UPCOMING EVENTS

MainFest Music Festival to feature ‘Capital Cities,’ ‘Miami Horror,’ 'Nite-Funk', ‘!!! (Chk Chk Chk)’, 'Dead Sara,' more

Downtown Alhambra and KYSR ALT 98.7 Radio Station will present MainFest Music Festival at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, to showcase the City of Alhambra's expanding downtown business area, while highlighting the diversity of the community.

Join the MainFest launch festivities from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, at “28 West,” 28 W. Main St., featuring the Steel Rod Band.

MainFest will offer delicious food trucks, VIP Front Row Standing Tickets, dozens of vendor booths, and much more to be announced. For vendor information, e-mail info@mainfestalhambra.com. Be a part of the more than 4,000 attendees as Alhambra celebrates its expanding downtown business area through art and music. Headliner Capital Cities will perform its top hits, presented by KYSR Alt 98.7 Radio Station.

Bands include:

Capital Cities: Los Angeles indie electro unit Capital Cities first came together as a duo of composer and songwriters Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian. The two were working as jingle writers and met on craigslist in 2011. Shortly after meeting, they released an EP online, which included the song Safe and Sound, an upbeat mesh of programming and melody that went viral and gained the act a lot of internet exposure. Eventually, the duo was joined by bassist Manny Quintero, trumpeter Spencer Ludwig, guitarist Nick Merwin, and drummer Channing Holmes. The fully realized live version of Capital Cities played festivals internationally, opening shows for Jane's Addiction, Asher Roth, and many others. The full-length In a Tidal Wave of Mystery appeared on Capitol in June 2013.

Miami Horror: Australia's favorite psychedelic-dance pioneers Miami Horror are innovators in the electronic music world.The group released its highly anticipated debut, Illumination, to heady acclaim, and the group relocated to the U.S. after touring the world multiple times. Settling in Los Angeles, the four-piece quickly found inspiration in the year-round California sun, set up a home studio, and started experimenting with new sounds and projects.

Spending the last three years crafting and perfecting new material glittered with dream-gazy synth and a matured approach to songwriting has delivered a new chapter in Miami Horror's evolution. Providing insight into what is yet to come, anthemic singles Real Slow, Colours in the Sky, and Wild Motion (Set It Free), show off polished production with attention to detail that references their Australian context but re-establishes Miami Horror as an indie-electronica act at the forefront of the genre internationally.

Nite-Funk: When combined, Nite Jewel and Dâm-Funk can arguably be considered a supergroup, as both artists have forged their own solid paths in the underbelly of the electronic music scene. It was only a matter of time before the pair joined forces on a real project: They've been teasing that union for close to a decade now through one decent collaboration and several loose associations. On their long-awaited collaborative release Nite-Funk, we get a glimpse of what these two can do when their creative forces unite on an EP, and it’s lightning in a bottle. (Kathy Iandoli, Pitchfork)

!!! (Chk Chk Chk): !!! (generally pronounced "chk chk chk") is a dance-punk band that formed in Sacramento in 1996. The band's name was inspired by the subtitles of the movie The Gods Must Be Crazy, in which the clicking sounds of the Bushmens' Khoisan language were represented as "!."

Dead Sara:Music history is rich with rock bands fronted by dynamic duos. Looking to carry on this yin and yang tradition are two talented young women, singer Emily Armstrong and Siouxsie Medley, who front Los Angeles’ Dead Sara — an electrifying four-piece rock band whose supercharged music is propelled by Medley’s exhilarating, monster guitar riffs and Armstrong’s powerful, wailing vocals. The two musicians are a study in contrast onstage: Medley remains rooted in place — a solid, steady anchor for Armstrong’s almost unhinged performance style.

Thee Commons: Since banding together in 2012, psychedelic cumbia-punk quartet Thee Commons has made waves in and around their hometown of East LA. These romp ‘n’ rollers have managed not only to marry two unlikely genres in perfect pastiche harmony but also are planning to spread this East L.A. sound all throughout the USA this summer. Altogether, Thee Commons have played well over 100 shows, gaining in the process hundreds more in fans — those eager for something new to call their own.

SWIMM: If one is to cast their vision far enough out to sea, their eyes will eventually settle on a point where the line between ocean and space becomes indistinguishable. Two unexplored frontiers intertwined in a beautiful, pseudo-psychedelic moment of infinite hope that begets the desire to pursue adventure. It is here that LA-based psych-pop duo, SWIMM, lives creatively. SWIMM has created a sound that blends ethereal soundscapes and sun-soaked, beachy vibes.

Tickets for MainFest Music Festival are on sale at www.mainfestalhambra.com

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