L.A.’s Groundbreaking Silent Frisco Showcase

By Kim Koury
August 14, 2013 • 376 views

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After two months of sold-out shows at their new home, Silent Frisco is returning to the Wilshire Restaurant in Santa Monica on Friday, August 16 and is going even bigger. Silent Frisco will roll out one of its most popular “theme nights” devoted to the music of cult favorites the Talking Heads and LCD Soundsystem. Doors open at 9 p.m. and tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door and available now at www.silentfrisco.com.

The night will begin with the classic ’70s rare groove of KCRW’s Mario Cotto. Then Silent Frisco founder Robbie “MoPo” Kowal a.k.a., Motion Potion will play two and a half hours of Talking Heads material, including edits, remixes, mashups and rare live recordings. This will be followed by LA hero and founder of A Club Called Rhonda, Aaron Castle who will spin two hours of LCD Soundsystem. Much of the night will feature the music overlapping on two channels with the artists competing for dominance.

After two smashing years at the Central SAPC, Silent Frisco moved in June to a spectacular new home at Wilshire Restaurant (2454 Wilshire Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90403) kicking off a third Friday monthly residency. The new location allows a new wrinkle, the LA debut of a second audio channel, allowing listeners to switch between music styles and double the artists performing each night. The feedback for the “Daft Punk vs. Radiohead”  was spectacular, and even better for the 70′/80′s/90′s July event. Advance tickets sold out days in advance and hundreds were turned away as the lucky few enjoyed a silent disco throwdown under the stars.

To ease the demand, Silent Frisco will have more of their latest model headsets for this version and doors will open at 9 p.m. rewarding the more intrepid attendees with an additional hour of music and fun. KCRW’s Mario Cotto will kick off the festivities at 9 p.m. with a patented set of 70′s music before Aaron Castle and MoPo duel LCD/Talking Heads.

Silent Frisco’s groundbreaking theme-night series will continue with Motown vs James Brown on September 20. Other LA activations include August 15 on Santa Monica Pier and August 24 at LA County Museum of Art. The showcases will feature some of LA’s most innovative artists as well as Silent Frisco founder and resident Robbie “MoPo” Kowal.

“We were obviously thrilled and overwhelmed by the demand for our opening week,” says Kowal. “This time we’ll be prepared with more space, more headsets and more time. It’s basically a more, more, more scenario, which is the best kind!”

In 2005, Kowal was the guinea pig in the first U.S. Silent Disco experiment at Bonnaroo Festival. Since then, he’s launched Silent Frisco, acquired over 3000 custom wireless headsets and activated hundreds of shows in more than 25 states. In 2012/2013 alone, Silent Frisco invaded Lincoln Center, MacWorld, Yahoo, Treasure Island Music Fest, LACMA, SXSW, Electric Forest, BottleRock, Lightning in a Bottle, ACL Fest, Gathering of the Vibes, Camp Bisco, Ghost Ship Halloween, High Sierra, Hornings Hideout, and Sonic Bloom. Add this to hundreds of beaches, parks, courtyards, clubs and rooftops and it’s clear that Silent Frisco is leading a charge that’s changing the way we enjoy music.

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