Flying high

Flying high

Eagle Rock Music Festival spreads its wings, adding everything from square dancing to hip-hop

By Carl Kozlowski 10/04/2012

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For the past 14 years, the Eagle Rock Music Festival has grown to become a staple of the Los Angeles music scene, drawing up to 100,000 fans to hear great music in the streets of one of the city’s hippest areas. But with success comes the chance to experiment, and fest curator Brian Akio Martinez has plenty of ideas to shake up this year’s lineup, which features more than 70 bands across 11 stages. 
 
XHe’s added a special stage for red-hot indie record label Stones Throw Records to spotlight their talent, including nine-piece dub-reggae band The Lions and New York-based band Chrome Canyon, who will be making their Los Angeles debut at this year’s fest. Stone’s Throw founder Peanut Butter Wolf will host a deejay set in which he’ll sync up tunes with specially-created videos, creating a multimedia spectacle. 
 
Yet, the fest is going old-school in a couple of ways as well, with Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde Live — an offshoot of legendary hip-hop act The Pharcyde — performing  a live rendition of the classic album of the same name. But the quirkiest offering might come from the world of square dancing. 
 
“We’re hosting a square dance party in the Women’s Club, which was built in 1920 and has lots of roots and Americana music,” says Martinez. “It’s headlined by Triple Chicken Foot, a group that’ known for its combo of banjo, fiddle and washboard.”
 
Martinez got the idea for the square dance concert after attending the LA Folk Festival in August 2011, where he got to experience the dance for the first time. He then hosted a square-dancing party at the center in March, decorating the center to look like a forest, and had such great turnout that he decided to keep going with further dance events.
That adventuresome spirit has been a driving force for the Eagle Rock fest from its origins in 1998, when it was inspired by the now-defunct fest Dahlia Days. The idea was to unify the community with different types of events, although the focus quickly became having bands play music in local stores. 
 
“There were no street performances at the beginning,” says Martinez, who notes that people now drive in for the fest from all over Southern California and even from as far as San Francisco and Colorado. “Over the years, it kept growing and eventually it got such a great buzz that people were overflowing into the street from clubs and out over the curbs. There was such an obvious demand that we asked the city to shut the streets down about six years ago, but we still like to honor the roots of where it came from by having music in businesses and having local bands.” 

DUBLAB Stage
Future Roots/ Global 
4 p.m.: dublab dj
4:45: Contact Field Orchestra
5:30: dublab dj
6: VUM
6:45: Slayron of Peaking Lights (DJ Set)
7:15: High Places
8: dublab dj
8:45: Part Time Punks presents Rough Trade All-Stars (live)
9:30: Daedelus (DJ Set)
10: Delicious Vinyl will be presenting…Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde Live. The full album will be performed from start to finish, featuring Fatlip, Slimkid3 (formerly of The Pharcyde), J.Sw!ft, L.A. Jay & special guests.
Camilo’s Bistro 
Jazz
1840 W Colorado Blvd
7 to 10 p.m.: Dan Olivo & his Jazz Combo
Family Stage
2:30 p.m.: Apple Brains
3:30: Ellen and Matt
4:30: Bloom School of Music Rock Band
5:30: NINE
6:30: Ukulele Orchestra of the Western Hemisphere
7:30: Glen Iris
LA Filipino American Church
4 p.m.: Fabiano Do Nascimento Group (Brazilian)
5:30: Little Faith (Roots, Gospel)
7: Anenon
8:30: SASSAS soundshoppe (Experimental)
Emerging Stage
Indie / Rock / Local
Presented by KOXY Radio
In conjunction with FYF Fest and LA Record
3 p.m.: Crimekillz
4: Fleeting Heart
5: Jared James Nichols
6: Vinyl Williams
7: So Many Wizards
8: Tijuana Panthers
9: Imperial Teen
10: Very Special Surprise Guest
Rantz
International / Global Bass
4 p.m.: ERHS Latin Jazz Ensemble
6: Buyepongo
7:10: Las Cafeteras
8:20: The Boogaloo Assassins
9:20: Subsuelo
*Subsuelo (DJ between acts)
Stones Throw Stage
International / Funk / Soul / Hip Hop
3 p.m.: Coleman (Mochilla)
4: Dub Club Sound System
4:45: The Lions
5:30: Vex Ruffin
6: Special Guest (Brainfeeder)
6:45: Jonwayne & Friends
7:15: Chrome Canyon
8: J-Rocc
9: Special Surprise Guest
9:45 to 10:55 p.m.: Peanut Butter Wolf
* Hosted by Black Shakespeare of The Lions/INI Soundsystem
Women’s 20th Century Club
Folk / Roots / Americana
5:30 p.m.: Leftover Cuties
6:45: Sadie and the Blue Eyed Devils
8: The Record Company
9:15: Triple Chicken Foot (square dance)
Colombo’s
Jazz/Blues/Soul/Singer Songwriter
Inside
5 p.m.: Jenny Luna and Moondogs
6:20: Tawny Ellis
7:40: Pilgrim
9: Curve Line Quintet
Outside
6:30: Santoros
7:45: Stephan Sowan
9: Duniven
The Ship Studios Stage
Indie / Rock / Local
3:30 p.m.: Cigarette Bums
4:30: Dream Homes
5:30: Bloody Death Skull
6:30: Karmic
7:30: Wrightwood
8:30: Low Flying Owls
10: Henry Clay People
Kingsize Soundlabs Stage
Indie / Rock / Local
4 p.m.: Captions
5: Buck Shot Bill
6: Extra
7: Beat Club
8: Terraplane Sun
9: Robert Schwartzman & Friends n

The 14th Annual Eagle Rock Music Festival takes place from 2 to 11 p.m. Saturday along Colorado Blvd. between Argus Drive and Eagle Rock Boulevard in Eagle Rock. Admission is $10 suggested donation, with kids under 14 free. Visit cfaer.org.  

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