(Santa Monica, CA) – Start with a sunny Saturday afternoon in Santa Monica, CA. Add craft beer brewed by a world-class, friendly group of brewers who geek out about beer. Mix in groundbreaking LA punk legend Alice Bag and up-and-coming punk band The Sex Stains … all centered around artists’ studios and contemporary one-of-a-kind art projects.
Los Angeles’ most artful craft beer event is back again on September 24, 2016 from 1pm-5pm. 18th Street Arts Center’s signature benefit event, BAM Fest (Beer Art & Music Festival), is a renowned Westside craft beer festival, prized for its trifecta of all things fun–a celebration of contemporary art, music, and California’s finest craft beers.
With 40+ breweries and 100+ beers, live ground-breaking punk bands, contemporary art installations, open artist studios, artist vendors, and gourmet food trucks, BAM Fest is ready to draw record-breaking crowds in its seventh year as one of LA’s most anticipated cultural celebrations.
Presale starts August 22nd with tickets just $40 until 9/10, $45 until 9/23, and $50 at the door. Proceeds benefit 18th Street Arts Center, a 26 year old artist residency program and arts center that has fostered and supported the work of many of Los Angeles’ most engaging and diverse artists, and has built bridges to artist communities around the globe.
We really enjoyed the BAM event at 18th Street [Arts Center]. Loved the food, the gallery exhibits, the interesting crowd, and the entertainment. It is the best fundraiser I’ve been to, ever. Very creative, lively, and entertaining!
~ Melinda Gray AIA, GRAY Matter Architecture
Participating breweries have been carefully selected by fundraising and cultural event producer, Nicole Gordillo of Tap & Cheer Events, and represent some of the best of the craft beer industry. The 40+ breweries range from big to small, including the popular and widely known Stone Brewing Co and El Segundo Brewing Co., to newly launched breweries including LA-based Indie Brewing Company. Santa Monica’s only local brewery, Santa Monica Brew Works, will also be a part of the fun and have even given 18th Street additional support as one of the lead sponsors. Other sponsors include Whole Foods and Saatchi Art.
We had a blast at BAM Fest. We will sponsor and be part of the festival every year. You guys did a great job!
~ Scott Francis, President and CEO, Santa Monica Brew Works
A special bonus for BAM Fest attendees will be the opportunity to participate in 20-minute mini-educational sessions called Crash Courses that will cover everything from beer and food pairing to how to make a DIY homebrew. And for those who prefer fermented grapes to hops there will also be an area to sample some of Southern California’s finest wines as well as home brewed sodas by local home brewing clubs.
Every year the music lined up for BAM Fest is just as diverse as the beer. This year BAM will feature live music from groundbreaking artist Alice Bag and rising indie punk act, Sex Stains.
Trailblazer Alice Bag is a singer/songwriter, musician, author, artist, educator, feminist and icon in the punk world and beyond. She was the lead singer and co-founder of the Bags, one of the first punk bands to form during the first wave of punk rock in Los Angeles.
Sex Stains, formed in early 2014, is a Los Angeles quintet comprised of stalwart members of the punk and indie underground. Pulling from late 70’s and early 80’s post-punk, Sex Stains’ music alters between thought-provoking punk, infectious dance rhythms, angular guitar sounds and cacophony.
And the art is everywhere. BAM Fest guests will have the special opportunity to explore a dynamic interactive installation by LA-based art collective Lucky Dragons, an exhibition by Taiwanese Canadian artist Hao Ni, and a special pop-up group show of LA artists organized by Hao. Throughout the campus will also be installations by Japan-based artist Kaoru Hironaka, painter Yvette Gellis, and a presentation by the groundbreaking media collective EZ TV. BAM guests can participate in artist-inspired photo booths and art-making workshops including Marcus Kuiland-Nazario’s popular Crafternoon.
To soak up all the scrumptious brews, a diverse selection of six food trucks will provide a bounty of signature dishes. Plus, there will be pretzel necklaces! With the marriage of beer, art, and music, BAM Fest has brewed a one-of-a-kind fundraising event. This is one craft beer festival no one should miss!
