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April 14th, 2009

Vetiver live in Eagle Rock


Photography by Chad Eaton

The Center for the Arts in Eagle Rock is one of those undiscovered venues in Los Angeles that inspires everyone to ask, “Have you been here before?” as if seeking out the one true hipster king. Few of us had. The rest were left to feign an indirect, 3rd party knowledge of its past shows or, otherwise, admit ignorance and pontificate on Eagle Rock’s gentrification. The venue / community center / public space resembles an art deco Spanish mission or Coca plantation house that’s been gutted of religious and/or narcotic paraphernalia and replaced by a fresh coat of paint, a stage, and a projector screen. It was the perfect environment to sip some Tecate, talk to old friends, and of course see Vetiver play their new songs.

dsc_7047Vetiver’s set ebbed and flowed between bittersweet summer-day melancholy and darker midnight-drive music; Andy’s vocals were right on, Otto’s drumming was tight, and Sanders’ electric gave each song the pulse it needed to push idlers out of inertia. The movie Benji screened behind the stage. The elements were odd, I suppose — a Spanish mission, Vetiver, and Benji — but everything coalesced into a special, low-lit whole. A Vetiver performance is a reunion of sorts: a gathering of friends acquired over years of shows and shared taste, separated by responsibilities, and united by a feeling that there are no kings, just people.

[ Watch ] Vetiver performing “Another Reason To Go” @ Troubadour last year


remaining dates after the jump…



  1. aw man. wish i knew you were there last night so we could have met up. if youre heading out there again tonight send me a txt so we can finally say hello in person.

    Comment by ryan — April 14, 2009 @ 1:29 am
  2. Two really great shows. Thanks for the photos… any more?

    Comment by Braeden — April 14, 2009 @ 8:22 pm
  3. Braeden,
    I have some more photo’s from that night, if you would like just send me an e-mail addy and i’ll send em off to ya…


    Comment by Chad — April 14, 2009 @ 9:24 pm
  4. I attended their performance Monday night. The funniest part of the night was when we kept laughing at the Benji song and Andy ended the song by saying that Benji must have been doing something funny behind him. Great performance. Went home with an awesome tshirt and greater admiration for the band.
    Great photos!

    Comment by stephanie — April 14, 2009 @ 11:31 pm

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