As far as marathon music events go, L.A. locals would be hard-pressed to find a more physically draining, aurally diverse experience than Fmly Fest. The festival, encompassing more than 45 bands and solo acts over two days at two different locales, is a cross-pollination of artists from all over the city.
The event is the brainchild of Cameron Rath, founder of Fmly, a tight-knit organization specializing in D.I.T. (do-it-together) community music and art events in various parts of the country. It's an offshoot of the Fmly Ride, an open, monthly bike ride/band bonanza that hosts as many as 300 cyclists on a trail of mini concerts at random, makeshift stages around Mid-City. Usually, all that's needed for a show is an open slab of concrete for a stage and a place to fire up a solar-powered generator for the amps.
Fmly Fest provides almost the same experience, only at two stationary venues with two main stages and a couple of smaller makeshift venues. The celebration begins at 3 p.m. Thursday and carries on until well past midnight Friday. In addition to the bands and solo acts, there will be community workshops presented by Lincoln Heights venue HM 157, Pehrspace programmer Sean Carnage and others.
There's a lot to see and hear. And if you don't plan on hanging out for 10 hours each day to catch everything, there are at least a handful of acts each night that definitely qualify as "unmissable." In an effort to help you help yourself, we've jotted down a list of six acts that provide all the essential ingredients for a potent Fmly band: copious amounts of indie cred, an intriguing artistic style and a dash of sweat-drenched nihilism. All the details of the festival are available on the Fmly site. To check out our cheat sheet, read on.