Los Angeles festival Echo Park Rising is returning for its ninth year with three days of performances from the area's local artists.
Between Aug. 15-18, Los Angeles-based acts Neil Frances, The Paranoyds, SadGirl, Juiceboxxx, Goon, Sister Mantos, Hana Vu, Allensworth and Kills Birds will perform throughout Echo Park. Black Nile, Ginger Root, Swimm, Cosmonauts, The Pantones, Veronica Bianqui, Poppy Jean Crawford and more are also expected to take the stage at various locations around the neighborhood. The festival is presented by the Echo Park Chamber of Commerce with programming curated by Spaceland Presents.
The weekend will also feature a free screening of A Hard Day’s Night at Echo Park Lake hosted by Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell. That will be preceeded by a Beatles tribute performance by Echo Park opera singer Claire McKeown's chamber pop choir Honey Child.
There will also be the L.A. premiere of Scott Crawford’s new documentary Boy Howdy: The Story of CREEM Magazine at music venue the Echoplex.
According to Echo Park Rising coordinator and Echo Park Chamber of Commerce president Kamran V, Spaceland will continue to have a dedicated role in the community festival even after the Los Angeles promoter was purchased by Live Nation.
“The spawn of the event was truly a neighborhood affair with several neighborhood business owners and Liz Garo curating the event from the beginning on behalf of Spaceland,” V said in a statement to Billboard. “When Echo Park Rising started, the owner of the Echo/Echoplex/Spaceland was also the President of the Echo Park Chamber of Commerce. Since I've taken over as President, myself and the rest of the board continue to take responsibility.”
V added: “Over time, this will continue to be in the hands of future Echo Park Chamber of Commerce board members. With all of this said, the Echo/Echoplex and Spaceland are a very important cornerstone to the foundation of the event as it exists and there are not any plans for that to change now that Live Nation owns Spaceland. The goal is continue to be great partners as we have for all of these years."
Attendees are encouraged to bike ride and take public transportation to the free events. To celebrate those who “Make It Good” by biking to Echo Park Rising, Clif Bar & Company in partnership with American Forests will plant one tree for every person who rides a bike to the event through the American ReLeaf Program.
More musicians, comedians and other fine artists are expected to be announced soon.