LA's Rooftop Scene Gets a Brand New Option: Ascend

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Anyone who has gone to any Sunday daytime party at The Standard this summer has noticed that more than a few other Angelenos are hip to its status as the only consistent option to finish off your weekend with sunshine and beats.

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And anyone who has hit up happy hour or grabbed dinner at Perch in the 10 months or so that it has been open has probably wondered: Why the hell is no one doing a Sunday party here?

Only about 300 people can be in The Standard at a given time, leaving many partygoers with all party and no go. Well Los Angeles, Perch finally got on the wagon and opened their 16th floor rooftop area to a brand spankin' new weekly rooftop party series called "Ascend," running from 3 pm to 9 pm, immediately following the jazz brunch at the restaurant on Sundays.

It'll be quite a shift from a four piece jazz quartet once the music upstairs fires up. Alan Agbayani, co-founder of Incognito, of one of the largest purveyors of underground dance music in Los Angeles, has thrown his weight behind this venture as "Alan2."

“When you look at Perch, it’s something completely new in the rooftop game with a stunning, 360 degree unobstructed view in the heart of downtown Los Angles that has the perfect ambiance to bring quality house and techno for the people who love the music but have been dying for a 'less-commercial' option on Sundays,” Agbayani said.

Agbayani most recently brought out German house godfather Ian Pooley, halftime Angeleno and Made to Play head honcho Jesse Rose, Definitive label boss and Beatport co-founder John Acquaviva, techno sensation Gary Beck and Stroboscopic Artefact's Lucy as his most recent party headliners at under and above ground venues. Having done this for five years running, he's no stranger to the LA party scene.

One look at Perch's photo gallery shows a place that eschews the kitsch of The Standard in favor ornate tiling, a cozy villa feel in the downstairs restaurant portion and an utterly sleek and sexy rooftop area with a black stone bar and nothing else but some iron-wrought furniture, some plants and the open air. All of the railing are glass and its location next to Pershing Square and in the historic district ensure that no skyscrapers block out the spectacular view.

The promoters say they are starting off slow and steady, but expect some huge mystery guest DJs playing in the near future. Still, the party kicks off with ex-Tresor Berlin resident and big local techno name Derek Michael along with Avalon’s Made in Brazil resident Luis Miolaro at the top of the bill. Ascend Resident CK, Santa Monica’s Ram Sampath and Orange County’s JULIUS round out the support.

The best part of all perhaps: the first three weeks are free all day with RSVP.

Giddyup, Los Angeles. Choice is never a bad thing.

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The sunset view from the DJ booth at Perch