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The Republic of Discostan

Once a month, a DJ collective transforms a Northeast L.A. bar into a psychedelic celebration of sounds “from Beirut to Bangkok via Bombay.”

Photo by Nanette Gonzalez

Walk into Footsie’s, the eastside bar in Los Angeles’s Cypress Park neighborhood, on almost any day of the month, and you’ll probably take in a pretty typical dive bar soundtrack—your favorite classic rock group or a cut from some local indie band’s new EP. On the second Wednesday of every month, however, patrons are more likely to encounter the musical stylings of Bollywood “Disco King” Bappi Lahiri or the classic ‘60s ballads of Lebanese diva-songstress Fairouz. This is the work of Discostan, an L.A.-based musical collective that transforms Footsie’s into a psychedelic celebration of sounds “from Beirut to Bangkok via Bombay.”

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