Johnny "KMNDZ" Rodriguez

Painting at the TAR FEST with Craola


Los Angeles’ Free/All Ages Annual Music & Art Festival Returns to the Historic La Brea Tar Pits on Saturday, September 22nd

August 29, 2012 – Los Angeles, CA – 89.9 KCRW and LAUNCH LA present Los Angeles’ 10th Annual free, all ages Music & Art festival,TARFEST, which returns to the historic La Brea Tar Pits on Saturday, September 22nd, with an impressive lineup of musical performances, live art exhibits, Biergarten, Wine Bar and local gourmet food for the whole family to enjoy.

TARFEST will take place from 2:00 PM until 9:00 PM on Saturday, September 22nd with performances by red-hot indie-rock bands Blondfire, Helena, Soft Swells, So Many Wizards, The Steelwells andThe Makepeace Brothers with live paintings by revered artists Greg “Craola” Simkins, Johnny “KMNDZ” Rodriguez ,Van Saro.and CODAK Smith, A featured sculpture by Bertil Petersson, produced through a unique partnership with USA Projects, will make its debut along with sculptures by Tom Winter, Mattia Biaggi and David O. Johnson. The festivities will also include a Lagunitas Biergarten, a wine bar sponsored by Whole Foods and gourmet food trucks Dosa, Twist Burger, Joe’s Pizza, Roll;n Lobster and Cool Haus, as well as fun social awareness and activities provided by Keep A Breast Foundation, Keep A Breast Non Toxic Revolution, The Pablove Foundation and Hoop It Up Worldwide.

About TARFEST/LAUNCH LA: TARFEST, produced and managed by LAUNCH, provides important performance and exhibition opportunities to some of the regions finest emerging artists, performers, and cultural innovators on the historic Miracle Mile of Los Angeles. LAUNCH is a 501(3)(c) not-for-profit social enterprise that produces, manages and directs events, programs and exhibitions with the purpose of developing artist – audience relationships throughout important Los Angeles communities. Passionate about promoting all contemporary art-forms and their hybrids, LAUNCH recognizes the need for exemplary productions that create important cultural happenings. With the assistance of commercial partners, cultural institutions and like-minded individuals and organizations, LAUNCH strives to engage a broad cross section of Angelenos in cultural events that foster mutual understanding and creative expression.


Thursday, September 20, 6 – 10pm
TARFEST 10 Year Anniversary Art Exhibition, 2003 – 2012
September 15th – 29th, 2012
5900 Wilshire Blvd, Variety Building (East Annex)
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Curated by Holly Harrison, Curatorial Administrator, Contemporary Art, LACMA

Saturday, September 22, 2 – 9pm
89.9 KCRW and LAUNCH LA presents:
TARFEST Music and Art Festival
La Brea Tar Pits Park (Hancock Park)
5801 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036

For More Information:

Press Contact:
Austin Griswold
Secret Service Publicity


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