Los Angeles is not only the sweet spot for the mainstream music industry, but is also the hub for an underground music scene. The underground is a community of loving and supportive artists and industry workers that are there to promote growth and success for one another. As opposed to the competitiveness of the mainstream industry, the underground nurtures up-and-coming artists and provides them with opportunities that they would never get anywhere else. Many artists such as Ekali and Louis the Child have debuted their music in the underground and are now performing at festivals such as Coachella and Hard Summer.
The underground is all about giving forward. Franki Chan and the iheartcomix crew catalyzed the idea of giving back to the community of LA. They collaborated with other underground organizations such as Ham on Everything, Brownies & Lemonade, Space Yacht, Late Night Laggers, Free Grilled Cheese, Emo Nite, and Restless Nites to throw the event of a lifetime. This event took place on December 21st at Union, with an unfathomable lineup of artists; the variation of music crossed far beyond the boundaries of any genre.
A plethora of artists came together to promote the diversity of the underground. The lack of sameness when walking from stage to stage is what made the event so spectacular and unique. There were artists ranging from Diplo to OG Maco to Marko DeSantis. This event was special to everyone that threw it and to everyone that attended. Each underground scene attracts different crowds, and last night provided Los Angeles with the chance to have all of these niches mingle in one gathering. It was truly a special night.
The underground community truly came together as one last night. All together, the event raised nearly $50,000, all of which the event throwers donated to three different charities: Monday Night Mission, My Friend’s Place and Casa Libre. If you don’t know about these charitable organizations, I encourage you to look into their missions and donate.
The underground cares, not only for the people within, but also for the influences in the city of Los Angeles. LA has given so much to all of the people involved in these communities, and they couldn’t have done a better job of giving back to the City of Angels.
Photos By: Gilbert Sanchez (SIMPLYG)
If you would like to learn more about or donate to any of the charities listed above, please visit their websites below: