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Preview: Brokechella 2014 *best LA value festival of 2014

April 4th, 2014 by | Concert/Festival Review, Guest Mix |

A festival I had an unforgettable experience at because of the art, the underrated music, the hospitality of event staffers and overall fun in such a local scene was Brokechella 2012. Last year I couldn’t attend because of Coachella and this year personally won’t be able to attend but that doesn’t mean I won’t have awesome friends covering the festival for me while I enjoy Coachella weekend 2.

For those in Southern California that can’t afford Coachella and are into more intimate festival scenes, then Brokechella is for you! With over 50 musicians performing and even comedians this year, it’s sure to be a festival worth going to. For $10, that’s less than 50 cents an artist and you know the people of cARTel know how to throw a super fly dope fun event for all. Now it’s in 4th year, Brokechella is sure to be one of the most talked about and underrated events of the season in Los Angeles and I highly recommend any music and/or comedy fan to check it out as you will have as great a time I did two years ago attending this Downtown LA event.

For more info on Brokechella, visit and purchase tickets here. Because I’m pretty pumped the event has continued for the 4th year in a row, I’ve created a playlist of 15 artists from Brokechella to look forward to including BtB favorites Azad RightWarm BrewVerbs and many more! (more…)

Review: Brokechella 2012

April 26th, 2012 by | Before Bigs Exclusive, Concert/Festival Review |

[Photo credit: Justin Baker]

Deep in the monotonous cracks of downtown LA, the 2nd-annual edition of Brokechella announced itself with a homemade cardboard & Christmas lights “Brokechella” sign. So appropriately designed, even a 2Pac mural greeted you upon entrance! A Jarritos truck garnished the DJ stage outside while the main stage faced a shipwreck themed bar in the quaint Six01 Studios. The detailed decor made it more like LowerMiddleClass-Chella than Broke but that just made the aesthetic of the event that much more pleasurable and entertaining. Aside from the eye-catching gold wall entrance art, the glam continued to the art cage, where cinder block stairs led you to an excitable tutu-wearing face paint artist and the flowery photo booth area, carefully designed by Amanda Wallace.

, Goodies from sponsors like Popchips and Activate Water made early-comers feel even better about the “Afternoon Buzz” bar special while Starry Kitchen and Mucho Perro satisfied the hungry.

The music was a blast, despite the occasional blown fuse that simply became a great Brokechella goer inside joke, featuring familiar acts including Infantree, Rumspringa and major crowd-pleaser, Das Tapes. Lesser knowns, such as The Dead Ships, rocked the house while DJ’s like Robin People spun tracks under a mesmerizing LED light board.

Brokechella’s rebuttal to Coachella’s hologram Tupac? Their very own custom-made Tupac pinata – now that’s real 3D! All in all, your 5 bucks was well spent. Joey Stevens of Rumspringa even commented to the crowd, “This is a really well put-together event, which is ironic.”

No doubt, Brokechella is the place to be, whether you’re too broke for Coachella or can only survive one desert weekend!


Editor’s Note: What I loved most about the event besides the awesome up-and-coming musicians (Das Tapes especially), was the interactive art mural, unlimited drinks as lovable VIPs, and just meeting awesome nice people! By the way, Daren Criss from GLEE was apparently in attendance as was a spongebob squarepants pinata. There was never a moment during the evening that I didn’t enjoy an artist’s music!

Shout out to cARTel who put the event together and sent us some of the photos you saw above. “Like” us on facebook and follow on twitter/instragram (@BeforeBigs) for more pictures from Brokechella.

Instead of Coachella… attend BROKECHELLA, it’s only $5!

April 12th, 2012 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review |

So if your like me and scrambling to find something fun to do while all your friends are going to Coachella this weekend and next weekend, well look no further than Brokechella 2012. This 1-day festival takes place Saturday April 21st in Downtown Los Angeles from 4pm to 2am. more details at

For only $5 dollars… yes I said for only five freaking dollars, you can over 15 up-and-coming and mostly local artists! Since we love up-and-coming artists, here’s three acts you need to catch at Brokechella 2012 which is a great value show I highly recommend you SoCal people check out if your free on Saturday April 21. (more…)

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