Top 10 Highlights from Top Acid's 1st Year of Music and Mayhem
Brian Feinzimer/OC Weekly
4. The art
Besides a music venue, Top Acid regularly enlists local artists to decorate the space with murals, scrawlings, graffiti, paintings, or even framed art. There have been successful themed art shows channeling Adventure Time or Sailor Moon, where attendees have even shown up dressed in costume. For Gonzalez, it combines the music with the artist community DTSA is known for.
3. Throwing OC Queer Fest in an alley next to the Yost
"It was insane. I don't even know how we got away with it. All I could think of was, 'how the fuck am I getting away with this?'"
Running concurrently with OC Pride, OC Queer Fest assembled itself within the narrow alleyway next to the Yost, hardly interrupted by cars driving through. According to Gonzalez there were no issues, technical or otherwise, except for the police eventually coming to break up the fest— although by then the last band was already mid-way through their set.
2. Hosting the Beach Goth After Party
Top Acid became the site for the official Beach Goth 2015 after party where musicians, patrons, Burger Records affiliates and friends came together to unwind. Among them were members of The Growlers and Bryan Bell from Weezer. "Bell was into [Top Acid]. He's so famous and has played every venue in the world. He thought that what we were doing was cool."
1. Way Too Fun Fest
By far the biggest Top Acid show to date, artists like The Lovely Bad Things, Death Hymn Number 9, Hollow Ran, GRN + GLD and way, way more played to a massive audience, crowding the French Plaza to the very end of the night. Gonzalez: "I hadn't done anything on that large scale before. It was nice that it also brought me some kind of validation, so many people were like, holy shit, [Top Acid] is doing something cool."
Top Acid's One Year Anniversary happens Saturday, February 6th with LSD and the Search For God, Girl Tears, Mechachief, Vajj, Hollow Ran and Seaweed Party at the French Plaza in Downtown Santa Ana on the corner of 4th Street and French. 6pm, free, all ages. Follow the Facebook event page here and give Top Acid's page a like to keep up to date on the latest shows.
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