In this post
♠ The Los Angeles Renegades RollerGirls get squeaky clean
♠ Band Skulrot plays “Wash Club” Fundraiser
♠ STOP! In the Name of Lovefest 2013.
♠ Michael Ray De Los Angeles Needs your Vote
♠ Community Calendar
“Dirty Cars, Squeaky Clean Fun” or “How I spent A Saturday Afternoon”
Call me old fashioned but I don’t think that roller skating ever went out of style, a Saturday afternoon with the Los Angeles Renegade RollerGirls has reminded me that I am not the only that holds this belief. In fact, this past weekend I attended LARRG’s fundraiser at Nit Pickers in Azusa, California. The event brought together “Skulrot,” and “The Scurvy Kids“ both bands are from the Los Angeles area, and played hour long sets in support LARRG’s event “Wash Club.” The proceeds of the event (funds raised from the sale of t-shirts buttons, stickers, glasses and car washing) will help the team pay for their trip to Arizona this coming November.
Outside of Nit Pickers, cars were being washed, LARRG merchandise was being sold, and the rollergirls were letting everyone within earshot know what was the hoses, buckets of water and the roller skates were about. Inside the store, the band Skulrot was on stage, playing to fans, rollergirls and passersby. The hour long set was comprised mostly of original songs, said John Redick, guitarist and vocalist of Skulrot.
Two cover songs were played and well received by an audience that sang along with Redick–The Misfits’ “Skulls” and the Ramones‘ “Its a Long Way Back.” By the end of the set the band had played well over ten songs, to an audience that consisted of adolescents, parents, elders, rollergirls, thrift store shoppers, couples, and even a Chihuahua, a kissing booth, and a giant bottle of Ketchup.
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Sunday I was presented with an unexpected surprise from the Universe, a trip to Lovestock 2013 at the Avalon Theatre in Hollywood. My initial thought was “really?” Upon my arrival the Universe responded with a mind blowing “yes.” Once inside I reconnected with Shane Chunephisal (Metacine.Therapy@gmail.com), a massage therapist and sound/energy healer that I met at the Healing, Arts, Community Awareness Home in Highland Park. Chunephisal has regularly provided crystal sound bowl sessions for the community during Sunday evening dinners at HACAH. Also present at Lovestock was Sean Hill, easily one of my favorite spoken word artists– we met several years ago while ciphering the spoken word circuit. Take a gander at his video for the poem “Optimistic Incisions”
My arrival at the festival placed me just in time to enjoy a group meditation and shortly thereafter a continuation of the dance party. Sadly, I missed the Luminaries’ set. However, when I arrived the headliners of the evening were just beginning their set and I was able to enjoy the whole of a guided group meditation. In addition I also had enough time to examine the art and displays, pay a visit to the Kombucha bar, and say “‘ello” to a plethora of familiar faces, and some new ones as well. All I can say is Lovestock 2014? FUNK YEA!
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To wrap up this post I would just like to share a little bit of intimate information that is going on within my own life, beyond the journeys to these amazing places. Currently (as of 2pm, 9.16.20XIII to be exact), I am taking part in INDI’s “Original Song: Season 1;” this is both a return to the realm of music and also a cathartic process for me. I have not had any inclination to paint recently (despite my Love of the art)and so I have needed to guide my energy towards something else. The result was the release of Earthikana Soultonix: Urbanite Folk Songs Sung on Chalk Stain’d Concrete, a collection of experimental spoken word set to music.
As I have continued my return to music and music experimentation , the song I composed, “Art’s a Supernova” is currently part of Indi’s “Original Song: Season 1.” What does this have to do with you? I need votes, views, shares and community support. Give a listen to the track and if you dig it, then please vote for it; if it is not your cup of tea, ask yourself why it is not.
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Have a wonderful week.
Michael Ray De Los Angeles
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Also on the horizon is Akilia, which will be taking place on the 27th-29th of September. Click HERE for more information
NEXT POST: Wednesday September 18th 20XIII, “On the Road With Skulrot” plus an exclusive live video!