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Eclectic Musical Experiences
This weekend we attended three distinctly different music events in the LA area, which is by no means a hard thing to do, but we had a good time and took some photos along the way. We started with a drum'n'bass nightclub in downtown LA on Friday night. Next on Saturday we journeyed all the way out to the IE to a massive rave at the Orange Show. Then finally on Sunday we made our way to the venerable Hollywood Bowl to catch David Byrne, Arcade Fire and Extra Action Marching Band
On Friday night we walked down to Casey's Irish Bar and Grill at the foot of the One Wilshire Building, for a long running drum'n'bass monthly and more recently semi-monthly, Club Muse. Muse started in Studio City, then was held in the back of Boardners for 2 years paired with the club Free Thinking and has now moved to its new home in the heart of Downtown LA. At Muse #51, LA locals DJs from the Junglist Platoon: Machete, Scooba, Noface, Clutch and Drone played drum'n'bass with MC Kemst on the microphone 'til 2am. The new location was great apart from the fact they needed 4 bartenders instead of the two they had, but it was their first night and we've been assured there will be more bartenders next time.
Saturday we filled up the gas tank and drove all the way out to San Bernardino to join a throng of 30,000 people at a rave. Raves in LA, for the most part, are no longer all night underground parties with map points and quasi-legal locations. The National Orange Show Fairgrounds have been host to many raves over the years, but we hadn't seen it as full as it was this weekend for at least 5 years. We spent most of the nightin and around the drum'n'bass area dubbed the Bass Pod or something like that and took photos of the UK and US DJs: Dieselboy, AK1200, Dara, Photek, SS and Total Science with MCs: Question Mark, J Messinian and Armani. We had a good time, but the IE is just too darn far away.
David Byrne completely rocked it on Sunday night at the Hollywood Bowl. Byrne took us on a journey through his musical landscape that included special appearances by the opening act Arcade Fire and sexy SF based Extra Action Marching Band and the melodic backing of the Tosca Strings. He closed out his set with a cover of the Beyonce track "Crazy," delivered with twice the soul as the original and had the entire Bowl on its feet dancing with abandon. The concert was great, it only cost $12 and the Bowl allows patrons to bring their own packaged liquor, this was definitely the weekend highlight.