It’s the 4th of July…let’s blow up the weekend!
Good Times at Grand Park
Fireworks are the best. Parking for fireworks? Not so much.
If you’d rather watch your cherry bombs bursting in air from a blanket on a lawn instead of a car in a gridlocked parking lot, take the Metro to DTLA for the 2nd Annual Grand Park 4th of July Block Party.
Make that blocks….
Starting at 4:00 p.m., enjoy music on three stages including the family friendly Soulnic as well as indie faves Echosmith, Phantogram and Semi Precious Weapons on the ALT 98.7-programmed ALTimate Main Stage.
The park opens at 1:00 p.m. for grazing on the grass. (Check HERE for verboten items. Hint: don’t bring your Bobby Flay set-up.) In addition to the usual clutch of food trucks, your valid Metro TAP card gets you deals at block party-adjacent eateries like Border Grill, which is offering picnic boxes for up to six people and FREE shuttle service to the bash.
Think of it as the Freedom from Sore Feet bus.
GRAND PARK 4TH OF JULY BLOCK PARTY — Fri, July 4. 1 – 9:30 p.m. FREE — Grand Park, 200 N Grand Ave, DTLA 90012 For more info, go HERE.
We Like Mike
Mike Kelley is not only one of the most influential artists of our time, he is a uniquely American artist whose provocative, playfully subversive work is deeply rooted in Los Angeles, where he lived and worked for 30+ years until his death in 2012.
Kelley, whose oeuvre spans multiple mediums, is being celebrated in a museum-wide exhibition through July 28 at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA with an auxiliary show at MOCA Grand Avenue.
Starting this weekend, you can trip through Kelley’s
psyche work for FREE on Saturday nights in July. In addition to weekly tours, DJs and food trucks, as well as a closing party on July 26, exhibition curator Bennett Simpson will talk about the show’s unique L.A. connections and Kelley’s band mates from “Extended Organ” will perform on July 19.
Come monkey around with Mike…you know you want to.
FREE JULY NIGHTS AT MIKE KELLEY — Saturdays, July 5, July 12, July 19 & July 26. 6 – 10pm. FREE — Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, 152 N Central Ave, DTL 90012 More info HERE
Americana the Beautiful
It’s always the right time for roots music but an Americana party mix seems especially appropriate for the nation’s three-day b-day bash.
And Go Go’ers, no one dishes up down home like FREE/all ages Sunday staple the Grand Ole Echo.
Anchoring GOE drinking and dancing for the finale of your FREEdom Weekend is songwriting super duo Cashew & Cleary who will debut their new EP Husbands Vol. 1 on Sunday. Helping with the Main Stage hoot and holler are roots-rockers Patrolled by Radar while Rose’s Pawn Shop brings you Appalachian music filtered through L.A.
Out on the Back Porch, it’s BBQ, Two Boots pizza and country — the good kind! — with Creekwood and Eli Locke.
Happy birthday, America.
GRAND OLE ECHO — Sat, July 6, 3 – 8pm. FREE/all ages — The Echo, 1822 Sunset Blvd, LA (Echo Park) 90026. More info HERE.
Ready? U Know U Want 2 Go Go….
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