The best thing about the summer is the mÃ©lange of music festivals that take place around the world. Unfortunately, the season is winding down to a close. But worry not, folks! Taking place this Saturday September 3rd at the L.A. State Historic Park in Downtown Los Angeles, FYF Fest is going to make sure that everyoneâ€™s summer ends with a loud bang.
Festival founder Sean Carnage has watched his musical offspring grow bigger and better each year since its incarnation eight years ago when he was only 18. Last year, however, wasnâ€™t without its flaws. Many people complained about the ridiculous prices for food and drinks as well as their accessibility (they ran out of water!), the minimal entrances leading to long lines, and the amount of dust in the air.
This year, they addressed those concerns with â€œbringing in more water fountains, multiple water carts, double the amount of food stands and vendors, increasing the amount of entrances, and investing in wood chips that will keep the dirt from coming up into the airâ€ on their site (www.fyffest.com). The promoters are definitely making sure that everyoneâ€™s weekend is safe and fun-filled.
With that being said, Iâ€™ve broken down this preview by the stages and the two acts that you must see on each stage. Speaking of the stages, the promoters asked fans for their ideas on naming the stages. They ended up choosing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as the theme: Raphael, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Leonardo (what, no love for Casey Jones or April Oâ€™Neil?).
Anyway, cowabunga dudes. Hereâ€™s my preview for FYF Fest:
Cass McCombs (2:25 PM-3:00 PM)
Iâ€™ll admit that up until a couple of weeks ago, I havenâ€™t listened to Cass McCombs. I listened to his last two albums, Catacombs and Witâ€™s End, and came to the conclusion that heâ€™s created some of the most entrancing music that Iâ€™ve heard. Iâ€™ve seen him described as a folk musician, but doing so is somewhat of a disservice. His lyrics are emotionally powerful and in terms of instrumentation, he manages to strip them down to its core. Combine the two factors together, and it results in some of the creepiest, hauntingly hypnotic music Iâ€™ve heard.
YACHT (7:50 PM-8:35 PM)
When I saw the Portland-based YACHT two years ago, not only did they put on a great show musically, they put on a great visual show as well. Whether itâ€™s their quirky, signature dance style, dressing dapper and chic in contrasting colors, or even giving away their home address through a projector, Jona Bechtolt and Claire Evans never fail to please. Expect the electro/dance duo (along with a live backing band) to play some new tunes off their latest release Shangri-La.