by Brad Roberts
For the first week of summer, a fairly normal schedule ramps up to a fever pitch on Friday and Saturday with a bunch of outdoor shows on Friday and two competing all-day events on Saturday that demand attention. Lolipalooza 2 is taking place at The Echo and Echoplex all day Saturday at the same time as a final show extravaganza at the most beloved and highly revered Echo Country Outpost. I had a lot of fun at last year's Lolipop Records festival, but I am compelled to get to The Outpost one last time.
In just the few short years of its existence Echo Country Outpost (above) has become a legendary venue holding some of the most extraordinary events that always felt closer to parties among friends with its magnanimous host Chris Hajek and a yard full of amusements, than a regular concert. Among the many artists scheduled to appear are longtime regulars Blackwater Jukebox, Christian Lee Hutson, Evan apRoberts Band, Fort King, RT n' the 44s and Tommy Santee Klaws. and so many others. It starts at noon so plan on staying all day.
Monday looks to be the last show at Bootleg HiFi as The Fold pulls out, leaving the fate of the music venue up in the air. HUNNY finish off their residency with this show and then the schedule goes dark. I've seen many great shows there and although these have often ended with me taking a mile+ walk from Beverly to Sunset to catch a bus in the middle of the night, it's usually worth it. I'll keep hoping for a reopening.