The Los Angeles Happening was something of a homecoming for Station to Station as many of the participants and creators of the project call the city home.
Built on a grand scale, Union Station is known as “Last of the Great Railway Stations” in the United States. An enormous, beautiful building, it evokes the L.A. of Raymond Chandler and Blade Runner and still serves tens of thousands of commuters everyday. Taking over one of the grandest rooms in Union Station, the crew built a stage atop a ticket counter in a space originally built in 1939.
The evening kicked off with the irresistible feedback of hometown band No Age in the outdoor courtyard followed by Sun Araw and reggae legends The Congos on the main stage. The courtyard also provided one of the most intricate settings for the Station to Station nomadic sculptures with works from Kenneth Anger (who was present that night), Urs Fischer, Ernesto Neto and Liz Glynn, dotting a tree-canopied area.
The main event of the evening, however, was undoubtedly the one-two punch of Dan Deacon’s frenzied synchronized cellphone performance followed by a rousing performance from Beck accompanied — ecstatically — by a full choir.
“Wake Up,” Beck’s newest song — an instant anthem, really — seemed to have found its perfect setting in the station’s grand hallway. We’ll be hearing this one for years to come and we’ll never forget Los Angeles.