December 9 – Party
Prompt: Party. What social gathering rocked your socks off in 2010? Describe the people, music, food, drink, clothes, shenanigans.
(Author: Shauna Reid)
The party of the year? I'm not much for parties but I do love going to shows. The best show of 2010 for me was the Aloe Blacc and the Grand Scheme. The show was at the Echoplex in Echo Park, which is basically the basement of the Echo. It is dark, small, has a great bar in the back, a lounge area, benches along the side and you can really get right up to the stage if you get there are the right time. The crowd was a pretty eclectic KCRW crowd - hipsters, soulsters, music lovers. The show was sold out. The line stretched under the bridge on Glendale Avenue. People were dressed in all sorts of styles but for the most part, the Stones Throw crowd is usually always dressed to the nines.
I love this resurgence of soul music and soul revues. Like a true soul revue from the 1950s and 60s. Back to that time when people cared about what kind of show they put on. The lights are perfect. The choreography is perfect. The band is ridiculously tight. The outfits are amazing and they don't look like they crawled out of bed or were drinking before coming on stage. They make the crowd a part of the show not just spectators.
I definitely want to go to more shows where everyone's happy and dancing and just enjoying them selves and spreading the love.
AMEN to the Church of Love and Happiness.