Last weekend I hit up the Eagle Rock Music Festival in Eagle Rock (duh) on Colorado Blvd. They shut down the streets and really turned this $10 suggested donation party into a real block party. There was a stage for families, and booths for local businesses. The stores stayed open longer and this became a massive event with something for everyone.
You can see food trucks lined the closed off streets. The above area was away from the stages and was actually a break from the crowds… you can tell this was really a huge packed event, if the above was the “quiet area”.
The ducks came out for the event.
The sunset was the perfect backdrop to this festival.
So Many Wizards took to stage #5 Indie Rock (of 11 total) around 7pm. We had a lot of fun listening to them. We liked them enough that my friend bought their album and we even chatted briefly with the lead singer. He was very nice and they had very well designed merchandise. The designer in me was very impressed.
More pics of So Many Wizards (above).
The sun was setting and the crowds were growing.
Crowds and crowds of people.
I got this close up of the lead singer and had to share it.
We decided to visit the family stage (# 3) and see Glen Iris finish out a set. It was adorable watching the little kids running around dancing to their covers of classic songs. It was really sweet, the kids had a blast and the lead singer has such a melodic voice.
After a delicious dinner break at the vegan friendly Four Cafe, we made our way to the center of the giant crowd that formed around stage #1 for the performance of Daedelus. He’s a DJ who was spinning fun dance tunes and the crowd was loving it. It was packed with people dancing and having a really good time.
Daedelus looked like an Amish/Pilgrim DJ, which I love. I love when people look a certain way and then surprise everyone by being totally unexpected.
There was a speedy turnaround between Daedelus and the headlining act, Thundercat. The crowd got bigger and bigger, and mosh pits formed. We started to get claustrophobic and decided to check out the last performances on the other stages.
We went back to stage #5 (the indie stage) to see the “Special Guest Band” La Sera, who I coincidentally saw perform at the Silver Lake Jubilee back in May.
We moved to the last big stage (#7) before we headed home for the night. We got to see Peanut Butter Wolf and Black Shakespeare.
Thank you to Center for the Arts Eagle Rock for putting on this awesome festival and I look forward to the 2013 festival.