Eastside Mix: A Friday night of psychobilly & Afro-Cuban fusion

HellBound HayRide

By Alfred Montez

Tonight , June 24, the American Legion Hall in Highland Park hosts Los Creepers, The Vagrant Dead, Saints and Sinners, and others for a night of greaser-infused punk rock and psychobily. Hellbound Hayride will be headlining, fronted by Eddie Wilson, a SoCal legend in his own right, with thousands of shows under his belt given his band’s 20+ year career.

Wilson’s songwriting style is more rock than country, but with just enough twang in his drawl and guitar to keep in step.  Really this is a rock and roll band, probably even delving into more aggressive sounds for a couple of songs, but Wilson’s vocals and tragic wailing style are what really separate this band from the rest. The show kicks off at 8 p.m. and  is 21 and over only. The door charge is $8. For the uninitiated, The American Legion Hall is on Avenue 55, just off of Figueroa.

Umbalaye @ The M Bar

Also tonight, Umbalaye is performing at The M Bar in Boyle Heights. This is an Afro-Cuban fusion band formerly led by Jose “Crunchy” Espinosa, one of the co-founding members of Ozomatli and an extremely talented saxophone player, who passed away earlier this year.  Espinosa’s family garage was actually Ozo’s first rehearsal space.  Expect to hear afro-driven, latin-infused rhythms and a blazing horn section that truly compliments the full band with skillful playing as a unit, along with some great individual melody.

Although Espinosa passed away at the beginning of this year, Umbalaye is carrying on the music, and is sure to get people out of their seats, and onto the dance floor. The show kicks of at 5 p.m. according to their website. So show up early  or call ahead.

There’s a lot of music out there. Eastside Mix will help guide you to noteworthy shows and keep you up to date on Eastside venues, bands, artists and labels. Did we miss something? Send an email to hello@theEastsiderLA.com.

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