No matter your musical tastes, with nine artists performing on two stages it will be easy for music fans to strike the right note at Night&Day Street Fest. Here’s a quick look at who’s performing at this open-air fete downtown this Saturday, Oct. 13.
Main Stage (corner of 14th and K streets)
G. Love (10 p.m.): With or without his band, Special Sauce, this Philadelphia singer-songwriter specializes in mixing an array of homegrown American music styles — from blues and hip-hop to rock and classic soul — into a zesty, foot-stomping blend. In any setting, he knows how to win over a crowd.
Donavon Frankenreiter (8 p.m.): Like his musical pal Jack Johnson, who signed him to his first record deal, this Downey native is equal parts surfer and singer-songwriter. He’s also a longtime buddy of G. Love’s, so don’t be surprised if they do an impromptu song together.
Pato Banton (6:30 p.m.): It’s been 30 years since this veteran dancehall-reggae singer made his recording debut on the third album by The English Beat. He’s since made a dozen albums, most of which are fueled by skankin’ riddims and the upbeat message contained in his 1996 song, “Stay Positive.” (pictured)
Mattson 2 (5 p.m.): Fusing elements of jazz and surf-rock may sound like a recipe for a musical wipe-out, but San Diego siblings Jonathan and Jared Mattson make it work surprisingly well. They also create more swelling waves of music than almost any other guitar-and-drums duo around.
Second Stage (corner of 14th Street and Imperial Avenue)
The Styletones (10:30 p.m.): This brassy, eight-piece band features some of the top talent in town, including singer Steve Harris, Karl Denson/Greyboy Allstars drummer Jake Najor and saxophone ace Gabriel Sundry. Together, they lay down a propulsive mix of raw soul and vintage R&B designed to turn any setting into a rollicking party.
Everest (9 p.m.): This five-man Los Angeles band’s brand of heartfelt alt-rock, folk and cosmic country music earned them a 2008 album deal with Vapor, Neil Young’s record label, and opening slots on several of Young’s tours. It’s easy to hear why he’s a fan.
The Nervous Wreckords (7:30 p.m.): Led by Louis XIV singer Brian Karscig, this San Diego band draws from glam, hard-rock, funk and blues. What results is an appealing blend that allows Karscig to channel his inner Marc Bolan and Lou Reed with impressive vigor, aided by a no-nonsense band with style and attitude.
Low Volts (6 p.m.): Guitar, vocals, percussion and more are handled by Tim Lowman, usually all at once, when he performs as his bluesy musical alter ego, Low Volts.
The Legacy Pack (4:30 p.m.): Local hip-hop will be represented by this proudly old-school band, which is led by rapper Barshaun Moore and released its first recording, “Live at the Lair,” in March.
Night&Day Street Fest
With: G. Love, Donavon Frankenreiter, Pato Banton, Everest, The Nervous Wreckords, The Styletones, Low Volts, Mattson 2 & and Legacy Pack
When: 4 p.m. to midnight, Saturday
Where: 14th Street, between K Street and Imperial Avenue, downtown
Tickets: $25 (you must be 21 or older to attend); tickets will be available Saturday at the entrance at 14th and L streets, adjacent to Tailgate Park