Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Organizers postpone Eagle Rock Music Festival

EAGLE ROCK — The Eagle Rock Music Festival, which had grown into Northeast L.A.’s largest music event and street fair, has been postponed until next spring, festival organizers announced today.

The Center for the Arts Eagle Rock ,which usually holds the festival in October, said it is working with Councilman José Huizar to re-launch the event next spring in response “to the festival audience’s appreciation for a more intimate, neighborhood-focused experience.”

No new date had been set for the festival, which featured a wide variety of musical acts that performed on outdoor stages on Colorado Boulevard as well as in shops, restaurants and other businesses along the route. While the festival had drawn large crowds in recent years, it had also prompted complaints from some residents and business owners.

“The Eagle Rock Music Festival is a community treasure,” Melinda Ann Farrell, Executive Director, Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, said in a press release.  “This spring launch gives us an opportunity to present a fresh take on ERMF and work collaboratively with the artists, residents and business owners who make up our unique neighborhoods.”

Festival organizers and Council District 14 plan to hold community meetings this fall to gather public feedback about the event.

Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council President David Greene described the festival as “a vital part of life” in Eagle Rock. “It draws people from all over L.A. and beyond to our little neighborhood, once a year, to experience what our small town in the big city is all about.”

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  1. The festival does not, as the quote in the article says, promote Eagle Rock. The uniqueness of our town is shut down for a whole day and turned into a concert venue. How could anyone truly experience ER in those conditions. Disruptive for the residence and business owners of which I am both.

    • Actually Rick, quite a few of my friends come from all parts of the greater Los Angeles area to see bands perform during the Eagle Rock Music Festival, friends who didn’t really know where Eagle Rock was in the first place. At least one set of friends have discovered Casa Bianca, for example, through the Festival and have come back for their pizza on weekends after the Festival took place.

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