A celebration of locally produced art and music with some of the finest craft beers, BAM Fest (Beer, Art and Music Festival), is coming to Santa Monica from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2.
The 18th Street Arts Center, in association with Santa Monica restaurant, Library Alehouse, is presenting what is billed as the first craft beer festival on the Westside of Los Angeles. All proceeds will benefit 18th Street Arts Center’s programs and artists.
The event features 20-plus breweries, four bands, three art galleries, open artist studios, and food trucks such as the Green Truck, Asiadog, and the Big Swirl Truck.
Tickets cost $35, which includes hours of live music, exploration of artist studios and galleries with art for purchase, and unlimited tastings of craft beers.
When approached about the event, Nick Anderson of the Boston Beer Company and brewer of Samuel Adams beers declared, “Right on! I love art and music, so this should prove to be a marvelous pairing.”
Participating craft breweries range from big to small, including the popular and larger New Belgium and Stone Brewing Companies to the smaller Eel River and Green Flash breweries. Event organizers say the craft beer offerings at the BAM Festival offer a range of styles for tasting enjoyment.
Musical performers will include JT Ross and his rock-and-roll band Speedway, to the acoustic rock/pop music of The 3 Heads, as well as the Venice-based Makepeace Brothers with an American folk, blue-grass sound and Christopher Hawley and The Rollers with soulful lyrics.
The founder of the Los Angeles-based art organization Create:Fixate, Michelle Berc, will curate an exhibition by emerging and mid-career artists in 18th Street’s main gallery. Other featured artists include Rick Mendoza and Jim Marquez. In addition to the gallery shows, the resident artists who live, work and create daily at 18th Street will open their studios for attendees to experience works in progress and to purchase selected art.
Tickets are on sale at: www.18thstreet.org/events/bam-fest/, and in person at the Library Alehouse, 2911 Main St., Santa Monica. Information, www.18thstreet.org/.