The Eastside has emerged as a center of Los Angles culture and entertainment, and music is at the heart of the scene. That’s why today marks the debut of In the Mix, a weekly column by Jennifer Cuevas, who will give you previews to local music events, news about neighborhood venues, record labels, bands and Q&A’s with artists who ‘make moves’ in music.
This week’s pick is the Eagle Rock Music Festival (on Colorado Boulevard between Eagle Rock Boulevard and Argus Drive). It’s all ages, with numerous stages of stellar seasoned and up-and-coming band s, DJs … and, best of all, it’s cheap: $5 donation. So bring some comfy shoes and an empty stomach. Let’s take a peek at some of the acts to watch…
Emerging Stage: Mia Doi Todd
Mia Doi Todd has a sweet and soulful voice that coalesces folk, jazz and sensible world rhythms. She’s got a gentle air about her, but don’t let the gentleness full you. She’s a seasoned songstress with commanding stage presence. 4 p.m.
Global/Future Roots Stage: Mochilla (DJs B+ & Coleman)
The duo known as Mochilla, DJs B+ and Coleman, are a tour-de-force from music and photography to indie films. They have a huge vinyl record collection – from hip hop to world music – and their recent travels to the Middle East and Colombia have fattened that music collection. Saturday’s crowd will benefit from it! Get ready for a high-energy set. 8:30 p.m.
Global/Future Roots Stage: Arabian Prince & Egyptian Lover
The innovative producer and DJ combo, Arabian Prince & Egyptian Lover, are probably best known for their contributions to ’80s and ’90s hip hop and electro music. (Arabian Prince was an original member of NWA, and Egyptian Lover had hits like “Egypt, Egypt” and “Computer Love” that continue to get airplay today). They’ve produced numerous hits and are some of the foremost DJs and producers of our time.
Low End Theory Stage: Gaslamp Killer
The Gaslamp Killer is a Mount Washington transplant, via San Diego, who has been spreading the beat-smith gospel from L.A. to Europe. His sound ranges from hip hop and dub-step to electro and experimental world beats. He’s the co-founder of the weekly event, Low End Theory, where producers and beat-smiths share their musical concepts and battle it out on the turntables.
Rantz Stage: La Santa Cecilia
La Santa Cecilia is one part rock and one part Latin folk with a dash of cumbias. Over the last couple of years, this East Los band has garnered a large following, thanks in part to a commanding and soulful female singer and the group’s skilled musicians. The band was featured most recently in the opening season of “Entourage” and promises to bring a high-energy set to this Saturday’s festivities.
In the Mix will appear weekly. Please send press releases or story ideas, at least two weeks in advance, to [email protected].