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Lucent Dossier right before the doors open to Masquerade 2013 by Jeremiah Garcia

Angel City All Star Brass Band by Gary Leonard

Angel City All Star Brass Band by Gary Leonard

KCRW DJ group photo by Jeremiah Garcia

KCRW DJ group photo by Jeremiah Garcia

Revelers who walked into the legendary Park Plaza for KCRW’s 5th Annual Masquerade, a costume ball and dance party to benefit the station, were greeted by the 16-piece Angel City All-Star Brass Band, the outrageous, otherworldly characters of circus troupe Lucent Dossier, as well as the lovely ladies of burlesque crew the Bella Donnas, in all their feathered glory, lining the grand staircase leading from the lobby to two upstairs rooms where dance parties immediately began and kept going until curfew was called.

As I was leaving the event, I was chatting with a fantastically costumed attendee who said a stranger had approached and handed him a envelope addressed to “You”. The signed letter inside simply said “Nice Costume, Bro”.

That captures the spirit of Masquerade in many ways. While there is an actual costume contest, it doesn’t feel like a competition. It’s a joyous gathering of creative types who have taken the occasion to flaunt their skills in front of a crowd that will truly appreciate it.

The story is, obviously, better told in photos, but a few things of note at this year’s event:

The Grizfolk guys play catchy pop songs that are easy on the ears but went a little off-center with a Clockwork Orange theme for their costumes.

Grizfolk by Jeremiah Garcia

Grizfolk by Jeremiah Garcia

Meanwhile, Guest DJ Dave Sitek made a  spectacular Clark Kent playing a wide mix of tracks and the masked duo Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr led a capacity crowd on a musical journey.

Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr by Jeremiah Garcia

Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr by Jeremiah Garcia

Macauley Culkin, in a dress and red lipstick, was a special guest joining Har Mar Superstar on stage for a song. (Har Mar, of course, was shirtless, as is his way), while Tom Chasteen and The Lions kept the reggae dub vibes rolling downstairs in the Haunted Dancehall.

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Har Mar by Gary Leonard

KCRW's Masquerade 2013 at the Legendary Park Plaza - October 26,

Macauley Culkin and Har Mar Superstar by Jeremiah Garcia

The Lions by Brenda Janairo

The Lions by Brenda Janairo

Glasser’s music is already dramatic but, seeing it live, the intensity was elevated a few levels. She moves across the stage deliberately for maximum impact and had the crowd captivated before Jason Bentley took the stage for a full throttle dance set, which Rob Garza (of Thievery Corporation) carried on into the early morning hours.

Glasser by Gary Leonard

Glasser by Gary Leonard

Rob Garza and Jason Bentley by Jeremiah Garcia

Rob Garza and Jason Bentley by Jeremiah Garcia

Extra credit to DJ Chris Douridas who straight up scared me when he first walked into the venue. And Travis Holcombe who shocked me in a different way — by dressing like a Juggalo.

See more photos on KCRW’s Facebook page — including Costume Contest shots – and Flickr feed in the coming days.

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Chris Douridas by Brenda Janairo

DJ Chris Douridas by Brenda Janairo

Travis Holcombe by Brenda Janairo

DJ Travis Holcombe by Brenda Janairo

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DJ Mathieu Schreyer by Brenda Janairo

Harlow Gold dancer by Gary Leonard

Harlow Gold dancer by Gary Leonard

Cool couples by Jeremiah Garcia

Cool couples by Jeremiah Garcia

DJ Eric J Lawrence by Brenda Janairo

DJ Eric J Lawrence by Brenda Janairo

DJ Valida by Gary Leonard

DJ Valida by Gary Leonard

Vampire ladies by Jeremiah Garcia

Vampire ladies by Jeremiah Garcia

DJ Dan Wilcox by Gary Leonard

DJ Dan Wilcox by Gary Leonard

RR Liza Richardson and KCRW Presents coordinator Mary Chellamy by Jeremiah Garcia

RR Liza Richardson and KCRW Presents coordinator Mary Chellamy by Jeremiah Garcia

Dj Raul Campos by Jeremiah Garcia

Dj Raul Campos by Jeremiah Garcia

*write your own caption* by Jeremiah Garcia

*write your own caption* by Jeremiah Garcia

Outside by the food trucks By Brenda Janairo

Outside by the food trucks By Brenda Janairo

DJ Mario Cotto by Gary Leonard

DJ Mario Cotto by Gary Leonard

DJ Marion Hodges by Gary Leonard

DJ Marion Hodges by Gary Leonard

Quite a trio. by Brenda Janairo

Quite a trio. by Brenda Janairo

Lucent Dossier swinging above the outside patio by Brenda Janairo

Lucent Dossier swinging above the outside patio by Brenda Janairo

Jeremy Sole by Brenda Janairo

DJ Jeremy Sole by Brenda Janairo

View of the Grand Ballroom from on stage with Grizfolk by Jeremiah Garcia

View of the Grand Ballroom from on stage with Grizfolk by Jeremiah Garcia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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