Throngs of music lovers and, of course, fashionable hipsters gathered in the streets of Echo Park to experience the annual Echo Park Rising festival. What started as a mere pop-up shop seven years ago has now grown into a full blown out four-day festival, salvaging what’s left of the popular Sunset Junction Street Fair.
Despite growing popularity of for-profit festivals in Los Angeles such as FYF, Camp Flog Gnaw, and several others; Echo Park Rising has successfully built a reputation as one of LA’s best festivals. With its 400+ live sets and extensive clout attracting the most eclectic personalities in Los Angeles, it’s difficult to deny that it’s a crowd favorite amongst native and transplant Angelenos alike.
What especially distinguishes this event from the rest, aside from being free (How can anyone argue with that?), is the obvious presence of community and focus on local, up-and-coming talent. The search for new music can get a little overwhelming in a large city brimming with talent at every corner. Echo Park Rising invites festival goers to enjoy all the neighborhood has to offer, including a plethora of eateries and cafes while hopping from set to set. In addition, it gives Los Angeles a break from being notoriously pretentious by giving lesser known artists a platform to present their music to the public.
If you’re suffering from post-festival blues or just searching for something to add to your current music rotation, check out these two notable artists to fuel you through the rest of the week! Old Man Saxon and Olivia Braga both served some fresh sounds at The Echo. It would have been cruel to leave you cruising life without at least peeping some of their tracks.
OLD MAN SAXON
Old Man Saxon dressed up for the occasion. and put on a show for his listeners. If you haven’t listened to his work before, we invite you to let his suave bars and funky jazz beats remind you why hip-hop has remained timeless throughout the decades.
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Don’t let Olivia’s innocent smile and delicate stature fool you. Packed inside this petite Filipina are soothing vocals and riffs that will have you instantly entranced.
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All photos by Marie Diaz