LA will be in-FEST-ed this weekend. The Sunset Strip Music Fest in West Hollywood and the Mad Decent Block Party downtown are the banner events, but those looking for something more intimate -- yet still boasting wide-ranging musical amusements -- have some great choices too. Here are the best bets.
Friday, Aug. 19
An extrasensory celebration, meshing music, art and outta-sight visuals, Sound & Vision: Cosmic Prom promises intergalactic amusements, including the crowning of a prom king and queen. There will also be live music by Caught A Ghost, Lemon Sun, The Morose Project, DJ Ana Calderon, as well as installations, photo booths and food trucks. At the "Vortex Immersion Dome," 1037 W. 6th St. on the Los Angeles Cen-ter Studios Lot. Advance tickets available at www.vorteximmersionmedia.eventbrite.com
Saturday, Aug. 20
Mondrian Sessions has been showcasing live bands and DJs all summer long. On Saturday, they've got Iamsound Records spinners, plus Stone Throw's James Pants, a more dance friendly offering from what is sure to be a rock-heavy weekend on the Strip. At SkyBar at the Mondrian Hotel, 8440 Sunset Boulevard. Free with RSVP: www.morganshotelgroup.com/mondriansessions.
Freak City's XXXHIBIT show On Blast will feature a multitude of themes, ranging from "Hi Fashion-Street Shit" to "Hip Hop Sweat $hop" to "Punk Rock Museum" to "Hollywood Freak Show" and more. DJ set by Arabian Prince (NWA), along with surprise live performances and musical guests throughout the night. 6363 Hollywood Blvd. Facebook invite here.
A girl-charged night awaits at Live And Feel's Launch Party from LAF Productions & Raynee and Dawnita of PYT. Electro, dub, hip-hop and more from Illimental (Danceism), Imangeles Smith (LAF Productions), ASAA (Danceism), Dom Corleone (Danceism), Mix America (Push), DHattori (Dickson Records) and Soulre. Live performance by Neon Fangs and live art by David Cedeno. At the "Robertson," 665 Robertson Blvd. West Hollywood. Facebook invite here. RSVP@girlchargedproductions.com
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Sunday, Aug. 21
Judging by the name Shhh! we should keep this one hush-hush, but we just can't! After all, we've been hearing good things about this monthly dance party. Plus, one of our favorite door gals/drag performers in L.A. is celebrating her birthday this Sunday there -- the one and only Miss Barbie-Q. She and DJ Eric Ad-ams offer funk goodness from back in the day, including Prince, Sheila E, The Gap Band, Zapp, Chic, Stacey Q, and Expose. Also, there are drink specials, so this free fete ain't gonna be a secret for much longer. At Akbar, 4356 W. Sunset Blvd. www.akbarsilverlake.com
New York City's semi-legendary club Mattachine comes to L.A. with a rare DJ set from John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig And The Angry Inch), plus PJ DeBoy & Paul Dawson (Shortbus). Performance art by Amber Martin (Amber Alert) rounds out the entertainment. The NYC dance orgy has been on a club tour across the country, promoting "ethical homosexual culture" that goes beyond the clichés. Expect curated sounds of "queer yesteryear" -- classic rock, soul, funk, punk, country and New Wave. At La Cita, 336 S. Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90013. Facebook invite here. See our interview with John Cameron Mitchell here.
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