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.