Don’t be deceived by last week’s Weekly cover story on the locally-famous Empire garage bands of the 1960s, lest you think that era ended with Lyndon Johnson. Garage bands are perpetually forming in the IE, and the next generation is not only making a noise, they’ve also been captured on film. Which brings us to the Saturday premiere of Sounds Like Riverside, a “multimedia documentary exploring Riverside’s youth garage bands, what it means to the performers, and how they are understood by the community at large,” so says the press release. The eight teens involved in the project, under the direction of Riverside Public Library’s teen librarian Alicia Doktor, assembled the film themselves over a three-month period, shooting footage of different musicians performing in a variety of styles, and Saturday, you can see the end result. But this is a party, meaning that there will also be food and live bands playing—two of them, One Too Many and the Hightops, are also seen in the film. You, of course, should come, because it’s not really a show unless there’s an audience, y’know? And who knows—maybe one of these groups will be playing Coachella some year. (Rich Kane)
Riverside garage bands film premiere and performance at the Riverside Public Library Auditorium and Plaza, 3581 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, (951) 826-5369. Sat., 2 p.m.; bands begin at 3:30 p.m. Free.