Abbot Kinney Fest 2011 Music Guide

By Ashley Beasley

Props to whomever booked the music for this year’s fast-approaching Abbot Kinney Fest, happening on Sunday, September 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:

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.

Mia Doi Todd, a L.A. based prolific 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.

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:

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.

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.

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.

Lastly, 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.

Stay tuned to for set-times and stage detail.


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