Echo Park Rising

Echo Park Rising

Echo Park Rising Music Festival will return once again to overflow the streets ofEcho Park with an eclectic mix of diverse music and comedy, seasoned performers and emerging homegrown talent all coming together for one weekend to celebrate the spirit of music, art and entertainment in the community of Echo Park.

Poppy Jean Crawford

Whether it be bouncing between the Brewery, to Bakersfield. Diving through trash or taking fake pills...In a land of Actors and Models, Poppy Jean only needs one thing…

Poppy Jean Crawford is a singer, songwriter from Los Angeles. Her mother, artist and 90s icon, Casey Niccoli (MTV VMA award winning director of Jane’s Addiction’s “Been Caught Stealing” video), met her father, a pop surrealist painter, Shannon Crawford, at a Chinatown AA meeting …shortly thereafter Poppy Jean made her first appearance.

She joined her first band, Crosseyed and Pantyless, at 15. Playing Experimental Folk Punk in the nude. Feeling she had more to offer, Poppy released her first single, “Dead Girl” at 16, dropped out of high school and got airplay on French radio. She has since been releasing music, and playing/promoting local shows.

Collapsing Scenery is the meeting of two fertile and febrile minds, Don De Vore (Ink & Dagger, Lilys, The Icarus Line, Amazing Baby) and Reggie Debris. Together they straddle the gap between music, art, film and politics, seamlessly moving between each with the same ease at which they traverse the globe, soaking up experiences and immersing themselves in different cultures.

Since they formed in 2013 “under a pall of paranoia and disgust” they haven’t stopped moving. Recent collaborations include Jamaican dancehall legend Ninjaman, Beastie Boys producer/collaborator Money Mark, and no-wave pioneer James Chance. The band also has remixes out or on the way from Genesis P-Orridge (Psychic TV, Throbbing Gristle), Jennifer Herrema (Royal Trux), Uniform, Youth Code, Brian DeGraw (Gang Gang Dance), and more.

A conversation with them recalls stories of recently recording a ‘goth-dancehall’ track in Jamaica, sailing their soundsystem into Britain for a series of shows, visiting occupied territories in Palestine on fact-finding missions, recording their debut album on a remote ranch in Texas and soaking up rays in Corsica – and that’s in the first five minutes.

The band's debut album Stress Positions is a glorious collision of futurist electro, glacial goth tones, techno, post-punk and chillwave recorded using analogue electronics: samplers, step sequencers, synths and drum machines. Aesthetically it initially recalls the early pioneering synth-punk of bands such as Human League, Screamers and The Normal, when the most forwarding thinking punks looked to the twenty-first century. Dig deeper however and it reveals an articulate and highly politicised collection that’s far from mired being in nostalgia for the recent past. Quite the opposite: Stress Positions is a forward-looking album with strong state-of-the-world lyrical content. In the tradition of so many defining electro duos – whether Suicide, Pet Shop Boys or Underworld – Collapsing Scenery’s architecture is entirely of their own creation. They’ve built their own world and live in it. The album also features contributions from UK grime artist Jammz, award wining Palestinian hip hop group DAM, LA shoegazer Tamaryn and several other likeminded collaborators.

HAMMERED SATIN

Yeah, it's possible. A gorgeous, glamy, crunchy, arty, fashiony Rock and Roll band you can dance to. Fear not, they have checked both their egos and satin jackets at the door. With a self-deprecating sense of humor, these lords of rock are as sweet as rock candy. Welcome to the Wacky World of "Hammered Satin." Don't let the name fool you. Hammered Satin did not come from the "Land of Ice and Snow", rather, they bubbled into consciousness in the Land of Sunshine and Celluloid. Noah Wallace, front man, and songwriter is the "Thomas Wolfe" of Rock and Roll. He writes songs chronicling a social condition where the glitter kids, glitterati, social elite and social effete mix in Hollywood's cultural madness. "Lets Go" is a Rock and Roll anthem. The beat is thumping, the melody unforgettable, and the message is simple: "Lets go, Rock and Roll, Baby Lets Rock and Roll". We all need a song that makes you get your stomp on. When asked how he wrote the song Hollywood Nights, Wallace said, "I thought about the nasty side of Hollywood, the side that destroys and ravishes the naive. It's my version of a public service announcement, or cautionary tale, if you will, about what not to do when you move to LA." Noah's song Cougar Kingdom explores the 40+ set. "I don't mean just the size of their boobs or bank accounts. I just dig the way older chicks can look really sexy and act the same way guys did in the 70's". What their songs have in common are catchy lyrics, an unexpected sense of social commentary creating a wacky, twisted, style of rock and roll backed by glittery, crunchy hooks.

The Steady 45's

Traditional ska / Rocksteady band from California, USA.

Blanco Y Negro

First founded in 2006 in Denmark, where they released an album with this name (Blanco Y Negro), merging cuban rhythms and scandinavian jazz.
Members: conga player and percussionist Eliel Lazo, Yasser Morejón Pino on bass and Tony Rodríguez on piano with cuban roots,
Danish drummer Jonas Johansen and Jakob Dinesen on sax.
Reanimated in 2014 with Abel Marcel on piano and Karl-Martin Almqvist on sax, replacing Rodríguez and Dinesen.

The Entrance Band

Psychedelic/Stoner power trio based in Los Angeles that emerged from a Guy Blakeslee solo effort originally known as Entrance.

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