Friday, December 13, marked Jagwar Ma’s last show of the year, and the last stop on their US tour. The trio was in great spirits for the occasion. They performed ten out of the eleven tracks off their debut album Howlin’, and were popping champagne and hosting a dance party on stage by their encore.
Vocalist/guitarist Gabriel Winterfield egged on the crowd “We want to see you put the LA in PLAY.”
The El Rey LA crowd didn’t need much encouragement to get into play mode. There were a lot of random tasmanian-devil-type crowd members, several crowd surfers, and, mid-set, a random guy jumped on the stage and started taking selfies. The band didn’t seem to mind at all — since they asked for it — and Gabriel and bassist Jack Freeman each threw an arm around the fan and kept right on going.
Waiting in line for day one of HARD Summer music festival on Saturday, August 3, at LA State Historic Park, everyone was comparing notes on topics like how the hell to meet up with your friends in a 35,000-person outdoor venue with 4 spread out stages and almost zero cell service, and what acts they were most looking forward to seeing that day. The answer to the first question was: good luck. And the unanimous answer to the second question was: Disclosure.
More words and a massive photo gallery below.
HARD Summer is about to take over LA State Historic Park in Downtown LA with bass, bass, bass, and… BASS?! The electronic music festival has 4 stages and 2 full 12:30pm-12am days worth of major low end theory to vibrate your ear drums.
Lineup picks & set times below…
LA DJ/producer duo Classixx filled up the courtyard of the Hammer Museum playing their dance tunes and remixes, on Thursday, July 25. These two have some of the hottest remixes around — cue their take on Phoenix’s “Lizstomania” — and also just released their own first album Hanging Gardens in May.
At one point during his DJ set perched in the trippy treehouse Woogie Stage on Saturday evening, Jason Bentley turned the music down and said to the crowd, “How fucking nice is this? Lightning In A Bottle, man, this is the shit!”
Amen. This year’s Lightning in a Bottle – a “celebration of Art, Sustainability, Music, Performance, and Life Itself” in Temecula, July 11-15 – was so good it made you want to curse like a sailor. We’ll put a dollar in the swear jar for you, Jason.