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BOOMTOWN FRIDAYS Continues Tonight 6pm-2am with THREE NEW BEERS!

Boomtown Fridays continues tonight, 6pm-2am. Stay dry in this wet weather and join us for $5 freshly made brews inside of the industrial space where Boomtown Brewery brews its Arts District beer! Tonight’s music is by Deejay Able who will mix up some old school funk, hip hop, splashes of electro and 80’s music. To go with your cold beer, order a handcrafted pizza cooked onsite in a wood-fire oven by mobile pizzeria Urban Pie.

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Boomtown Brewery
700 Jackson St.
Los Angeles 90012

THREE NEW LIMITED-RELEASE BEERS TONIGHT!

Magic Napper Scottish Style Ale (8.2%): Made with all British ingredients, the malt bill is a blend of pale, brown and caramel. This brew undergoes an extended boil to intensify the caramel aspects of the ale. The mix of sugars create a robust sweet malty base that is balanced by copious additions of East Kent Goldings hops to create a smooth and pleasant bitterness with soft marmalade notes.

Personal Assistant Pale Ale (6%): A hybrid ale, part hoppy American pale ale and part Belgian golden ale. Even the hops are hybrids, part American and part European, lending a nice mix of floral, spice and fruity flavors and aromas. Copper in color, this ale is simple and straight forward yet still has a subtle complexity.

Submission Belgian Golden Strong 8.6%): Belgian inspired ale brewed with classic Belgian ingredients, star jasmine flower and carrot blossom honey. The honey lends rich notes of cedar that creates an intriguing blend of aromatics with the Belgian yeast and Jasmine.

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Ingenue Belgian White Ale (4.8%): This blonde ale is inspired by working-class ales of Hainaut, Belgium. It is a white beer made of Belgian pilsner malt, white winter wheat, rolled oats, and lightly hopped with imported Czech Saaz (which is a “noble” variety of hops named after the Czech city of Žatec, which in German is Saaz). It is then brewed with extremely soft water to create a feeling in your mouth that matches the effects of the oats. The Ingenue is full of sweet bready notes with a nice creamy body, yet it finishes clean and dry.

Limelight IPA (7%): This classic robust IPA is made with a blend of Citra, Amarillo, and Mosaic hops. It has hoppy notes of guava, stone fruit, and grapefruit that are balanced with malty caramel tones and a solid, yet clean bitterness. The Limelight IPA is a big beer with big flavor.

Nosejob IPA (6.8%): A West Coast classic, this IPA is deep gold in color and brimming with a mix of citrus, tropical fruit, and piney hoppiness. The nose is a blend of sweet citrus mixed with deep fruity notes. The Nosejob IPA is hoppy up front, but finishes with a nice balance of light malt sweetness and a clean solid bittering.


FUTURE BREWS

After Hours (5.4%): This session stout ale is a black brew that exudes rich notes of chocolate blended with fresh roasted coffee. Its substantial body is full of roasted notes and deep caramel tones creating a complex blend of malts. A generous helping of rolled oats lends to a velveteen texture and East Kent Golding hops provide balance.

B-Side Red Stout (6.8%): This California version of an Irish Red Ale is a hoppy red ale with a great malt backbone. A blend of pale, crystal, munich and chocolate malts create a rich character to hold up the heaping helpings of Citra and Amarillo hops. Both kettle and dry-hopped, this red stout has most of its roots deep in the hop fields, but just enough malty flavor to make one wonder if it is related to a stout.

Eastside Hopster (8.4%):Double IPAs can be tough as a quality drinking experience can be hampered by too much alcohol or too much hop bittering. Boomtown is simple with its edition: Pilsner malt, bittering hops, and dry hops. A complex blend of aggressive northwestern American hops creates a heavy hop oil aroma, which prepares the palate for the firm, yet smooth  hop flavor and bitter qualities to come. Sweet grassy grain notes from the Pilsner malt are a simple background for solid Columbus hop bitter. These malt background notes, along with a warm alcohol finish, are just enough to support the hops for a mouth-watering experience.

