Echo Park Rising | Nathan Solis

ECHO PARK — The sprawling four-day Echo Park Rising music and arts festival promises to bring throngs of young music fans to the neighborhood this week, with more than 500 bands, artists and performers in the lineup.

Most of the acts are relatively unknown and some will only play 20-minute sets. But free admission allows visitors to come and go as they please, allowing them to sample a wide range of music performed on large outdoor stages and in small bars and cafes.

This year’s eight annual festival features local glam rock band Starcrawler and  Eduardo Arenas, founding member of the band Chicano Batman, as well as singer songwriter Miya Folick and as well as the studio session musicians who perform Greatful Dead covers under the name Grateful Shred.

Organizers  last year expected  at least 5,000 visitors a day to listen to live music and attend other events across the neighborhood. No word on how many will be drawn to this year’s larger event.

The festival not only includes hundreds of musical acts (yes, hundreds) but also a long list of family-friendly events, discounts and deals from neighborhood merchants and even a troupe of tap dancers at the lake.

Photo by Nathan Solis

This week’s event coverage is sponsored by Metro, which invites you to attend Nisei Week 2018

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