Despite the 405 Freeway closure, partiers found their way to Mr Musichead in Hollywood for a trip back to the 1960s with great food, music, drinks and fun.
They say if there’s a will there’s a way, so despite warnings to avoid the much hyped perils of “Carmageddon II,” fans of 1960s counterculture, art, fashion and music turned out en masse to enjoy Singular magazine’s Psychedelic 60s party held at the Mr Musichead gallery that featured the art of iconic 60s artist, Alan Aldridge and a playlist from Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Cream and Led Zeppelin. As the full moon rose outside, the party inside just got louder and better as guests, some attired in 60s influenced fashions, channeled their inner hippie.
SingularCity member Bob Conti, a percussionist who tours the world with top recording acts said, “I’m so glad I went to this blast from the past. The 60s was a magical time and at this event we got to go back, see the photos and the artwork, hear the music, and enjoy the company of some really great people. No bad trips as far as I could tell, only good times at yet another great SingularCity affair.”
Film score editor Scott Stabler, also a SingularCity member, said, “I met some really genuine people, like Bob the percussionist, and Amy the court reporter. I also should mention the Drunken Udder ice cream — and trying to get at least six scoops – even though I rarely drink.”
Guests enjoyed delicious appetizers from Black Diamond Productions, including imported cheese stuffed dates wrapped in crispy bacon; ceviche with seasonal fruit and chives served in a martini style glass; and basil and mushroom duxelle in baked won ton cups with Gruyere cheese and sprinkled with fresh herbs.
To keep thirsts quenched, Sam Milgrom, the owner of the Mr Musichead gallery, provided an open wine bar. Reeds Inc. offered two of their extraordinary beverages: Virgil’s Root Beer and Reed’s Ginger Beer — made with old-fashioned, natural methods and wholesome, fresh ingredients.
Nicci Piscitelli, the owner and chef of Drunken Udder Ice Cream, scooped up shots of her gourmet, liquor-infused ice cream for guests in such tantalizing flavors as bourbon salted caramel, dark chocolate date, lemon basil sherbet and raspberry orange sorbet.
After 10 pm, the party at the gallery moved to the Pink Taco on Sunset Blvd. for complimentary margaritas provided by Harry Morton Holdings, the company that owns the Pink Taco on Sunset Boulevard, as well as the Pink Taco in Century City, the Viper Room and Fuku Burger.
Nadia Dulyn said, “SingularCity has become my foray for exploring LA venues. I’m impressed by the warm welcome for both newcomers and regulars at every function. To me, it’s become a dependable outlet to meet new friends.”
Echoing her sentiments, Caren Rich said, “Singular events happen in great spaces. I go to meet new people and get out of my busy routine. Every Singular event brings a new and fun experience.”
A gathering with a purpose, the event raised funds for 826LA, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students, ages 6 to 18, with their writing skills and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. 826LA programs strengthen each student’s power to express their ideas effectively and creatively in their own voice.
“We always like to tie in what I call a higher purpose to our events,” said Kim Calvert, the editor of Singular magazine about 826LA. “It was awesome to have such generous sponsors and guests. Everyone had a great time and it really was like taking a trip back to the days Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, flower power and one of the most amazing eras in pop culture history.”
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PHOTO GALLERY – Photos by Bill Rich