*Post by Mark.
It's summer block party season. And let's face it, in Los Angeles we don't exactly need the summer sun as an excuse to eat, drink and mingle amongst our city's attractive population. But when the sunscreen, sandals and sunglasses all come out, there's no denying the lure of a good street festival. Nothing says summer better then short shorts (in this case, equally dispersed amongst male and female attendees), barbeque stains and keg cups full of neon-colored booze.
Enter The Hudson's Block Party, an event that teamed good eats from neighboring Baby Blues BBQ and the soon-to-open Churchill along with Intelligentsia coffee, shopping, live music and even live art performances. All beneath the canopy of that southern California summer sun.
And boy did people come out in full force. A line of West Hollywood's block party faithful stretched out under the sweltering sun for blocks, just waiting to set foot inside.
For those who came for the food, the wait may have been worth it. Baby Blues BBQ was dishing out pulled pork sandwiches that were pretty tastey and mac n' cheese (below, right).
Every bit as appropriate for the block party were Baby Blues' Memphis-style ribs (below), served with mac n' cheese and hush puppies.
The elbow-to-elbow party raged in the street and adjoining parking lot beneath the open windows of the Hudson (below, left), the West Hollywood train station turned bar and restaurant. DJs spun beats, bartenders mixed cocktails and artists put spray-paint to canvas.
A line-up of great local bands played into the night (below, Ross Sea Party), and the afternoon soundtrack was provided by the likes of Andy Clockwise and DJ Chris Kennedy.
A slew of street artists (below) was hard at work throughout the ten-hour long event adding a little color to the festivities.
And we were lucky enough to get a sneak-peek of what's to come when The Churchill opens at 8343 West 3rd Street. Chef Jason Tuley was on hand firing up pies from his portable oven. Of course, these pizzas were just a tease for the ones that should soon be coming out of the real oven once The Churchill opens its doors. Tuley and his crew were eager to let festival attendees try their hand at pulling pies from the oven. We also got to try some of their ice cream.
Party-goers were also treated to three bars to help wash down the eats. Bartenders served cold beer, mixed drinks and poured a couple of liquor-based concoctions most easily distinguished as 'the red one' and 'the blue one'. We helped ourselves to one of each.
And of course it wasn't all in the name of good food, music and sun. A portion of the proceeds went to the New West Hollywood Library. We can all raise a plastic cup of fluorescent blue liquor to that, right? If you'd like to learn more about the West Hollywood Library project or donate, you can check it out here. If you missed out The Hudson Block Party but still want to experience the fun of a Los Angeles street festival in the summer sun? You'd better hurry up, Los Angeles only has three more months of summer left!