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KCRW’s ‘Masquerade Ball’ Rocks the Park Plaza

KCRW’s annual Masquerade Halloween party rocked the Legendary Park Plaza Hotel for the fourth year in a row over the weekend. Your humble Fishie was in attendance and is still recovering. Sadly, he was driving, so he can’t even say he got drunk and hung over. Nay, he’s simply old and out of shape and can’t dance until 2 a.m. anymore without a week of pizza and bed rest to recuperate.

Although Mexican Institute of Sound and Z-Trip both put on great shows, the highlight of the night was undoubtedly seeing John Lydon, better known as the Sex Pistols’ Johnny Rotten, singing along to Deee-Lite’s “Groove Is In the Heart.” Cross that one off the bucket list.

We have to admit, we were a bit disappointed that Masquerade goers didn’t seem to get our brilliant Gordron Gartrelle costume. Although the two people who did thought it was hi-larious. Props to the lovely and talented Jennifer Calica for making the shirt from scratch.

All in all the event raised nearly $70,000 for KCRW’s coffers–topping last year’s effort. A smashing success.

More photos after the jump:

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KCRW Halloween Masquerade Party Rocks Per Usual


Photo: Jeremiah Garcia

KCRW’s annual Masquerade party has pretty much become the go-to Halloween event of choice here in LA. Despite the origins of the flu, your humble Fishie was in attendance–with the assistance of ample amounts of Red Bull–and he’s happy to report this year did not disappoint.

Like last year, the event was held at the Legendary Park Plaza hotel across from MacArthur Park. Moby, Mariachi El Bronx, Dengue Fever and Milagres all played–and KCRW’s various DJs alternated sets throughout the night on four different stages. Moby’s performance was so crowded they blocked off the door and wouldn’t let anyone else in 30 minutes before he went on. So we missed the set. In lieu of a description, we’ll give you a great photo by Jeremiah Garcia after the jump.

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Last Night: Henry Rollins’ KCRW Benefit at the Echoplex

Henry Rollins was at the Echoplex last night, putting on a benefit for KCRW that could only be described as two hours of intense music geekery.

It was great.

A little over 300 people gathered to hear Rollins dig deep into his personal collection of rare recordings and play all kinds of songs he isn’t allowed to play on the radio–mostly because the tapes were given to him personally by the artists or their families under the promise that they could never be leaked or bootlegged. Rollins then told the often crazy backstory of how each track came into his possession.

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Over the Weekend: Joe Frank at The Village Recording Studio

While KPCC was stuck in full pledge drive languor over the weekend, KCRW continued its event-oriented fundraising to great effect. This past Saturday, Peabody Award-winning storyteller Joe Frank performed two shows on the station’s behalf at the stunning Village Recording Studio in West Los Angeles. Housed in a 1922 Masonic Temple, the studio where Frank performed was the same where the Rolling Stones recorded “Angie” years ago. Quite the space.

This Fishie caught the earlier of the two shows, where he was lucky enough to sit next to KCRW Bookworm host Michael Silverblatt. He also somehow managed to snag a better seat than “Big Love” actress Grace Zabriskie, who was staring at the back of his giant noggin for most of the show. No more than 100 people were in the small room for the intimate session.

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KCRW ‘Masquerade’ Fundraiser: Our NPR Station Is Way Cooler Than Yours


Photo: Henry Rollins by Jeremiah Garcia

Not sure how the rest of the NPR umbrella is faring in its fundraising efforts in the wake of the Juan Williams fiasco. But here in Los Angeles, our member station KCRW seems to have figured out a nice formula for bringing in the cash — being awesome. KCRW put on its annual Halloween-eve “Masquerade” fundraising party on Saturday. And let’s just say this was not your mid-90s scweddy balls NPR scene.

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