Eagle Rock Music Festival (preview) 10/6/07

As previewed for L.A. Record:

Putting the local back in local music fest, the Eagle Rock Music Festival features 40 northeast Los Angeles bands with a lineup as eclectic as the communities from which they hail. Curated by the Center for the Arts and now in its 9th year, the fest will present two main stages of global and indie music, along with more than 12 other venues hosting an array of artists spanning every musical genre known to man and hipster. On the Emerging Main Stage will be Highland Park indies the Monolators, Bodies of Water, and Teddy’s Cheer Club as well as L.A. favorites the Pity Party, Cambodian/modern pop fusionists Dengue Fever, and the impossibly energetic Under the Influence of Giants. Grammy-nominated Latin jazz artist Chuchito Valdés will grace the Global Stage, flying in all the way from Cancun as one of the evening’s only non-local performers. Also up on the world stage are Eagle Rock’s jazz/funk fusion quartet Tuesday Night Squad, Parisian chanteuse Jessica Fichot, and hip hop/reggae soulsters Black Shakespeare. The other 12 venues will host punk (the Mormons, the Mama Suki, Virginia City Revival), dub and IDM (Ded Pigeons, Dub 8), hard rock (the Front, DC4), experimental (Hecuba, weyou., Mia Doi Todd/Andres Renteria), psychobilly (the Curs), tropical folk-pop (Princeton), flamenco (Rondalla Club of L.A.), zydeco (Bennie & the Swamp Gators), interactive metal percussion (GLANK), and a reggae ice-cream truck (INI Sound System). In addition to the insane amount of music, other entertainment will include belly dancing, spoken word, martial arts demonstrations, sound and puppetry shows, capoeira arts, and hoop dancing. Get ready for a wonderful evening of neighborly camaraderie… that is, if you’re not going to that other festival. (LL)


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