by Brad Roberts
Trying to put something together with all the distractions of Echo Park Rising still spinning around my head. Maybe it's a little disingenuous of me, but I'm glad this coming weekend's FYF FEST is prohibitively expensive and therefore easy to say 'no' to. And it's schedule isn't half as interesting to me. Friday at Echo Park Rising turned into an all-afternoon event that was thrown into a bit of disarray from the sound problems that plagued the Liberty Main Stage delaying their set times by about an hour. Still, that's to be expected at these extravaganzas. HOT was the biggest attention getter, but by ducking into the cold dark cave that was Echoplex I found refuge (and a cold beer). Alternating between indoor and outdoor venues, I survived for about 7 hours that day seeing a lot of good music. Particularly Northern American, Bird Dog and SWIMM.
Not enough food to soak up the beer did me in on Saturday morning so I only did a few hours on the second day, but I did get to see the magnificent extravaganza that is Bloody Dead Skull and a top flight set by Seasons, both bands battling intense heat and showing off what troopers they are!
Consequently I went into Sunday completely refreshed and ready for the best (for me) schedule of the three day event. Started off well when I got there early to see a couple of bands at Echoplex but ran into Aldous RH at The Echo first and was very impressed. Highlights of day included Children, Donna Bummer, Two Sheds, Sand Babes, Dante Elephante, Mariachi Manchester and Barrows. Very excellent day!
Monday night we get a return from the dustbin of history, a single performance from The Henry Clay People as they climb on stage at The Echo for one more time. It's the third installment of the August residency for Fakers and they're taking it up a notch with this bill which also includes LA Font.
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