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Sunset Junction, who needs ya? That seemed to be the attitude on Saturday as Silver Lake, Echo Park and downtown sprang to life on Saturday, with music venues and other businesses opening their doors to bands displaced by the cancellation of the annual street fair. Fans shuttled to and from locales hosting day- and nighttime shows, giving the Eastside a distinct SXSW feel.
One such show was the day party in the backyard at Dangerbird Records, co-hosted by 98.7 FM and Buzz Bands LA, which featured a show-stealing performance by L.A. five-piece Vanaprasta, a dynamite turn at dusk by Butch Walker & the Black Widows and six other bands sounding crisp in the afternoon heat. The event raised about $2,500 for the children’s cancer charity, the Pablove Foundation.
Vanaprasta’s scorching set had a light moment when guitarist Cameron Dmytryk (that’s him, shredding, in the top photo) romped into the crowd to play sleigh bells during an extended jam and, upon trying to return to the stage, was tackled by a security guard who thought he was a fan. Despite the heat, the energy was high during all eight sets, all the way to the end when Butch Walker & the Black Widows played their new album, “The Spade” (out next Tuesday), in its entirety.
New music abounded, most of it good if not great, making the day a true showcase. Holly Conlan kicked off the proceedings, followed by Francisco the Man, Chasing Kings, the Fling, Vanaprasta, Useless Keys, Milo Greene and Walker.
Photos by Bronson