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One of Los Angeles’s Best Music Festivals Returns on Oct 10, 2013 – Filter Magazine‘s Culture Collide

Culture Collide

Our favorite annual local music experience will return to Los Angeles on October 10th through the 12th. Filter Magazine‘s Culture Collide is a music festival that brings over 70 bands and artists from all over the world to play in Echo Park venues for three days. You really never know what you are going to discover. It is like an international buffet of delicious music for the soul. 

Last year, we wrote that at the Culture Collide festival you get to listen to the sound of our collective heart beat. To get a sense of the eclectic mix of artists you can experience, look at the line up for a single stage on Saturday (Taix, front lounge):

3pm – Secret Shine, United Kingdom
4pm – PanSTARRS, Egypt
5pm – Float Fall, Belgium
6pm – Optic Yellow Felt, Brazil
7pm – Terry Poison, Isreal
8:10 – Beneen Squad, Senegal
9:20 – Frida Sundemo, Sweden
10:30 – Adi Ulmansky, Isreal
11:40 – Majuice, Russia

You just went all around the world and that was just one day on one stage (there are eight venues within walking distance taking part in Culture Collide). With the wristband that only costs 30 bucks, you also gain access to the Comedy Collide mini-fest put on by the Upright Citizens Brigade and the artist panel discussions featuring Moby, Shepard Fairey, Dhani Harrison and industry heavyweights. As a special tip, do not miss the performance by Jared James Nichols on Friday night. He blew our socks off last year.

Get your tickets at TicketWeb.
Click here to download the schedule.

See you there! 

Culture Collide Festival – Bands from Around the Globe Converging in Echo Park on 10/4 -7.

Culture Collide Line Up 2012

 Ready for some FUN? Bands from all over the world are going to converge in Echo Park on October 3 -6, 2012, and play their hearts out at Filter Magazine‘s Culture Collide. This local festival  is a great way to discover new music and catch a listen to the sound of our collective heart beat. For 20 bucks, you get a wristband that grants you access to all the fun, exploration,  and international camaraderie.

The festivities begin on Wednesday, October 3 with the Kick Off Party featuring DJs at Taix on Sunset for an eclectic night of music. The DJ’s include members of Montreal, School of Seven Bells, Penguin Prison (live DJ set with vocals), and others.

You can see the bands play on the big stage at S.O.TERIK’s Sunday Block Party, or catch many of them in  intimate local venues during the week. The festival also has a Comedy Collide portion in partnership with the UCB Theater.

Where are these bands coming from, you ask? They are flying in from Brazil, Canada, Peru, United Kingdom, Hungary, Mexico, Thailand, Estonia, France,  and about 15 other far out lands. Some of the bands are big stars in their home countries, but relatively unknown to us in the US.

Below is a map of the venues and the bands playing each day. Visit for more information.


Dengue Fever, Kinky, 40 other major acts, and YOU performing at the free Make Music Pasadena Festival

On Saturday, June 21, 2008, from 11am till 10pm,  Pasadena, Califonia will be transformed into a rosy musical free-for-all!

Make Music Pasadena will have stages in Old Pasadena, One Colorado, the Playhouse District, the Armory Center for the Arts, and Memorial Park to celebrate World Music Day. The festival will be featuring internationally acclaimed bands like Dengue Fever, Kinky, Nortec Collective presents Bostich + Fussible, and the Raveonettes. It will also share the love with amateur musicians that are encouraged to perform in the streets.

The mission of Make Music Pasadena is to “encourage the community to Make Music where ever and how ever they can”. The ExperienceLA website announcing the event adds:

Along sidewalks and on street corners, in alleys and building lobbies, parks and courtyards, strains of Beethoven’s 5th blends with a Zeppelin guitar riff and a Coltrane saxophone solo as Pasadena becomes home to MAKE MUSIC PASADENA – A Fete de la Musique event.
On Saturday, June 21, 2008, the longest day of the year, Old Pasadena and the Playhouse District will become a musician’s playground.

 A musicians playground…hmmm…I think it is time to dust off that guitar and practice knock, knock, knocking on Pasadena’s door. If not the guitar, bring the camera – the city is sure to be a great big photo op.

This is another great festival situated close to a Metro Rail station (Memorial Park stop). They will even have the Pasadena ARTS Buses shuttling people for free along the festival route.

See the full schedule of the day’s events HERE.

For more information, visit



See Jackson Browne at 2008 Lummis Festival – for free!

The third annual Lummis Day Festival will feature, music, puppet shows, dance, poetry, crafts and great food on June 1, 2008 from 10:30 am  till 7:30 pm. The festival will take place in Sycamore Grove Park, located at 4900 N. Figueroa St. in Highland Park.

The festival gets its name from Charles Fletcher Lummis, the one of the first librarians of the City of Los Angeles, the first City Editor of the Los Angeles Times, founder of the Southwest Museum, and famous walker (he walked from Cincinnati to Los Angeles in 1884).

This year’s festival will feature a performance by the legendary artist Jackson Browne. Browne lived many years of his life in the area. A singer-songwriter known for his classic albums — For Everyman, Late for the Sky, and The Pretender — he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. He also co-wrote the Eagles’ hit song “Take it Easy” with Glenn Frey. Jackson Browne is scheduled to perform at 6 pm.

