Category: Silver Lake Jubilee

Grimes, Cults, Grouplove to headline free Make Music Pasadena

The Make Music Pasadena festival on June 16 is scheduled to include Grimes, Cults and Grouplove
When Grimes last played Los Angeles, the indie electro-pop artist sold out the Echo and tickets on the secondary market were fetching close to $70. Fans won't have to shell out a dime for her next gig in the area, as the Canadian artist will bring her moody, shadow-illuminating synth textures to the free daylong Make Music Pasadena festival on June 16, organizers announced today.

The festival is set to host a mix of local and nationally known indie acts, and promises a final lineup of more than 100 bands performing about 150 concerts throughout the day. Others confirmed for the downtown Pasadena event include the wispy, soulful pop of boy/girl duo Cults, high-energy locals Grouplove and hotly tipped up-and-comers Electric Guest, whose Dangermouse-produced debut, "Mondo," was released this week.

Now in its fifth year, Make Music Pasadena is presented in conjunction with Santa Monica public radio station KCRW-FM (89.9). Running from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Make Music Pasadena boasts more than a dozen pop-up stages in unique locales, including outdoor courtyards, parks and neighborhood churches. Pasadena's ARTS buses will also host live music onboard, and carry riders to Make Music Pasadena's multiple main stages.

Others near the top of the bill for the fest include boogie ace Dam Funk, worldly psychedelic act Dengue Fever, French singer/songwriter Soko and soft pop harmonizers Milo Greene. Rounding out the list of confirmed acts thus far are Happy Hollows, So Many Wizards, Torches, Shadow Shadow Shade, Correatown, the Peach Kings, Ozma, Gustavo Galindo and KCRW DJ Jason Bentley. 

Make Music Pasadena is produced by the Old Pasadena Management District, the Playhouse District Assn., and South Lake. More acts are to be announced in the coming weeks, and maps and further information will be available on the fest's site.

Although the Sunset Junction has gone south, there will be no shortage of outdoor music happenings in the L.A. area in the coming weeks. The Silver Lake Jubilee, which runs two days over Memorial Day weekend and comes with a $20 fee, has already unveiled a lineup that includes punk band FIDLAR and soul artist Aloe Blacc.


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-- Todd Martens

Photo: Grimes at South by Southwest 2012 in Austin, Texas. Credit: Todd Martens

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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Silver Lake Jubilee: Five artists to see at the weekend rock fest

If there's one thing that this year's Silver Lake Jubilee music lineup proves, it's that gravitational forces can work in mysterious ways. The pulling-together of bands from all corners of L.A. has resulted in a variety of indie acts that, like the local music scene, is tough to categorize. Among the lineup of 50-plus bands (not to mention the hordes of poets and visual artists) are a few particularly notable acts that stretch the boundaries of genre and approach. Most are acts that can be found sweating inside venues across L.A. on any given night, but this weekend offers an opportunity to check them out in the open air.

Rainbow Arabia

Doused in a coat of Technicolor vibrancy, Rainbow Arabia uses their drum pads and saw-toothed synths to plug into a world of far-away psychedelic sounds from all corners of the globe. Their journey into bandhood, reported in a recent March article, has resulted in a spot on the roster of German dance label Kompakt -- although the beat-driven live show of this husband-and-wife duo would rather have its audience dance like hip-shaking revelers in a balmy Turkish discotheque. Rainbow Arabia takes the Santa Monica stage at the Jubilee at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, and will no doubt showcase the electropop mosaic they fashioned on latest album "Boys and Diamonds."

 Ximena Sarinaña

Releasing a smoldering brand of Latin pop from left field, Ximena Sarinaña is one of those artists in the Jubilee lineup that represents not only a crossover in genres at the festival but in overall artistic approach. Diminutive but powerful, the vocals of this Grammy- and Latin Grammy-nominated artist have lent themselves to a variety of interesting projects -- including her run as the vocalist for the Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Group in 2009 -- that have created a swell of praise for the 25-year-old songstress. Sarinaña performs in anticipation of the summer release of her self-titled sophomore album -- her first in English.

