2017 is the year of new music venues in Los Angeles and attending Panache’s LA United Puerto Rico fundraiser at the brand new Lodge Room in Highland Park was one of the hottest tickets this fall. The new venue is located on Ave 56 on the 2nd floor of the historic Highland Park Masonic Temple. The room has a capacity of about 500 people as well as 2 fully stocked bars. It was a very busy and fun night at the new venue.

Panache’s LA United fundraiser event threw the very first show at The Lodge Room with a jam-packed line up. The doors opened at 7pm with Shannon Lay opening up with her new solo project. This was definitely one of our favorite performances of the night. The majority of the performances for the night were solo or duo acts aside from Bleached.

The showroom filled up as the night went on, hitting about mid capacity around the time of King Tuff. King Tuff was also one of our most anticipated performances of the night mostly due to the fact that we haven’t seen him perform much aside from playing with Ty Segall’s band The Muggers. King Tuff took the stage with his orange hunting hat and whipped out a bunch of mellow sounding tunes. It was interesting to see the change an artist can take after a hiatus. We’re really excited to see what the iconic garage rocker comes out with next.

Bleached came through later with an energetic set with their full band. This was the point that the room was packed to the brim. The set was filled with flipping hair and stage thrashing. Half way through their set they even hit the crowd with a cover of Nirvana that did not fall short of amazing. Bleached has recently been touring with huge punk acts such as The Damned and Against Me!. I look forward to seeing what Bleached has in store for us in the future.

Mikal Cronin is another artist who we were really excited to see since he’s been working on new material or touring with Ty or side projects. It was an intriguing and rare occurrence to see him playing solo with acoustic material, so seeing the prolific artist play to a sold out hall was a unique experience that helped
wind down from the heavy fests from the year.

Ty Segall came on jamming heavy, covering CCR’s “Bad Moon Rising” and debuting a new song he said was for a friend. At this point, we’re sure the nonstop rocker has full albums of material he’s sitting on, so seeing him play some untitled material as an acoustic session was thrilling. We’re very excited for the new album so expect more singles to drop very soon.

The venue itself so far has been hosting amazing shows primarily with Sid The Cat, who specializes in excellent local events and so far has been packed with high demand and well hyped shows, so expect to see a lot from Lodge Room in the coming future. Additionally, members of bands such as Fidlar were hanging out all night at the event, mixing with locals, lots of industry people were present and members from La Luz and tons of local bands were at the event.

All in all, the night was hip, happening, and sold out. What more could you ask for in a new venue in Los Angeles? Oh, and did we mention all the proceeds went to a great cause for Puerto Rico? Panache does it again with a stellar lineup, venue location and event. We couldn’t have asked for a better night on the town.

Words and photos by Taylor Wong