Eastern Lights Festival to spotlight El Sereno music and arts

Festival will be held in the courtyard of Holy Grounds Coffee

Festival will be held in the courtyard of Holy Grounds Coffee

EL SERENO —  The first-ever Eastern Lights Festival will start small: three bands, an art show and some craft vendors gathered at a coffee house. But organizers said they hope this Friday’s festival will turn into an annual celebration of the neighborhood’s music and art scene.

The festival is the brainchild of Mike Hurst of the El Sereno-based electronic space-rock band Blade of Grass and Jessica Arevalo, the events coordinator of Holy Grounds, the Alhambra Avenue coffee house that will host the event in its open-air courtyard and multi-purpose rooms.

The mission of the Eastern Lights Festival – the name is a play on the “Northern Lights” (aurora borealis) — “is to provide residents of El Sereno and beyond a chance to celebrate its local music and arts scene,” said Hurst in an email.

In addition to Blade of Grass, the festival will also include performances by the  “psychedelic doom” group The Psychic Ferns and  Celest3, an electronic rock band.

Proceeds from the $8 cover charge will be go to the nonprofit Holy Grounds Literacy Foundation as well as the musicians and vendors.

Eastern Lights is scheduled to begin at  8 pm on Friday, Sept. 2 at 8 p.m.  Go here for more details.

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