Echo Park Rising is first and foremost a free, three-day music festival — but, like the neighborhood that hosts it, a little spirit of adventure reveals much more to it. The main stage, on Friday and Saturday only, is at Taix, but all three days include multiple stages, salons, exhibitions, food havens, indie merchants and random activities along Sunset, Glendale, Alvarado and Echo Park boulevards, as well as on the colorful side streets. The musical attractions are reason enough to invest in sunscreen and take the walk — there's a diversity of styles and profiles, from local heroes like The Allah-Las, Crystal Skulls, Cinderella Motel and Dante Vs Zombies to the U.S. debut of Mexico City/Puerto Vallarta art-house rockers Ampersan.For the visual- or literary-minded, iam8bit opens its gallery space and the Hub Gallery, Stories Books & Cafe and the 826LA/Time Travel Mart all welcome visitors. Want to sneak in some vintage or vinyl shopping? Origami, Lolipop and Rewind and a bunch of other stylish entrepreneurs want your business. From the noisy to the intimate, raucous to romantic, this fourth edition of the festival is set to be the rising-est and shiniest yet. Taix Main Stage, 1911 W. Sunset Blvd., Echo Park; Fri., Aug. 15, 4-10 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 16-Sun., Aug. 17, noon-10 p.m.; free, VIP packages available. epr.la.
Fri., Aug. 15, 4-10 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 16, 4-10 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 17, 12-10 p.m., 2014
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