And the band(s) played on.
Echo Park Rising
What: The fest that started as an impromptu response to last year’s canceled Sunset Junction Festival is back with more than 60 free performances (Fool’s Gold, The Blank Tapes, Youngblood Hawke) and deals at neighborhood venues.
Why: Jam out from brunch ’til last call.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
Where: Various locations. See the full list at echoparkrising.com.
What: A secret source for in-the-know noses, the shop moves to a bigger space stocked with more than 500 hard-to-find fragrances, Rodin Olio Lusso skin care, Comme des Garçons wallets, and Santa Maria Novella’s coveted fragrances and body care.
Why: Find your new scent while sipping champagne and listening to rare vinyl during Friday happy hour.
When: Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.
Where: 7405 Beverly Blvd., at N. Martel Ave., West Hollywood (323-782-8300).
What: Crafted by famed L.A. mixologist Natalie Bovis, the first certified-organic prepared cocktail is a distinctly California blend of vodka, wild cranberry, blood orange, and agave nectar.
Why: A tree is planted for each bottle purchased, so you can feel good about your boozing.
When: You’re sick of bringing vino to a dinner party.
Where: Participating retailers at omcocktails.com.
Society for Rational Dress Retrospective Sale
What: Cali-cool staples (fluid dresses, slouchy tees and knits) from every collection since the local label’s launch in 2004 are $50 or less.
Why: You just rationalized a new closet.
When: Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: 255 S. Santa Fe Ave., at E. Third St., Little Tokyo (213-613-0757).
Trina Turk Sample Sale
What: Deck your closet, boyfriend, and home in the designer’s vibrant hues and prints; samples start at $15.
Why: Refuel with red velvet chocolate chip pancakes from The Buttermilk Truck.
When: Fri., 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 3025 W. Mission Rd., at Westminster Ave., Alhambra (626-236-5950).
Photo: Courtesy of Echo Park Rising