Saturday, October 22, 2016

The Lions attract a pack of reggae and funk fans for a weeknight show

The Lions at Eagle Rock Center for the Arts/Nathan Solis

By Nathan Solis

Stones Throw Records hosted The Lions at the Eagle Rock Center for Arts on Tuesday night, drawing a large and lively crowd that was not put off by coming out for a weeknight gig. Before the reggae/funk Lions took to the stage, DJs Peanut Butter Wolf and J.Rocc kept the crowd busy with funk, reggae, dub and soul music throughout the night.

When the doors opened. free Golden Road beer was on hand, and what was already expected to be a fun night by some turned into dance-hall affair. “I didn’t think it would be this crowded,” a couple said while waiting in line to enter the auditorium.

“That’s free?” an astonished friend asked his group who were all holding IPAs.

The event was a stylish one with the members of The Lions sporting collared shirts, jackets and maybe some tweed. It was also the record release of their album, “This Generation,” mixing funk, soul, lots of horns, organ style keys and sticky guitar work.

“You’re all here on a Tuesday night? How many of you all don’t have jobs?” asked Lions frontman Alex Désert.

A few people threw their hands up, cheering, loud.

“Well thank you and thank the rest of you that do have to get up tomorrow.”

The Lions/Photo by Nathan Solis

Peanut Butter Wolf/Photo by Nathan Solis

J. Rocc/Photo by Nathan Solis

The Lions/Photo by Nathan Solis

The Lions/Photo by Nathan Solis

Nathan Solis is a Highland Park resident who writes about and photographs the L.A. music scene. You can find more of Solis stories, reviews and photos at Smashed Chair.

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  1. Angeleno Heightster

    I did have to get up this morning, but the pain was well worth the good times had by all who made it out to the Lions last night. Easy parking, no lines at the Kogi truck, free Golden Road IPAs, good DJs and a great band – Long Live the Lions! L.A. at its finest.

  2. PLEASE someone hip me to the method by which I could have learned about this show prior to its happening. I dug Alex Desert’s work with Hepcat and would have totally gone to this show if I would have known it was occurring. I regret having missed it! How did one in the crowd mentioned in the article learn of this show?

    • It was on the Stones Throw website, the label that is putting out the new Lions Album (their first), and home to DJ’s PB Wolf (Founder) and J Rocc. I Unfortunately live in San Diego and missed this remarkable show, and the free beer was a pleasant surprise. Just one of the many things I miss about North east LA!!!

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