 Crystal Antlers

Long Beach-bred Crystal Antlers harness a distorted, melodic thrash madness that house parties can no longer contain. It's been two years since their debut album, "Tentacles," became the last battle cry of Touch and Go Records before its massive downsizing. In that time, the band has distilled the dissonant angst of songs such as "A Thousand Eyes" into something slightly more ethereal. On the cusp of their latest album, "Two-Way Mirror," out July 12, this will be one of their last big chances to tease out their newest batch of frenzied psychedelics. Catch them on Sunday at 7 p.m. at the Santa Monica stage.

Jail Weddings

The baroque-flavored garage pop of Jail Weddings isn't something you can just casually walk past on a busy festival ground. Besides their sheer numbers, this band of L.A.-based musicians make up one of the regions more theatrical vintage outfits. Old-time R&B basement jams coalesce with Vegas showmanship, punk fervor and saccharine female vocals. Fronted by Gabriel Hart (formerly of defunct L.A. noir punk act the Starvations), the rowdy 10-piece is often described as Nick Cave fronting the Shangri-Las. Whatever comparisons you'd like to draw, this is one band that shamelessly prides itself on creating a beer-soaked doo-wop ruckus. See them Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on the Santa Monica stage.

Slang Chickens

Although there are plenty of costume-wearing family-sized bands vying for your attention at the Jubilee, there's something to be said for a solid three-piece that can whip up the same whirlwind of bodies and sweat with their surf-inspired Americana sound. Formed in 2008, Slang Chickens' knack for synthesizing influences such as X, Neil Young and the Gun Club through a mix of electric guitar, banjo and lapsteel earned them slots at well-lauded local gigs and a tour through Austin this year at South by Southwest. Recently, the band's intense backwoods whirlwind was co-signed by seminal rock-a-billy hybrid the Knitters, who shared the stage with them at the Autry on May 12. On Sunday, Slang Chickens translate packed shows at haunts such as the Smell into a festival set at the Santa Monica stage at 3:50 p.m.

-- Nate Jackson


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Silver Lake Jubilee: Taking back the 'hood, one indie band at a time


With a bill that includes the intricate atmospheres of indie rockers Foreign Born and harmonizing pros the Living Sisters, this weekend's Silver Lake Jubilee is certainly launching with a strong local presence, boasting 30 artists spread over two days.  

It could have been, perhaps, even bigger.

"We wanted to have ultimate control over what kind of bands are playing," said Marcus Rodriguez, a member of the Silver Lake Jubilee's music advisory board. "There were three or four people who contacted us, and said they could bring such-and-such people if such-and-such band was featured. That’s not what we’re trying to do. That can be the failure of a festival in its infancy. I don’t want us to lose the reins. This is for the community, by the community."

The initial aims of the outdoor street festival are much smaller than the Silver Lake's August event Sunset Junction, which turns 30 this year and has survived some recent tense moments with local businesses and residents over how the fest has cordoned off streets. With the help of Origami Vinyl's head Neil Schield, Spaceland's Mitchell Frank and Buzzbands blogger Kevin Bronson, the Jubilee has booked a local-centric lineup that does away with the Junction's more mainstream fare -- as well as its $20 entry fee. The cost to get into the Jubilee is $5.

Keeping admission fees low was a goal from the start. It was helped by the fact that every band appearing on one of the Jubilee's three stages is doing so for free. Schield took the lead on booking acts, leaning, he said, on Spaceland's Frank as a "security blanket." 

"It’s an art community festival, and it’s about giving back to the community," Schield said. "That was attractive. As much as I love the Sunset Junction, it’s stepped away from some of the local things it was founded upon. It brings in bigger bands from out of town, and this is going back to what Sunset Junction used to be."

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