Beauty Bar 6th Anniversary Party

On July 14, Beauty Bar held its six-year anniversary party with a small crowd of loyal supporters. Compared with last year’s packed party led by hometown heroes Afghan Raiders and L.A.’s Leopold and His Fiction, the audience of about 50 was a bit depressing.

Too bad, as local hip-hop artists Phil A and Hassan gave a commendable and lively three-song performance, while Halloween Town’s Ryan Pardey DJ’d inside. L.A. punk rockers Delfonic Love sang about being young and drunk to five or six people on the patio. By 12:30 a.m., the disco-lovin’ tranny act Big Freedia was singing and booty shakin’.

Not a bad night; perhaps next year more locals will come out to support Beauty Bar’s seventh anniversary.

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