Last Friday night at the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), Al Borde, in conjunction with LATV presented the event, Los Angeles Eclectic, a free concert for the Latin Alternative fans with performances by Love Star, Pastilla and Mal Adjusted.
In a cool evening on the outside stage of the MOLAA, rock fans began to gather and in a very relaxed and pleasant atmosphere where attendees were treated to free and soft drinks by event sponsors Jack Daniels.
Love Star, the L.A, indie band, fronted by lead singer, Starla (Adriana Fernandez Arias) and “The Doctor” (Will Alves) with Juan Diego Borda from Palenke Soultribe helping out on bass and David Bollinger on drums gave an outstanding performance in which they showcased several songs from their upcoming album, Espectro.
With great stage presence, Starla, gave a commanding performance lead by her soulful voice and charisma while “The Doctor” kept the energy high with crashing guitar chords that kept their fans rocking. Those enjoying the music for the first time were impressed by the band’s tight sound and synergy emanating from the stage.
L.A. veterans Pastilla, after spending several years in the Mexico City rock scene, came back home and gave a blistering performance that reminded us of the first time we saw a very young Pastilla back in 1996, when they opened for Café Tacuva at the Sunset House of Blues.
Lead singer and guitarist, Victor Monroy, led the band through high voltage renditions of classic Pastilla songs like “Vox Electra” and even went back in time to their very first album with songs like “Amor Metal”.
To close out an evening of great alternative rock, Morrissey and Smiths tribute band, Mal Adjusted, put on an amazing performance in which, at times, it gave the impression that we were in the presence of “Moz” himself. Mal Adjusted were not only able to capture the physical presence of Morrissey, but musically the band was able to transmit the essence and spirit of The Smith’s music as well as Morrissey’s solo hits.
Overall, the “Los Angeles Eclectic” summer concert was not only a great night of music, but a night where one could run into other musicians, friends and other familiar faces from the L.A. music scene.