Thursday June 23rd, The Echoplex enters the Dubstep Foray with LA Heavy. This will be a weekly music gathering in the tradition of the Echo’s Dub Club, and the Airliner’s Low End Theory, but dedicated to heavy, bass grinding, low end driven beats.
About a month ago I mentioned that lines at the airliner for their now legendary Low End Theory nights were getting way too long for the small venue, and now it appears the Echoplex will step in and provide a larger arena for the music and scene to develop. One DJ coming over from the Airliner is Daddy Kev, who often headlines the regular event. LA Heavy will also feature a special guest every week, and will run each and every thursday starting tonight. Doors open at 9pm, the event is 18 and over, and the cover is $10.
On Friday, June 24th, the American Legion Hall in Highland Park hosts Los Creepers, The Vagrant Dead, Saints and Sinners, and others for a night of greaser infused punk rock, Psychobilly. Hellbound Hayride will be headlining, fronted by Eddie Wilson, a SoCal legend in his own right, with thousands of shows under his belt, given his band’s 20+ year career.
Wilson’s songwriting style is more rock than country, but with just enough twang in his drawl and guitar to keep in step. Really this is a rock and roll band, probably even delving into more aggressive sounds for a couple of songs, but Wilson’s vocals and tragic wailing style are what really separate this band from the rest. The show kicks off at 8p.m., is 21 and over only, and the door charge is $8. For the uninitiated, The American Legion Hall is on Avenue 55, just off of Figueroa.
Also on Friday, Umbalaye is performing at The M Bar in Boyle Heights. This is an Afro-Cuban fusion band formerly led by Jose “Crunchy” Espinosa, one of the co-founding members of Ozomatli, and an extremely talented saxophone player. Espinosa’s family garage was actually Ozo’s first rehearsal space. Expect to hear afro driven latin infused rhythms, and a blazing horn section that truly compliments the full band with skillful playing as a unit, along with some great individual melody.
Although Espinosa passed away in the beginning of this year, Umbalaye is carrying on the music, and sure to get people out of their seats, and onto the dance floor. The show kicks of at 5pm according to their website, so show up early, or call ahead.