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August 19, 2010
The Silver Lake institution of the Sunset Junction Street Fair has been in the throes of an identity crisis. Is it a vast (and expensive) event competing with other weekend-long national music fests or a locals-only celebration of Eastside culture? With this installment, the Junction seems to be leaning toward the local. The mix of old-guard punk (Bad Brains) and vintage soul (The Ohio Players) remains, but an L.A.-centric stage featuring Everest, Chief and Fitz & the Tantrums is a synopsis of the moment in L.A. rock.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 26, 2011 | Randy Lewis and Margaret Wappler
A sense that the Sunset Junction Street Fair was living on borrowed time has been building for years -- well before the unpaid bills to the city of Los Angeles that prompted the 30-year-old festival's cancellation on Wednesday. In the wake of the plug being pulled by city officials Monday morning at the board of public works hearing after festival organizers failed to produce a check to cover this year's expenses, many musicians, Silver Lake residents and business owners expressed a combination of sadness and relief.
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NEWS
August 22, 1985 | LARRY GORDON, Times Staff Writer
Organizers of this weekend's Sunset Junction Street Fair in Silver Lake don't particularly relish comparisons with last month's Gay Pride festival in West Hollywood. Although many of the leaders of Sunset Junction are gay and the fair attracts many homosexuals, the festival in Silver Lake, they say, is no longer geared to any sexual, ethnic or political minority.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 19, 2010
The Silver Lake institution of the Sunset Junction Street Fair has been in the throes of an identity crisis. Is it a vast (and expensive) event competing with other weekend-long national music fests or a locals-only celebration of Eastside culture? With this installment, the Junction seems to be leaning toward the local. The mix of old-guard punk (Bad Brains) and vintage soul (The Ohio Players) remains, but an L.A.-centric stage featuring Everest, Chief and Fitz & the Tantrums is a synopsis of the moment in L.A. rock.
NEWS
August 25, 2005
It was 25 years ago that neighborhood activists in Silver Lake launched a modest street festival to foster cooperation among the area's distinct communities. On its silver anniversary, the Sunset Junction Street Fair stands as one of the biggest celebrations of the city's pop music, with rock, dance and ethnic vibes in tow.
NEWS
August 24, 2006
The annual Sunset Junction Street Fair is a neighborhood event noted primarily for its music lineups. This year is no exception. Three stages of almost nonstop music Saturday and Sunday in Silver Lake will feature more than 45 diverse acts. R&B will be featured on the fair's Edgecliffe Stage with such artists as Ashford and Simpson and Millie Jackson (Saturday); and Nona Hendryx and Richard Street (Sunday).
ENTERTAINMENT
August 24, 2000
Where do you go to satisfy your hunger after the curtain has fallen or the clubs have closed? You don't have to settle for fast-food or generic diners. Calendar Live serves up information on a variety of restaurants that cook up delicious dishes way into the wee small hours. Junction Function When carnival rides and live music take over Sunset Boulevard, it can mean only one thing: The Sunset Junction Street Fair has arrived in Silver Lake.
