Sunset Junction canceled – No Hanson for you

By | August 24, 2011


With the latest Los Angeles Board of Public Works decision to deny Silver Lake’s Sunset Junction a permit for this weekend, it looks unlikely that the festival is going to go on. What will hipsters do without L.A.’s mini-Coachella?

Personally, I love festival shows. (Well, except for that one I got appendicitis during, but mostconcert festivals.) I had yet to make it out to Sunset Junction since I moved to L.A., but had a conversation last weekend with a friend about a band I inexplicably love – Hanson.

Amidst all the indie darlings playing Sunset Junction, one of Sunday’s headliners was scheduled to be… Hanson. While most likely remember them as a one-hit wonder for “MMMBop,” they had a number of other singles that charted, with particularly strong performances in Australia and the United Kingdom (the home of pop music love).

They also popped back into my attention recently for two reasons. The first/silly reason: comedienne Charlyne Yi did a great live show last fall offering semi-ironic/semi-sincere Hanson covers, in character as the band with her pals, for a full show. You can check out the preview hype video here. (While the video pokes fun, the actual show largely featured solid rocking out on Hanson songs. For real.)

Perhaps more importantly, they cosponsored a 12-hour benefit livestream at the South By Southwest show in Austin to raise money for Japan following the tsunami that hit the country. You can watch the full stream here, visit the official SXSW4Japan site here, or check out the album on Amazon (proceeds go to disaster relief).

But all is not lost! L.A. Weekly reports that a number of artists scheduled for Sunset Junction have been rescheduling for this weekend, looking for other venues to host their shows. Perhaps I’ll still get my chance to see Hanson. They’re also playing a show next month in Anaheim at the House of Blues.