Cinespace Event Rocked Downtown
At 8pm, LAist attended the self-proclaimed Anti-Event at Cinespace. Unlike a standard gig--where the bands are typically sequestered far away from the public--we were warmly greeted by musicians as we checked-in. Throughout the evening, bands mixed and mingled with their fans and peers. This is the first time we've seen artists so accessible and laid-back. It was refreshing, to say the least.
Much of the atmosphere can be credited to the physical space. Located off Hollywood Blvd., Cinespace was glossy, high-tech and chill. Deejays Sariah Storm and Nalepa of Terpsichore provided pre-show grooves, while computerized effects danced on strategically-placed monitors and projection screens. The visuals provided a consistent backdrop for the contrasting musical styles. The space was large enough to hold the crowd, but small enough to keep things intimate. The cozy front lounge boasted a wall of open windows that overlooked Hollywood Blvd., while the main stage was actually multipurpose theatre. Therefore, seats were not arranged in typical amphitheater fashion, but instead, wrapped around the room and the adjacent bar in small clusters.