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Summer Concerts Wrap Up with the Mother of All Indie Festivals: Echo Park Rising Kicks Off on Thursday

By DONNA BALANCIA

Summer may be winding down but cool concerts in Marina Del Rey and Santa Monica Pier have given way to the annual prize: Echo Park Rising.

Echo Park Rising this year features LA’s finest musicians — some well known and some not so much so — but all of whom give it their everything.

The Sloths to play Echo Park Rising

The Sloths will play Echo Park Rising – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Echo Park Rising

With Echo Park Rising, bands are scattered throughout the Echo Park area on established and makeshift stages, going from Sunday’s Best Thrift Apparel and Taix restaurant to the Echoplex and basically every coffee shop, record store and sidewalk in between.

Yo La Tengo was a featured band at Chase Park this summer - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Yo La Tengo was a featured band at Chase Park this summer – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Marina Del Rey Summer Concerts

The Marina Del Rey concerts featured musicians ranging from the Marina Del Rey Orchestra and Alejandro Escovedo to punkers Yo La Tengo.  The shows drew a sizeable crowd to each of the events. The series will close out with jazz musician Arturo Sandoval.

Valerie June entertains at the Santa Monica Pier - Photo by Donna Balancia

Valerie June entertains at the Santa Monica Pier – Photo by Donna Balancia

Santa Monica Pier

The Pier opened to record numbers for Khalid, featured musicians like Eric Burdon, Valerie June and will wrap up with Warpaint.

Schizophonics put on a show that is not to be believed - Photo by Donna Balancia

Schizophonics put on a show that is not to be believed – Photo by Donna Balancia

EPR Lineup

As for Echo Park Rising, the lineup this year is amazing.  Performers include The Buttertones; Surf Curse; Alice Bag; Black Mambas; Bodegas; Boogaloo Assassins; The Smoky Knights; Cheap Tissue, Dancing Tongues; Plague Vendor; The Sloths, Twin Temple, The Schizophonics, The Knitts and many, many more.

The fest runs Thursday through Sunday. For more information go to the Echo Park Rising website.

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