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'Everyday Sunshine' Brings the Truth and Soul of Fishbone to Downtown L.A.

By Monk Turner
Published: Monday, June 21, 2010, at 07:30AM
Chris Dowd Monk Turner [Flickr]

Former Fishbone member Chris Dowd performs at the L.A. Film Festival.

Documentary "Everyday Sunshine" chronicles the rise, fall, and rebirth of the influential Los Angeles band Fishbone.

Fishbone's members grew up not far from Downtown L.A. in South Central and in their early years frequented legendary Downtown venues such as Al's Bar and Madame Wongs. The film goes far beyond the scope of the music, diving headfirst into the racial barriers the group faced as an all-black group playing 'white' music (though really rock music at one time was 'black music' or as it used to be called 'race music'). It also examines how Los Angeles' history of segregation and and racism affected the band's lyrics and musical style.

Following the documentary's world premiere showing at the Los Angeles Film Festival on Saturday night, former Fishbone member Chris Dowd and current member Norwood Fisher joined the producers of the film for a Q & A. Afterward, the party moved upstairs to the rooftop of the Regal Cinemas for an acoustic performance by Dowd and Norwood who were also joined onstage by former member Walter Kibby.

Those interested in catching the film still have two opportunities: Monday, June 21, at 8pm, and Wednesday, June 23, at 5:30pm. Rumor has it that some members of the band might be dropping by for questions.

Fishbone will also be performing as part of the Pershing Square concert series on August 7th at 7pm.

Take it from someone who has had Angelo Moore's sweaty body land directly on top of him in a failed attempt at a stage dive: this is a show not to be missed!

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