Summer isn't officially over until you've had some lobster in your belly. And since the 14th Annual Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival is taking place in San Pedro Friday through Sunday, you have the perfect opportunity to end the season in finger-licking fashion. Of course we wouldn't be writing about it if it didn't offer a full plate of music as well. This year, the festival netted the Dum Dum Girls, Saint Motel, The Blasters and over a dozen other acts to play along the historic San Pedro waterfront in Ports O' Call Village.
Friday's night headliners, Saint Motel, are a band that people need to check out. Having just released their first full-length, Voyeur, this summer, the indie pop has cemented itself as a magnetic live act. Their eventful shows feature eclectic videos in the background and their infectious energy will win over even the most cynical listener. This is a great chance to catch these guys before they graduate to hotel-sized status.
If indie pop isn't your thing, then the Dum Dum Girls' brand of dream-pop is a must-see. Deriving their name from an Iggy Pop song (“Dum Dum Boys”) and The Vasolines' album Dum Dum, the all-female outfit has been winning over fans since 2009. Don't be surprised if they bust a few new tunes this weekend.
Lastly on Sunday, prepare for a mix of blues, rockabilly, country and bluegrass with maybe just a dash of mariachi brought to you by veteran rockers The Blasters. The band will close out the festival.
Admission is $10.00 for adults, kids under 12 get in free. $1.00 discount admission coupons are widely available and you can download at lobsterfest.com. Parking and shuttle buses are free. 2012 festival hours are: 5 pm to 11 pm, Friday, September 14; 11 am to 11 pm, Saturday, September 15; 11 am to 7 pm, Sunday, September 16.
Below is a schedule of performances for all three days:
Friday, Sept. 14th, 2012
9:00pm Saint Motel
7:00pm Great Northern
6:00pm The Vice Junkies
Saturday, Sept. 15th, 2012
9:00pm Dum Dum Girls
6:00pm Lili Haydn
4:00pm Youngblood Hawke
3:00pm Damselles & The TC4
2:00pm Davis Fetter
1:00pm Sara Radle
Sunday, Sept. 16th, 2012
5:00pm The Blasters
4:00pm Jail Weddings
2:00pm Capt. Jeff & The Chumbuckets
Daniel Kohn is a writer based in Southern California. With bylines in an assortment of outlets, Kohn primarily specializes in music with other interests ranging from sports to food. As a transplant, Kohn loves the beautiful weather and is glad he no longer has to deal with brutal winters. If you see him, say hi and of course, he’s always willing to down a beer or two…if you’re paying.