photos and words by Shabnam Ferdowsi
Echo Park Rising is one of my favorite weekends of the year. Echo Park becomes one huge block party, where you can roam from venue to venue, discovering new local bands, catching old favorites, running into friends, and celebrating all that makes the local eastside scene. This year was my first time really caring about it as I'm starting to care so much more about the local scene. I took my camera and headed to the Park for the whole weekend and it was such a blast! It's so much more about the music, and I loved every moment spent connecting with new artists, saying Hey to old friends, and hopefully making new ones.
My first night, I caught Bird Dog and SWIMM at the Echoplex. So much energy and charisma from both bands I felt like I was at a house party, hanging out with my best friends, with these cool dudes who are playing their quirky, raw music for us.
Here are my favorite photos from their sets: