Sunset Junction

Today, LA Weekly unearthed the planned payroll for the Sunset Junction Festival, which filed for bankruptcy last week – leaving its creditors over $900,000 short on cash. Sunset Junction was twice denied operating permits by LA’s Board of Public Works last year, which led to the festival’s last-minute cancellation and a mountain of money problems.

Of the $900k+ owed, much of it is promised to bands on last year’s lineup that never saw their payday. Public court records reveal a list of appearance fees inked for the every artist on the festival bill – and some surprises crop up along the way. It’s a little strange that Butthole Surfers commanded more cash than any other act, and the 20 grand thrown at Hanson has me scratching my head so hard, there’s a dent forming in my skull. Seriously, Hanson over Lil’ Jon? Hanson over Gayngs? Hanson over anyone?! (Hanson still exists?)

It’s also interesting to see how much talent is stuffed under the $500 cutoff line, kind of relegated to “just happy to be playing” status. Artists on the cusp of breaking into the festival scene will get a sense of how little of that budget trickles down into their laps. Aka: get ready to pay your dues, homie!

Here’s the full payroll:

Butthole Surfers $24,000.00
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah $22,000.00
Hanson $20,000.00
k.d. lang $20,000.00
Ozomatli $20,000.00
Bobby Womack $15,000.00
Gayngs $13,000.00
Peaches $12,800.00
Lil’ Jon $10,000.00
Tapes ‘n Tapes $10,000.00
Art Brut $8000.00
Arthur Adams $6000.00
Charles Bradley $5500.00
Dum Dum Girls $5000.00
Helmet $5000.00
Rooney $5000.00
The Growlers $5000.00
The Melvins $3300.00
Butch Walker & the Black Widows $3000.00
EC Twins $3000.00
The Original Vandellas $2500.00
Kim Weston $2250.00
Brenda Holloway $1500.00
DJ Trent Cantrelle $1500.00
Morgan Page $1500.00
Natalia Kills $1500.00
The Hundred Days $1250.00
400 Blows $1000.00
Cary Brothers $1000.00
Madi Diaz $1000.00
Soft Pack $1000.00
The Rescues $1000.00
DJ Swedish Egil $800.00
DJ Lazr Tag $750.00
DJ Reflect $750.00
He’s My Brother She’s My Sister $750.00
Lemon Love $750.00
The Stripminers $750.00
Chris Pierce $650.00
Arm The Animals $550.00
DJ David Palmer $500.00
DJ Drew $500.00
DJ Fashen $500.00
LA Derby Dolls $500.00
Lady Danville $500.00
Nick Waterhouse $500.00
Shadow Shadow Shade $500.00
Sunny War $500.00
The Belle Brigade $500.00
The Fling $500.00
Vanaprasta $500.00
Vaud And The Villains $500.00
Art vs Science $480.00
DJ Derterous $450.00
30 Years After $350.00
Carina Round $350.00
Jim Bianco $350.00
Milo Greene $350.00
Barrio Tiger $250.00
Cinderella Motel $250.00
Greylag $250.00
Hands $250.00
Holly Conlan $250.00
Lesands $250.00
Nicole Eva Emery $250.00
Olin & The Moon $250.00
The Bitter Branches $250.00
The Steelwells $250.00
The Three Degrees $250.00
Ruby Summer $200.00
The Damselles & The TC4 $200.00
Buddy $150.00
Erin McLaughlin $150.00
Yellow Red Sparks $150.00