For local music fans feeling the financial pinch of rising inflation, Sunday will be a fun day in Long Beach.
The annual Happy Sundays free music festival will return to the Zaferia neighborhood on August 28 with over 50 bands and DJs performing at a dozen neighborhood venues throughout the day.
“It’s a community event that makes people really happy and it’s a great way to end the summer,” said Scott Montoya, a former member of indie garage rockers The Growlers who founded the event with his fellow musician and wife Julia Kugel in 2016.
The festival features musical performances by artists in a variety of genres including punk, pop, rock, hip-hop and dance music at venues ranging from well-known live music spots like Alex’s Bar, Dipiazza’s and the Bamboo Club to yoga studios, bars, and even retail stores throughout the area, located along East Anaheim Street roughly from Junipero Avenue to the Pacific Coast Highway.
The festival starts at noon and two free buses will transport fans between events. Inside the Bamboo Club, fans can catch Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival veterans Tropa Magica at 7 p.m.; At Supply and Demand, Long Beach goth-du-wop band Nectarines performs at 8 p.m. and pop-rocker Chase Petra closes at 9 p.m.; She Wears Black, led by Long Beach blues singer Shy Butt Fly, will be at Tennessee Jack’s at 3 p.m.; Long Beach rock band Carsex takes over Port City Tavern at 7:30 p.m.; and Los Angeles punk band Trap Girl play Alex’s Bar at 8:30 p.m.
For full lineup and venue information, visit happysundaysfest.com.