GO! Sound Saturday Returns to Arts District Co-op

Come to the Arts District Co-op for a fun, FREE, all-ages day filled with live music, art, fashion, and food! Sound Saturday is back with yet another awesome lineup during 1-7pm (shopping begins at 12 noon and ends at 8pm). This month’s talent includes Sumkind, Peter Su, Paper Chains, PHAIR_ by phatthighz, Coals, and Dysrupt.

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Arts District Co-op
453 Colyton Street
Los Angeles 90013

HOURS: Tue-Thu 11am-7pm; Fri-Sun 12-8pm (closed Mon)
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SET TIMES
1-2pm: Sumkind deejay set
2-3pm: Peter Su
3-4pm: Paper Chains
4-5pm: PHAIR_ by phatthighz
5-6pm: Coals
6-7pm: Dysrupt

FOOD TRUCKS
Bohemia: This eclectic truck specializes in diverse, tasty food inspired by the chef’s world travels. Don’t miss their delicious twists on burgers, fries, and classic LA street tacos!
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MUSIC

Sumkind: This LA-based electronic musician plays keyboard and guitar while singing supported by heavy sub, grimy bass, and hard drums encapsulated by a world of abstract atmospheric soundscapes. The performance and production alike combine the live improvisational energy of a traditional band with the spectral range and power of a DJ set.

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Peter Su: If The Beach Boys got together with Leonard Cohen to harmonize over some sweet melodies, you’d get an artist like Peter Su. Before he was a songwriter in LA, Peter used to be a venture capitalist on Sand Hill, investing in startups in the daytime and playing music at night. A few years ago, he realized how blindly ambitious he’d been and left the 9-to-5 path to pursue his lifelong dream to make good, loving music for people, no matter where it led. These days, he spends most of his time songwriting and making people’s days a little more joyful as a street performer on the Santa Monica Pier. This year he went into Sunset Sound to record his debut album “Into the Sea”, a song cycle about his search for his true calling, to be released this January. Besides the pier, you can peep Peter on instagram @petersumusic or find him performing around LA singer-songwriter venues like Room 5 and featuring at festivals such as 626 Night Market.

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Paper Chains: Diamonds and Jonny formed Paper Chains after relocating from Brooklyn, New York to Los Angeles in 2014. Mixing Art, Fashion and Rock n’ Roll, they draw from their diverse backgrounds into an exciting multimedia experience. Stereo Diamonds’ sexy but smart vocals cut through battling guitars and synths over driving dance rock beats. This wall of sound is created live, without pre-recorded tracks giving the band freedom to push musical boundaries at any time. Paper Chains are currently playing shows along the west coast and recording an EP to be released Independently this fall.

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Phair_by phatTHIGHz: This LA-based electronic producer/beat maker is in charge of every aspect of her compositions. Using crunchy distortion, crisp high hats, glitched synth lines, samples pulled from public service announcements from the 1950’s, and screwed vocals, the visual translation of Phair’s sets would most likely look like pastel pink liquid melting, combined with color static from a glitched television.

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Coals: Owen Cole, a 22-year-old Angeleno went to school in Boston where he began studying sound and slowly found the way in which he wants to utilize it. Coals will be releasing a feature-length record in the spring that is heavily influenced from everything like ambient pieces to “chopped n’screwed” tones. Expect to hear some of his sounds along with remixes and tracks from friends and artists that inspire him. There is no guaranteed direction, just simple fun.

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DYSRUPTCheck out the beats by Sean Sullivan, a dark and dirty DnB DJ since 1996 and working as DnB production since 2010.

GO! Boomtown Brewery Launches Friday Night Series 6pm-1am

Boomtown Brewery opens its doors this Friday with $5 freshly made brews all night long, 6pm-1am! Come if you like beer … or if you like people who like beer. Part of a continuing fall series of Friday night events (mark your calendar!), this Friday, October 9th offers music by Deejay Aubrey spinning funk, electro, rock, alternative indie, and pop music and grilling by Dogtown Dogs food truck.

