What to do this weekend now that Silver Lake’s Sunset Junction festival failed to get the necessary city approval? A group of Silver Lake merchants have quickly organized an alternative: The No Function Junction.
The idea of staging a Saturday afternoon sidewalk sale and hosting musical acts and other performers came up this morning as some neighborhood shop owners were having coffee at the Casbah Cafe,said Sarah Dale, owner of the Pull My Daisy boutique. The home deco store Reform School, for example, will be hosting a ukulele orchestra, the 4100 bar will open up its parking lot to bands that have been scheduled to play at the festival and Pull My Daisy will be hosting a magician and popcorn truck, said Dale.
“We can give them some popcorn and ukuleles,” said Dale of anyone who shows up this weekend and discovers the festival has been canceled.
There is still no official word from festival organizers if the event has been officially canceled but the event cannot be held without a city permit, and some merchants wanted to help fill the void. Dale, who also sits on the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council, is one of the many merchants and business owner who have complained about the disruption caused by the festival over the years.
“We are trying to make the best of a sad situation,” said Dale. “It’s all very organic and very last minute.”