By Carlos Gomez
91X helps kickoff summer once again with its annual X-Fest on Sunday, June 3. This year's lineup pays homage to the alt-rock bands of yesteryear, while showcasing new up-and-comers. Those representing the old guard-you know, bands that had their heyday waaay back in the '90s-include Lollapalooza originators, Jane's Addiction; post-grungers Garbage; rap-metal mainstays P.O.D; and SoCal trio Eve 6. Adding some young blood to the mix are Angels and Airwaves, fronted by Blink-182's Tom DeLonge; indie-rock quintet Grouplove; Salt Lake City powerhouses Neon Trees; Icelandic folk rockers Of Monsters and Men; Santa Barbara reggae band Rebelution; and poppy, art-rock quintet Walk the Moon.
"We've delivered a lineup of 10 awesome bands, with a ticket price that starts at under 10 bucks," says 91X program director and on-air personality Christy Taylor. "Nobody else is doing that." Tickets to the festival, to be held at the Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, range from $9.91 for general admission to $55 for seating in the venue's orchestral pit. No chairs will be provided or allowed for general admission ticketholders. 91X.com
Fresh Music Festival
Bringing a taste of Old School, R&B, hip-hop and soul is Z90.3's Fresh Music Festival, to be held Friday, June 1. Hosted by human beatbox and hip-hop pioneer Doug E. Fresh, the festival will also feature performances from some of today's hottest comics. Headlining the show is crooner Keith Sweat, who innovated the New Jack Swing sound of the late-'80s and topped the charts with hits "I Want Her," "Twisted" and "Nobody." The rest of the bill features sibling duo and Tupac collaborators K-Ci and Jojo with their collection of power duets, including their smash hit and Billboard chart-topper "All My Life"; New York trio and platinum-selling artists SWV (Sisters with Voices); and production/songwriting soul band, Guy.
Showtime is 7:30 p.m. at the Valley View Casino Center in Sports Arena. Ticket prices range from $29 to $75. Find out how to win front row tickets at freshmusicfestival.com.
Sandy Parts Festival
FM 94/9 takes the party to Oceanside Pier, Sunday, June 3 (same day as 91X's X-Fest), for their annual Sandy Parts Festival. Inside joke or blunt warning, perhaps?
This year's lineup boasts an eclectic mix of contemporary electronic and alt-pop-leaning artists. Coming off of a U.S. tour with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and headlining the show is singer, songwriter and dub-pop darling Santigold. Throwing in some international appeal are New Zealander post-punk revivalists The Naked and Famous, joined by synthy alt-rockers Imagine Dragons and L.A.-based indie-pop band Electric Guest.
"I'm excited about all of them," says FM 94/9 program director Garrett Michaels. "The festival features artists on the rise, artists who we feel might be growing into something." fm949sd.com
Tickets are sold out, but can be won through the radio station's on-air contesting. With up to 4,500 concertgoers plus tons of food and beverage booths, SPF should prove to be more than just another Sunday in Oceanside.