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Boomtown Brewery
700 Jackson St.
Los Angeles 90012

OUR FAVORITE BOOMTOWN BREWERY BEERS!
Limelight IPA (7% ABV): This classic robust IPA is made with a blend of Citra, Amarillo, and Mosaic hops. It has hoppy notes of guava, stone fruit, and grapefruit that are balanced with malty caramel tones and a solid, yet clean bitterness. The Limelight IPA is a big beer with big flavor.

Nosejob IPA (6.8%): A West Coast classic, this IPA is deep gold in color and brimming with a mix of citrus, tropical fruit, and piney hoppiness. The nose is a blend of sweet citrus mixed with deep fruity notes. The Nosejob IPA is hoppy up front, but finishes with a nice balance of light malt sweetness and a clean solid bittering.

Ingenue Belgian White Ale (4.8% ABV): This blonde ale is inspired by working-class ales of Hainaut, Belgium. It is a white beer made of Belgian pilsner malt, white winter wheat, rolled oats, and lightly hopped with imported Czech Saaz (which is a “noble” variety of hops named after the Czech city of Žatec, which in German is Saaz). It is then brewed with extremely soft water to create a feeling in your mouth that matches the effects of the oats. The Ingenue is full of sweet bready notes with a nice creamy body, yet it finishes clean and dry.

GO! Downtown Dark Nights on FRI 8/28 @ 6pm-12am

L.A. LIVE’s most exciting night returns with Downtown Dark Nights on Friday, August 28 @ 6pm to 12 midnight! Don’t miss live musicians, performers, artists and indie craft vendors PLUS unbeatable $5 food & drink specials at participating L.A. LIVE restaurants! Fun, fun, fun all night in Downtown Los Angeles!

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LIVE MUSIC :: LIVE ART :: LIVE PERFORMANCES

DEEJAY: DJ Gazoo Olmedo​ (Calentura, Subsuelo)

MUSIC: Ben Caron & The Joy Machine​ – Bullet & Snowfox​Brenda Carsey & The AweThe Vignes Rooftop Revival​Hedgehog Swing​ – Ryan & Liz Dueling PianosSaxophonist Justin Klunk  – Rachel Grace Electric Violin

MURALISTS: EvolPaul JunoRon KingJames Wilde – Yo ChubsZouehMDMNArmando RoseteBlacklight King

EASEL PAINTERS: David SchonhoffJulie ArnoffJett JacksonNora Ann-Francis Martin-HallJesse Fortune

ART INSTALLATIONS & PERFORMANCES: P.O.P. Unplugged Drumming Troupe – Stilt Walking Costumed Performances by Rebecca “Fireplug” Levis & Brady SpindelLED Hula Hoop performances – Break Dancing and Swing Dancing by Hollywood Hotshots & Versa Style Crew – FREE Glowing Tarot Readings by Seraphime Angelis – Fire Dancers & LED CharactersBody Painting by Nicolette Spear

ARTISANS: A Blonde & Her BagBenjibug ArtBottled Up LampsCandle StashCopra SoapCowpunk LeatherCurmudgeon CardsDowntown MuseFreaky WalletHeadband HavenHeather Renae DesignsHollyWood & TwineHumanTreeRobotiMakeTheCaseLA-matic SkateboardsLondon ManoriMabuhay CollectionMacBeanieMaeMae JewelryNightFloObjects with PurposeONYX XOXOPanache JewelryPileus Chaotic Art – Pretty & Perky – Quetzal BoutiqueRad UncleRoots Revival Co. – ROTD CreationsShay CandlesSilla Dilla GrapeThe Small Shop LA – SoCal Etsy GuildThe Record TruckUnique Inspirations Jewelry – The Wicked Boheme

$5 FOOD & DRINK SPECIALS: Flemings Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar The Farm of Beverly Hills at LA Live – KATSUYA – Lawry’s CarveryLive Basil Pizza LA Live – The Mixing RoomRed MangoRock’n Fish LA Live – Rosa MexicanoSmashburger LA Live – Tom’s Urban LA Live – Triple 8 – Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill Los Angeles

$10 PARKING (cash or credit, free for Preferred Members): Be sure to park in Lot W aka West Garage and enter through Gate B to get this special rate! CLICK HERE for PARKING MAP!

