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#OIH2015: Highlights from Day 1

By Devin Strecker

November 6, 2015

The inaugural Only in Hollywood Music + Arts Festival kicked off on Thursday, November 5 with a slew of opening events, parties and concerts.

#OIH Fest staffers Devin and Ashley at Space15Twenty. (Photo by Brandon Strecker)

#OIH Fest staffers Devin and Ashley at Space15Twenty. (Photo by Brandon Strecker)

The official kick-off party took place at Space15Twenty featuring a DJ set from Burnt Reynolds and free beer to all wearing festival buttons! Space15Twenty will continue to host these beer garden receptions with DJ’s spinning in the courtyard each evening of the fest from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Early birds at the kickoff party for #OIH2015 at Space15Twenty. (Photo by Devin Strecker)

Early birds at the kickoff party for #OIH2015 at Space15Twenty. (Photo by Devin Strecker)

Here were some of the musical highlights from the opening night.

Arthur Autumn at Hotel Café

While Hotel Cafe is not officially part of the festival program, we couldn’t help but want to check out our friend, Arthur Autumn, who was performing a solo acoustic set at 7:00 p.m. As Autumn mentioned on stage, Hotel Café is one of, if not the best, venue for the acoustic singer/songwriter genre of performances. He performed his songs, making sure the audience was following the “stories” in his lyrics, making sure to embellish his vocals with emotion and often times a witty sense of humor.

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Arthur Autumn performing at Hotel Café. (Photo by Devin Strecker)

Island Apollo at The Library @ the Redbury

This proved to be a beautiful setting for the band Island Apollo, with the backdrop of Hollywood and Vine glistening behind the band of brothers. Their set was stripped down and melodic, showcasing the band’s knack for hooks and harmonies. The outdoor patio was filled with fans watching the band enjoying the specialty cocktails (discounted with festival buttons!) and taking in the cool autumn Hollywood night. The show ended all too soon with the band closing its set with the single “Lion Eyes.”

Island Apollo at the Redbury. (Photo by Devin Strecker)

Island Apollo at the Redbury. (Photo by Devin Strecker)

Festival goers at the Redbury. (Photo by Devin Strecker)

Festival goers at the Redbury. (Photo by Devin Strecker)

Silver Needle and Mother Tongue at Saint Felix

These two bands brought the rock and roll to Saint Felix, both of which were reuniting especially for #OIH2015. Silver Needle ripped through an energetic set of uptempo pop-rock numbers, closing with a rousing cover of David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust.” Mother Tongue played a slightly harder set, yet with lots of dynamic and rhythmic shifts that really got the crowd going. Both bands drew large, energetic crowds who seemed very happy to be catching these rare performances!

Silver Needle at Saint Felix. (Photo by Devin Strecker)

Silver Needle at Saint Felix. (Photo by Devin Strecker)

Mother Tongue at Saint Felix. (Photo by Devin Strecker)

Mother Tongue at Saint Felix. (Photo by Devin Strecker)

Neon Dusk at Couture

One of the last acts of the evening, Neon Dusk brought a fun, pop sensibility to Couture with a six-piece band including two backup singers. Their set was upbeat and fun to dance to! Lead vocalist Sowparnika sang and shook her tambourine with an infectious energy that got those in the audience moving. It was a very fun way to end the first night of the festival!

Neon Dusk at Couture. (Photo by Devin Strecker)

Neon Dusk at Couture. (Photo by Devin Strecker)

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