It's official. The Silver Lake Jubilee is no more. After the demise of the Sunset Junction Festival a few short years ago, Silver Lake residents thought things would be OK since at least they could look forward to the Silver Lake Jubilee. But things have changed yet again. The festival has changed location and will now be called the Jubilee Music and Arts Festival.
There are, of course, lots of reasons why the festival is moving as noted on Downtown News. The support services were often far away from the stages which caused problems for the bands. The LA Rock Music Examiner noted there were no bathrooms at the "green room" area in 2010 or 2011 for bands or press to use, though the beer flowed freely. Performing on public streets meant there was little time for setup and teardown in compliance with city permits. Additionally, local residents expected the festival to be free.
Jack Martinez of the Los Angeles Arts and Athletics Alliance, which produces the event said told The Eastsider LA, “It’s tough to set it up and tear it down on a public street. Being on private property we will have more time for that.” He added, “I wish I could throw a festival for free, but it’s not fiscally responsible.”
Many local Silver Lake and Echo Park businesses and favorite bands played at the bohemian festival. Rainbow Arabia, Ximena Sariñana, Kinky, The Allah Las, Family of the Year, The Growlers, and numerous others graced the stage. The Silverlake Jubilee is one of the places where Angelenos got to see San Francisco band Social Studies who recently toured with Ramona Falls.
Some of that local experience may well be over. Local and community arts groups also performed at the festival. Martinez seemed to feel that the festival had outgrown the bounds of Silver Lake and Echo Park because support for the organization came from beyond the neighborhood. So now the festival will no longer take place in what was essentially the building's back alley. Martinez was not available for further comment on March 5.
Ticket prices and the lineup have yet to be announced. Instead of Memorial Day weekend, the event will take place on June 6 and 7 in the Arts District of Los Angeles on private property near Santa Fe Avenue and the soon-to-be torn down 6th Street Bridge. Their old webpage is down, but they are still on Facebook. More information will eventually be available at http://jubileemusicfest.com. The new property will have more extensive parking.
If you are a band interested in performing at the festival (most likely for free) contact the organizers at email@example.com.
Check out the memories from 2011 in a slideshow.