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Weekend Recap: Echo Park Rising, Plus Dancing, Records and Trains

Nolune live at Echo Park Rising outside of Bar Henry, September 9, 2023 Photo by Liz Ohanesian
Nolune live outside of Bar Henry for Echo Park Rising

For one baffling moment, the thought of walking the 1.2 mile stretch of Sunset Blvd. between Spacedust and Bar Henry for Echo Park Rising on Saturday afternoon sounded doable. I quickly came to my senses and vetoed that option, though, on account of it being somewhere around 90 degrees, per the weather app on my phone. Plus, the list of things I wanted to do that day was out of control. So, instead, I stuck around Bar Henry long enough to see Nolune, Micah Preite and Datamaps play fantastic sets on the sidewalk as traffic whizzed past us. 

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L.A. Music Events: September 8 – September 14, 2023

Photo of a mermaid video projection The Mermaid bar Little Tokyo Music Events Los Angeles Liz Ohanesian Beatique
I’ll be your Dolce Vita DJ at The Mermaid (where you can see this mermaid video projection) on Tuesday, September 12. Stop by and check out these other L.A. music events throughout the week too.

Having a hard time keeping up on L.A. music events? Yeah, same here. But, to try and make it a little easier for people to get out and see what this city has to offer, I wrote up a list of events that I’m interested in attending this week. (I’ll for sure be at two of them, since I’ll be DJing.)  Check it out and if you make it to any of the shows or parties listed below, let me know on Instagram

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Exploring Pinocchio at Italian American Museum of Los Angeles

Three marionettes based on Pinocchio from "A Real Boy" exhibition at Italian American Museum of Los Angeles Photo by Liz Ohanesian
Three marionettes based on Pinocchio from “A Real Boy” exhibition at Italian American Museum of Los Angeles. Photo: Liz O.

Sitting on the corner of Main and Cesar Chavez is the Italian Hall, a squat, two-story brick building that dates back to 1908. In the early 20th century, it welcomed guest speakers like Emma Goldman and Ricardo and Enrique Flores Magón. During Prohibition, it hid a speakeasy. Today, it’s part of El Pueblo de Los Angeles, the historic district that include’s some of the oldest remaining buildings in the city, and is home to the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles

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Head to Club Underground on August 18

Club Underground indie dance night at Grand Star Jazz Club in Los Angeles on August 18, 2023 with DJ Larry G. and DJ Liz O.

Thanks to everyone who came out to Underground for Gorillaz x Daft Punk night on August 11. I’ll be back with Larry G. on Friday, August 18 at Underground. Once again, both floors of Grand Star Jazz Club will be open and you can catch me on the second floor playing from open to close. Tickets are available now on Eventbrite.

Grand Star Jazz Club is located at 943 N. Broadway, right next to the Bruce Lee statue in Chinatown’s Central Plaza. Party starts at 9:30 p.m. This is a 21+ event. 

Check out Los Angeles-based DJ Liz O. at one of her upcoming gigs.

Listen to the New Beatique Mix with Music from Grey Factor, Body of Light, Yuksek, Jessie Ware and More

DJ Liz O. Beatique Mix for August 2023 featuring music from Body of Light, Grey Factor, Kate Fagan, Dildox and ACIDTRAIN

Since I’m playing a darkwave and post-punk set at Underground x Shadowplay this Friday night and have Disco Matinee coming up on Sunday, I wanted to bring together all those styles in this month’s Beatique mix, which you can listen to now on Mixcloud or via the embed below. 

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Liz O. in the DJ Booth: I’m Back at Underground on Friday, July 28

Club Underground indie dance night at Grand Star Jazz Club in Chinatown, Los Angeles Pulp x Blur night on Friday July 28, 2023 with DJ Larry G. and DJ Liz O.

Blur has a new album, The Ballad of Darren, out and we’re celebrating at Club Underground on Friday, July 28. Join Larry G. and me, Liz O., at Grand Star Jazz Club in Chinatown for Underground’s Pulp x Blur night. Both floors of the club will be open. You’ll get your fill of Pulp and Blur, plus an assortment of indie and Britpop jams, downstairs. I’ll be upstairs playing a mix of post-punk, indie dance, new wave, darkwave, electro and synthpop jams.

Advance tickets are available now via Eventbrite for $8. Underground is a 21+ event and the party starts at 9:30 p.m. Can’t wait to see you on the dance floor!

Check out Los Angeles-based DJ Liz O. at one of her upcoming gigs.

We Should Be More Like Vinyl

We Should Be More Like Vinyl Liz Ohanesian essay with vintage record sleeves including The Colourfield, The Cure, Bow Wow Wow, Bauhaus, The Beat

I think about vinyl a lot. You might have already figured that out. I’ve written about my digs through the used bins. I’ve interviewed other collectors, as well as some of the people behind some of L.A.’s longtime record stores. Plus, organizing my own stacks is a never-ending task that sometimes turns up old tunes that sound new and end up in the occasional all-vinyl DJ sets I play. 

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Liz O. in the DJ Booth: Fourth of July Weekend

If you’re planning to dance your way through Fourth of July weekend, I have some options for you.

I’m back at Underground on Friday, June 30 and it’s my favorite theme, 2000s Nite! Dance with us to the indie jams of the 21st century, from White Stripes to Wet Leg. Tickets are available now online for $8 (they’re $15 at the door), so snap up yours ASAP on Eventbrite.

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