4 PM: Happy Hour Beats by DJ Daisy O’Dell of NONA Entertainment in TASTE Courtyard
6:30 PM: Kyle Ng on Plaza Stage
7:30 PM: Chulita Vinyl Club on Plaza Stage
8:30 PM: HANNI EL KHATIB on Plaza Stage
Back by popular demand, the FIGat7th Downtown Festival will reignite the city this summer with eclectic sounds and tunes. Presented by Arts Brookfield, the festival starts August 4 and will run 4 consecutive weeks every Friday at Downtown LA’s premier shopping destination, FIGat7th. The outdoor plaza will be transformed into an intimate concert venue with performances by leading pop, rock, American roots, soul and alternative artists.
Kicking off the festival is Los Angeles’ hit funk-dance duo, Tuxedo, comprised of singer Mayer Hawthorne and producer Jake One. Hot on the heels of Tuxedo is the raunch ‘n’ roll singer-songwriter Hanni El Khatib on August 11. The NY-based band Sinkane follows on August 18, introducing a cocktail of progressive funk rock and Sudanese pop. The festival closes out with another LA music staple, Quetzal, who peppers their fiery mix of Mexican musica ranchera and salsa with socially conscious Chicano rock and R&B.
The FIGat7th Downtown Festival is free and open to all ages!
ABOUT THE BAND:
Born in San Francisco, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist producer, director and co-owner of the Los Angeles-based independent record label Innovative Leisure, Hanni El Khatib does it all. He was described by the Guardian as a “former skate-punk raised on vintage rock and R&B [who] is keeping the spirit of 76 alive with his primal raunch ‘n’ roll.” El Khatib started Savage Times last December, after the Bataclan attacks forced the cancellation of a planned Paris performance. With unexpected time on his hands— and unexpected ideas on his mind—he’d scheduled open-ended studio time at Crystal Antlers frontman-turned-producer Jonny Bell’s Jazzcats studio. Each day, he’d take the hour-long drive through L.A.’s industrial corridor to Long Beach, sketching out riffs and lyrics as he drove.
Savage Times touches everything from garage rock to punk to disco, hip-hop and even some unexpected solo-guitar self- portraiture. But on the way, Hanni El Khatib also exploded his own idea of what he could do—even maybe who he was, or would be. Savage Times was an experiment, but an experience, too.