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What’s up in Los Angeles


THIS DECEMBER, THE Echo celebrates 15 years of putting on some of L.A.’s very best concerts and club nights. The venue has been a proving ground for performers from Diplo and M.I.A. to Future Islands and St. Vincent—and has remained a constant as Echo Park has changed dramatically around it. Here is our numerical tribute to a staple of L.A. rock.


In a given year, between and


425 450


2013. The band wanted to play a small room for a night, and someone in the know told them to skip Hollywood in favor of the Echoplex, the downstairs sister venue of the Echo.


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ticketed events light up the venue. That includes concerts and weekly dance-party nights like long-running staples Funky Sole and Dub Club.


When a new act called LCD Soundsystem played the club in late 2004, L.A. wasn’t quite ready and only


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Echoing history


As the Echo turns 15, we tally


some of its biggest achievements and most memorable moments. By Brittany Martin


Walk up to the door on a Monday night, and you’ll likely be treated to an artist’s residency performance for which tickets cost a grand total of


zero dollars.


Residencies here have kick- started careers for big-name bands such as Local Natives and Foster the People.


Attend a sold-out show at the Echo, and you’ll share the experience with about


tickets were sold.


text message to talent buyer Liz Garo was all it took to set in motion a surprise Rolling Stones gig in


350 à The Echo, 1822 Sunset Blvd (213-413-8200, theecho.com)


Now a massive festival for tens of thousands, the FYF Fest’s first


five


years took place at the Echo and adjoining spaces.


The Echo may have a rep as an indie-rock club, but for its very first show, on


December 19, 2001,


concertgoers. (If that’s too many bodies for you, head out to the patio for some fresh air; the semi-hidden door is to the right of the bar.)


the headliner was hip-hop group Antipop Consortium. Halfway through the set, the new club’s power went out, and the band finished a cappella.


Time Out Los Angeles October–December 2016


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PHOTOGRAPH: COURTESY THE ECHO/CARL POCKETVV


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