A Festive Saturday, This Saturday (Sept. 17, that is)

If you are looking for something special to do this Saturday, there are a number of terrific music festivals taking place in Southern California.

A couple weeks ago I mentioned how the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Did you know that they formed in Long Beach? They are playing their first “hometown” show in over 40 years as they headline the 4th annual Long Beach Folk Festival. LBFF boasts its best-ever lineup with The White Buffalo, Chuck Ragan, JD McPherson, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys, Willy Tea Taylor, Leo “Bud” Welch and Moonsville Collective among other. And the family-friendly festival has its home at Long Beach’s Rainbow Lagoon.


JD McPherson

We Are L.A. Family Music Festival is a rare event that brings together some of the top family music acts around: Yo Gabba Gabba, OzoKidz, Heidi Swedberg, Rhythm Child, Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, the Hollow Trees and Lisa Loeb. However, the evening boasts “more adult” performers Rachel Platten. Kevin Costner & Modern West and The Reluctant Apostles with Katey Sagal. The festival, which is at Carson’s StubHub Center, holds a bunch of activities for kids and parents and will benefit a number of charities.

Things will be a little wilder at the 3rd Annual Horton’s Hayride, boisterious day of rootsy rock ‘n’ roll featuring the Rev. Horton Heat, The Bouncing Souls, Manic Hispanic, Junior Brown, Supersuckers and Eddie Spaghetti and El Vez.


Junior Brown


About Michael Berick

I am a longtime writer, and lover, of music and pop culture. I have written for Entertainment Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, the LA Weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle, Cleveland Scene and more places (that I wouldn't take up more of your time mentioning now).
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