The failure of Sunset Junction festival organizers to get city permits to hold this weekend’s massive street and music fair has left bands, ticket sellers and other scrambling to figure out what to do if the event is officially cancelled.”We are still waiting to hear the official word,” said Neil Schield of Echo Park’s Origami Vinyl, which has sold about 100 advance-purchase tickets at between $15 to $20 a piece. All refunds would be handled through the Sunset Junction group, Schield said.
Meanwhile, Schield has offered his storefront’s stage to five bands that are scheduled to perform at Sunset Junction. “We have offered our loft as an alternative,” he said.
About 50 bands from around the country and a few foreign groups have been booked to play at the Sunset Junction Music Festival and Street Fair. Now many of those musicians are trying to find out what is going to happen and preparing for the worst. A member of the German indie rock group Art Brut, which is scheduled to perform on Sunday, posted this message on Twitter:
Art Brut will definitely be playing somewhere on that day in LA I’ll let you know asap.
*Update: Several Echo Park and Silver Lake venues have made room for other Sunset Junction acts and other performers. Art Brut will play The Satellite in Silver Lake, The Butthole Surfers are now scheduled to perform at The Echo in Echo Park and Dangerbird Records will host several bands at its Silver Lake headquarters. “We wanted to keep the essence of Sunset Junction alive – celebrating music while celebrating our community,” said Mary Rahmani with Dangerbird. Click on the link below for details about the Dangerbird line up
“We, along with buzzbands, 98.7 and Hotel Café are putting together a free event on Saturday from Noon-6pm,” Rahmani said. “We are asking for suggested donations to benefit Pablove – childrens pediatric cancer foundation which is based here in Silver Lake. Bands we have confirmed so far are – The Fling, Useless Keys, Butch Walker, Vanaprasta, Milo Greene and Francisco the Man with a couple of more yet to be announced.”
- Sunset Junction Fallout. Buzz Bands