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Silver Lake Jubilee w/ Halloween Swim Team, Big Whup, Spirit Vine, Dirt Bird, Manhattan Murder Mystery, Blue Jungle, Wait. Think. Fast, Nico Stai, Eulogies, Olin and the Moon, The Growlers & The Living Sisters, 5/22/10

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Fans take in The Growlers' set during sunset at the Silver Lake Jubilee (Koga/LAist)

Words by Molly Bergen.

For those of you who aren't out every Monday night scouring the free residencies at Spaceland, the Echo, or the Silverlake Lounge for your new favorite band, the Silver Lake Jubilee was a great primer. For five bucks, it gave you a taste of some of the best acts out there from pop (The Like, Big Whup) to country (Olin and the Moon) to surf rock (Tijuana Panthers) to garage rock (The Growlers) to gypsy influenced street jazz (Killsonic) and everything in between. It was a great introductory look at what is going on most nights around town and hopefully will convince more people to get off the couch and go out on any given Wednesday because what was shown that weekend was merely a fraction of the bands that are worth seeing around town. (Although three of them may have just broken up and started new projects while this sentence has been written.)

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Like all fledgling festivals there were some hiccups. Most notably that the El Cid stage wasn't free. An extra five dollars had to be forked over in order to go inside, which meant most of the bands who played there had much smaller crowds. They also had the set schedules posted right by the speakers of each stage, so if you wanted to know who was playing, you had to pay the price with your ear drums. But these are only minor gripes that are swallowed up by the sheer volume of excellent local music that was played each day without a hitch, which is really something to celebrate. It was a vivid reminder of why musicians from all over the country, from all over the world, flock to Los Angeles to do what they love most.