The second annual THE SUMMER STRUMMER FESTIVAL is set for Sunday, September 2 at Santa Monica, California’s Bergamot Station art gallery enclave. Produced by Swing House (www.swinghouse.com) and The Overbey Agency (www.theoverbeyagency.com), THE SUMMER STRUMMER FESTIVAL is the ultimate all-ages end of summer mega music, skate and lifestyle extravaganza. The day-long Labor Day weekend event will feature over 40 bands on three stages (Gibson Haybale Stage, Star Lounge Stage, Monster Energy Stage), an afternoon skateboarding expo, autograph sessions and Gibson guitar giveaways.
Artists confirmed to perform at the 2007 SUMMER STRUMMER FESTIVAL include: Mat Kearney, Augustana, Jesse Malin, Brett Dennen, Duane Peters Gunfight, The Exies, Eddie Spaghetti of Supersuckers & friends, Over It, Test Your Reflex, Orange, Jeremy Fisher, Kate Voegele, Whitestarr, The Tender Box, Astra Heights, Rezurex, Deadbolt, Battalion of Saints, The Uprising, Los Creepers, The Widders, Big John Bates & the Voodoo Dolls, Speedbuggy, Mandi Perkins, Rocket, Dirty Harry, Jay Clifford, Ian Moore, Dead Rock West, Tim Myers, Drive-A, Billy Boy on Poison, Dusty Rhodes & the River Band, Charlie & the Valentine Killers, Lonesome Spurs, Manda, and Canon. An additional surprise headliner will be announced in the coming weeks.
Festival partner Charlie Overbey of The Overbey Agency describes how the event has grown in just one year, noting: ”We set out to throw a little ‘small town feel’ music fair for a few hundred people that appreciate a great day in the sun as much as we do and just in the second year it has turned into a concert with 40+ bands, a skate expo, loads of amazing vendors, a beer garden, and we’ve even got pony rides and a petting zoo for the kids. We love what this event has become and really appreciate our fantastic sponsors as well as everyone that has been a part of making it happen. We look forward to hangin’ out with hipsters of all ages at the festival this year.”
In addition to its popularity with the public, THE SUMMER STRUMMER FESTIVAL also received acclaim from the media. Here’s a sample of what the critics had to say about last year’s event:
“Santa Monica’s Summer Strummer proved that a festival in a neighborhood not known as a music hub can attract fans from across the city while giving residents a new reason to dig their side of town…”
--August Brown, Los Angeles Times, October 5, 2006
“…the perfect end to an endless summer.”
--LA Weekly, September 14, 2006
”Structurally, The Summer Strummer will be remembered as one of the best-organized festivals of the year…Situated in a comfortable environment and boasting both a solid line-up and reasonable ticket price, The Summer Strummer was the most enjoyable festival of the summer.”
--Liz Ohanesian, Santa Monica Mirror, September 21, 2006
Tickets are available now via TicketMaster charge-by-phone lines at (213) 480-3232 and at all TicketMaster retail ticket centers, online at www.ticketmaster.com or service charge free at The Key Club box office. General admission tickets are priced at $30 if purchased in advance and will be $40 at the door. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $60. VIP tickets include a gift bag with goodies from Bed Head hair products, Gibson and Filter Magazine, as well as complimentary food and drinks. A portion of the ticket proceeds will go to VH1 Save The Music Foundation and the Los Angeles Ballet.
Doors open at 11:00 AM and music runs from noon to 10:00 PM. Parking is available for $10 at the Water Gardens Parking lot, adjacent to the venue at the corner of Olympic Blvd. and Cloverfield Blvd.
For more information and festival updates, go to: www.myspace.com/thesummerstrummer.
THE SUMMER STRUMMER FESTIVAL is made possible through the support of Star 98.7, Monster Energy, Gibson, Draven, The Key Club, Bed Head, Virgin Mega Store, Barney’s Beanery and Coors Light, among others.