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Arts and Entertainment

Photos: DJ Jonathan Toubin's Soul Clap, Buzz Bands, And Art At Echo Park Rising

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Echo Park Rising, the free musical festival that rose from the ashes of the now-shuttered Sunset Junction Street Fair, is underway this weekend in Echo Park.

The little festival that could is now in its seventh year highlighting predominately L.A.-based talent, with a focus on up-and-coming bands. Highlights of this year's line-up include East L.A. punk legend Alice Bag (she plays Saturday at 7:10 p.m. on the Liberty Stage), Swedish rock band Dungen (they played Thursday night), the Buttertones (they'll be playing at 8 p.m. Saturday after Alice Bag on the Liberty Stage), DJ Jonathan Toubin's Soul Clap & Dance Off (he played Thursday), and CRX, which features Nick Valensi from The Strokes (CRX will take the Liberty Stage at 6:20 p.m. Saturday). The full line-up and schedule can be found here.

The fest is also a big promoter of Echo Park art and culture, with major neighborhood participation and plenty of small businesses on hand to support. Check out our guide to the best deals to be had and local businesses to visit during the festival here.

Here are some photos from the festival's first night on Thursday, including DJ Jonathan Toubin's Soul Clap & Dance Off performance at The Echo, Deep Touch at Semi Tropic, and the group art show at One One Six Two.