This Saturday, March 2, expected to be in the 80s, is the perfect weekend to enjoy an all-day into the night outdoor music festival at The Ranch Party, nestled in the Santa Monica mountains. The place is actually home to Ranch Kids, a nonprofit introducing low-income, at-risk and special needs children from the city to the positive world of outdoor nature and farming. The benefit concert will feature an eclectic lineup of independent LA bands, like The Internet (of OFWGKTA), Kisses and Mansions on the Moon, and my favorites: Zak Waters, The Record Company and Gavin Turek.
I was introduced to each of these great acts through the weekly School Night in Hollywood curated by KCRW‘s Chris Douridas. Zak Waters combines 70s soul and funk with 90s R&B and electronica into a party fusion that I can only describe as a dancier, funkier Adam Levine of Maroon 5. The Record Company lead by talented Chris Voz on vocals, lap steel guitar and harmonica, is the kind of rock and blues that takes me back to the heart & soul of the 60s. When I saw Gavin Turek, singer, songwriter and trained dancer, gyrating and oozing confidence in her lithe dancer’s body, she immediately evoked the commanding presence and sensual energy of Tina Turner. I would go to this festival just to see these 3 alone!
Cost of the one day festival is $40 and a free shuttle will be running at all hours, since you can’t drive to the actual site. For $10 more, you can camp over after the show. For people who’ve camped out at Coachella in what is a basically a grass parking lot, this is an opportunity to camp in an actual wilderness for a change! So if you like the lineup and you’re tired of the typical urban venue, head to The Ranch Party!