TEAM LA STORE: Enjoy 40% off store merchandise during 5-9pm!

CREDITS: Downtown Dark Nights at L.A. LIVE is presented by L.A. LIVE with entertainment curated by Melissa Richardson Banks (aka Downtown Muse and South Bay Muse) with Edgar Varela; collectively of @WeAreDTLA.

Are you an artist, musician or other type of performer? Do you want to be a part of one of our events? Submit an application by clicking HERE!

GO! POPUP Marketplace on THU 8/13 @ 5-10pm at L.A. LIVE

Featuring over 60 handcrafted vendors

many from the Arts District and Downtown Los Angeles, this FREE weeknight event produced by L.A. LIVE and curated by Melissa Richardson Banks and Edgar Varela of @WeAreDTLA also includes music by deejays Francesca Harding and Matthew Rubino​ plus the Arts District’s dynamic duo Waterparx.

Come early for the $5 food and drink specials from eateries including Katsuya, Rock’n Fish, The Farm of Beverly Hills, Tom’s Urban, and more.

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INDIE MAKERS, CRAFTERS & ARTISTS:

(list current as of 8/12/15)

PARKING

Event parking is just $10 in Lot W (West Garage) ONLY IF you enter through Gate B –PARKING MAP HERE -(cash or credit – free for L.A. LIVE Preferred Members)

$5 FOOD & DRINK SPECIALS

Flemings Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar The Farm of Beverly Hills at LA Live – KATSUYA – Lawry’s CarveryLive Basil Pizza LA Live – The Mixing Room at JW Marriott – Red MangoRock’n Fish LA Live – Rosa MexicanoSmashburger LA Live – Tom’s Urban LA Live -Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill Los Angeles

POPUP Marketplace at L.A. LIVE is curated by Melissa Richardson Banks (aka @DowntownMuse & @SouthBayMuse) and Edgar Varela (aka EVFA); collectively of @WeAreDTLA.

INTERESTED VENDORS

We’re currently accepting vendor submissions for future events. If you would like to be considered, click HERE!

Round Up at L.A. LIVE

Grab your Western boots, put on your cowboy hats, and come party with us on FRI 7/24!

Round Up at L.A. LIVE is an event that is part of the venue’s 2015 Summer in the City series.

FREE FUN FOR ALL AGES!

  • Music Performances
  • Line Dancing Lessons
  • Beer Garden
  • Mechanical Bull
  • Horseshoe Toss
  • Cornhole Tournament & Free Play
  • Western Character Performers
  • Artisan Vendors
  • Saloon Fortune Teller
  • Live Western-Themed Mural Painting by Artists Sand One​ and Septerhed
  • $5 Food/Drink Menus
  • Discounted Parking in Lot C North Only

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Downtown Dark Nights on Friday, June 12

IT’S BACK! L.A. LIVE’s most exciting night returns with Downtown Dark Nights on Friday, June 12 – featuring live musicians, performers, artists and indie craft vendors AND unbeatable $5 food & drink specials at participating L.A. LIVE restaurants! Don’t miss out on all of the fun in Downtown Los Angeles!

$5 FOOD AND DRINK SPECIALS: Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar – Ford’s Filling Station – Katsuya L.A. LIVE – Lawry’s Carvery – Live Basil Pizza – Red Mango – Rosa Mexicano – Rock’N Fish – Smashburger – The Farm of Beverly Hills – Tom’s Urban – Triple 8 – Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill

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POPUP MARKETPLACE – Wednesday, May 20 @ 5-10pm

Featuring over 60 handcrafted vendors – many from the Arts District and Downtown Los Angeles, this FREE weeknight event curated by Melissa Richardson Banks and Edgar Varela of @WeAreDTLA also includes DJ music by Francesca Harding and Matthew Rubino​ plus $5 food and drink specials from eateries including Katsuya, Rock’N Fish, The Farm of Beverly Hills, Tom’s Urban, and more.

