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Brass Box at Echo Park Rising (the Lost Lot) 8/19/17. Photo by Derrick K. Lee, Esq. (@Methodman13) for www.BlurredCulture.com.
Brass Box at Echo Park Rising (the Lost Lot) 8/19/17. Photo by Derrick K. Lee, Esq. (@Methodman13) for www.BlurredCulture.com.

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Echo Park, CA- “Echo Park Rising is a neighborhood event in it’s 7th year that focuses on the music, creativity, diversity and small businesses of Echo Park. There are multiple stages and activities throughout the weekend located on the main routes of Sunset Blvd, Glendale Blvd, Alvarado Avenue, Echo Park Avenue and beyond.” The joy I get from attending this annual, local musical showcase is twofold: (1) I get to see some local acts that have caught my eye rock for free and (2) I get to take fliers on certain bands to see/hear what they’re all about and hopefully add them to my list of local acts to keep and eye on.

When a band’s music is dark and dreamy- the type of music that will make you want to lounge on comfy recliner in a dimly lit room with lava lamps positioned in each corner- I’m always interested to see and hear how that music translates to a venue that is the complete opposite.

Last month, I caught Brass Box opening for a band at The Echoplex. It was my first time seeing them live, and I was pleasantly surprise with their brand of shoegazy sonics. With the band performing in dimly lit room with the occasional bursts of heavily saturated stage lights, I was enveloped by total package of the performance.

At Echo Park Rising, they played a late afternoon set on an outdoor stage. With the sun setting in the west, the canopy above them did little to shade them from the its relentless heat. Dressed in black, surely they could feel every bit of heat our star emanated. Though one may have expected the bright and hot conditions to effect the mood and aura of their music, it actually looked and felt like they dug in twice as hard, with twice the intensity that I had noticed from the last time I saw them perform live.

Maybe it was all optics. Maybe I just notice more beads of sweat dripping from their brows and that’s what made it seem more intense. Whatever it was, I was just happy to see their performance translate well a complete different environment.

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