariwen and house DJ Etienne de Crecy.

Now in its third year, the festival was conceived by Sylvain Taillet, an A&R executive at the French record label Barclay, as a way to ease the passage of Franco-friendly music into American ears, a luxury long ago gifted to the British but seemingly no one else.

“I wanted to introduce L.A. audiences,” Taillet wrote in an email, “to what I consider to be our most exciting acts and showcase the diversity of French music, from electro… to the more eclectic sounds that emerge from our cultural melting pot.”

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The Eagle Rock Music Festival is set to soar

Saturday’s lineup includes headliners Flying Lotus and Health. And with the demise of Sunset Junction, this could be the year the northeast L.A. festival breaks from the pack of other local fests.

  John Famiglietti of HEALTH1


The biggest story in local music so far this year is a festival that didn’t happen.

The last-minute cancellation in August of Sunset Junction (potentially for good) happened for a variety of reasons — poor permit planning, neighborhood opposition and lack of funds, among them. But it did prove two things about L.A. music: Angelenos are incredibly passionate about local festivals for good and ill, and there is a giant opportunity for an inexpensive, easygoing neighborhood-level show to claim that institution’s mantle.

The Eagle Rock Music Festival may be moving to grab that audience. Since moving out into the streets in 2006, the festival has doubled in attendance annually, last year attracting around 100,000 fans over one day of surprisingly experimental local music. This year’s lineup may be its strongest yet. And even with the solid bookings of Make Music Pasadena, the Silver Lake Jubilee and the Abbot Kinney Festival, this may be the year Eagle Rock codifies its reputation as the must-see local festival. And it asks only for a $5 donation.

The festival, which is produced by the Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, takes place Saturday along Colorado Boulevard in the northeastern L.A. neighborhood. Headliners include the jazz-infused avant-garde beatsmith Flying Lotus and the deconstructionist noise-rock quartet Health — L.A. natives who have each had marquee billings at Coachella in recent years.

The Low End Theory, a Wednesday club night held regularly at the Lincoln Heights club the Airliner, brings a collective of brain-frying beatmakers to its own stage at the festival, such as Nosaj Thing, Tokimonsta and Gaslamp Killer, with their fractured dubstep and electronica. Other stages will highlight the revival of throwback garage rock with Barrio Tiger and Allah Las. The Eagle Rock music studio the Ship, run by indie impresario Aaron Espinoza, also will host its own stage, featuring widescreen rock such as Shadow Shadow Shade.

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