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The 2008 festival comes on the heels of the F Yeah Tour, a 27-day cross-country drive in a Bluebird bus converted to run on vegetable oil that went off almost without a hitch. "The plan was to do 28 shows in 27 days with 26 people in the bus. We only missed one show. Only one person went jail. And there was only one trip to the hospital." That sounds like a success to us!
Not counting the litany of "pre-fest" events with yawners like Insane Clown Posse and Strike Anywhere (and The Melvins, who are always tight), the official festival kicks off at 4pm on Saturday, August 30th, at the EchoPlex & Jensen Rec Center in Los Angeles. Day one features musical performances by dozens of artists, including No Age, Fucked Up, Two Gallants, Glass Candy, High Places, David Dondero, Crystal Antlers, War Tapes and others. In addition to bands, there will also be a comedy show with Josh Fadem, Matt Braugner, Jonah Ray, and "a dozen more comics" to be announced, as well as an art display showcasing the work of 25+ artists. The event is all-ages and will set you back $16 at the door, and there will also be a taco eating contest.
For all of that, Day Two is where the real bonanza lies, with the LA Scavenger Hunt 08, a city-wide search game. From "a sixteen year old punk kid with a Limp Wrist shirt" to "a middle-aged architect," the scavenger hunt open to any and all comers in the form of teams made up of 2 to 5 people. Hijinks begin at 2pm at the Echo Park Lake and end elsewhere in Echo Park at 7pm. The hunt is all-ages, open to the public, and is made up of 100 items, each worth points. The team with the most points at 7:00pm wins the grand prize - $2,500 in prizes, $500 in cash and
the largest bottle of whiskey known to man."
The weekend activities culminate with a "secret" Sunday night performance by Dan Deacon at an undisclosed location.
One last note from the organizers: "Please do not try to bring in outside alcohol to the festival. I know, I know, drinks are expensive at the bar but still man, you can't bring in a tall can." Unless, of course, you have some of those cargo shorts with super huge pockets, or a flask of high-proof grain alcohol. Also, "no dogs. If you have a pet raccoon then it's totally cool." SEE ALSO: www.FYEAHFEST.com
Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.
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