Bloomfest 2009

7/18/09: Today was Bloomfest, an annual acknowledgement of the contributions of Joel Bloom to the Arts District of downtown LA, although he is no longer with us. After the Arts District got going, Joel was also the unofficial Mayor of the area. So in honor, it was a full day of local bands, and all free. In the Arts District.

It centered at Hewitt and 3rd Streets, the stage set up opposite of where Bloom’s General Store once resided. A statue of Joel Bloom was seated outside the former store, and writing on the pavement stated how much he was still loved.

Joel Bloom Statue in front of former Bloom's General Store

Joel Bloom Statue in front of former Bloom's General Store

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bloom's Store Awning, and Heart Shaped Earthquake Bolts

Bloom's Store Awning, and Heart Shaped Earthquake Bolts

More Joel Bloom Love

More Joel Bloom Love

It was hot that day, so it took me a while to get out of the hot apartment to go out into the hot streets. I managed to make it to the area in time for the 2:10 band, Garland. Not a lot of people in attendance, but then I realized everyone was just glued to the shadows, so the audience was spread for more than a block. The local cafe had some trees out front, so the patrons at the tables outside had an excellent view and shade. I sat on the curb behind and opposite the stage, and every once and a while had to stand as someone tried to park beside me. In fact, I seemed to be sitting on the band staging area, as a number of bands and their instruments lined up the shady side of the street.
Daytime Default Band Staging Area at Bloomfest

Daytime Default Band Staging Area at Bloomfest

A few local artists had set up along the same sidewalk, some just to sell their wares, and one who was actively painting as the performances took place. The most popular place to be seemed to be a sausage kitchen, Wurstkuche, where they also sold beer. Tables and chairs moved as the shade grew from the buildings, and slowly the audience was actually sitting in front of the stage. Then the sun set. And it got cold.
The bands continued to play: Firebug, then The French Semester, Seasons (who even gave out some free CDs), Spirit Vine, Black Kites, Tawny Ellis (the entire band dressed in matching outfits), Robotanists (with their own banner to make sure we knew who was playing and admit it, it’s a cute name), AM, and boxViolet.
Robotanists and their Banner

Robotanists and their Banner

One more band was scheduled to play, but I was cold and had all my layers on at that point, it was time to go home. The funny thing was, once I turned a corner and was walking, I was so much warmer. Since we were actually sitting in a street, all I could figure was the wind was coming down the street, making it cold. Given it was so hot most of the day, who knew I would be driven away at the end because I was cold? Welcome to LA’s famous temperature drop once the sun set.
boxViolet was actually the band I came out to see, since I knew their sound, having seen them perform a few years ago, at one of their first shows and having been taken by them then. And I had heard of The French Semester, Seasons, Spirit Vine and Black Kites, all of which perform at the local clubs I frequent, but somehow I always managed to miss their shows previously, even the free ones. So this was a good day, to see all these local bands all at once. And I liked them all, I did, to varying degrees. 
That’s one thing about my ear, is that if I listen long enough to any band, I usually find something I like about them. Like I have said before, it is extremely rare I like a band on first song, first listen. For most bands, it just takes time. Usually at about song three, I’m beginning to warm up, get used to a band’s sound. Song 5 or 6, I’m into them. Since these were all 40 minute or so sets, most exceeded the 5 or 6 songs I need, to happy results.  
boxViolet at Bloomfest

boxViolet at Bloomfest

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