Don’t want to drive? There will also be a FREE Bike Valet, so cruise on down!
The new Metro Expo line stops right at 17th/SMC, only a block away from the festivities. The Expo is only a 40 minute ride from downtown, so ditch the car! Learn more here.
Tickets are on sale at
For more information about BAM Fest 2016 and 18th Street Arts Center visit: http://www.18thstreet.org/bam
All proceeds benefit 18th Street Arts Center, Southern California’s leading artist residency who values art-making as an essential component of a vibrant, just, and healthy society
PARTICIPATING BREWERIES (so far!)
101 Cider House
Angel City Brewery
Ballast Point Brewing Co.
Boston Beer Co.
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Dogfish Head Brewery
Drake’s Brewing Co.
Enegren Brewing Co.
El Segundo Brewing Co.
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Golden Road Brewing Co.
Indie Brewing Co.
King Harbor Brewing Co.
Kinetic Brewing Co.
Ladyface Ale Companie
MacLeod Ale Brewing Co.
New Belgium Brewing Co.
Phantom Carriage Brewery
Saint Archer Brewing Co.
Santa Monica Brew Works
Smog City Brewing Co.
Stone Brewing Co.
Strand Brewing Co.
The Dude’s Brewing Co.
Three Weavers Brewing Co.
Transplants Brewing Co.
Wolf Creek Restaurant and Brewing Co.
MORE ON ALICE BAG
Trailblazer Alice Bag is a singer/songwriter, musician, author, artist, educator, feminist and icon in the punk world and beyond. She was the lead singer and co-founder of the Bags, one of the first punk bands to form during the first wave of punk rock in Los Angeles. The Bags are considered one of the key bands of the early Hollywood punk scene that centered around the Masque in 1977-78. In 1981, members of the Bags appeared as the Alice Bag Band in the seminal documentary on punk rock, The Decline of Western Civilization. Alice is a punk rock pioneer and a product of the same scene that gave us Black Flag and the Germs. As an author, educator, lifelong badass and the leader of The Bags, among many other bands, she’s been a prolific and guiding light for Chicana punks, and continues that force-of-nature output with fierce songs of protest and massive shredding. Alice went on to perform in other groundbreaking bands, including Castration Squad, Cholita, and Las Tres. She has published two books, including the critically acclaimed memoir Violence Girl in 2011 and the 2015 self-published Pipe Bomb For the Soul, based on her teaching experiences in post-revolutionary 1980’s Nicaragua.
Alice’s influence on popular music is highlighted in the Smithsonian exhibit, American Sabor.
MORE ON SEX STAINS
Sex Stains, formed in early 2014, is a Los Angeles quintet comprised of stalwart members of the punk and indie underground. Lead vocalist Allison Wolfe was part of first generation riot grrrl bands Bratmobile and Cold Cold Hearts, both on the underground label Kill Rock Stars. Lead vocalist Mecca Vazie Andrews is a well- known choreographer and the artistic director of “The MOVEMENT movement” and has worked with artists such as Daft Punk, Toro y Moi, Marina Abramović, and Liz Glynn. On drums is David Orlando, who drummed in Warpaint and is a resident DJ for L.A. clubs Dub Club and Punky Reggae Party. Guitarist Sharif Dumani played with Atlanta soul man Cody Chesnutt and his Headphone Masterpiece band, and the Tyde. Puerto Rico transplant Pachy Garcia (Prettiest Eyes) rounds out the sound on bass guitar. Pulling from late 70’s and early 80’s post-punk, Sex Stains’ music alters between thought-provoking punk, infectious dance rhythms, angular guitar sounds and cacophony. Sex Stains play regularly throughout California, having graced Burger-a-Go-Go and Echo Park Rising festivals, as well as sharing bills with the likes of the Pop Group, ESG, the Julie Ruin, Shannon & the Clams, the Coathangers, Chain & the Gang, and Alice Bag.
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