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Excavating Future Culture on the Miracle Mile


Excavating Future Culture on the Miracle Mile
by Shana Nys Dambrot



TARFEST 2016 To Feature Performances By Dear Boy, Durand Jones & The Indications, Brit Manor and BRAEVES

August 23, 2016 – Los Angeles, CA – LAUNCH LA, with tremendous support from its sponsors and the community, presents the 14th annual music and art festival, TARFEST 2016, which returns to the La Brea Tar Pits Park on Saturday, September 24th (4-10PM). Open to ALL AGES and FREE to the public, TARFEST celebrates local artists, musicians and culture with performances by headliners Dear Boy and opening acts Durand Jones & The Indications, Brit Manor and BRAEVES. The event is once again curated by the non-profit arts organization LAUNCH LA and Kevin Bronson of Buzzbands.la.

The celebrated music and arts festival will also feature special DJ sets by Ale, Mitchell Brown, T-Kay, Slayron and Sleano of dublab, dance performances by Move The World Dance Activism in collaboration with The DIAVOLO Institute and Clairobscur Dance Company, a silent auction of original artwork and limited edition prints from notable artists in an outdoor art pavilion hosted by KP Projects, incredible light artistry by Light Riders, live projections by CLOAKING, and outdoor art installations by Meeson Pae Yang and Ryan McCann.

Catering to all ages and families, TARFEST offers FREE kids art-making activities with The Japan Foundation Los Angeles, Petersen Automotive Museum and more. The 21+ crowd can enjoy the Lagunitas Biergarten & Wine Bar that will also feature refreshing cocktails by Tito’s Handmade Vodka. A selection of Los Angeles’ hottest gourmet food trucks will also be on site, including Baby’s Badass Burgers, Made in Brooklyn NY Pizza, Meat the Greek, and Rice Balls of Fire.


TARFEST 2016 is made possible in part by a grant from the city of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs, the Los Angeles County Art Commission and The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles.  Some of this year’s sponsors include Olympia Medical Center, Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Lagunitas Brewery, Skanska/Traylor/Shea, Los Angeles City Councilmembers David Ryu and Paul Koretz, The Farmers Market, The Grove, Beverly Connection, Arclight Cinemas, The Sieroty Company, Walter N. Marks Jr., the Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce, METRO and many other businesses and individuals who believe in advancing creativity and free, innovative arts programming in Los Angeles.  Please visit www.launchla.org and www.tarfest.com for more information.

About TARFEST/LAUNCH LA:  TARFEST, produced and managed by LAUNCH LA, provides important performance and exhibition opportunities to some of the region’s finest emerging artists, performers, and cultural innovators on the historic Miracle Mile of Los Angeles.  LAUNCH LA is a 501(3)(c) not-for-profit social enterprise that believes exposure to the arts enhances quality of life and strengthens community. Passionate about promoting all contemporary art forms and their hybrids, LAUNCH LA recognizes the need for exemplary productions that create important cultural happenings with the assistance of commercial partners, cultural institutions and like-minded individuals and organizations.


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Press Contact:

Austin Griswold
Secret Service Publicity

James Panozzo
Founder/ Executive Director Launch LA
Co-Founder/Director TARFEST

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LAUNCH LA believes exposure to the arts enhances quality of life and strengthens community through the shared appreciation of creative expression in all its forms and hybrids. LAUNCH LA is passionate about providing artists with quality opportunities to present themselves and their creations that reflect our times to a curious and enthusiastic audience at important happenings throughout Los Angeles. LAUNCH LA addresses these core values by presenting arts and culture programming throughout the year at its gallery and project space on La Brea Avenue, through multidisciplinary programs at TARFEST, our free music and arts festival held annually at the La Brea Tar Pits Park, now in its 13th year, as well as periodic showcases and collaborations in important Los Angeles communities.