Los Angeles is known for its wide variety of music festivals. Yesterday we were blessed with a local festival called BEDROCKtoberfest. BEDROCKtoberfest is a little $5 festival hosted at Bedrock L.A. rehearsal studios. When you think $5 festival, you think grandma’s jams and some crap Journey cover band, lucky for us that’s not what BEDROCKtoberfest is about.
BEDROCKtoberfest is a collection of music, magic, food and beer. The music lineup was put together by none other than Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The lineup consisted of Cherry Glazerr, Deap Vally, Head Wound City and Black Sabbitch. Along with the musical talent, we were provided magic shows by the Academy of Magical Arts. I myself was not so much focused on the magic as I was the awesome lineup, but hey who’s complaining about free magic? Oh, and to top it all off this whole festival was hosted by YouTube sensation DJ Flula.
The one thing I found kind of annoying about BEDROCKtoberfest was that after each band finished, a magician started performing on a stage around the corner. I felt it was pretty unnecessary having two stages when none of the acts were interfering with each other. Then again I didn’t care about the magic, so to hell with it, give them their own damn stage.
Now on to the most important part of the festival, and no it wasn’t DJ Flula. This festivals lineup was phenomenal! Cherry Glazerr is a local Echo Park band that has opened up for such artists as Fidlar and Cheetahs. Deap Vally was almost like a female version of the White Stripes or even a female Black Keys. Black Sabbitch, well the name speaks for itself an all female Black Sabbath cover band! Who doesn’t like a group of babes singing Sabbath?
There was only one reason anyone really came to BEDROCKtoberfest, and that reason was Head Wound City. Head Wound City is a Noisegrind super group consiting of Jordan Billie and Cody Votolato of the Blood Brothers, Justin Pearson and Gabe Serbian of the locust and mastermind Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Head Wound City has only played one other show besides last night, and that show was eight years ago! My mind was blown when I heard that news. Although I was unfamiliar with Head Wound City before this summer, I have always been a huge Locust and Blood Brothers fan. Seeing as how I’m a huge fan of those projects I must say Head Wound City was no different from the Blood Brothers. I can see how some people may be bored by the thought of another Blood Brothers side project, I ,however, couldn’t get enough.
All in all BEDROCKtoberfest is well worth the $5 ticket price, and I cannot wait till next year!