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Arts and Entertainment

Eagle Rock Music Festival Returns For Its 18th Year

Cuicani at the 2016 Eagle Rock Music Festival. (Photo via the Eagle Rock Music Festival on Facebook)
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The Eagle Rock Music Festival's 2017 edition kicks off at 4 p.m. Saturday, featuring dozens of local musicians on a closed-off section of Colorado Boulevard from Eagle Rock Boulevard to Argus Drive.. From Latin folk to beat makers to jazz groups, the Festival will showcase a variety of L.A. and California musicians—all in the name of community programs.

While the event is free, VIP tickets and line-skipping tickets will be available for $20 and $10, respectively. The proceeds of those tickets will go directly back into Imagine Studio, an art program organized by Center for the Arts Eagle Rock that brings contemporary artists into elementary and middle-school classrooms. The Center is a co-sponsor of the festival along with Councilman Jose Huizar and it regularly hosts accessible workshops and events to enrich the artistic community of Northeast L.A.

This year's lineup includes artists like The Seshen, a Bay Area six-piece that combines genres from R&B to synth-pop to dub. It will also feature a live broadcast of DJ Gilles Peterson's Worldwide FM, a global music radio station that broadcasts from London with satellite branches around the world. This year's festival will also include an "artist village" featuring 19 local artists on display.

Festival Director Matthew Himes told L.A. Weekly his focus is "to represent Northeast L.A. and surrounding neighborhoods and reflect the diverse and immense amount of talent we have in the area." He told the Pasadena Weekly the festival received over 350 submissions to perform. Whereas other local festivals like Echo Park Rising focuses more on popular indie acts from L.A., Eagle Rock Music Festival prioritizes including a wide range of musical styles.

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The festival is set up with different stages each featuring a specific genre. Besides the Main Stage, there will be a Jazz, Blues, & Soul Stage, a Solo/Acoustic Stage, a Subtropical Stage, and an Emerging Stage. There will also be a stage for child-friendly acts. The full list of set times is below.

Parking is available for free at Eagle Rock Plaza, located at 2700 Colorado Boulevard, and there will be free shuttle service running back and forth from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. They will also offer bike valet at the festival entrance.