For local music fans who are feeling the financial pinch of rising inflation, Sunday will be a fun day in Long Beach.
The annual Happy Sundays Free Music Fest will return to the area’s Zaferia District on Aug. 28 with more than 50 bands and DJs performing in a dozen neighborhood venues throughout the day.
“It’s a community event that just makes people really happy and it’s an awesome way to end of summer,” said Scott Montoya, a former member of indie garage rockers The Growlers who founded the event with fellow musician and wife Julia Kugel in 2016.
The festival features music performances by artists in a variety of genres including punk, pop, rock, hip-hop and dance music at venues that range from well known live music spots like Alex’s Bar, Dipiazza’s and the Bamboo Club to yoga studios, bars and even retail stores throughout the area, which is located along East Anaheim Street roughly from Junipero Avenue to Pacific Coast Highway.
The festival starts at noon and two free buses will transport fans between events. Inside the Bamboo Club, fans can catch Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival veterans Tropa Magica at 7 p.m.; At Supply and Demand, Long Beach goth-du-wop band Nectarines go on at 8 p.m. and pop-rocker Chase Petra closes out the venue at 9 p.m.; She Wears Black, lead by Long Beach blues singer Shy Butt Fly, will be at Tennessee Jack’s at 3 p.m.; Long Beach rock group Carsex takes over Port City Tavern at 7:30 p.m.; and Los Angeles punk band Trap Girl plays Alex’s Bar at 8:30 p.m.
For a full lineup and venue information, go to happysundaysfest.com.