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Gallery: Lobsterfest 2010, a paean to shellfish pride

by Kevin Bronson on September 20, 2010

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There was one main menu item at last weekend’s Port of Los Angeles Lobsterfest — the popular shellfish that had everybody going crustacean-crazy. The music, however, was much more of a sampler platter, and for those who partook of the tunes and the relaxed waterfront vibe, the offerings were indicative of how broad L.A.’s palate really is. Take Saturday, for instance:

You had energetic folk from Judson & Mary and sweet country from Leslie Stevens & the Badgers and the Gram Rabbit side project the Country to kick off the afternoon. Then young rockers We Barbarians and AWOLNation took over, leading into the surf/garage pop of the Growlers, the spacey desert electro of Gram Rabbit and the indie soul of Fitz & the Tantrums. The Cambodian psych-pop of Dengue Fever capped the proceedings. The night included some dancing, plenty of folks showing off their $5 lobster hats and an intrusion by Gram Rabbit’s alien friends, one of whom spanked Jesika von Rabbit after she upended her keyboard. Naughty.

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The lighter moments continued on Sunday, when John Doe and Exene Cervenka — in the middle of “Give Me Flowers While I’m Living” — were interrupted by the horn of a departing cruise ship. See what happens 1:04 into the song.

Yeah, the lobster was tasty too.

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