The Weekend Go Go: Grand Park Block Party, Gratis Mike Kelley, Grand Ole Echo

Go ahead...make my 4th....
Go ahead…make my 4th….

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….

GP_4TH-OF-JULY-2014_600X300Three times larger than last year and presumably at LEAST three  times more fun, the FREE  Pyrotechnic-palooza  promises the largest rooftop fireworks  display in downtown Los Angeles.


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. FREEGrand Park, 200 N Grand Ave, DTLA 90012  For more info, go HERE.

Monkey around with Mike!
Worth every penny….

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 KELLEYSaturdays, July 5, July 12, July 19 & July 26. 6 – 10pm.  FREEGeffen Contemporary at MOCA, 152 N Central Ave, DTL 90012  More info HERE

Foot-tappin' Americana
Toe-tappin’ at the Grand Ole Echo

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 ECHOSat, July 6, 3 – 8pm.  FREE/all agesThe Echo, 1822 Sunset Blvd, LA (Echo Park)  90026.  More info HERE.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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Just what you need for the  4th of July'1
Just what you need for the 4th of July.


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