This New Year’s Eve, Eddie Lopez of “In Fuzz We Trust” threw a kick-ass party at The Redwood Bar in DTLA, and I’m telling you, it was LIT! The place was packed, and the band line-up was solid. Eddie’s band Electric Children (featuring Bill Bateman of The Blasters, and ex-Darts/Brainspoon guitarist Michelle Balderrama) opened the show with a scorching set. This band has never sounded better (the addition of newest member Balderrama has really boosted the band to the next level – that chick is true rock star). Bateman was on fire (as you can clearly hear and see in the video posted below). They have a new album in the works, and I have a feeling it’s gonna make my Top 10 favorite albums of 2019. Can’t wait to hear it!
Next up was Flames of Durga. I’ve seen them a couple of times in the past, and they always put on a great show. Great songs, great performances, solid musicians. If you haven’t seen them, I suggest you check them out the next time they play.
By now, the crowd has enjoyed a few drinks, and everyone was ready to really GO. Well Hung Heart hit the stage, and all hell broke loose! That band tore into their set like a wildfire in Santa Ana winds! Check out the photos in the gallery, and you’ll get an idea of what they’re all about. What a savage band!
After Well Hung Hearts finished their set, I stepped outside to watch the fireworks that was happening across the street at Grand Park (which was unfortunately almost completely blocked by the newest monstrosity in DTLA: the new courthouse). Oh well, we saw a few colorful sparks licking City Hall.
I went back inside to watch Frankie and the Studs, but it was way too crowded to push my way to the front for photos. The crowd was manic – dancing and slamming around, so I just hung back. I’ve seen and photographed them before, so I was cool with just hanging back and listening.
This was the BEST New Years Eve I can remember (right up there with New Year’s Eve at Al’s Bar in 1999). So much fun (and I only had one drink)! In Fuzz We Trust dominated Echo Park Rising this summer, and totally crushed it again on New Year’s Eve!