The Hudson Block Party Recap

Well, summer is finally here. So now it is time to do what this season is known for – partying! We are entering that special time of year when friends, day drinking, and great entertainment are in abundance. Our friends over at The Hudson in West Hollywood last week threw their second annual block party and really got this season off to a great start.

The Block Party was in full swing when I got there. With a line down the block, it was clear that this was an event not to be missed. Inside was filled with some of the coolest tastemakers in Los Angeles, good food, and plenty of booze. Our friends, The Black Banditz were on hand to not only bring their work hard, play harder vibe but also to give tattoos as well as a haircut or two.  Cohesive and Co. was also on hand to dress the crowd in their rad apparel. Their t-shirts really caught my eye and I can’t wait to find them in stores.

The gracious hosts at The Hudson kept their doors open and provided their usual fantastic hospitality with plenty of drinks to go around. The launch of their new weekday brunch addition was also being celebrated. Bottomless Mimosas will be available as well for those “pick me up’s” almost everyone in Hollywood can appreciate. If their block party was any indicator, it’s sure to bring in a fun crowd.

The first band I was able to catch on a great lineup of (mostly) local bands was Haim. Led by three sisters Alana, Danielle, and Este Haim they are quickly becoming one of my favorite bands. The audience only got bigger as the girls continued to play. It was pretty much impossible to ignore these fierce ladies shred up onstage. If you get the chance, checking Haim out is a must.

Up next was Saint Motel who came to the stage equipped with a bottle of Jack Daniels. I tried hard not to love them only one song in but I just couldn’t help it. I have a weak spot for whisky and boys that can rock out. “How do I look? Am I driving too fast?” sang their front man AJ Jackson. I don’t think that question needs answering. Their debut album will be out soon and they’re playing quite a few shows coming up. If you’re already intrigued then I’d check them out ASAP.

LP was the second to the last act of the day. The band hit the stage in suits and sunglasses. They were lead by a sharply dressed girl armed with a ukulele. She grabbed my attention right away. Vogue recently noted that she has “Dylan-goes-electric swagger” and I couldn’t agree more. Their cover of “Go Ask Alice” by Jefferson Airplane was tucked into their set and was a crowd pleaser to say the least.

The band it seemed everybody had been waiting for, White Rabbits finally took the stage to round out the end of the party. Fortunately they were worth the hype they’d gathered throughout the day. Their effortless combination of drums, guitar, and piano were refreshing as well as sexy. They definitely had the crowd on their feet after a long and exhausting day.

Holding it down around the corner from the main stage all day was a constant flow of DJs spinning what will be this summer’s essentials sounds. Compromised mostly from The Table Manners roster, the DJs had a constant crowd of those eager to really dance. I caught one particular moment when “Rack City” came on and saw partygoers from all over rush to sweat it out on the makeshift dance floor.

All photos by Stephen Albanese

Overall the event was awesomely harmonious. It wasn’t just a good excuse to party and listen to music; it was a chance to get to know your neighbors. And isn’t that what a block party is supposed to be all about?

See you for brunch at The Hudson this summer!


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