Best bets at this weekend’s Echo Park Rising festival

Scenes from 2013 Echo Park Rising | Nathan Solis

Scenes from 2013 Echo Park Rising | Nathan Solis

By Marni Epstein_

ECHO PARK – This weekend Echo Park will welcome the fourth annual Echo Park Rising festival to the neighborhood. The three-day music and arts event is free, and aims to celebrate the creativity and diversity of the Eastside enclave.

This year’s schedule is again loaded with talented acts. You can get the full schedule here, but we here at The Eastsider have previewed some of our top picks for each day, below, to help you craft your schedule for this weekend. Happy listening.

Friday August 15

Allah-Las @ TAIX Main Stage | 9 PM
L.A.-based Allah-Las was formed while its members were working at Amoeba Music. Given the band’s own lo-fi sensibilities, it seems only fitting that they were borne from the bowels of a record store. With a carefree attitude and backing harmonies, vocalist Miles Michaud and Co. are reminiscent of 1960s British invasion groups like The Zombies.

Mystery Skulls @ Echoplex | 10:10 pm
The success of Mystery Skulls is, in fact, no mystery. The electro project features vibrant melodies and hard hitting beats. All of this is laid over frontman Luis Dubruc’s falsetto vocals, which liken to a slightly more subdued version of Michael Angelakos’ of Passion Pit.

Saturday August 16

Peanut Butter Wolf @ TAIX Main Stage | 9 PM
Peanut Butter Wolf is the alter ego of all-star producer DJ Chris Manak. Manak is also the founder of left-of-center Los Angeles-based record label Stones Throw Records. Eighteen years after its founding, the label and Manak are a worldwide force in evocative, independent hip hop, funk, and electro-based music. Earlier this year Manak and Stones Throw’s story hit the big screen in the documentary Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton. Catch this legend in the making on Saturday.

Sunday August 17

Silver Hands @ Echoplex | 5:45 pm
L.A.’s Liz Wright and San Francisco-based Drew Marcogliese (Afghan Raiders) are Silver Hands. This LA-SF partnership has had the duo pounding the pavement in both cities over the last two years. Silver Hands explores the winding roads of an electro-funk soundscape. It is grounded by Wright’s trademark vocals — her hearty timbre paints in broad, elegant strokes. She is gloriously vexing.

Batwings Catwings @ Lot 1 | 11:30 pm
Hailing from from Glassell Park and Highland Park, Batwings Catwings are back for another year of Echo Park Rising. Their Whoa EP last year recharged L.A.’s once-legendary punk scene with a dose of adrenaline. Singer Dana Poblete disaffectedly flutters about, oozing a levity which never lets you take Batwings Catwings too seriously.

Marni Epstein Epstein is an entertainment, music, and lifestyle Journalist and resident of Echo Park. She has previously worked in the film and digital media industries with FOX and Sony Pictures Entertainment. She is currently also pursuing a Masters in Historic Preservation.

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  1. When you refer to Echo Park as an, “Eastside enclave”, exactly what or where are you using as your referece point.  East of what?  I’ve lived in Echo Park since 1992. I happily left West L.A. to live here. Echo Park is not and never has been the “east side”.  The insistance to erroneously refer to Echo Park as the east side of L.A.  reminds me, frankly, of that same old west side thinking. Please, get to know the city.      

    • It is east of the center of LA (which runs from east of downtown to the west end of the Valley) – or not counting the Valley, from the Pallisades to downtown. Hollywood is sort of in the middle; east of that and you are on the east side of town.
      It doesn’t mean EP is the farthest point east in LA.

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