Manifestos are the exception, not the rule, for music festivals. But San Diego IndieFest has striven for nearly a decade to promote its ideals by showcasing hundreds of mostly under-the-radar bands, solo artists and filmmakers.
In the words of its co-founders, local music mainstays Danielle LoPresti and Alicia Champion: “San Diego IndieFest enriches the diversity and culture that make our communities unique by celebrating independent music, art, business, and thought, thereby creating positive change in our city and beyond.”
This year, it is IndieFest itself that is changing.
The 2015 edition will be held Saturday at Officer Jeremy Henwood Memorial Park, where more than 30 music acts will perform, along with poets and spoken word artists. Adjacent to the City Heights Public Library, the new festival site is in a redevelopment area known as City Heights Urban Village. This marks the return of IndieFest after a one-year hiatus.
Lo Presti and Champion live in City Heights with their young son. The relocation of IndieFest - after two years at Liberty Station, five in North Park and one in Bankers Hill - was motivated by the couple’s desire to showcase their own neighborhood.
“I can attest to the singular effect IndieFest had on the early years of North Park’s renaissance,” state Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins of San Diego said last year. She also noted that a community like City Heights is “especially appropriate for cross-generational, cross-cultural activities like IndieFest that reach across boundaries and strengthen the social fabric of neighborhoods.”
The lineup for this year’s edition is streamlined by necessity; the most recent iterations of IndieFest were multi-day events. The lineup includes the Brooklyn band Bear Hands, the San Diego music Award-winning band Dead Feather Moon, Texas blue singer Joi Malano and the borders-leaping San Diego band Todo Mundo. The lineup also includes Danielle LoPresti & The Masses, which features Champion on guitar.
Here is the full schedule.
San Diego IndieFest 9
With: Bear Hands, Danielle LoPresti & The Masses, Paige Bryan, Yeniffer Behrens, Todo Mundo, Dead Feather Moon and dozens more
When: 11:45 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Officer Jeremy Henwood Memorial Park, 3795 Fairmount Ave., City Heights
Tickets: $12-$15. Open to all ages