by Brad Roberts
Forty five years ago today (Friday, August 15) My friends and I were driving on the New York State Thuway on our way to The Woodstock Music and Arts Festival. It was sunny, warm, and we were surrounded by lush green hills and trees. I was 18 and the whole world seemed to loom ahead of us. Now I'm preparing to go to Echo Park Rising, which is (coincidentally?) occurring on the same three days, August 15, 16 and 17. Although not likely to be the earth shaking, generation-defining event that occurred in 1969, I still feel the same sense of excitement and anticipation I felt that day long ago. Current music is as exciting to me as was the music back then and my passion for live music has only grown stronger.
And right now I'm stuck on the bus in traffic crawling on Sunset Boulevard trying to get to Echo Park, just like that damned Woodstock I'm gonna be late! ...Now that I'm on my way home on Sunday evening I can say I hand a great time and met and saw a lot of great new bands. Very exciting and encouraging. I'll post about it later in the week.
We are well into festival season and this coming weekend's FYF FEST takes place in downtown Los Angeles. The steep ticket price for this event (which sold out long ago), plus the fact I spent last weekend at the free three-day Echo Park Rising, saturated my festival going self for at least a couple of weeks. And, to be frank, even though populated with bigger names, I much preferred the line up at EPRising.
There's a great line up of available shows to take you through the whole week apart from the festivals. A highlight is the return of The Henry Clay People for a one time only (isn't this the 'second-time-only'?) performance at The Satellite's Tribute to The Replacements on Tuesday night. With Geronimo Getty and The Breakups and more also on the bill, this is likely to be 'irreplaceable' and irresistible. Lots more inside.