One of Gia On The Move’s favorite free local family friendly festivals combining art, street art/graffit, music and a whole lot of fun takes place right inside the heart of LA at the La Brea Tarpits. This year TARFEST will celebrate its 12th year on September 20th. Visit www.launchla.org and www.tarfest.com for more information. (Or See Below)
and 88.5 FM KCSN
present Los Angeles’ 12th annual music & arts festival, TARFEST 2014
, which will return to the La Brea Tar Pits
on Saturday, September 20th
. The FREE
event will feature rising local artists, musicians and bands, with performances by Hunter Hunted
, The Moth & The Flame
, Tapioca & The Flea
and The Dead Ships
. This year’s music program was curated by LAUNCH LA and Kevin Bronson of BuzzBand.LA
The 12th annual festival, will feature something for the whole family including food, drinks, art, activities and more. Local artists Greg “Craola” Simkins
(one of Gia On The Move’s favorites!
), Nicola Verlato and DevNGosha will be live painting while popular food trucks, The Grilled Cheese Truck, Baby’s Badass Burgers and Sky’s Gourmet Tacos, will be on hand serving food. The festival will also include a Lagunitas Biergarten and the Little Bar Wine Bar. Kids’ activities will be presented by The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, the Petersen Automotive Museum and Orchard Supply Hardware.
New this year, LAUNCH LA presents the LAUNCH Art Pavilion curated by Merry Karnowsky. Programs include a special exhibition of James Griffith’s paintings that explore Darwin’s theory of Natural Selection through skillful images of animals painted with tar from the La Brea Tar Pits on canvas and panel. This art program will also present original artwork and limited edition prints by established and emerging artists. Proceeds from the art sales and auction will benefit LAUNCH LA programming and TARFEST production costs. Finally, another special collaboration with the TintypeBooth and Lucie Foundation takes photography back to its Analog roots as attendees document themselves and their day using a vintage wet plate process.
Excavating future culture on The Miracle Mile, the annual TARFEST festival utilizes Los Angeles’ historic Tar Pits and green space to unite the local community in celebration of the city’s burgeoning music and arts scene by showcasing some of the most talented up-and-coming bands and artists. In past years, TARFEST has brought together thousands of Angelenos with performances from bands like Echosmith, Blondefire, The Steelwells, Nightmare Air, Saint Motel, Helena, Everest among others.
TARFEST 2014 is made possible in part by a grant from the city of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs, the Los Angeles County Art Commission and The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles. Some of this year’s sponsors include Olympia Medical Center, Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge, Lagunitas Brewery, The Farmers Market, The Grove, Beverly Connection, Arclight Cinemas, The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, the Petersen Automotive Museum, The Sieroty Company, Walter N. Marks Jr., the Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce, Orchard Supply Hardware and many other businesses and individuals who believe in advancing creativity and free, innovative arts programming in Los Angeles.
About TARFEST/LAUNCH LA: TARFEST, produced and managed by LAUNCH, provides important performance and exhibition opportunities to some of the region’s finest emerging artists, performers, and cultural innovators on the historic Miracle Mile of Los Angeles. LAUNCH is a 501(3)(c) not-for-profit social enterprise that produces, manages and directs events, programs and exhibitions with the purpose of developing artist – audience relationships throughout important Los Angeles communities. Passionate about promoting all contemporary art-forms and their hybrids, LAUNCH recognizes the need for exemplary productions that create important cultural happenings. With the assistance of commercial partners, cultural institutions and like-minded individuals and organizations, LAUNCH strives to engage a broad cross section of Angelenos in cultural events that foster mutual understanding and creative expression.
Saturday, September 20th, 1 – 8pm
TARFEST Music and Art Festival
La Brea Tar Pits Park (Hancock Park)
5801 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036
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