Saturday night’s alright in Highland Park with Lodge Room opening their doors to nostalgic hipsters perusing abundant taco trucks. Hosting two major throwback acts – Whispertown, The Elected and Azure Ray
The fresh 500-capacity venue opened in November in the historic Highland Park Masonic Temple and has already played host to touring and burgeoning talent from all over LA. The venue itself has a classic theater feel not unlike Teragram Ballroom in downtown, but maybe with better acoustics. The sound was so good in fact, the talkative crowd came through many breaks in strums and drum beats. But hey, crowds will be crowds. We’ve learned to tune them out.
Unfortunately, as goes the act of driving in Los Angeles, parking took longer than expected and Whispertown was missed entirely. Please accept this sweet video in compensation.
The side project of Rilo Kiley‘s guitarist Blake Sennett and drummer Jason Boesel followed in similar, folky footsteps with Blake leading the songwriting with chilling vocals. The band’s last record, Bury Me In My Rings (Vagrant Records), was released in 2011, so the nostalgia angled earlier brings it together. Toward the end of their set, Blake pauses to acknowledge a faithful fan traveled from Texas to be here and offered to play a song just for her.
To say the Saddle Creek vets stole the show wouldn’t quite get the point across. Remember the loud crowd mentioned earlier? They all zipped it for these lo-fi crooners. With four albums to choose from, the indie favorites hit notes for fans both early and late to their discography. Funny mistakes were made, with guitarist Orenda Fink joking, “It’s not like haven’t played a set in five years”. This was a special night for everyone and fellow guitarist Maria Taylor summed it up perfectly – “It feels like.. 2003?”.