NEWS
August 8, 1991
* The annual Sunset Junction Street Fair features carnival rides and games, arts and crafts, entertainers, food, dancing and a petting zoo for the kiddies. From 3600 to 4000 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.(213) 413-6562. Taste of L.A. Through Aug. 18 * The annual Taste of L.A. runs two consecutive weekends, noon-11 p.m., at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., Santa Monica. Along with about 50 L.A.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 25, 1997 | SARA SCRIBNER
For 17 years, a strip of Sunset Boulevard has been transformed into a loose-limbed party for denizens of Silver Lake, Echo Park and Los Feliz. On Saturday, during the first half of the two-day Sunset Junction Street Fair, translucent-skinned punkers mingled with moms with strollers, and an emcee in a lemon-meringue-like bouffant entertained boys with shaved heads and lowriding jeans.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 28, 2000 | LINA LECARO
A funky soul sister, some gothic monster rockers and a punk legend were just a few of the assorted musical offerings Saturday at the first day of the weekend Sunset Junction Street Fair in Silver Lake.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 24, 2009 | Todd Martens and Scott T. Sterling
Over the course of its 29-year history, Silver Lake's two-day Sunset Junction street fair has evolved from a locals-only neighborhood gathering into a citywide hipster happening, one that can attract major headliners such as this year's critically acclaimed folk-rocker Conor Oberst. Still, Scott Rodarte of the band Ollin said Saturday that there are continued benefits to being a local, albeit one with a guitar. Had the East L.A. six-piece not been on the bill, Rodarte said, he and his fellow musicians would have shown up with instruments and become "sneakers-in," avoiding the $20 entrance fee by pretending to be a part of the lineup.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 20, 2009 | Margaret Wappler
Every August, it stalks the beating heart of Silver Lake, a monster of indie rock, soul and world music with booths hawking a variety of goods -- nerdy-cool book totes, T-shirts with saucy phrases, free AIDS tests, the ubiquitous tie-dyed dress -- and all manner of food, including stir-fried rice, meat on a stick and cups of sun-warmed beer. Yep, it's the Sunset Junction Street Fair, now in its 29th year and scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. Headliners for the music festival-cum-people-watching extravaganza include Mary Wilson, Conor Oberst & the Mystic Valley Band, Sly and Robbie, Built to Spill, Les Nubians and several other acts that will play on one of three stages.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 2008 | Tami Abdollah, Times Staff Writer
Cheryl Revkin was sweating. She wore a white jumpsuit, green bonnet and 500 plastic bags covering her body as she stood in the middle of Sunset Junction Street Fair on Saturday. But Revkin, president of the Silver Lake Chamber of Commerce and a member of its Green Committee, was smiling as she walked through the crowd talking to people. "I definitely feel like the message is getting out," Revkin said. In her hand she held a green sign that said "1 year, 1 shopper, 500 bags" -- the average number of plastic bags a person uses in a year.
NEWS
August 24, 2006
The annual Sunset Junction Street Fair is a neighborhood event noted primarily for its music lineups. This year is no exception. Three stages of almost nonstop music Saturday and Sunday in Silver Lake will feature more than 45 diverse acts. R&B will be featured on the fair's Edgecliffe Stage with such artists as Ashford and Simpson and Millie Jackson (Saturday); and Nona Hendryx and Richard Street (Sunday).
ENTERTAINMENT
August 22, 2006 | Richard Cromelin, Times Staff Writer
The Sunset Junction street fair in Silver Lake is looming this weekend, with its lineup of local and national bands one of its big attractions, but lots of L.A. music fans might still be nursing a hangover from the F-Yeah Fest, which brought some 70 bands to Echo Park last weekend.
NEWS
August 25, 2005
It was 25 years ago that neighborhood activists in Silver Lake launched a modest street festival to foster cooperation among the area's distinct communities. On its silver anniversary, the Sunset Junction Street Fair stands as one of the biggest celebrations of the city's pop music, with rock, dance and ethnic vibes in tow.
NEWS
August 19, 2004 | Steve Hochman, Special to The Times
If you see Mark Sovel running around the Sunset Junction Street Fair this weekend naked and screaming that "Sunset Boulevard is closed, man," cut him a little slack. After all, as music director of the new radio station KDLD/KDLE-FM (known as Indie 103.1) and host of its local music show "Check One ... Two," Sovel is a little excited about the bands on the bill. "I saw this lineup and it was, like, 'This is our Woodstock!' " Sovel says. "Every one of these bands is, like, my favorite band."
NEWS
August 21, 2003 | Steve Hochman, Special to The Times
On any given day you could walk the Silver Lake and Echo Park neighborhoods surrounding Sunset Junction and encounter some of Los Angeles' top up-and-coming rock talent -- playing at one of the area clubs, rehearsing or having a bite to eat. The 88, Earlimart, Rilo Kiley and Moving Units, among many others, are all locals, as are such veteran independent music icons as the Circle Jerks and former Afghan Whigs leader Greg Dulli. So this weekend won't be much different from normal.
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