Summer and Music: Twisted at the Pike

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Summer and Music (SAM) gets inside your head with their second concert of the 2014 series – Twisted at the Pike. Co-produced by the Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA), the free, all-ages event will feature headlining performances by Fartbarf and De Lux as well as strolling magicians, fire dancers and a craft beer garden presented by Auld Dubliner on Friday, July 11 from 6 – 11p.m. at The Pike at Rainbow Harbor.

For this first-time event, SAM organizers are taking their traditional model of showcasing up-and-coming local talent and turn it on its side. Explains event organizer Ashley Hectus, “We were inspired by the setting at The Pike and the progressive bands we wanted to showcase. The Pike’s Ferris Wheel, situated at the event site, provides an excellent backdrop for an evening that will celebrate dynamic and innovative music, art and entertainment.  Twisted will be a totally new experience for SAM fans and we’re really excited to have so much extraordinary talent involved.”

Twisted at the Pike will take the quintessential carnival setting and offer a unique perspective with sideshow performers and adventurous musicians. Two Long Beach based bands, Free Moral Agents and Wild Pack of Canaries, will book-end the night’s performances.

Wild Pack of Canaries will bring their psychedelic, progressive punk sound while Free Moral Agents will feature the influence of their founder Isaiah “Ikey” Owens, performing in Long Beach on a short break from tour playing with Jack White. Los Angeles based De Lux are a post-disco dance-punk DIY duo that sound like they could have come out of 1980 just as easily as 2013. They are white hot right now, due in large part to their support from KCRW and other taste-makers. Fartbarf will bring down the house with their vintage analog synthesizers, vocoders, drum machines, and signature caveman masks for a set that is sure to get the crowd dancing with their robotic, futuristic sound.

Spectators will also be entertained by strolling magicians, fire dancers and stilt walkers while enjoying local food vendors along with a craft beer garden presented by Auld Dubliner. Twisted at the Pike is the second concert in a four part summer series by Summer and Music, following Dancin’ in the Streets. For more information about this and other concerts, call the DLBA at 562.436.4259 or check out the website.

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