More than 12,000 people turned out for the 18th Annual Los Feliz Village Street Fair, which took place on Sunday, July 24, 2011, after a one-year absence. The Fair took over Hollywood Boulevard between Hillhurst Avenue and Vermont Avenue, turning the busy throughfare into a pedestrian zone for the day. The Fair was produced by Rosetta Stone Events, Marie-Alise Recasner de Marco and O Entertainment and sponsored by the Los Feliz Village Business Improvement District (“LFVBID”). In addition, the Fair included the Los Feliz Fashion Festival, Green Scene and Mind-Body-Spirit Pavilion, carnival rides for the kids and a chalk art display.
The streets were lined with more than 175 booths, featuring local retail vendors, food from almost every restaurant in the Village, services including cable, newspaper, household repairs/improvements and realtors, and causes of every kind. Among the causes represented were Friends of Griffith Park, East Hollywood Neighborhood Council, Councilman Tom LaBonge and several charitable organizations. In addition, musicians and other buskers played along the street, including the renaissance sounds of the hurdy-gurdy, featuring Scott Gayman; the smooth jazz flamenco stylings of guitarist Marlon Haylock and an incredible “lady in white” who posed as numerous romanesque statutes (see slideshow).
There was a beer and wine garden at each end of the street which were packed from the time they opened until the Fair closed. In the middle of the block was a runway and a fashion show, part of the Los Feliz Fashion Festival. In addition, two stages, the Main Stage by Vermont Avenue and the Annex Stage near Rodney Drive, featured a wide range of music and entertainment. Part 1 of the recap will focus on the Rodney Drive stage, while parts 2 and 3 will focus on the Vermont Avenue stage.
The hard work of producers Denise Saker, Marie-Alise Recasner de Marco, Roy Hassett and Kelsi Smith, as well as LFVBID President Chris Serrano and Stage Manager Christine Iyoha paid off big dividends. The Fair was a rousing success, cementing the bond between the business district and the local community. Smiles, giggles and good times were evidenced on the faces of the crowd as they walked up and down the Fair, enjoyed the myriad of sights, sounds and smells.
First up on the Annex Stage were the kids from the Glee Summer Camp at Atwater Village Theatre. These kids range in age from 13 to 16. Under the direction of Cassandra Daurden, they demonstrated what they had learned in terms of voice lessons, choreography lessons and choral group training. They drew a large crowd of interested family and friends, and did a rousing job of performing.
They were followed by the Angles, a retro-feeling music ensemble who were making their first public appearance as a band. Featuring the vocals of Nicole Howard and the amazing guitar work of Sam Doniger, the band shows promise as they played both covers and originals. Their musical influences of Delta Blues and rock were quite evident as they wowed their crowd with their musical abilities.
Two more musical acts performed on the Annex Stage, The Soul of John Black and The Mighty Echoes, but I was unable to catch their performances as I had to move to the Main Stage. The remainder of the schedule was sponsored by Heartbeat House, and featured performances by Cirque School LA and Troupe Vertigo.
Part 2 of this recap will feature the first half of the day on the Main Stage, while part 3 will cover the remainder of the music acts there. Be back soon.