The silent pathway into the main stage imitated the ritual of passing from campsite to main stage, as experienced at a music festival. Like the city it belongs to, The Container Yard celebrated its 2nd year anniversary in its diverse and ever-changing space last Saturday with art, food trucks and the Beat Junkies.
The 60,000 square feet space itself is enough to call for a celebration, even though official talks of opening the space to local retailers have yet to be in full effect. TCY hosted its first music-focused event with turntablists Dj Babu (Dilated Peoples), D-Styles and & Melo-D with an opening set by Dj Bella Fiasco.
Food trucks parked in every corner. Thai and Laotian food from Sticky Rice; Vietnamese-style grilled pork skewers from Oh Thit!; brewskis from Angel City Brewery; cold-pressed fruits blends from The Raw Juicery and authentic Mexican tacos from Chanos Tacos fed the crowds.
The concept store VNTGPOP was in operation with clothing, plants and other knick knacks, for anyone in need of eye candy or just a breathe of fresh air.
Private record collector Wax Addict LA was at the scene to share two for $5 deals, as well as records from hip-hop to jazz artists. N.W.A. and The Posse’s sealed record from 1987 under Macola Records was on display. Freddie Hubbard’s “Red Clay” from 1970 was also another of the countless vinyls up for grabs.
Vyal’s artwork, which looks like the lovechild of Drowzee and DMT, watches over the massive courtyard. A new mural collaboration among graffiti artists Christina “Starfighter” Angelina, Ease One, Spencer “Mar” Guilburt, and Sek also made a debut on the Colyton Street entrance. There are so many hidden gems throughout the venue. However, the place is only a fraction of its full potential. Perhaps the former Mikawaya mochi ice cream factory still haunts the grounds.
As with the founder Ash Chan’s development idea with TCY, the space is in a constant state of growth. Despite it’s boundaries, the limits of graffiti is limitless, as Chan enables artists to paint over curated, preexisting works.
TCY has not officially opened to the public. Until then, we can anticipate more special events.
For more information on The Container Yard, visit: http://www.thecontaineryard.com/.