Sunset Junction Declining - Echo Park Rising
Of course it was bound to happen. Once Eric Garcetti and Andrea Alarcon killed Sunset Junction Street Fair, with a profound assist from the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council, a savvier chamber of commerce (so savvy as to not call themselves a chamber of commerce at all) swooped in not only to steal the unmoored SJ acts, but applied a commercial spin as well. The resultant spendfest is called Echo Park Rising, and you can bet that the merchants who control Silver Lake Neighborhood Council deserve every dollar lost to neohipster hopeful bistro Mohawk Bend and the artsy-klunky Echoplex this weekend.
Echo Park Rising may be pure ad hoc fluff, but it's fluff you haven't been to, likely, and they're betting you're curious to do something in the huggymuggy heat. Here are the three places signed onto the libation scene: Echo and the Echoplex, Mohawk Bend, and City Sip. This is decidedly Garcetti's side of Echo Park; the sturdier bars like The Shortstop, Little Joy and Taix haven't hopped on board, at least not yet, and as for Barragan's--well, that might be a little too downmarket for these Rising people.
Live music schedule here.
The Echo LA itself is of course first to rock the #echoparkrising hashtag. I think I'm 7th in. Prolly not what they had in mind.
Nonetheless, to the merchants of Silver Lake and Sunset Junction who control the Neighborhood Council--the NC that was duped into attaching unrealistic conditions to Sunset Junction Street Fair, and who will now stand in envy of the commerce down the road, perchance fleeing for good--all I have to say is: "Verily, I say unto you, you have your reward."
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