Other acts scheduled of note to appear are Carlos GuitarlosMariachi Divas, Chapin Sisters, Cava, and  Culture ClashCLICK HERE for the full schedule.

Although there is plenty of free parking, take the Metro Gold Line and save some money on gas. The Southwestern Museum stop is a short walk to the festival.

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Tierra, War, Malo, Little Willie G, Thee Midniters, Mariachis, and fireworks to celebrate the East L.A. Civic Center Grand Opening

This should be a great free event.

The East L.A. Civic Center Grand Opening will be on Saturday, May 10th, 2008 from 9am till 10pm.  The concert starts at 5pm.

The East Los Angeles Civic Center is located at 4801 E. Third St. in East Los Angeles.

For more information, see Supervisor Gloria Molina’s website or this article from the LA TIMES.


Free music, art, & dance at the new LATC to kick off SPRING ON SPRING


At a time, when ticket prices for live entertainment are more expensive than ever, the New Los Angeles Theater Center will start off their “Spring on Spring” programming with a free event featuring dance, music, food, and art. The great thing about the full Spring on Spring series of over 15 events is that no single event is over 12 bucks. Even better, 50 bucks will buy a pass for all the events.

The free kick-off event, Fresh Paint, will be Friday, April 18, 2008 at 9 pm. This should be a fun night with a variety of performances. The night will feature music by Cita La Muñeca Rota, Ricardo Ochoa, and the rock cello player Semyon Kobialka. There will be krump dancing by Buckworld One. The Art adorning the walls will be from the famous Chicano artist GRONK & the pop artist William Deutsch and to round out the party spirit, D.J. Original Bozak will use his turntables to make you move.

The New LATC is located at 514 S. Spring Street, in dowtown Los Angeles

All this is free, but reservations are required. To reserve a place, send an email to

For more information, visit







Tu Ciudad magazine – A year’s subscription for free

Magazine cover images from 

We read a bunch of magazines here at Eastside Scene to keep up with the latest happenings in the local Latino tableau. One of our favorites is the monthly  Tu Ciudad Magazine. The magazine covers music, arts, design, fashion, literature, film, restaurants, nightlife, cultural issues — many aspects of the lives of Los Angeles Latinos.   The back pages feature the “Ciudad Eats” section, listing over 120 of the best local Latino restaurants. To top it off, they have a great monthly calendar section that is well researched listing a variety of things to do. The magazine is normally $3.95 per issue.

Currently, the magazine has a special offer you cannot refuse — a year’s subscription to the magazine for free. Just go to, click on the link to the right of the Tu Ciudad logo, and fill out your contact information and the standard personal profile questions (age, education, income).

That is it. The magazine will be on its way.



Mujeres de Maiz will present a month-long series of events on the eastside

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The Mujeres de Maiz, a nationwide collective of women artists, will celebrate their 11th anniversary with events at various eastside locations. The events include an art showing, poetry, live music, film, a lecture, and other events in recognition of International Women’s Day.

The events take place from March 8 till the 30, 2008. Click here for the full schedule.

Click here to read the related post from the blog Pachucoville.

 For more information, visit



Monte Negro to perform a free concert presented by Al Borde Acoustic Sessions


On Friday, March 28, 2008 at 7:30, Monte Negro will be performing an acoustic and electric set to open the 2008 Al Borde Acousic Sessions at El Gallo Cafe.

Al Borde is a free bi-weekly Spanish-language magazine that has been covering the Latino rock scene for over 10 years. In 2007, they launched the “Al Borde Acoustic Sessions” at their lounge in Norwalk. Previous concerts have included performances by Volumen Cero, Enjambre, Pastilla, and Go Betty Go.

The concerts are sponsored by Jack Daniels and Monster energy drinks. Concert goers get a great free concert, free drinks (Monster or Jack or Monster and Jack) and free food.

Reserve a spot by March 21 by e-mailing  with your full name, e-mail, zip and age. You must be at least 21 years old to attend.

Listen to a few Monte Negro tunes at their My Space page. More about the band from their website:

Monte Negro, a bilingual Los Angeles based rock band, has devoured enough music genres over the years to do justice to the bilingual and bicultural musicians that constitute the group. Digesting healthy portions of Jane’s Addiction, The Cure, The Clash, and the Sex Pistols, Monte Negro has also piled onto its proverbial plate Latin- alternative rockers such as Caifanes, Los Fabuloso Cadillacs, Maldita Vecindad, Mano Negra, Soda Stereo, and Spinetta.

El Gallo Plaza is located at 4545 E. Cesar Chavez Ave. in East Los Angeles.

More information at:



SLEEPWALKING THROUGH THE MEKONG, a film featuring the band Dengue Fever to be shown in Echo Park

Image of Dengue Fever from the film’s website

The Echo Park Film Center will show a special documentary on Thursday, March 13 at 8 pm, “Sleepwalking Through the Mekong.” This film features the local band Dengue Fever, known for a sound that stems from Cambodian rock from the 1960s and 1970s. The film follows the band as they return to Cambodia to share the returned cultural sounds perfected in L.A.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker, John Pirozzi and members of the band. No admission price was listed on the website — could be free, but probably around 5 bucks.

The Echo Park Film Center is located at 1200 N. Alvarado Street in Echo Park.

 For more information, visit