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The Mercury Wheel, The Sound Station, & The Loons at Highland Park Bowl

  • Highland Park Bowl 5621 North Figueroa Street Los Angeles, CA, 90042 United States (map)

Highland Park Bowl Presents in Mr T’s Room:

The Loons 11PM
THE LOONS’ uniquely, multi-national line-up creates a distinctive sound combining the hard, kinetic drive of European freakbeat with the psychotic melodic cool of California’s Sunset Strip circa ‘66. While the band draws heavy inspiration from groups like the Pretty Things, the Yardbirds and Love, they are also fiercely original in their approach, creating their own uniquely intense songs rather than opting to be ’60 garage jukeboxes.
Formed in San Diego, California in late 1995, they have evolved into one of the most exciting and original bands on the scene. The band’s line-up features lead singer Mike Stax (ex-Tell-Tale Hearts, Crawdaddys, Hoods), bass player Anja Stax (previously of the Diaboliks and Thee Cherylinas), guitarists Marc Schroeder (ex-Letdowns) and Chris Marsteller (ex-Chasers), and drummer Mike Kamoo(Earthling Studios).

The Loons’ first album, LOVE’S DEAD LEAVES (Get Hip, 1998), was produced by Ebbot Lundberg of Sweden’s Soundtrack of Our Lives. The Orange County Weekly hailed it as a “masterpiece”, describing the Loons as “a blast furnace of an art-driven garage band ... This music teems with the dementia of such bona fide American whackos as Arthur Lee, Sky Saxon, Sean Bonniwell and Roky Erickson.”
The highly anticipated follow-up, PARAPHERNALIA, is the second release on UT Records, the label launched by Stax as an offshoot of his long-running UGLY THINGS magazine. PARAPHERNALIA features 10 road-tested original songs including the wild blues-punk wailer “Turned to Stone,” the melodic 12-string folk-rocker “Follow the Rain Down” and the psychedelic Bo Diddley beat epic “Another Life.”
The Loons returned to the recording studio in 2010 bursting with ideas and hungry for garage rock'n'roll action. This creative explosion resulted in their third album, Red Dissolving Rays of Light - OUT NOW on BOMP! RECORDS.
Eleven unforgettable original compositions, ranging from the coolly psychedelic to the completely psychotic, including two songs with the mind-melting psychedelic steel guitar work of Glenn Ross Campbell of the Misunderstood.

During 2015 The Loons were back in the studio to record their 4th LP for Bomp! Records. The release of which, as well as a new 7" by Dirty Water Records in the UK, "Miss Clara Regrets b/w Alexander", coincided with an appearance at the Beat Bespoke festival in London.
With 'INSIDE OUT YOUR MIND' The Loons have created their most compelling and original album to date.Produced by the band’s Mike Kamoo, the album features 11 diverse original compositions, ranging from the short, sharp, infectious rocker “Siren City” to the towering psychedelic epic “As the Raven Flies” which echoes the vibe the Pretty Things’ SF Sorrow album with its soaring vocal harmonies, backwards guitar, and whirring Mellotron interludes. It’s an album of artful contrasts, where torrid garage rock screamers like “My Desolation” and “I Don’t Live There Anymore” rub up against haunting, West Coast-flavored pieces like “Moon and Tide” and “Head in the Clouds,” with its four-piece string arrangement, and the stark, introspective acoustic number “Silence.”
Later in 2015 The Loons went on for a tour of Spain with teh highlight being an appearance at the Purple Weekend, one of Spain's largest festivals for Underground and Garage, Beat and Psych music and its scene.

BURGER RECORDS released “Diamond, Garbage and Gold - The best of The Loons” cassette tape in November 2017. The Loons are now back in the studio and started recording for their 5th album. The band also just finished recording two stomping tracks “Blue Ether” and Satrurday’s Son” for a new 45 on DIRTY WATER RECORDS, UK which will be out in March 2018. A tour of Spain and Italy will follow in March/April 2018.

For news, upcoming live appearances, blogs, pix and MP3s, videos please visit The Loons on Facebook or contact

For news, upcoming live appearances, blogs, pix and MP3s, videos please visit The Loons on Facebook.

The Mercury Wheel 10:15PM
"The Mercury Wheel are a three piece rock band from Los Angeles, CA. While the music has it’s roots in the garage rock of the 60s, influences ranging from folk to soul to jazz can be heard in their songs.

Starting as the backing band for an LA performance by soul legend Nolan Porter, The Mercury Wheel have been building their reputation locally. Notably, playing shows for Qvolé Collective & NanceArte Production, they’ve been featured at Echo Park Rising and the tribute to Charles Bradley.

Members are:

José Rendón - drums/backing vocals

Andrew Calara - bass/vocals

Clifton Weaver - guitar/vocals"

The Sound Station 9:30PM
Raunchy, Raw and Swinging Trash Blues playing Rock n Roll band
The Music Machine, LOVE, The Seeds, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Memphis Minnie, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Jimmy Reed, Slim Harpo, The Ventures, The Pyramids, Los Saicos, Human Expression, Third Bardo, The Misunderstood

Doors 9PM

Record Rotations: DJ LadyBug Suzi Becker Spinning Bubblegum, Garage, Freakbeat, Psych, and 60/70s Rock n Roll Rarities.

Highland Park Bowl
5621 N Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90042
Highland Park. 21 & Over.
Free Entry