Eastside Mix: A hard-rocking weekend

Alberta Cross begins a month-long residency at The Satellite next Tuesday.

By Alfred Montez

Tonight,  April 28, you can check out some big name talent as Fredo Ortiz, formerly with the Beastie Boys, will have his own band debut at the Eastside Luv. His drums have been sought after by many side bands throughout East L.A., and now he brings all his experience and chops to the stage at the Eastside Luv for his first night out under the moniker of The Bongoloidz.

This will be our chance to see what Ortiz has learned from performing with such acts as Los Lobos, Los Villains, Ozomatli, Money Mark, The Offspring, and and Tito & Tarantula,  just to name a few of the bigger more well known bands he’s joined on stage.  With all the large venues and shows he has under his belt, Ortiz  should not have any issues wowing the crowd at the more intimate Eastside Luv in Boyle Heights.

Also performing are The Division Men, an El Paso band that also features a member of Tito & Tarantula, this time bassist Caroline Rippy-Portillo.  This duet’s quiet, mellow sound reminds me of the more flamenco or mariachi-inspired side of Tito &Tarantula, while Fredo Ortiz’ Bongoloidz will likely bring the more rocking side. Definitely a show you want to get to early, remember to check out Eastside Luv’s dress code, all shows are 21 and over, and the show is free before 9:30 pm, and $5 thereafter.

Sean Rowe @ The Bootleg Theater

On Friday, April 29,  you can catch Anti- Records artist Sean Rowe at The Bootleg Theater in Historic Filipinotown as he takes a break from supporting Lot In The Trees on their latest tour to headline his own show.  The singer songwriter has drawn comparisons to Van Morrison, and Leonard Cohen, but his recordings are made in a way no major would have the freedom to.  Recorded in a little space above his grandfather’s old Italian restaurant, the album is intensely personal, and powerfully dynamic.

His deep voice weaves tales of family, heartbreak, chasing down life and a taste of anger, or is that spite?  The emotional roller coaster that is his latest release “Magic” even finds time for head bobbing rock, with tracks like “Jonathan” giving enough energy to angry up the blood. Mostly though, the lyrics are pensive.  Like good and bad memories, one needing the other, the album travels from almost sleepy “Surprise” to more in your face, electrified and jaunty “Wrong Side Of The Bed.”  It’s a collection of songs that stand alone as great tracks but also come together to compile an awesome album, full of personal depth and introspection.

Oh Darling @ The Satellite.

Oh Darling is having their record release party at The Satellite on Saturday April 30.  The release of their latest effort, “Brave The Sound” will feature all the guitar pop and whimsical vocals that crowds have come to expect from the group, and Saturday will be the record’s coming out party at the Silver Lake club.

The group has made some noise as of late, featured in Brand X’s Unheard L.A. and also releasing a version of their song “Young Love” for the popular Rock Band game. More exciting still is the group’s recent synch deal for their song “Prettiest Thing,” which will be featured in an upcoming Disney movie, “Prom.”  One would expect the group to head out of town on a tour to support their latest release, so dont miss your chance to catch them at The Satellite while the record is fresh, as well as the material. The show is $8 and 21 and over.

Mudhoney, The Adolescents, White Flag, @ The Echoplex

Probably the biggest show of the weekend will take place on Sunday, May 1with Mudhoney headlining a stellar night at The Echoplex. With White Flag and The Adolescents warming up the crowd, by the time Mudhoney takes the stage, the energy in the Echo Park club should be off the charts.

Mudhoney has been a part of the grunge/Seattle scene since it’s inception and were responsible for inspiring countless influential bands. In their early days, performing in the Seattle in pre-grunge “Alternative” music scene, they inspired some of the heaviest hitting, highly influential bands of our time. Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain and pioneering grunge bands like Sonic Youth and Pearl Jam were influenced by their sound and songwriting style, particularly the heavy distortion and unconventional songwriting stylings.  Throw in the two openers, and you’ve got one hell of a show on your hands.

The Adolescents are a staple of the So Cal scene, with some of the deepest roots in punk rock history and tunes that are among the best executed punk songs ever. “Amoeba” is a theme, mixing blazing guitars with perfect harmonies and clever lyrics, the band has turned out songs that no collection would be complete without. They have earned top respect worldwide by sticking to their sound and performing with the same intensity night after night.

White Flag is another band that has been around the So Cal scene for a long time, beginning in 1982 in a place called Sunnymead (now Moreno Valley). They are known for putting out a TON of records, and not taking themselves, or their genre, too seriously. This can be refreshing.  When most bands are out to compete or show how tough they can be, these guys are cranking out album after album, and touring wherever they want.  The members have decades of experience in their stage spots, and now with their 25th full length album release, have reached a punk rock milestone that few bands will ever duplicate.  Their lasting power is a testament to their easygoing ways, and laid back philosophy, but also a tribute to their earnest hard work. The show is $20 in Advance, $22 Day of the show, 18 and over please.

Alberta Cross Residency @ The Satellite

Alberta Cross will be starting a month-long residency at The Satellite on Tuesday, May 3, performing every Tuesday night next month with 9 p.m. shows. Alberta Cross will also be at Bonnaroo in June as the band reaps the benefit of the successful release of their debut album, “Broken Side Of Time.”  The group, which Rolling Stone featured as a Breaking Artist, has toured both U.S. and abroad with top-name bands like Oasis and Them Crooked Vultures, playing a mix of electric blues and rock that makes for a modern twist on an old format. The songs seem almost familiar, with catchy melodies and hooks, but with a modern feel that seems to push the boundaries of the genres. A great chance to catch this breakout band on the way up, the shows are $10 and 21 and over only.

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