by Brad Roberts
OK everybody. Happy New Year! Another week off of work, I could get used to this. It's very hard for me to believe that this is the sixth New Year I've been able to welcome in as writer of this weekly column. Honestly, it is one of my proudest achievements. I love this music community, and they appear to love me back. With the exception of New Year's Eve, all other days this week offer two or three shows, tops. But New Year's Eve is certainly celebratory in Downtown L.A. with two shows (one indoors and one outdoors) offering three stages each. "Let's Party NYE" is at The Legendary Park Plaza next to MacArthur Park which features bands like De Lux, who have had such a year they deserve to celebrate, Blood Orange and IO Echo, along with many many others on their three stages. At Grand Park they are opening up three stages for New Year's Eve L.A. which will present Dorothy, Mr Little Jeans, Ceci Bastida, Run River North and tons more. So there's something for everyone.
Monday residency band Kissing Cousins offer a new band called Fakers who are actually members of The Henry Clay People, Piebald, Summer Darling and Vanaprasta as a supporting band for their final December Satellite night. Rebecca Balin has put together a sweet line up at The Satellite on Tuesday with The Big Bang, Maceo Paisley and Animal Raps. Two great nights of bands as The Smell celebrate their 17th Anniversary on Friday and Saturday.
"Satellite Nights" is a now-annual treat of eight nights of free shows and begins this year (next year) with Dorothy, who are rapidly becoming the new hot thing, and Green Gerry on Friday night at The Satellite. (There really are other clubs in town).