Murder Ballads Returns Oct. 20

Posted by Billy Gil, October 19, 2011 05:07pm | Post a Comment
In what’s becoming a very cool local Halloween ritual, Murder Ballads is returning to the Echoplex this Thursday Oct. 20. Co-hosted by The New L.A. Folk Festival and LA Record with the Grande Ole Echo, the tribute shows features songs about killers, scorned lovers and evil doers as concert-goers get to actually sit (!) in chairs at the Echoplex and take in the show. The vibe? Funeral chic.
“After the first folk fest last summer at HM157, we wanted to keep doing shows, rather than wait a whole year to put together our second event,” explains Daiana Feuer of The New L.A. Folk Festival and LA Record. “Liz Garo from the Echo invited us to lunch one day at the Brite Spot and we just said “murder ballads” and she said, “I love it!” before we even mentioned filling the venue with chairs. That sealed the deal. We love Halloween and we thought an annual tribute to murder ballads was more than a good idea, it was essential.”
Performers will include The Americans, Leslie Stevens, T.O.M. (Troy of Restavrant), Gabriel Hart of Jail Weddings, Tommy Santee Klaws, The Damselles & The TC4, Ides Of Gemini, Eastside Hayride (ft. RT N The 44s, Olentangy John, Matt Taylor & His Laurels, Fort King, & guests), A/J Jackson of Saint Motel, Tom Brosseau, Garrett Pierce, Kevin Litrow (60 Watt Kid), Michelle Vidal & The Fur Traders, Morgan Gee, Correatown and more. DJ Smokin' Blue Bear will spin early blues and washboard tunes during intermissions and after the show. See a highlight from last year's show below.

Tickets are $10 advance/$12 at the door. Doors open at 8 p.m., and music starts at 8:45. Get tickets here.
As for future shows, Feuer has an amazing idea: “How about a tribute show to old songs about ‘hot dogs’ and ‘fruit’ that is also a BBQ?” If you think that’s a joke, check this out.