Echo Park Rising: A weekend of music and lunch by the lake

Manhattan Murder Mystery/Nathan Solis

By Nathan Solis

Happy Hollows/Nathan Solis

Echo Park Rising reminded of earlier incarnations of the FYF Festival. The disjointed festival vibe flowed, a sort of community within the community along Sunset Boulevard. It was a weekend full of music and modest endeavors to captivate during the festival season.

During the brunch hour on Saturday morning, the crowds were a mixed bag of parents, pre-teens and bands. At The Echo, Black-Hi Lighter played while, down below at the Echoplex, Dorian Wood wowed that early-day rush, his powerful voice a good indication that great things were about to happen.

Outside Taix, bands like The Abigails, Olin and the Moon, Chicano Batman, White Arrows and Gap Dream played in the parking lot while, inside the restaurant, there was a much more subdued vibe with Oh Boy Les Mecs, Moses Sumney and The Reflections.

Since the dissolving of Sunset Junction, the recent move of the Silver Lake Jubilee to downtown, the Echo Park area has done well for itself with Echo Park Rising and Filter’s Culture Collide festivals.

“We’re under Sunset,” a man yelled into his cell phone while standing on Glendale Boulevard. “Yeah, we’re at a record shop, under the bridge.”

He was referring to Lollipop Records, which had crammed bands into the nook of their shop. Meanwhile a few doors down on Glendale Boulevard, Echoes Under Sunset showcased some great music as well. There were other fringe venues that showcased bands, such as Little Joy and Fix Coffee. There was just so much to see in such a short amount of time.

On Sunday I bookend my day with the Highland Park band Seasons, which opened the day at the Taix Outdoor stage and played a second set at Lot 1 Cafe in the evening. In between I saw Kim House, Fever the Ghost, The Molochs and Veterans of Future Wars.

The best set I saw was Manhattan Murder Mystery, and the best meal I enjoyed were slices of Two Boots pizza at the lake. All in all it was a great weekend, I wish to go back to camp again next summer.

Moses Sumney at Taix/Nathan Solis

Seasons from Highland Park/Nathan Solis

Sister Rogers/Nathan Solis

Chicano Batman/Nathan Solis

Crowd at Moses Sumney performance/Nathan Solis

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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.


  1. A fun and friendly free fest! Looking forward to next year!

  2. Manhattan Murder Mystery was indeed the best set of the entire fest. They owned that shit.

  3. nice photos, glad to see this story after missing the shows

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