Week of 06/02/2011

Army Navy will be performing at the Silverlake Lounge on Thursday, June 2nd, along with The Wind, The Damn Sons, and Dede.  Army Navy is a Los Angeles indie rock group that sounds a lot like Britpop, complete with a tangible influence from bands like The Smiths, The Stone Roses, and others who favored bright guitar chords, as opposed to the highly distorted, uber-loud stylings of Grunge or hair metal of the same period.

The show kicks off at 9pm with Dede, a great band that sounds a lot like a 60’s vocal group, or Edie Brickell with a little more dreaminess thrown in for good measure. Singer Dede weaves her lyrics around the airy, mellow beats, soothing the listener with her vocal melodies, and rounding out the tunes very nicely.  Doors should be at around 8pm, and the cover charge is $8.

On Friday, June 3rd, Resistant Culture will be tearing up the already band battered stage at The Boulevard Cafe and Bar on Whittier Blvd, and for a good cause too. They are joining forces with SMD, Social Conflict, Rabia Al Sistema, and Politziko to raise funds for the Humberto Corzo Guzman school in Guatemala.

The school is in the highlands of Guatemala, and the threat of it’s demise hits especially close to home for the bands. The school has been under fire from an Evangelical church, corrupt police, and city officials trying their hardest to shut down the school.  Sounds like the perfect cause for this group of socially conscious bands to adopt, and a very good reason to come together over some very loud angry music in the spirit of defiance. The show is 18 and over, starts at 7pm, and cost is $8.

One event not actually in East LA, but directly related to it, is Stories And Songs: An intimate Evening with Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo and Louie Perez.  They will be discussing their collaboration styles and techniques, and sharing some examples of their musical explorations, past and present.

Along with the collaborative discussions, they will give a preview of their project with About…Productions, a presentation called “Evangeline, The Queen of Make Believe” and it’s related educational programs for at risk youth.

The best tickets are a bit pricey, starting at $125 a seat, and going up as high as $1,000 for two people in the orchestra pit, but there are still tickets available at a reasonable $25, for this authentic piece of East LA musical history.  It all takes place this Saturday, June 4th, at the Los Angeles Theater Center in Downtown Los Angeles. Show kicks off at 8pm.

Sunday, June 5th, Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock presents Sunday evening concerts featuring Kaoru, G.E. Stinson, Alex Cline, and Brad Dutz Quartet. This is either a show for those who pride themselves on their eclectic taste, and open minded musical sense of adventure.
The opening act, Brad Dutz Quartet, features Dutz on a variety of instruments, but mainly on vibes and marimba.  The sound is free form to say the least, exploring themes and feelings more than actual music technique, masterfully executed.

The main Attraction,  Kaoru, G.E. Stinson, and Alex Cline, play in a style that is more ambient, and mixed with influences from varied of music. At times downright out there, and even challenging to give a listen to, this is the kind of music, again, actually intended for the audio explorer in all of us, something completely new and unprecedented.
The show begins at 7pm, $10 at the door for general admission, students, seniors, and series performers 5$.

This is the last week the Dinner House M will be open, after serving the Silverlake/Echo Park area for over 24 years! Come on down, and see what the little music club has to offer for it’s last night ever party. With the music that went through this charming little dark bar, ranging from free form indie rock, to hip-hop, jazz, and even some straight punk rock, I wouldn’t be surprised if the night is something of an all star jam.  That being said, even if they have NO live music, the bar deserves a nice send off after its decades of service in the community.The party kicks off at 8 pm, get there early!

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