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.
ABOUT CHERRY GLAZERR
Cherry Glazerr, now a three-piece with Clementine Creevy, drummer Tabor Allen and bassist Livvy Bennett, headlines FIGFest on June 7. They released their explosive full-length album Apocalipstick on Inauguration Day in 2017. Apocalipstick sizzled with Creevy’s confidence, vision and fiercely idiosyncratic personality. The new album, Stuffed & Ready, announces Creevy as a songwriter newly tempered and strengthened by coming to terms with her own uncertainty confusion and anger. It’s her go-for-broke honesty that gives Stuffed & Ready its power and gravity. “I am telling my story of how I feel and where I am in life,” she says. “I’m exploring my own self-doubt. I’m confused about what happiness is and I’m searching for my place in the world. With Apocalipstick, I was an over-confident teenager trying to solve the world’s problems. With Stuffed & Ready, I’m a much more weary and perhaps cynical woman who believes you need to figure your own self out first.”
In “Ohio,” she attacks feelings of isolation and despair with Trompe Le Monde Pixies guitar and an arctic Laetitia Sadier deadpan. On the searing and satirical “Daddi,” she’s asking the straight cis men of the world for the permission that they so adamantly demand in every aspect of her life, writing : “Where should I go Daddi / what should I say / where should I go / is it okay with you ?” On the furious Sleater-Kinney-style “Wasted Nun,” she’s erupting against the way society constantly pressures her to be perfect, showing that she’s too stubborn to calmly cooperate. And on the seething grunge-pop track “Stupid Fish,” she sings about how it’s okay to not have all the answers, and how some questions might not even have answers.
Clementine Creevy has always wanted to make music that connects with people, she says. On Apocalipstick, she did that by telling them what she thought. On Stuffed & Ready, she’s showing them who she is: “I’m putting out these songs and sharing them to make people happy and to make people feel less alone,” she says. “I want this album to evoke a freedom, or you could even say a recklessness in people. I want to allow people to let out all of the fear and anger and confusion that all of us carry around. I want to make people dance, and really fucking mean it.”
Liily are five Los Angeles teenagers hailing from deep in the San Fernando Valley to the edges of the Inland Empire. Emerging from a new and burgeoning culture of youths in the city, their wildly frenetic shows point to a new vision for alternative and hard rock music in 2018 where such things aren’t supposed to exist anymore: one that is actually a hell of a lot of fun. Liily makes music that draws on all the jagged stimuli of their upbringings to make something distinctly Los Angeles in 2019. You wouldn’t know it from the walls of death they’re forming at their shows, but Liily is creating a space for their generation. With the aid of their deep fraternal bonds, Liily is pulling an exhilarating scene out of rock’s current murmur.
ABOUT BENJAMIN LEE RITCHIE HANDLER
Currently Director at Nicodim Gallery. Actress/Model/DJ by night. Mothlampic Fundamentalist.
RUN OF SHOW:
6:00 pm Beer Garden Opens & DJ Set
7:00 pm Opener
8:00 pm DJ Set
8:30 pm Headliner
10:00 pm DJ Set & Closing Remarks