Launch LA, with tremendous support from its sponsors and the local arts and business community, presents the 15th annual music and art festival, Tarfest 2017, which returns to the La Brea Tar Pits Park on Saturday, September 16th (2-10PM). Open to all ages and free to the public, Tarfest celebrates local artists, musicians and culture with performances by headliner La Bouquet and opening acts Brainstory, Alina Bea, The Sovereign Artist and Love Ghost. The event is once again curated by the non-profit arts organization Launch LA and Kevin Bronson of BuzzBands.la.
The celebrated music and arts festival will also feature special DJ sets by Hunny and Super Soul Sundays, dance performances by Move The World Dance Activism, live painting by Los Angeles artists Johnny “KMNDZ” Rodriguez, Ekundayo, and Melany Dierks curated by KP Projects and sponsored by Blick Art Materials.
Catering to all ages and families, Tarfest offers free kids art-making and cultural activities with Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, The Korean Cultural Center, Orchard Supply Hardware and METRO. Theatre of Hearts/Youth First will lead a hands-on, interactive percussion workshop, with call and response activities in a traditional drum circle. Intergenerational hip-hop and breakdancing collective Justice by Uniting in Creative Energy (JUiCE) will conduct art and dance workshops as well.
The 21+ crowd can enjoy the Lagunitas outdoor Biergarten & Wine Bar. AquaHydrate and Original New York Seltzer offer refreshing hydration alternatives. A selection of Los Angeles’ hottest gourmet food trucks will also be on site, including Baby’s Badass Burgers, Meat the Greek, Rice Balls of Fire, The Deli Doctor and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams.
Tarfest 2017 is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs, the Los Angeles County Art Commission, the California Arts Council, and The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles. Some of this year’s sponsors include Olympia Medical Center, Lagunitas Brewery, The Original Farmer’s Market, The Grove, Beverly Connection, Los Angeles City Councilmembers David Ryu and Paul Koretz, Skanska/Traylor/Shea and METRO, builders of the Purple Line subway, Arclight Cinemas, Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, the Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce, and many other businesses and individuals who believe in advancing creativity and free, innovative arts programming in Los Angeles. A special thanks for the support and participation of cultural partners LACMA and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
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