Props to whomever booked the music for the fast-approaching Abbot Kinney Fest this year, happening on Sunday, Sept. 25.
There are a lot of acts playing and a mile-long street on which on which to see them. Here's a quick review of some of the must-sees, so you can plan accordingly:
Sister Rogers is a four-piece period inspired bossa nova/samba/jazz band. The recently formed band is refreshingly sophisticated, despite their young ages. Catch a few songs, for sure. Playing at the Adalusia stage at 10:45 a.m.
Hanni El Khatib's unique sound is raw, 50's and 60's inspired, garage rock, blues and doo-whop all in one. Although he plays with a drummer on stage, Khatib is a one-man band, writing, playing and recording all the music himself. FYI, he's half Palestinian, half Filipino, 1st generation American. Makes for an interesting background. Playing at 1:30 p.m. at the Brooks stage.
Gantez Warrior are SoCal surf punk rockers. The self-proclaimed "warriors of radness" have a fun, 80's feel and are sure to bring an explosive energy with them. Playing at 1:45 at the Andalusia stage.
Dumbfoundead is a L.A. based freestyle battle rapper. His sound is well produced, the beats are tight and his flow, overtly clever. Make sure to check this one out. Playing at 2:30 p.m. at the Andalusia stage.
Mia Doi Todd, a prolific, L.A.-based singer-songwriter, has been releasing albums since 1997. Her honey-like voice can remind you of a warm summer breeze and bring you to tears all in the same album. Todd's new album, Cosmic Ocean Ship, has a light and lovely bossa feel. Playing at 4 p.m. at the Brooks stage.
Sweatson Klank (aka Take) is a cutting-edge cut-hop/dub-pop producer from Topanga Canyon. If you're into beats, check him out. He's got a delightfully produced sound that catches hold and doesn't let you go. Sonic impressions will be made. Playing at 5 p.m. at the Palms stage.
Thundercat is the alias for Steve Bruner, the ex-basist for Suicidal Tendencies. While this fact alone may peak your curiosity to hear him live, his music will leave you no less curious. Call it experimental future jazz with astral breakbeats. FYI, his most recent album was produced by Los Angeles dub and cut-hop maven, Flying Lotus. Playing at 5:15 p.m. at the Brooks stage.
For the full list of acts and set times, check out abbotkinney.org.