THIS WEEKEND: Echo Park Rising Music Festival

A charmingly hpyer-local music fest with an inclusive vibe

There’s another music festival happening in Southern California this weekend and it isn’t Coachella or Jubilee or FYF. It’s Echo Park Rising, and this Saturday and Sunday it’s taking over a bunch of venues including Taix, El Prado, The Little Joy, Origami Vinyl, and The Echo (to name just a few).

The lineup features all sorts of great local bands. Tonight’s kickoff party at The Echoplex showcases Them Jeans and Hott MT, but there are two full days of music including Henry Clay People, Chicano Batman, Dorian Wood, and genre-bending electro pop headliner Big Black Delta (to name just a few).

The fest feels charmingly hyper-local with a wide swath of businesses banding together to support and participate in the event. And you won’t need a layaway plan to afford the shockingly inexpensive tickets: $20-25 for a two-day VIP pass. If you get tired of all that music, use the map above to wander around the ‘hood, maybe pop into Stories bookstore to peruse a surrealistic novel about hobo vampires or sip some suds at Sunset Beer Co. Traffic will probably be gnarly so we recommend biking, busing, or using one of those app-driven car services. (First time UBER users get $20 off their ride with the passcode EPRISING.) In case the idea of a truly local music fest with an inclusive vibe doesn’t float your boat, there are about a million other things happening this weekend.