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Snoop Dogg, Refused and Gustavo Galindo: This summer in DTLA concerts

By Hayley Fox
Published: Monday, August 06, 2012, at 11:42AM
Flickr via Kim Nowacki

The crowd at 2010's FYF Fest. Downtown L.A. has a packed line-up of concerts coming up this month.

August and September are busy months for live music in DTLA, with Chinatown Summer Nights giving way to the H2O music festival and the annual FYF Fest -- this year, for two days over Labor Day weekend. Here's a breakdown of this summer's upcoming concerts:

Chinatown Summer Nights: This summer series of music, food trucks and pillow fights takes place every other Saturday until August 25 in Chinatown's Central and West Plazas. Each event has a craft beer garden assembled by local Eagle Rock Brewery, and includes a "Culinary Stage" that hosts cooking -- and eating -- competitions.

The next night of this Chinatown event is on August 11. In addition to a DJ stage, there are 30-minute evening sessions of "Punk Rock Pillow Fights" that take place at 6:45, 8:00, 9:15 and 10:30 p.m.

Another stage hosts live music performances that include Jonelle Vette, And We Are Them, Wild Pack of Canaries, Gustavo Galindo and closing out the night at 11 p.m., the Herbert Bail Orchestra.

Chinatown Summer Nights takes place between Broadway and Yale Street and from College to Bernard Street.

H2O Music Festival: Following in the footsteps of the Grilled Cheese Festival, craft fairs and the FYF Fest, this one-day music festival takes place at Downtown's expansive L.A. State Historic Park.

Big name headliners of this event's inaugural year, include Ozomatli, John Legend and Long Beach's very own Snoop Dogg. Other performances by Alex Cuba, Gym Class Heroes, Roméo Testa, Paty Cantú and more, begin at 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 25.

H20 dubs itself as showcasing both Latin and English-language artists. General admission tickets are $25 and V.I.P. passes are $130. The pricier tickets include access to VIP bathrooms and a food and drink tent, as well as entrance to a pre-party taking place the Friday before the concert.

FYF FEST: Previously known as the F Yeah Fest (or the NSFW alternative), this two-day punk rock/rock festival has exploded in popularity -- and musical diversity -- since its early days at Echo Park's Echo and Echoplex.

It moved to the L.A. State Historic Park a few years ago and this year, the event runs for two days over Labor Day weekend -- September 1 and 2. The line-up includes performances by Refused, Beirut, the Growlers, Aesop Rock and Future Islands. Comedians are also sprinkled into the scheduling and include David Cross, Neil Hamburger and Maria Bamford.

The festival is open to all-ages and ticket prices begin at $89, which grants ticket-holders entry to both days of the festival. For a complete list of performers or to buy tickets, go to the festival's website.

Last year's FYF included performances by the Descendents, Girls, Broken Social Scene and Explosions in the Sky.


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