Echo Park Rising

Echo Park Rising

Echo Park Rising is almost like a Friendsgiving, but with your whole community and every band you've supported locally on Monday nights across Los Angeles in tow. The hometown heroes rock center stage at the annual festival, celebrating its 6th year. It's hard-pressed to realize it's a fairly small operation with how many hands are involved. There's one main outdoor stage with the rest curated by local venues and groups such as Play Like A Girl and Shop Used // Shop Local at bars and businesses up and down Sunset Boulevard.

The best part of the festival is it's free and all ages, kicking off on Thursday night and continuing to the full day Sunday. Despite not being a large Goldenvoice-backed venture like the now-largescale FYF, they have their own app making it easy to coordinate to see your favorite band, along with over 60 participating businesses and nearly 400 acts performing. It's a community effort, to support the work of local artists and give them a wider platform to reach new audiences. We caught up with some of our favorites over the past few years to talk Echo Park, food, and selfies.

Colleen Green

Where's your favorite local shop and/or what's your favorite dish at a restaurant?
I just moved here a few months ago from the westside, like West L.A. I just moved to this neighborhood six months ago and I'm not super impressed with the food situation over here. This neighborhood sucks for food. The park is okay. They have an okay veggie burger.

Describe the last picture you took on your phone.
The last picture I took on my phone is this cute little picture of this pup that my friend Rachel just got. His name's Shrimp. I don't know what kind of dog he is. He kind of looks like a chihuahua almost or something. He looks like a little tiny dingo baby, he's kind of the tiniest dog I've ever seen. He's brand new so he's really, really hyper and energetic.

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Swimm

What is a cool community-based organization you like in Echo Park (or Los Angeles)?
Chris likes Homeboy industries, Hany likes YMCA, Chase likes Girls Night Out Club, Jantzen likes D&D guild of echo park, and Adam likes Walmart.

Where's your favorite local shop and/or what's your favorite dish at a restaurant?
Adam, drums: I really like Salathai in Chinatown. I can never decide what I want so I usually get red curry, pineapple fried rice and pad Thai.

Describe the last picture you took on your phone.
Adam, drums: I found a little baggy of Xanax and Adderall on my living room floor after a party the other night... So I snapped a photo and sent it to my friends to track down its rightful owner.

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Dear Boy

What is a cool community-based organization you like in Echo Park (or Los Angeles)?
Ben, vocalist: There's a new intramural female basketball league that's taking over Los Angeles and my favorite team is The Pistol Shrimps. We're not normally big sports fans, but this is the coolest group of girls on the planet. Every Tuesday Night at Pan Pacific Gym. Free. Halftime dance show. It's the kind of thing you can't believe exists in Los Angeles.

Where's your favorite local shop and/or what's your favorite dish at a restaurant?
Ben, vocalist: My favorite dish is currently the Tijuana Panther taco at Homestate, but it won't last long! Also currently pumped on the Massaman Curry at Jitlada and the Festival de Moles at Guelaguetza. Favorite shop is probably Vacation Vinyl in Silverlake. Favorite shopkeeper is none of your business.

Describe the last picture you took on your phone.
Oh gosh... Well, it's actually a tasteful B&W photo of me posing 80's Playgirl style in front of the Bakersfield Johnny Garlic's. You have my permission to let your imagination run wild.

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Bloodboy

What is a cool community-based organization you like in Echo Park (or Los Angeles)?
I don't know if this is classified as an organization but Pehrspace, the DIY venue. I think [it counts] because it's a DIY space and they have all sorts of different shows there, not just musical but art and unfortunately they are being evicted. But some of the craziest shows that I've been to have been there in that tiny fucking room, like guys laying down on the ground just wailing, writhing with their guitars and crying. That feels very communal to me because the same people go to all of those so it's a fun way to meet people and feel like you're a part of something.

Where's your favorite local shop and/or what's your favorite dish at a restaurant?
I'm a Stories girl actually. I go to Stories all the fucking time, just to work or go and sit and read. The whole hipster coffee shop epidemic doesn't really appeal to me, so the succulents and wood–I just don't buy it. So Stories is just eclectic and unkempt and there's so much cool shit cramped into that space.

Describe the last picture you took on your phone.
[Laughs.] It was myself. I was trying to get a good angle of this psychopathic outfit that I'm wearing and I didn't get one. So it's just half my face and my cleavage.

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Winter

What is a cool community-based organization you like in Echo Park (or Los Angeles)?
Honey Power Club! I'm biased because I am part of it, but I have to say it's one of my favorite communities. Honey Power is a feminist DJ collective that organizes shows, talks, and acts as a community force for the arts as well as a support for any ideas members may have! Check out @honeypowerclub on insta!

Where's your favorite local shop and/or what's your favorite dish at a restaurant?
My favorite dish is the buffalo cauliflower at Mohawk Bend! I had it twice over #EPR weekend! I'm addicted! 🙀

Describe the last picture you took on your phone.
The latest photo I took was a selfie with my cat Zoey! She's the cutest, meowest, most friendliest buddy!

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Moon Honey

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Photography by Anna Maria Lopez

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