Looking for a laid-back summer concert? We’re prepping for a day of music, dancing and outsider art appreciation at the New L.A. Folk Festival on August 4 and want to extend the invitation.
There will be music, of course: local acts such as alt-country band Beachwood Sparks and mystic pop group Pisces as well as Austin’s hot dreamy blues collective, Cowboy and Indian. (They tour with a female fiddler, which adds to their vintage Americana sound.) Gates open at 1 p.m., and for the first few hours, acts will stick to acoustic numbers, only amping up as the sun goes down.
We’re just as psyched about the venue, Zorthian Ranch. It’s a 45-acre parcel that until 2004 was the home of an eccentric artist; for almost 60 years he made landscape art from refuse. Broken telephone poles became now-crumbling walls and discarded metal tubing transformed into still-standing sculptures. Back in the day, the lord of the manor hosted bohemian bacchanals in which “nymphs” fed him grapes.
We don’t plan to feed anyone fruit, but we will be bringing a swimsuit (there’s a pool), sunscreen and a flashlight to the $25 event, which ends at 1 a.m. There’s nothing wrong with staying up late for a few bohemian hijinks of our own.
Zorthian Ranch, 3990 Fair Oaks Ave., Altadena; 626-797-3359 or lafolkfest.com