2016 LOBSTER FESTIVAL MUSIC SCHEDULE
FRIDAY, JULY 22, 2016
9 pm – The Hula Girls We wanted to wrap up Friday night with some Hulabilly. And who does it better than The Hula Girls? No one of course. It’s up-tempo hapa haole, tiki, and surf themed music, all filtered through the late 1950’s and early 60’s rockabilly and rock n’ roll sound filter. Some have said that going to a Hula Girls show is like going to a “Luau in Memphis!” It’s a Lobster Luau!
8 pm – Decorations Decorations translate frustration into sun-kissed, slick, and sharp anthems that everybody could dance their troubles away to like “Nu wave without all the sadness.” Their full-length debut, Have Fun, was released June 2016. Come see what main man Devon Geyer has created.
7 pm – Scott Whyte Band When he’s not off making movies (Tequila Sunrise, The Mighty Ducks D2 and D3 and too many more to list) you’ll find Scott at Shark’s Cove, his favorite Manhattan Beach home town hangout making music. Scott’s got you covered this year as he opens our weekend of music for the early show on Friday night.
SATURDAY, July 23, 2016
9 pm – The Colourist The Colourist are at their peak with strong, melodic anthems like “Yes Yes” and the excellent “Fix This,” both examples of the kind of intelligent, well-constructed pop that’s getting radio play across the country. It’s the sound of a high-end indie rock band breaking out into the mainstream. Big things are coming for The Colourist, don’t miss them as they headline Saturday night at the Lobster Festival.
8 pm – Kitten Kitten’s new EP has been described as a “lush slice of goth-trimmed dream pop” and a “Ronnie Spector love letter”. But the truth is that lead singer Chloe Chaidez is one of the most original vocalists on the indie scene today. Her incredible range promises new surprises with every performance. We can’t wait to hear what she has planned for the Lobster Festival.
7 pm – Leslie Stevens Americana/Roots music with a lot of smarts is why we love Leslie Stevens. Who else would write a song called “Everybody Drinks and Drives in Heaven”? NPR says “her soft clear voice remains the focal point, while her alt-country sounds recalls the Laurel Canyon days of the Flying Burrito Brothers.” Well maybe we’ll just tweak that a bit to fit our festival and call it the Flying Lobster Roll Sisters.
6 pm – Blondfire Bye bye June gloom, this is the sunniest music you’ll hear in July. Blondfire paints a wave of joy with light-hearted guitars and bass lines that any indie pop/rock aficionado can get lost in. Add body moving rhythms and delectable vocals, and you’ve got your next favorite daydream. Blondfire has a little something for everyone and is bound to be a Lobster Festival favorite.
5 pm – Dear Boy In the past few years, Dear Boy has acquired a devoted live following by headlining venues such as The Troubadour and The Bootleg Theater, as well as performing at Austin’s SXSW in 2014 and 2015. Nationally, they’ve supported acts such as Kitten, The Dears, Cloud Nothings, The Airborne Toxic Event, The Maccabees, Peter Murphy, NO, Meg Myers, Fenech Soler, X-Ambassadors, INVSN, and Night Terrors of 1927. Don’t miss your chance to see or hear this awesome band!
4 pm – Rebel Light Clash Music says of The Rebel Light, “It often appears as a land of eternal sunshine, the Hollywood dream made real. Of course, it’s not quite as simple as that, but the fantasy remains. The Rebel Light seem to imbue the light side of Los Angeles. A band in thrall to golden guitar pop, their psych-edged material recalls (early) Shins or even British group Temples. Byrds-style guitar riffs are set against gilded harmonies, with The Rebel Light adding that vital sense of edge.New single ‘Strangers’ was recorded at home, with the vocals being laid down in the bathroom and the drum parts recorded in a woodshed.”
3 pm – Banta “buzzbands.la says about Banta: “If you thought Banta’s “Dark Charms” was a Fleetwood Mac B-side at first listen, you wouldn’t be alone. The Echo Park-based indie pop sextet’s songs embody so much of the same smooth pop folk-rock swing we’ve got a hunch that their self-titled EP (slated for a June release) is only the tip of the iceberg. There’s both charm and a fierceness in their songs that will have you grooving long after listening.”
2 pm – Hawai When one hears the word HAWAI, a thought enters their mind: sunshine, rain, vacation, relaxing, honeymoon, all-inclusive resorts, beaches, volcanoes, coffee, luau’s, palm trees…all of which you would use to describe the 50th state admitted to the union. However, when you listen to the sounds of the band HAWAI, it’s a tad bit trickier to pin point exactly how you feel. It’s familiar but fresh, unique but still recognizable, bright yet strikingly emotional.
1 pm – Honey County Some of you may remember young Devon Eisenbarger’s performance a few years ago at the Lobster Festival. Still in high school at the time she brought the festival to a stop with her guitar and powerful blues vocals. Devon’s back as part of the trio Honey County, taking over the LA country music scene with lead vocalist Danni Rosner and Leann Skoda. This is going to be another show stopping performance. And who knows, our Lobster Line Dancing Flashmob may even make a special appearance…
SUNDAY, JULY 24, 2015
5 pm – Black Crystal Wolf Kids LA Weekly calls them “Like seeing all of Coachella in one band” and “The Best Cover Band in LA”. So save yourself a ton of money and join us for a truly fun early evening as the Black Crystal Wolf Kids put on a rocking good headline show to wrap up this year’s Lobster Festival.
4 pm – Andrew Watt Blues infused, high energy, rock and roll from Andrew Watt, one of the leading edge young artists of the coming revolution in hard rock. Tighten your boot laces, strap on a neck brace, and pull your lobster hat down tight, Andrew Watt is going to blow you away.
3 pm – Shari Puorto Shari calls it her “My Obsession Tour” and the 2010 Los Angeles Music Award winner (Americana, blues roots) makes a stop today to join us for high energy show from her best selling album “Real”
2 pm – Oyster Kids When we do these reviews each year we really struggle to keep them short, interesting and accurate. The Oyster Kids make that easy. No one knows their names, where they are from or even one fact about their backgrounds. But we do know that their song “Creepy” has amassed over 159,000 plays on Soundcloud and has made it into an Urban Outfitters mixtape. And that’s a fact. So cancel the bigfoot expedition and come Sunday afternoon to see rock n roll’s equivalent live and on stage at the Lobster Festival.
1 pm – Magic Bronson If you Magic Bronson what kind of music they make and they’ll tell you, “We honestly don’t know.” And that’s the way they like it. Call their music what you will — synth, indie, alternative, or electronica — one thing is certain: their music is addictive. As our friends at BuzzbandsLA puts it, the duo’s music is as “stupefyingly uncategorizable as it is intoxicating.” The antennas on your lobster hat will improve reception.
12 pm – Clean Spill Clean Spill make laid-back guitar pop, loaded with indelible melodies and a surf music vibe that comes natural to these young men from Santa Barbara. (Frontman Pat Curren’s father is three-time surfing world champion Tom Curren.) Sunscreen is desirable.