words by Joe Cortez
Sad kids one and all called LA's Echo and Echoplex home last Tuesday night as the phenomenon known as Emo Night descended upon Echo Park's famed venue, occupying both floors of the hot spot for a celebration of all things emo. Having become something of a force in the scene since debuting back in December of 2014, Emo Night is now a monthly mainstay in LA and other major cities across the States.
As is usually the case when Emo Night takes over The Echoplex, the line just to get in the door was an endurance test itself but for those lucky enough to get in, the party inside proved more than worth the wait.
In addition to a stellar lineup of DJs spinning pop-punk faves from the early aughts, The Echo played home to performances from local heroine Grace Kelly, recent transplants Fighting Sides and Sacramento faves Crooked Teeth. While all the bands put on a great show, I was especially fond of Grace Kelly's set. Coming on to the stage with a small boombox which she checkily mic'd a la David Byrne in "Stop Making Sense," she ran through original tracks as well as a sweet and earnest cover of "Girls Just Want to Have Fun."
Unlike most other club nights in LA, there's a palpable sense of enthusiasm and euphoria that permeates the audience as one DJ after another plays songs that were part of the most formidable years of everyone on the dance floor. Strangers become friends as an uncontrollable urge to sing along to the chorus of Jimmy Eat World's "Sweetness" overtakes you. Whoever said you can't be sad and have fun had clearly never been to Emo Night before.
For more on Emo Night, including upcoming shows, be sure to visit emonightla.com and like Emo Night on Facebook. Photos from the night courtesy Emo Night, hit up the link below for a full gallery from Tuesday night.