This Friday and Saturday, the Acrobatics Everyday promotion group which has once again made UC Irvine a key spot for both touring and local bands with an independent and underground bent makes one of its biggest splashes yet with Open Melody, a 20-band festival with performers from all across America and Canada.
Held at the Cross Cultural Center on campus, Open Melody is another feather in the cap of the now thriving group; as cofounder Sam Farzin noted in a recent interview, though, it grew out of a less-than-successful earlier attempt.
“The first festival we did was probably the tenth, twelfth show we ever
did, back in June 2008, and that was probably the least dense time we
were doing shows to begin with. There were a lot of cool bands but the
main problem was that nobody came! Twelve bands, one day, one PA and a
grand total of…60 people? So it was really uncomfortable,
especially for me–I was still learning about everything! It was a huge
Times have since changed plenty for Farzin and Acrobatics Everyday–they definitely know how to handle PAs and more these days–and Open
Melody's very existence came about precisely because of the space and
demand starting to form, thanks to a chance booking situation that
“The bands Fabulous Diamonds and Pigeons were touring together and we'd
booked them, then my friend Paul said this other agency had hit him up
for Zs and (Old Time Relijun member) Arrington De Dionyso for a show the
following night. We normally didn't book two shows for two nights in a
row but then we went 'Hey look–all these other bands are around too!'
So I just kinda went ahead and did it!”
All four of the previously mentioned groups, along with performers like
XBXRX and Upsilon Acrux will be playing the shorter Friday night part of
the festival, while even more bands will be playing the longer Saturday
stint, with scheduled performers including Captain Ahab, Foot Village,
High Places, Ponytail's Dustin Wong and local OC heroes Wonder Wheel.
Farzin's especially thrilled to have a reunion performance by Montreal
duo the Diskettes that evening as well.
Mentioning the Fuck Yeah Fests up in Los Angeles as a key source of
inspiration for Open Melody, Farzin describes the three years he went to
the earliest versions of that series as “always the best” and hopes to
create the same sort of feeling–“intimate, hang out wherever you want
all day, do whatever you want! It's the most ambitious thing we've done,
information can be found at http://acrobaticseveryday.com.