Cultures and music to collide in Echo Park this week

Scenes from earlier Culture Collide / Porcupiny/Flickr

By Marni Epstein

Have you noticed that balloon hovering over Taix? Echo Park is once again proudly flying Filter Magazine’s flag of world music. Beginning this Thursday, we’ll be going around the world in just three days thanks to the Culture Collide Festival and Creative Summit. Great music and beers of the world are added to the pot as Echo Park melts into a ever-growing smorgasbord of culture.

The events will be spread across several indoor and outdoor venues, ranging from The Echo to Lot 1 Cafe as well as Echo Park United Methodist Church and the World Stage in the Taix parking lot. Activities begin as early as 2PM on some days but the bulk of the shows carry on late into the evenings. Be sure to check the schedule for details.

Below are some of the world’s emerging talents you shouldn’t miss.

IZA @ Taix
Thursday, Oct. 10 @ 10:50 pm*

Perhaps the most unholy of unions has brought this two-time Polish Grammy winning vocalist together with the LBC’s Snoop Lion (Snoop Dogg). But it’s just the kind of off-center collaboration that peaks the senses. Her forthcoming album/movie project with Snoop, “Birds of a Feather”, is due out later this year. IZA sings with the aery delicacy that draws comparisons to Lykke Li while musically  she marries a new age R&B with pop influences. * Iza will also perform on Saturday, Oct. 12 at The Church at 2PM and at Lot 1 at 7 pm.

Miami Horror /The Echoplex
Friday, Oct. 11 @ 12 am

Miami Horror has been making music down under since 2007 and was originally the namesake of founder DJ-Producer Benjamin Plant. With critical and commercial success producing official remixes for bands like The Presets and Tegan and Sara, the band has since expanded into a quartet. This indietronica outfit presents a tantalizing machination of radio-ready dance pop, house vibes, and ‘70s funk undertones. The band released their full length debut Illumination is 2010. Their latest single “Real Slow”, released just last month, has an Eastside connection featuring vocals from Sarah Chernoff of Silver Lake’s own Superhumanoids.

Alice Russell @ The Echo
Saturday, Oct. 12 @ 9 pm

Alice Russell a grittier more modern riff on the UK soul scene that has permeated the states via the likes of Amy Winehouse and Adele. Every bit their contemporary, it is perhaps her more envelope-pushing, experimental soul sensibilities that makes Russell the more niche artist that she is, at least stateside. One listen to Russell’s deeply brooding, sultry tones and you’ll know she was meant to command the stage.

Marni Epstein is a freelance writer and music journalist who has also worked in both the film and digital media industries.


  1. Not to beat a dead horse here but events like this make me chuckle. Only because if the gang war, violence, fear, lack of safety (that people who support the gang injunction cry wolf about) was a reality nothing and I mean absolutely nothing like this event would be able to take place in Echo Park.

    But reality is, times have already changed and events like Culture Collide can take place without even given the “threat of gang violence” a second thought.

    • Twelve Words or Less.

      Observation irrelevant. Lotus Festival and Cuban Music Festival exist before “times changed”.

      • Because those events were geared towards populations that would be considered “outsiders” by the cholos everyone fears, right? You seriously think that if things were as bad as people claim to be that the cholos would stand by idly as all these EXTRA hipsters swarmed to the area?

  2. I still think residents should be able to provide an ID or proof of living in the neighborhood and get a wrist band for free. We have to put up with this, the influx of the city coming to our neighborhood and taking over. Why should I have to literally pay for it? I’m not being sarcastic. I think that should be a general practice among all street festivals that take over a neighborhood with street closures, etc. Especially when a concert is practically in my living room. There should also be an EP stage. Do you know how many bands probably live in Echo Park? But what do I know, I’m crazy. Have fun ya’ll. I’m taking off till Sunday. Not trying to repeat my forced experience like last year.

  3. the promoters ought to be obligated to fix up/clean up the immediate vicinity as a function of being allowed closure of the streets. that area between Taix and Vons is DISGUSTING.

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