The Grand Ole Echo, a collaboration between The Echo booker, Liz Garo and roots music enthusiast, Kim Grant, kicks off it’s free/all ages Sunday music series on April 15th with a showcase that includes Old Californio, Nearly Beloved, Jeremy Little and Walter Spencer & Friends, plus the just added traditional bluegrass of Fair Market Band. And stay tuned for returning bands Triple Chicken Foot, Chris Shiflett (Foo Fighters), Susan James, Dave Insley, I See Hawks in LA and lots of new acts. We’ve got Southern California covered and usually have a few guests from Austin and Nashville!
Taking place at The Echo which is situated in the heart of the Echo Park neighborhood, the event draws its audience from the neighborhood, music enthusiasts, and people looking to hear live music with their families. The event begins at 5:30 pm every Sunday and continues to 9pm with 3 acts on the main stage and acoustic performances on the back patio. There is a full bar and a menu for Two Boots Pizza.
This year, joining Kim Grant in hosting/curating duties on the main stage is Matt Farber, Editor for the online roots music magazine www.southlandserenade.com . Curating the acoustic back porch will be stalwart Bluegrass musicians, Walter Spencer and Cliff Wagner. DJ Cousin Roy returns, spinning great old classic country on the record player between acts. See some of the best country/roots bands in LA! Dance, drink and meet your pals old and new at the friendliest free shows in town.
Kim Grant & Justin Smith (Old Californio)
Will preview the series on InTraffik Radio
Wednesday, April 4 7-9 pm
live via www.intraffikradio.com
via iTunes Radio station name Intraffikradio under “Eclectic”
Podcast throughout the week on the website
Every Sunday, 5:30-9pm
Join us for the kickoff on April 15th
Free/All Ages 1822 Sunset in Echo Park 90026
ABOUT THE KICKOFF BANDS:
Headlining (7:30): Old Californio
"Next-generation roots rock out of San Gabriel Valley: This Pasadena band's third album (but the first to get a serious release) opens with the rollicking but wistful 'Learn to Cheat', a dead ringer for the Faces' 'Ooh La La'. It's followed by the extended country-rock-rave-up 'A Cool Place in the Light' which bears the gnarled hickory texture of the Clarence White-era Byrds. A few tracks later, 'Allon Commarado' erupts with the shit-kicking ecstasy of Moby Grape. Not only can this quintet wake up the echoes of the olden days with their taut playing, they also have a first-rate writer in singer/guitarist Rich Dembowski, who joins Delta Spirit's Matthew Vasquez and Dawes' Taylor Goldsmith in the front rank of young Southern California new-traditionalists."--Bud Scoppa,UNCUT **** four stars http://www.oldcalifornio.com
(6:30) Nearly Beloved:
“Matt Lax proves what a highly talented song writer he is, with an ear for a good melody and interesting lyrics...clearly a songwriter to watch.”--Country Music People http://www.nearlybeloved.com
(5:30) Jeremy Little:
Jeremy Little is an L.A. based composer/songwriter. He has written music for commercials and film, and many of his songs have been licensed for use in television. Little also recorded an acoustic version of the song "If I Only Had a Brain" (from the Wizard of Oz), which was featured on the Fox television series Fringe, at the end of the episode "The Firefly. He'll be celebrating the release of his new record, Red Carnations at The Grand Ole Echo on April 15th. www.reverbnation.com/jeremylittle
On The Back porch (6-9pm): Walter Spencer and Friends
"As if genre-bending was really a verb, Los Angelesian Walter Spencer dives in with his own demented and sometimes hilarious old-timey/punk, right up there with Uncle Sinner‘s swamp gas/mountain music to my ears. If you like incredibly twisted backwoods music, check him out at his reverbnation page. It’s something else…”--Frank Gutch Jr. http://www.reverbnation.com/walterspenser
Just a few of the UPCOMING SHOWS:
April 22: The Sunshine Brothers, Jennifer Gibbons, The Far West/ Cliff Wagner's Old #7
April 29: Loves It (from Austin), Christopher Lockett, David Serby/Amy Blaschke & Joe Bourdet
May 6: Angela Bruyere, Stephen David Austin, Grant Langston & The Supermodels/Hot Club de LA
May 13: Ben Redell (Welldiggers Banquet, Maxim Ludwig), Stephen David Austin, Wheelouse (Brian Whelan)/The Earthworm Ensemble with Larry Santoyo
May 20: Guest Curator Julie Richmond from Austin with some Texas bands and the Swamp Coolers on the backporch
May 27: No Show: Memorial Day Weekend, get yourself out to a BBQ, ya hear!
June 3: Skyline Drive, Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants, Whispering Pines/ The Coals
Don't miss this great series of the best local and not-so-local country acts around!