I had my way over to theSunset Junction Street Fair on Saturday, and I must say that Los Angeles has a great thing going with this festival in its 29th year. I did show up to the festival around 4:30 p.m. (missing 3 and a half hours of music), but from what I did see it was a well-run mini festival that offered up eleven hours of solid music. Since I did get to the festival later, the only full sets that I caught were Islands and Conor Oberst and The Mystic Valley Band. Both were fantastic, but Conor really delivered a great set. Being a huge Bright Eyes fan, I was eagerly anticipating Mr. Obersts set and he did not disappoint.
Sunset Junction Day Two – Boom D
As I entered, I was not sure who was on stage, but I thought it might be the funky soul of Orgone. When I was finally able to see the band, I knew it was not. Fool’s Gold, whom I’d never seen, had a very worldly sound highlighted by an attractive and animated female bongo player (see above) who was decked out in zebra-esque attire. The groove and stage appeal was only enhanced by the young teenager on stage playing sea shell percussion.
From Fool’s Gold I trekked over to the Sanborn Stage to see Orgone bring their Ubiquity label funk to the party. On the way I saw a grip of hipseters wearing American Apparel’s fresh pressed “Legalize Gay – Repeal Prop 8″ $3 tank tops. What a great way to sell some cheap threads as well as promote awareness of a good cause.
After the worldly soulful funk styling of Fool’s Gold and Orgone, I stumbled toIliana Rose doing a cover of Santana’s “Oye Como Va,” which the older crowd certainly dug. I was with my pops – and he was definitely feeling it.