The Weekend Go Go: Block This, They Make Music, Party at the Arroyo, and So Many Burgers

Goodbye May.
Goodbye May.

It seems like it’s been May forever.

That’s probably why Angelenos are celebrating the first weekend of the new month with lots of food and music, music, music.

It’s June/spoon/tune for a reason, people.

Music for Your Mouth (and Eyes and Ears)

Two things go without saying.  You have to eat.  You have to have fun doing it.  (You were never a fan of sad eating.)

So hurray for the return of the Komodo Block Party — mingling fun, food, fashion, and music.

Always at the intersection of Pico and Robertson and always on the last Friday night of the month through September, the first of this year’s Block Parties features quintessential summer snackage. Pretend you’re at the beach with by-the-shore crustacean from the Lobsta Truck, sip Del’s icy lemonade in the shade, and lick the edges of  ice cream sammies from Coolhaus.

In addition to more food truck options,  Le Fashion Truck will offer enticing wares including lingerie, jewelry, bags and dresses.  And if you want to show off your new frock on the spot, DJ Syntax brings the best beats to the street.

The only thing needed at this insta-party is you.

KOMODO BLOCK PARTYFri, May 31, 6-10pm; FREE admissionIntersection of Pico and Robertson, WLA

Make Music Pasadena 2013Many, Many Bands and You

Go Go’ers, you’re ready to get summery.  Just in time, the season of free music and massive crowds kicks off  this weekend with two, gratis, Gold Line-accessible fests.

First up on Saturday is the annual Make Music Pasadena, which takes over 30 public spaces in the ‘Dena with 150 free concerts in 12 hours.  For the math-challenged among you, that’s 12.5 concerts an hour.

Stock up on Red Bull now.

Genres run the gamut from the electronic indie rock of Tanlines to the Afro-folk of Las Cafeteras to the Grammy-winning Bill Cunliffe Trio to  international artists  like French folk singer Soko and Brazilian singer-songwriter/cellist Dom La Nena.

If you prefer snacks and libations to crowd surfing and sunscreen, multiple Pasadena eateries and drinkeries will host acts as well.  Catch tropical surf rockers Salt Petal at  (natch) Twin Palms or follow Americana duo David & Olivia as they double dip at Creme de la Crepe then POP Champagne and Dessert Bar.

How to stage hop without speed skating?  Jump on and off the Make Music Pasadena shuttle for free.

It’s the next best thing to wings.

MAKE MUSIC PASADENASat, June 1, 11am – 11pm; all age/FREE (but $5 prepaid donation suggested)Schedule, locations, and transportation info.

lummis day 2013Arroyo Bash

Charles Lummis was the first City Editor of  the Los Angeles Times and a passionate booster of Los Angeles: a destination he thought rivaled Paradise.  Lummis also hand-built El Alisal, a quirky house of river stone taken from the Highland Park-adjacent arroyo.

Lummis threw wild parties at El Alisal — he called them “noises” — and invited painters, actors, poets, musicians — basically, everyone who was anyone in early L.A.

100+ years later, the tradition continues with Lummis Day 8: a celebration of Lummis, artists, and the power of parties.

The NELA bash starts at El Alisal (a.k.a. Lummis House) at 10:30 a.m. with music and poetry including an introduction from Lummis’s granddaughter Suzanne, Director of the L.A. Poetry Festival.   “Outsider art” exhibits continue at El Alisal until evening.

At noon, the performance part of the “noise” moves to the nearby Heritage Square Museum where four stages will host a variety of dance and music acts amidst  restored period homes, some of them open for free tours.

Check out folk legend Jim Kweskin (Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin and The Doors) who’s performing with the Crockett Sisters (a.k.a. the Evangenitals), local faves Ollin, Gospel slingers Little Faith, the Tall Men Group (songwriters including Marty Axelrod and Lummis Day alumni Severin Browne), the Lineage Dance Company, and many more.  Of course, there will be food, crafts, and small fry-appropriate events.

Charles Lummis would approve this noise.


10:30am – 5pm @ Lummis House/El Alisal, 200 E Ave 43, LA 90042

noon – 7pm @ Heritage Square Museum, 3800 Homer St, LA 90031

Nothing says summer....
Nothing says summer….


This may be the “Weekend” Go Go but the Oinkster’s Burger Week is worth bending the rules to make it an extra-long (seven extra days to be exact) weekend.

You can do it, Go Go’ers, YOU CAN DO IT!

Chef Andre Guerrero and team continue the tradition of reinventing Burgers You Know (i.e. the McRib is reinterpreted as the McRibster), each for one day only.  Fantasy burgers such as the Thrilla from Manila (“5oz Pork Patty with Shrimp & Mushrooms in a Lumpia Wrapper, Green Papaya Relish. Pork Belly & Sweet Thai Sauce on a Pan de Sal Bun”) are also available.

The Grill ‘Em All truck guys — now with an Alhambra brick ‘n mortar — are doing a Thursday only kitchen takeover for a final run of the “Weedeater” Burger (“a Half Pound Burg, Jalapeño Bacon, Cheddar, Funyuns, Garlic Aioli & Seared Pulled Pork in Mosh Pit BBQ Sauce”) before it’s retired forever.

Let the wailing and gnashing of teeth begin….

Become a “Burgerlord” and get an exclusive t-shirt by eating each of the week’s seven signature burgers.  Scavenger hunt wins can get you and a BFF to the front of the (prepare yourself) long lines.

But hey, it’s summer.  You have something better to do?

THE OINKSTER’S BURGER WEEKMon, June 3 – Sun, June 9; 11am – 10 (Sun – Thurs) and 11am – 11pm (Fri & Sat)The Oinkster, 2005 Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock 90041.  For more info including BURGER WEEK RULES & REGULATIONS, go here.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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