Photos: Masquerade 2013

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Larri A Peak
    October 6, 2014, 2:10 pm

    This looks like an amazing event so excited to be going this year. I'm a celebrity makeup and hair artist if anyone needs makeup for the event. I love doing airbrush and abstract type stuff and can of course do the glam type too.

    www.larriapeaklifestyle.com 323-219-5286 larriapeak@gmail.com
    see ya there… :)