In-Town Music Fest: BROKE LA

The twenty-buck tunes/comedy/art celebration unfurls in DTLA.

Many fans have their own personal reasons for not making a famous April music festival, the one out in the desert, including but not limited to the following: work, obligations, budget, or some combo of the three.

But a fourth entry? Some music mavens simply aren't into a bigger scene. BROKE LA (formerly Brokechella), has been the in-town go-to for people seeking a springtime spate of shows for the last six years.

A spate of shows for only twenty bucks a pop, we'll add, if you buy your ticket in advance. You can also pay at the door -- it's $25 -- if you make your way to Imperial Arts Studios in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, April 23.

This is not a multi-day, weekend-long affair; think of BROKE LA as an intense, art-filled, music-laden afternoon/evening sound submersion. Those sounds will be provided by DWNTWN, and Vinyl Williams, and a host of alt acts on the rise or already there or doing the up-and-coming thing after being already there for awhile. It's a varied and vivacious slate of indie music-makery.

Comedian Quincy Jones, who was just on "Ellen" discussing his brave stance in the face of cancer, is also due to perform a set.

And Bark LA will also be a part of the party, and daytime adoptions will play a role. Might you meet your next BFF while enjoying BROKE LA? It could happen, because music is often said to be magic. Maybe that's the ideal arena for pup-person matchmaking.

And beyond the puppies, and stand-up, and tunes, there shall be food trucks, and plenty of them. Look for over a dozen choices including Swami's, Coolhaus, and The Beignet Truck.


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There's no doubt about it: We're passionate about the music we dig. But we can also be passionate about how we experience it, live, with the artist on stage, in the moment.

Whether that's a huge desert festival -- which it is for many -- or a more intimate and indie affair -- hello, BROKE LA -- is up to the listener. For some it could easily be both, depending upon the day of the week and mood.

Want to still get your April indie music-fest-a-tude on? DTLA's homegrown bash is popping up again like a springtime daffodil.

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