The Standells, the pioneering 1960s Los Angeles garage-rock band regarded by devotees as a progenitor of punk, will headline the 2013 Adams Avenue Street Fair. This year's lineup also features everyone from rockabilly roustabouts The Dave & Deke Combo and bluegrass-punk upstarts Old Man Markley to such San Diego favorites as Gregory Page, the Bayou Brothers, Lady Dottie & The Diamonds, The Creepy Creeps and Three Chord Justice.
More than 90 bands and solo artists will play at the annual open-air festival, which will be held the weekend of Sept. 28 and 29. Performances will take place on seven stages on and adjacent to Adams Avenue in Normal Heights. Music will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sept. 28 and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 29.
Admission is free and the festival is open to all ages. The event will also include three 21-and-up beer gardens. The full lineup is available at the festival's website.
The Standells, best known for its 1966 hit, "Dirty Water," will be joined for its Adams Avenue Street Fair performance by Love guitarist Johnny Echols. (The Standells' bassist, John Fleckenstein, who joined in 1967, was previously a member of Love.) The Standells are led by the band's original organist Larry Tamblin, who is the brother of "West Side Story" film actor Russ Tamblyn. The band's two other members joined over the past three years.
As in previous years, the 2013 Adams Avenue Street Fair is presented by the nonprofit Adams Avenue Business Association, which is designed to promotes and help grow the level of commercial activity in the Adams Avenue Business District. The music lineup for this year's edition of Street Fair was booked by Louis Brazier of Lestat’s and Steve Kader, who runs North Park's Groovy Records. Brazier and Kader have been joined this year in booking the festival by Casbah honcho Tim Mays.
The Adams Avenue Business Association estimates that the annual Street Fair has attracted between 40,000 to 50,000 people a day for the past 12 years. The event was launched in 1981 underneath the Adams Avenue sign, at the corner of Adams and Felton Street, and has grown dramatically since then.
Last year's edition hosted the first performance in 23 years by the uproarious San Diego roots-rock duo of Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper. Other past Street Fair acts include No Doubt, former Rolling Stones' guitarist Mick Taylor, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Andy Summers of The Police, Peter Case, Mariachi El Bronx and the Strawberry Alarm Clock.
Adams Avenue Street Fair
September 28 & 29
More info: adamsavenuebusiness.com
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