Get Down for the Sake of Getting Down
|photo by p.dunkly|
Imagine, if you will… a beautiful summer day, neon pop colors, surf loving vibes, vibrant giant jellyfishes, rocking new music, local commodities for sale, a family friendly environment… Now imagine this in your very own neighborhood, walking distance from the beach and downtown Santa Barbara.
If you went to the inaugural Summer Shakedown event in the Funk Zone this last weekend, you don’t have to imagine it, you experienced it.
The pop-up day festival was the conception of a few of
Santa Barbara’s established and budding local music promoters. New Noise
Santa Barbara, along with Kyran Million Productions and Haley Ashbury Studios, had
a vision of a festival that featured more local artists in an outdoor setting
that was a family friendly event. According to Kyran, “The day setting allows
for more freedom for families to enjoy local businesses, vendors, and artists;
giving Santa Barbara a reason to connect and a space to bring their families.
This festival is not solely focused on the music or art, but people being
engaged with each other. Hopefully, creating a sense of community.”
|Jessica Puchli of NNSB, Kyran Million of KM Productions|
And create they did. Arts from Scraps, a local business that sells gently used items for art stuff, had a table where patrons could build “wish necklaces” – with little bottles to hold your wishes and gems, free for all to enjoy. Some of the local vendors slinging goods included McConnells Ice Cream, Figueroa Mountain Brewery, and Blaze n Blues BBQ. Businesses that contributed to the event included KjEE, Arbor Skate Shop, and Eureka Burger. All this to build community.
Each band offered a different flavor. Need some indie rock – you got Torches. Need some bluesy rock jams with a strong female voice – The Kinds. Need some fast paced folk rock – Indian Trading Furs. Need some psychedelic rock – St. Anne’s Place.
|The Kinds, photo by p.dunkley|