Southern California music and arts festival Happy Sundays returns this weekend for its sixth and biggest year. The annual event, which takes place at various Long Beach venues, will feature more than 60 performers on 11 stages on Sunday (August 28). Performers include Tropa Magica, Shamon Cassette, Taleen Kali, Nectarines and Julia, Julia (solo project by Julia Kugel Montoya of The Coathanger, who is also a co-founder of the festival).
Happy Sundays co-founder Scott Montoya (also a member of the band Soft Palms with his wife Kugel Montoya) says the festival is always looking for a mix of acts to satisfy all music fans. “Obviously diversity is a big issue,” says Montoya, but we want “a mix of local bands and national acts: those that attract and those that are local treasures. groups, venues and the festival.
The free event presented by independent music video site TheMouth.tv has become a staple of Long Beach’s Zaferia neighborhood as the city continues to grow its thriving music scene. Venues will include family spaces such as Bamboo Club, DiPiazza’s and All Time Plants, as well as 21+ clubs including Alex’s Bar, Port City Tavern and Supply & Demand. All venues will be accessible by a free, non-stop double-decker bus.
The eclectic musical day will include a drum circle from Bearspring Singers, DJ sets throughout the city, and radio broadcasts from independent San Francisco station Psyched Radio! Will host its own stage at the Bamboo Club.
“Because it’s a community festival, every year there are people laughing on the roof of the bus,” Montoya says. “It’s very Long Beach – low key and laid back. Everyone is in a good mood all day and it brings a nice energy to the neighborhood.
Sunday’s event will go beyond musical acts. The Compound will host a family art and pottery making workshop. The non-profit organization The Sidewalk Project will also distribute Narcan opioid overdose treatment and teach people how to administer the life-saving nasal spray. “Between Julia and I, we’ve known quite a few people who died because they didn’t know what they were taking,” Montoya says.
For those seeking an escape from the Southern California heat, Happy Sundays will also feature a special screening of Queercore: how punk a revolution at the Long Beach Playhouse. The documentary focuses on the queercore movement with interviews from Kathleen Hanna, Kim Gordon, John Waters, Peaches and more.
The Playhouse will continue its content with the immersive TheMouth.tv experience with hand-picked music videos from the festival and the site that seeks to raise the bar of what streaming services pay artists. The afternoon will also include art from Lourdess Foudre and The Mad Alchemist.
Happy Sundays starts at noon on Sundays. See the full list of acts and events below.