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Top Picks: Eagle Rock Music Festival

Your guide to harmony at 2011's seminal music event.

Electronica, rock, acoustic, jazz, Latin, zydeco and beyond—the Eagle Rock Music Festival is our community’s marquee celebration, an occasion for musicians to perform at diverse venues along Colorado Boulevard, including auto shops, formal stages, even a motel balcony.

Here are our four top picks:

Different Strains of Coltrane

Among the Festival’s featured performers are Flying Lotus, the experimental producer/laptop musician referred to affectionately as "FlyLo" by fans and critics. Born Steven Ellison, the great-nephew of the late Alice Coltrane and John Coltrane infuses kaleidoscopic textures and mind-bending beats into a riveting aural tapestry. Flying Lotus will perform on the Low End Theory Stage at 10:20 p.m.

Queen of Cosmic Melodies

Mia Doi Todd (see photo above) is no stranger to our community, having appeared in concert at the . She was featured this summer at the Hollywood Bowl for Global Soul, on a bill that included Stevie Wonder, Sharon Jones and Janelle Monáe. With her latest release Cosmic Ocean Ship, the singer/songwriter expands on her recorded legacy of gorgeous melodies and sensual song craft. Mia Doi Todd will appear on the Global Future Roots Stage at 6:15 p.m.

Sounds and Ideas

The neo-psychedelic collective Shadow Shadow Shade unveils a cinematic approach to their music, revealed in intricate arrangements reflective of British pomp-rock, cross-pollinated with an indie sensibility. Fronted by an opera-schooled lead vocalist Claire McKeown, the band’s opulent musicality projects dense, majestic arrangements, hypnotic grooves and epic complexity. Shadow Shadow Shade will perform on The Ship Stage at 10 p.m.

Barrio Power—Unleashed

“Blazing,” “blistering” and “bombastic” are adjectives that characterize the uncompromising artistry of garage punkers Barrio Tiger. The band is inked to Pat Todd's Rankoutsider Records, which earlier this year released its 12" 45 EP Laugh Now, Cry Later, recorded with Manny Nieto. “Punk rock with beer-soaked intensity,” is one apt description of this bold, uncompromising Los Angeles-based aggregation. 

  • Here’s the entertainment line-up:

Razorcake/Zocaloc Stage • American Legion Hall•  2109 Merton Ave.

4:30 Special Guest
5:30 French Exit
6:30 Cheeto Champ
7:30 Summer Vacation
8:30 Fuxedos
9:30 Barrio Tiger

Family Stage • Corner of Merton/Caspar

4:00 Pio Pico
5:00 Magic Show with Micah Cover
6:00 Ellen and Matt
7:00 NINE
8:00 Ukulele Orchestra of the Western Hemisphere
9:00 Hot August Nights—A Neil Diamond Tribute

• 1840 Colorado Blvd.

Special Guest

Global “Future Roots” Stage • Colorado Boulevard, between Maywood & Caspar

Co-Curated by Dublab

4:00 Carlos Nino
4:45 Paul Livingston Trio
5:30 Village Archive
6:15 Mia Doi Todd
7:00 Hymnal
7:45 Pharaohs
8:30 Biggest Crush (Sunny Levine + Turquoise Wisdom)
9:15 El Haru-Kuroi
10:00 Special Guest

Emerging Stage • Colorado Boulevard and Shearin Avenue

Presented by Ford: Gimme the Gig, Co-curated by FYF Fest, LA Record, Koxy Radio

4:00 Kenan Bell
5:00 Red Shark
6:00 The Feeding People
7:00 Special Guest
8:00 Allah Las
9:00 Boom Bip
10:15 HEALTH

• 1941 Colorado Blvd.

6:00 Latin Jazz Ensemble
8:00 Cambalache
9:00 Umbalaye

Low End Theory Stage • Colorado Boulevard, between Highland View and Hermosa Avenue

4:00 Gaslamp Killer
4:20 Nobody
4:40 Daddy Kev
5:00 D-Styles
5:20 JonWayne
6:00 Nocando
6:20 Teebs
7:00 D-Styles
7:20 Dibiase
8:00 Daddy Kev
8:20 Tokimonsta
9:00 Nobody
9:20 Nosaj Thing
10:00 Gaslamp Killer
10:20 Flying Lotus

• 1840 W. Colorado Blvd.

7:00 Bonne Musique Zydeco

• 5150 Hermosa Ave.

5:00 Erik Estrand Ensemble

• 1833 Colorado Blvd.

4:00 Ampersand
5:00 Six-Pak
5:00 Border Radio
7:00 Saucy Monky
8:00 The Vagabondz
9:00 Duniven
10:00 Special Guest

Kingsize Stage • /1801 Colorado Blvd.

4:30 Beatnik Jr.
5:30 Gangi
6:30 Buffalo Electric
7:30 Miracle Parade
8:30 Dorian Taj
9:30 Adventure Galley
10:30 Rooney

Ship Stage • Panang/1801 Colorado Blvd.

4:00 Dirty Bandits
5:00 All Spots to Black
6:00 Little Red Lung
7:00 Molino
8:00 Phaxanation & The Dust Kickers
9:00 Blonde Summer
10:00 Shadow Shadow Shade

A $5 suggested donation can be made at the main entrances and throughout the festival. This contribution supports the , the nonprofit that produces the Eagle Rock Music Festival, along with the office of .

Tony October 01, 2011 at 04:28 PM
Nice run-down, Dan. Also groups of note: Red Shark, Boom Bip, Allah Las and Health at the Emerging Stage. Can't go wrong with Dorian Taj and Rooney at the Kingsize stage. And, I love Nocando, Tokimonsta, Gaslamp Killer, Dibiase, Nosaj Thing and D-Styles at the Low End Theory Stage. And, props for bringing D-Styles to ERMF, who is one of LA's pioneering rappers from the 90s.
Dan Kimpel October 01, 2011 at 06:58 PM
Thanks for the info, Tony. Looks like fabulous weather for the biggest NELA Music Night of the Year. I'll be dropping by the Patch booth tonight - c'mon by and say hi.

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