L. A. will be magically transformed into a winter pop wonderland
when Poptopia '97 rolls into town Jan. 31-Feb. 9. With a wide-ranging roster of
pop-happy acts ranging from Shonen Knife and the Muffs to the Loud Family,
Frosted and Cindy Lee Berryhill, the second-annual week-long, 115-band event
celebrating all things pop, from "bubblegum and powerpop, to mod, psychedelic,
glitter and alternative," according to a representative, is one of the only
events of its kind on the planet.
Although organizers say 80% of the acts
are California natives, several out-of-town bands will make the scene,
including New York's The Rooks, San Francisco's Chris Von Sneidern, Boston's
Brian Stevens (Cavedogs), Sweden's The Merrymakers and Canada's Cone of
Co-chair Tony Perkins says he and his partner Larry Mann
conceived the event after their floating all-pop club "Bubblegum Crisis"
started to garner more and more attention in the two years they presented it in
various L.A. clubs.
"Basically, this is an outgrowth of what people call
the L.A. Pop Scene," said Perkins. "We started getting so many bands interested
in doing 'Bubblegum Crisis' shows that we thought we'd do a bunch of nights in
a row and turn it into a festival."
The average ticket price for the
shows, which will be spread out over six different venues and feature 6-8 bands
each, will be $5, with the highest-priced shows (Shonen Knife), topping out at
$15. Other bands confirmed for this year's event include: Baby Lemonade,
Astropuppees, Beat Angels, The Breetles, Brian Jones Was Murdered, Cockeyed
Ghost, Susanna Hoffs, Marvel (formerly Loaded), The Murmurs, The Negro Problem,
P-Hux, The Shakes, Slush, Brian Stevens, Ken Stringfellow (Posies), The Sun
Sawed In 1/2, Swinger, That Dog, Pluto and Velouria.