West beach lineup

It’s almost time boys and girls; one of the closing music festivals of the summer time. What better place to let that musical sun take a seat, then in the lavish cusp of West Beach, Santa Barbara. That’s right; I’m talking about the West Beach Music and Arts Festival, happening September 18th through the 20th.

Not only will yours truly be there, but the tickets are cheap as hell.  $115 gets you a pass for all three days, which is about the price of one day at most other music festivals. What’s interesting though, is the V.I.P. “Pipeline” passes that are available. Apparently only fifty of them are sold a day, which makes me wonder what famous locals will rear their beautiful heads over the weekend. Also, you can rent out a private cabana for you and 12 friends to kick it on the beach with private food and drink hosts with added security for the haters that are sure to rear their ugly heads.

There are four stages spread along the beach, with their own theme and target. Bob’s Stage is the rock stage, Bashment brings up the reggae forces up front to combat Babylon, The Oasis Stage bumps the electricity through the sands, while the Sandbox keeps the kids at bay while you sip your cocktails and talk about your youthful days before the little buggers.

I never completely stick to my itinerary, but here’s what I think is gonna happen:

Friday September 18th

Loomis and the Lust, to get funky with the scantily clad cougars of the hills.

Ozomatli and Chali 2na, as Chali kept it real earlier this year at Rock the Bells.

Steel Pulse, just so I can hear Ku Klux Klan. Probably the only time you’ll hear me request the KKK…

Saturday September 19th

The Bravery has always been on my list of bands that I respect, but never took the time to see live. But here’s my chance.

The same thing goes for G. Love and Special Sauce. I’ve heard friends from every social collection show thanks and praise.

Shwayze had a brief meeting at the Sunset Strip Music Festival, and we have stood by him now, and will continue to do so. It has nothing to do with the women he attracts.

Ben Harper and Relentless 7 for two reasons: his music and wife are smokin’ hot.

Sunday September 20th

My homegirl Ashleigh V. swears that Iration is amazing, so let’s find out.

My homeboys in Rebelution have the most popular reggae album in the world right now. Nuff said.

Pepper tore it up at the Sunset Strip Music Festival, so I’ll show some love again.

Ashleigh also swears by SOJA, and we at Behind the Hype have an interview in the works for some time after the festival.

Honestly the festival won’t be complete unless Slightly Stoopid plays Closer to the Sun, but I’ll settle for 2 A.M.

It’s going to be a tantalizing and (hopefully) sunny weekend, and I hope to catch you all there to snap a picture with. Also, there’s plenty of nightlife action for you kids planning to spend a few nights out there, so hit us up to find the hot spots. Don’t miss the farewell to summer ya’ll. Check out the festival website for more info.

Until next time my friends,

~Flak