LOS PLACE TO BE | Los Fest brings music, art, activities and more to OPAC on March 5 – VC Reporter

LOS PLACE TO BE | Los Fest brings music, art, activities and more to OPAC on March 5 – VC Reporter

PICTURED: Oxnard-based mostly Los So Lows will perform as portion of Los Fest at the Oxnard Undertaking Arts Middle on March 5. Photograph by Alex Lira, @_bolillopower

by Madeline Nathaus

Los Fest, the to start with audio festival at the Oxnard Accomplishing Arts Centre (OPAC), will be partying out with nearby bands, artists, sellers and workshops on Saturday, March 5, from noon to midnight in an occasion for all ages.

“We’re truly attempting to rejoice the imaginative talent in our community,” mentioned Carolyn Mullin, OPAC govt director. “It’s a likelihood for people today to aid their local unbiased audio venues and area independent artists. Bringing on events like this is super vital to the community’s viability. Artists, art and tradition are the spirit and soul of a local community.”

OPAC worked with Numbskull Reveals, one of the greatest impartial new music producers in Southern California, to present over 20 tunes acts – mainly from Ventura County – carrying out at three unique stages all through the working day. Eclectic artists will be that includes new music across assorted genres like cumbia, R&B, pop, soul, psychedelic rock, indie and punk between other people.

“I want to see the neighborhood local community as it’s expressed by way of these artists and musicians,” reported Lauren Simon, a producer at Numbskull Displays and Los Fest coordinator who goes by the title Indigo. “We’re just here to organize a structure and offer a system for these resourceful, talented humans to shine and do their matter.” 

Indigo has worked and toured with functions these kinds of as Alt-J, Two Door Cinema Club and Alanis Morissette. She mentioned she is energized for the reemergence of dwell songs right after approximately two many years of hindrances due to the coronavirus.

“A lot of artists all through COVID have been hunkering down and doing work on their craft,” Indigo reported. “I believe it is a actually very important time to give artists a platform to share all the things that they’ve been functioning on. It’s a great time to get started showcasing.”

Tia Wood headlines Los Fest. Photograph submitted

1 artist Los Fest organizers are psyched to showcase is headliner Tia Wooden. A Vancouver indigenous now primarily based in Los Angeles, Wooden is an Indigenous singer and dancer of Cree and Salish descent (the Salish are an Indigenous group native to the Pacific Northwest Coastline) who employs her TikTok articles to share factors of her culture by song, informational video clips and other exciting and inventive endeavors. In December 2020, she was showcased in the Manner area of Vogue (“Tia Wooden Is the Cree and Salish Singer Fusing Songs and Style,” by Christian Allaire) as one particular of TikTok’s “most inspiring, and most stylish, creators.”

The pageant will also contain interactive routines like tarot readings, make-your-possess pins and patches, workshops on non-fungible tokens (NFT) and crypto, and live mural paintings on web page. Conventional Mexican people art, anime, classic garments, exceptional illustrations and pictures from area artists will also be exhibited and available to obtain.

To feed the energy of the working day, attendees can seem forward to consuming meatless tacos and warm puppies from Fatty Vegan, all-natural sodas from DLC Craft Sodas, a pint at the beer backyard (ages 21+, of course) and sweets from Dough Boy Cookies, just to name a several.

To really encourage inclusivity by means of affordability, tickets are only $20 and can be obtained as a result of Ticketweb.

“There is so significantly talent on just about every avenue of this town,” stated Richie Guereca, the drummer of Oxnard-centered band Los So Lows, who will be performing at the pageant. “We wished to do our part in aiding this occasion come to be truth, with the intention of amplifying the lovely voices our city has to offer. We’re energized to be a part of something fantastic for our scene.” 

Mullin claimed the title of the festival in the beginning begun as a operating joke amongst the OPAC personnel, as Guereca had pointed out that many regional bands’ names commenced with “Los,” Spanish for “The.” Mullin said in the close the personnel felt that there was something exclusive about this principle, and the title inspired the function to appear to fruition.

Mullin and Indigo hinted that Los Fest could grow to be an once-a-year function for OPAC if this year’s function proves productive and help continues into future year.

Though two of the phases and some of the workshops are indoors, there is significant airflow and team will be putting on masks. There is also an outside phase and outdoor actions with a lot of place to distribute out for people who are however trying to enjoy it protected with COVID.

“We’re on the precipice of a actually popping spring and summer months when it will come to reside tunes,” Indigo explained. “Live music is a lot more than just recreation and enjoyment, these are spaces for people to get the job done with their communities and meet each individual other. That is how communities variety, in these vortexes of creativity and tradition.”

Los Fest takes position on Saturday, March 5, starting at noon at the Oxnard Performing Arts Centre, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. For tickets and extra information and facts, pay a visit to www.oxnardperformingarts.com/los-fest.html.


Tia Wooden (headliner)


Bonnie Bo


Cola Boyy (DJ set)




Head Reduce

Kiah Victoria

Legacy (DJ established)

Los Great Arrows

Los Honeys

Los Hurricanes

Los Mixos 

Los So Lows

Mystic Misfit

Poncho and The Wizards


The Panes 

Tv Get together

Velvet Lune