6:00 PM: DJ Set + Bar Opens
7:00 PM: Opener
8:00 PM: DJ Set
8:30 PM: Headliner
10:00 PM: DJ Set
Downtown LA’s free annual summer music festival FIGFest—an important stop on the launch pad of top artists including The Internet and Anderson .Paak—returns to FIGat7th to energize the city this June with fun summer nights and eclectic sounds. In partnership with Spaceland Presents, LA’s leading concert promotion firm, the festival kicks off June 7 and runs four consecutive Friday nights at Downtown LA’s premier shopping destination, FIGat7th.
The plaza at FIGat7th will be transformed into DTLA’s outdoor stage brought to life with performances by leading R&B, hip-hop, pop, soul, dance, and electronic artists. Kicking off the series is LA’s very own explosive and honest rock act Cherry Glazerr (June 7), followed by the inspired and infectious hip-hop soul of rapper and live band Oddisee & Good Compny (June 14), then the sensual fusion of funk, pop, Latin, and electronic sounds by experimental duo Buscabulla (June 21) and concluding with the energetic and playful, synth- infused, indie-electronic-rock of STRFKR (June 28).
Each Friday, the bar opens and a DJ kicks off the night at 6:00pm, followed by a 7:00pm opener, 8:00pm DJ set, 8:30pm headliner, and wrapping the night with a 10:00pm DJ set. Make sure to grab dinner, drinks and snacks before the show at TASTE Food Hall on FIGat7th’s lower level.
FIGFest’s unique lineup reflects the vibrant cultural center that Downtown LA has become. Past festivals have featured The Internet, Superhumanoids, Soulection, Wavves, Tuxedo, Hanni El Khatib, Poolside, and Anderson .Paak. FIGFest is one of the only free concert experiences open to the public in Los Angeles where music lovers can dine, drink, and shop all in one spot.
The American rock band from Los Angeles, Cherry Glazerr, has transitioned from the lo-fi, garage-rock in their 2014 debut release Haxel Princess, to a more polished, savage yet sweet sound layered with elements of grunge, punk and new wave found in recent albums, Apocalipstick and Stuffed & Ready. The current lineup consists of guitarist and lead vocalist Clementine Creevy, bassist Livvy Bennett and drummer Tabor Allen.
Prolific hip-hop artist Oddisee first became known as an underground producer before gaining respect as a rapper. His literate, relatable lyrics tackle personal issues and political themes, and his productions encompass retro-soul, go-go, and gospel influences. Born in Washington, D.C. to a Sudanese father and an African-American mother, Amir Mohamed grew up in Maryland, influenced by soul and rap as well as myriad musicians on both sides of his family. He was set to attend the Art Institute of Philadelphia to pursue visual arts when a friend introduced him to hip-hop production.
An experimental duo whose music is a witty yet sensual fusion of funk, pop, R&B, Latin, and electronic influences, Buscabulla were formed by Raquel Berrios and Luis Alfredo Del Valle, a pair of Puerto Rican émigrés living in Brooklyn, New York. The two first met in 2011, both of an artistic bent – she was a designer, songwriter, DJ, while he was a multi-instrumentalist — and before long they began working on music together. They adopted the group name Buscabulla, a Puerto Rican phrase meaning “Troublemaker.”
Indie rock band STRFKR from Portland, is known for being all about darkly glistening dance songs rife with sticky beats, earworming hooks, philosophical heft, and bittersweet beauty.. When Hodges started STRFKR in 2007, it was designed to be success-proof. The name was both unfit for radio and a jab at fame-chasers. But the project was also meant to be bright, playful and brimming with energy. He stumbled upon a winning juxtaposition that’s a STRFKR staple to this day: dark (or heavy) lyrics set to happy music.