BoomYard, a favorite hangout for the hip and friendly music lovers of Los Angeles. The curators, friends since high school and music industry colleagues, Leslie Cooney and Cary Sullivan were struck with the desire to create a block party-esque event that everyone could enjoy. In November of 2015, they started BoomYard. An indoor-outdoor reggae party every second Sunday of the month. This isn't just any old Los Angeles reggae party. One reason for the draw is their resident DJ, Jamaica's renowned DJ Delano of Renaissance Sound. He flies in once a month, between gigs such as SXSW and Bacchanal Jamaica, to grace LA with his good Jamaican vibes.
We recently caught up with Cooney and Sullivan to find out the inspiration behind BoomYard. "We'd been talking about doing a music festival here in LA forever. BoomYard is kind of the first phase of that idea," says Cooney. "It’s a party we'd want to go to. Music makes people feel good and we wanted to create a setting where that was naturally possible - just nice vibes with no frills - that was and is always the motivation."
Speaking on the authenticity of the Jamaican party vibes, DJ Delano expressed his appreciation for the event, "Jamaican vibes always strong to me; the reggae movement is bigger than the dancehall movement so I teamed up with Leslie Cooney to take that reggae and dancehall movement to a different level," says Delano.
Why the name BoomYard? We wanted to know: "It just felt right, it’s kind of a block party we dubbed BoomYard. We knew big tunes had to play and it described the setting," says Sullivan.
It's not just the selectors that make the event worth checking out. Jamaican songstress, Jovi Rockwell, has also performed live at several BoomYard events. According to her, she feels right at home at the spot: "BoomYard is my fix for when I'm homesick! A for real reggae dancehall Jamaican party in Los Angeles. Everybody dancing, nobody don't wan go home! I'm there every second Sunday," says Rockwell.
Hosted at Delicious Pizza, the pizzeria venture of record label Delicious Vinyl, the vibes provide a treat for any Angeleno looking for a piece of the pie. "It feels right. It happened so naturally with a simple concept. It’s like good food, people will eat and they're hungry for more," says Cooney.
As more people catch on to the vibes, Sullivan and Cooney plan to take things to the next level by creating a music event that is a destination for not only the reggae community, but for the music community as a whole. "An event that grows naturally for people who are passionate about music and want the real deal," says Sullivan.
For those in the know, this is one of those Sunday Fundays you don't want to miss. So, grab a slice of pizza and the islands while you enjoy the delicious vibes.
Check out more shots of the delicious vibes in our slideshow below:
Jam out to one of our favorite Renaissance mixes here and catch DJ Delano and more guest DJ's live at BoomYard every second Sunday of the month:
Images courtesy of BoomYard partner and founder Cary Sullivan.