ECHO PARK — Echo Park Rising , which was put together following the collapse of Silver Lake’s Sunset Junction street fair four years ago, returns this weekend with more than 300 acts scheduled to appear at neighborhood clubs, bars, restaurants, shops and even a pet supply store. In a marked expansion of the event, sections of Liberty and Reservoir streets in Echo Park will be closed to house a small street festival, with a main stage, beer gardens and viewing areas.
An estimated 10,000 people attended last year’s Echo Park Rising, and, according to event organizers, a similar number is expected this year for the three-day event, that begin Friday, Aug. 14. The all-age event is free but VIP passes are being sold and certain venues and areas where alcohol will be sold will be limited to those ages 21 and over.
The beginning of last year’s event was marred by the fatal stabbing of 22-year-old Carlos Arellano, who tried to defend himself with his skateboard during the assault on Sunset Boulevard as the neighborhood was crowded with festival goers. Arrellano’s attackers have not been caught, and police are seeking any witnesses who were present at last year’s festival, said LAPD Detective Miyakawa with the Northeast Division Homicide Unit. A $50,000 reward is still available for information leading to the prosecution of those responsible for the killing.
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