Evelyn Champagne King

*(Silverlake, CA) — Sunset Junction is rolling-out a special 30th Anniversary soiree in celebration of Silverlake’s popular end-of-summer event – The Sunset Junction Fair – widely regarded as the eastside’s biggest block party, with five music stages featuring a highly eclectic mix of both national and local acts, carnival rides, food booths, beer gardens, arts & crafts, a circus, DJ’s, street performers and people watching on Saturday, August 21 & Sunday, August 22.   

In honor of this milestone, a fifth “LOCALS ONLY” stage has been added, presented by THE FOLD, and featuring a wide cross-section of local buzz-bands.  Additionally, a “30 DAY COUNTDOWN TO SUNSET JUNCTION” trivia contest will kick off July 21at www.sunsetjunction.org, offering daily giveaways, including “THE PUNK ROCK RECORDING PACKAGE” courtesy of KINGSIZE SOUNDLABS; MILES DAVIS TRIBUTE HEADPHONES; ELVIS 75 boxed-sets and 25-song single CD’s; FREE ENTRANCE to SUNSET JUNCTION along with 30th commemorative t-shirts and other valuable prizes.  

SUNSET JUNCTION traditionally embraces it’s rich diversity, which is always reflected in its musical line-up.  This year, a MILES DAVIS tribute entitled “BITCHES BREW 40th RE-MIX” will take place in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Davis’s  jazz-rock-funk-fusion masterpiece, featuring his musical alumni with acclaimed eastside DJ’s, in bridging the classic with the contemporary.

A special laser light show will also be presented during the performance of Saturday’s Bates Stage headliner – GHOSTLAND OBSERVATORY and this year also features a strong Latin/Alternative line-up on Sunday’s Bates Stage with Girl In A Coma, Insite, Division Minuscala, Aurum, Gringo Star and Rolling Radio.  

Other highlights include Rastafarian punks’ Bad Brains, the communal/hippie vibe of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, retro, blue-eyed soul from Mayer Hawthorne & The County, Electro/dance from Shiny Toy Guns, LA’s original punk-funkster’s Fishbone, classic soul from The Whispers and the Ohio Players, neo-soul artist Chris Pierce, Lee Scratch Perry, Dam Funk, The Crystal Antlers, Meshell N’degeocello, Big Daddy Kane featuring Connie Price & The Keystones with special guest Percee P and Sam Sparro among others.

Over the year’s, SUNSET JUNCTION has consistently delivered the most cutting-edge, wide array of talent available, including such acclaimed acts as Lucinda Williams, X, Sonic Youth, Kinky, The Buzzcocks, The Black Keys, Hank III, Ben Harper, Conor Oberst, Sly & Robbie, The Cramps, Elliott Smith, Mike Watt, The New York Dolls, Chaka Khan, Mary Wilson, Rilo Kiley, Broken Social Scene, Dave Alvin, The Airborne Toxic Event, The Blasters, Los Lobos and more.

Comments Sunset Junction Street Fair coordinator, Micheal Mckinley:  “It is really exciting to be celebrating 30 years of diversity in the neighborhoods of Silver Lake, Echo Park and Los Feliz.  Sunset Junction has had the opportunity to help local youth at risk, do community beautification, job training, mural painting, a weekly farmer’s market and of course the annual street festival.   Please join us in celebration August 21 & 22, 2010.

Sunset Junction is proud to produce the 30th Anniversary of Silverlake’s beloved Sunset Junction Fair.  The annual event was initially created to help ease tensions in the neighborhood, but has since grown largely in both attendance and scope. Revenue  earned from the fair each year is invested right back into the community.   The funds continue to help support programs designed to re-focus and educate at risk youth with comprehensive job training, soccer and sports programs, community beautification, art, safety and clean-up projects.  To date, completed projects include 25 murals, after school sports and recreation programs, the Sunset Junction Soccer Club, job training, tree planting on Sunset Blvd., the building and maintenance of Triangle Park, painting murals for local businesses, ridding the area of graffiti, overall neighborhood clean-up and safety initiatives.   If interested in learning how you can help support the good works of Sunset Junction, please reach out to [email protected]

For ticket purchase and updated information on the 30th Annual Sunset Junction Fair, please visit www.sunsetjunction.org.   Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door.   12 years-and-under is free; 65 years-and-older is free.   Event location is 3700 to 4300 Sunset Blvd. (between Edgecliffe and Fountain) and 4000 to 4200 Santa Monica Blvd. (between Sanborn and Hoover).   Saturday (8/21) 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. and Sunday (8/22) 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.  

Media Contacts:
Karen Sundell – Rogers & Cowan
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Sunset Junction: Micheal McKinley
[email protected]