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INDIE MAKERS, CRAFTERS & ARTISTS: Agapantha Jewelry​, Anvil Handcrafted, Articulum General Store​, Arts District Printing Co., Barney & Clyde Mercantile​, Big Squeeze Press​, Black Brain, Brinko Ties​, Cactus Club Paper​, Candle Stash​, Cowpunk Leather Products​, CRASH Jewelry, Curmudgeon Cards, Detroit Trash, Downtown Muse, Few Bits, Goat & Kettle​, HollyWood & Twine​, HumanTreeRobot​, Ichiban Bath Company​, Library Store on Wheels, Lindall Leather Works, London Manori​, Luke Hobbs Design​, Macbeanie, Marley & Alfie​, Mayu Silk Art​, Objects With Purpose, Oceguera Handmade Felted Goods, Panache Jewelry, Pocket Square Clothing​, Pop & Timber​, Quetzal Boutique, Rad Uncle​, Record Truck, Roots Revival Co., ROTDcreations, Shay Candles​, SoCal Etsy Guild​, Sour Girls (Fox Force Three), Succulent Heaven​, The Glass Studio, The Tin Man Art, Topanga Patina​, UPCYCLED by Micha Design (list current as of 5/15/15)

PARKING: Event parking is just $10 in Lot W (West Garage) only IF you enter through Gate B –PARKING MAP HERE -(cash or credit – free for L.A. LIVE Preferred Members only)

DOWNTOWN DARK NIGHTS May 15 @ 6-10pm at L.A. LIVE!

RAIN or SHINE on Friday, May 15 @ 6-10pm at L.A. LIVE!

DOWNTOWN DARK NIGHTS curated by @WeAreDTLA

Taking its name to describe an evening when there are no games or concerts at L.A. LIVE’s Staples Center or Nokia Theatre, this FREE art-centric event features live music, live painting by street artists, and live performances by breakdancers, stilt walkers, hula-hoop dancers, deejays, and more plus $5 food and drink menus from numerous participating restaurants at L.A. LIVE. Event parking is just $10 in Lot W (West Garage) only IF you enter through Gate B –PARKING MAP HERE -(cash or credit – free for L.A. LIVE Preferred Members only)

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ARTOPIA! 4/30 @ 8-11 PM

The third annual LA Weekly’s Artopia will be held on Thursday, April 30, 8-11 PM in the Arts District at The Container Yard, featuring live art, live music, performance-based fashion, and more. This year’s immersive art experience is curated by none other than renowned art critic and writer Shana Nys Dambrot. With more to come, she’s gathered an amazing array of artists to participate, including Victor Wilde and his Bohemian Society, Mud Baron, Debi Cable and her 3D Art Gallery, Mikael B. Design, interdisciplinary artist Amy Kaps, Marcus Kuiland-Nazario, and KCRW deejay Jeremy Sole.

In addition to the immersive art experience, Artopia will offer guests hand-crafted cocktails, shaken and stirred by the city’s most respected bartenders. A curated selection of Los Angeles’ hottest food trucks will on hand to enhance the evening by selling their signature dishes to hungry art aficionados. Last, but not least, new to Artopia this year is a special area devoted to vendors and artists who are showcasing and selling unique and handcrafted art and gift items. Produced by WeAreDLTA (a collaboration between Edgar Varela and Melissa Richardson Banks), the event’s first Artisan Village features an invited group of only 20 vendors.

Admission is limited to only 1,500 guests so buy your tickets NOW while they are still available and still only $30 (prices go up weekly until the event is sold out!)

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LA Weekly’s Artopia on Thursday April 30, 2015 @ 8pm -11pm
The Container Yard @ 800 E. 4th St, Los Angeles 90013

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