One of the best LA traditions is the Annual Sunset Junction street festival. Every year they block off a section of Sunset Blvd. in the Silverlake area and throw a 2 day festival with amazing music, great food, and tons of shopping. This year was a little different however as Sunset Junction celebrated their 30th Anniversary. I’m not 30 yet, so I had no idea Sunset Junction had been going on this long. But it’s such a great tradition it’s not surprising. One of the best things about the festival is the abundance of local artists. A few Golden Bloggen faves happened to be on this year’s bill. LA locals Pollyn, who I have featured on Golden Bloggen several times, smashed an early evening set on Saturday. They have great chemistry as well as a sexy female lead singer with a sweet voice. One of my favorite thing about their performances is how angry their back-up singer looks when she sings. It’s quite hilarious. Another local artist that played Saturday was Chief. A band that consists of a few friends I’ve known since high school, who also attended NYU with me. I saw them perform about 5 years ago in some warehouse in Brooklyn, which I believe was their first show ever. Now they’re playing festivals, touring the country, and getting their music videos played on MTV. Get em Chief!
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Chief – Night & Day
Pollyn – Still Love
Day 2 consisted of some heavier hitters including Sam Sparro and Mayer Hawthorne, but the biggest name would have to be headliners Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. It seems like this band, made up of about a dozen musicians, became fan favorites over night. It may be due to their amazing live performances or their very impressive debut album which was released last year. Whatever the reason, their popularity is very well deserved. Their music is heartfelt and organic, no gimmicks or record label antics here. I was lucky enough to see their amazing sunset performance at Coachella this year so I knew what to expect, I did not know what to expect from CC Sheffield however (pictured above). CC is somewhat of a local celebrity, appearing in movies and performing around town, but this was my first time seeing her in person. I don’t quite know how to describe her set. She only performed for 15 minutes, had out of shape dancers, and didn’t really sing as much as she informed the crowd with lyrics. But the girl is a star. She seemed really comfortable on stage and is unbelievably attractive. I know superstars that have much less going for them than she does, so all the best to you in the future CC.
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Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Carries On
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Home (Rac Remix)
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – “Carries On” (Live)