Summer may be over, and the kids might already be back in school, but there’s no reason why those of us in Long Beach and surrounding Southern California areas can’t still enjoy a good music festival. After all, the weather is warm, the skies are blue and great music is being performed all over the region.
One of the most anticipated festivals in Southern California is called Way Over Yonder. It’s slated to take place at the famous Santa Monica Pier, which is where Route 66 ends, on October 5 and 6. While it’s categorized as a folk music festival, there are also plenty of acts that appeal to alt.country fans, as well.
On the top of the list is Neko Case, who has a wonderful singing voice and is also a fantastic songwriter. But that’s not all, as the old TV ads used to remind us. The lineup also includes Calexico, which combines the best of both worlds – California and Mexico – into its inviting border town stew. Another winning act is Justin Townes Earle. This son of Steve Earle is named after Townes Van Zandt for good reason – he’s a skilled songwriter. Lastly, if you want to be especially exotic, don’t miss Johanna Söderberg and Klara Söderberg, two sisters that comprise First Aid Kit, a country leaning folk act from Sweden of all places.
Just as some adults do their best to never fully grow up, we Southern Californians truly believe in endless summers. So extend your summer into October by attending Way Over Yonder with a summer festival that is, well, not technically happening in summer.