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Eagle Rock Music Festival Line Up

A sneak peek of the 13th annual event—a focal point of culture and community throughout Southern California.

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.

Last year, a crowd estimated at anywhere from 30,000 people (LAPD figures) to 60,000 people (organizers’ figures)—perhaps even as many as 100,000 people (go figure)—thronged the streets. The precise estimates may be uncertain, but this much certainly isn't: The broad contours of Eagle Rock's main boulevard create a relaxed experience that is at once titanic and inclusive.

This year’s festival, scheduled from 4 p.m. through 11 p.m. on Saturday, October 1, will also feature a family-friendly kids corner on Caspar Avenue, where activities will include learning to play the ukulele, comic book making, clay projects and more. The programs, all taught by instructors at the Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, will give a sneak peek of the Fall Education programming at the Center.

Visitors are advised to arrive famished. The festival will offer an eclectic blend of international foods at the Eagle Rock Farmers Market on Merton Avenue as well as a variety of food trucks, including the Poutine Truck, Greasy Weiner, Slice Truck, Fresh Fries and more. And of course the restaurants of Eagle Rock will feature a variety of festival-friendly fare as well.

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 .

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.

Mia Doi Todd (photo-featured above) is no stranger to our community, having appeared in concert at the Center for the Arts. 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.

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.

“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 (schedules are subject to change; visit www.cfae.org for updates):

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

The Eagle Rock Music Festival is presented with generous support from , the , , and numerous community members, businesses and cultural organizations in Eagle Rock and beyond. Media sponsors include Patch.com, Pasadena Weekly and LA Weekly.

Free parking and shuttle service will be offered at Eagle Rock Plaza, 2700 Colorado Blvd. (at the juncture of the 134 and 2 freeways). The festival's Colorado Boulevard section runs east of Eagle Rock Boulevard to Argus Drive.

Bud Strong September 30, 2011 at 05:29 PM
The Ship/DubLab stage is curated by two recording studios who are in NELA, so that's a very local connection.
John Carlucci September 30, 2011 at 06:41 PM
Yes, but the artists themselves? Very few are from NELA. My other issue is this, these sponsored stages have mostly brought in touring bands, not local bands. Most of these bands are somehow affiliated with the stages/studios. In the meantime, the ERMF solicited $35 non-refundable application fees from local bands that had little or no chance at being accepted to perform because the slots were already filled by these sponsored stages. This is exactly what happened with Sunset Junction. Ten or Fifteen years ago, the Sunset Junction was a local festival showcasing bands that had made a name for themselves in the LA Club scene. Then it became Megapalooza with National acts. I fear the ERMF is headed in the same direction. yet it's marketing itself as the Anti- Sunset Junction. Let's put it this way, I'm very well connected in the Local Rock n Roll music scene & the choice of acts selected this year has really pissed off the locals. I live here. I know. Another problem with allowing these sponsored stages to pick the acts is that there is less diversity.
Bud Strong October 04, 2011 at 10:01 PM
Are we talking about the same festival? I witnessed an astonishing breadth of diversity Saturday night - Latin music, electronica, rock, etc. If your assertion "I'm very well connected in the Local Rock n Roll music scene" is accurate, then why don't you command a role commensurate with your influence? Have you volunteered for the event? Do you have a membership at Center for the Arts Eagle Rock and attend community events, or do you prefer to stand on the sidelines and bitch at those who accomplish the wonderful feat of putting music in our streets? Sunset Junction charged $25 to put hipsters in a cage. ERMF brings the community together.
John Carlucci October 04, 2011 at 11:52 PM
I tried to be involved. I emailed, & I applied. I received form letter email responses that made it clear to me that they had no idea what we were about or what we had to offer. I highly doubt they even bothered to look at our application. Despite having a long musical pedigree & despite owning a highly visible Rock N Roll hair salon in the area, they blew us off. Our salon could have been a huge asset in helping to promote the event. We have clients coming from all over the Southland & we've brought jobs & visibility to the area. I think you have made my point for me. One needs to be connected to the ERMF to be selected. The $35 admission fee really was a waste of time. As far as standing on the sidelines, I have a full time job, I run a second business, I play in 3 bands & I've attended many of the Highland Park City Council meetings regarding the planned re-development of York Blvd which directly affects my business. I can't be everywhere. Perhaps it just wasn't our scene. Day in & day out we heard from our customers, many of whom are prominent local musician's, Producers, artists, Music Journalists & XM radio DJ's. Very few of us heard of any of the acts that were chosen. But then again, I prefer my music to be created with actual musical instruments, not computers, drum machines , midi controllers & turntables.
John Carlucci April 24, 2012 at 05:04 AM
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang from Highland Park, just played both weeks at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival. Kind of Ironic that we can't get any respect in our own home town & were passed over by the Eagle Rock Music Festival last year. What ever happened to supporting local music???

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