Glendale Arts’ Open Arts & Music Festival Announces Concert Lineup

Glendale Arts’ Open Arts & Music Festival Announces Concert Lineup

Run River North will headline the 2nd annual Open Arts & Music Festival in Downtown Glendale.

The full lineup highlights LA artists including DUCKWRTH, Buyepongo, Wondem, and more!

Saturday, September 16, 2017, 2 PM – 10 PM

Brand Boulevard and Alex Theatre, Downtown Glendale

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WHAT: (Glendale, CA) August 10, 2017 – The Open Arts & Music Festival (OAM) – a free, all day community event on Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 2 PM to 10 PM in the heart of Downtown Glendale – celebrates a second year with a diverse lineup featuring Los Angeles based talent. In addition to live musical performances, this year features a Dome Garden art installation, independent craft beer, featured businesses, free activities for children, and an expanded Arts Market. Headlining the festival is the rising indie pop ensemble, Run River North.

Originally formed in 2011 under the name Monsters Calling Home, they are a six member band of closely knit friends based in the San Fernando Valley. Their lush, folk-influenced sound deepens the melodic and moving lyrics of their songs. Run River North is composed of singers Alex Hwang (vocals/guitar) and Sally Kang (vocals/keys), guitarist/violinist Daniel Chae, bassist Joseph Chun, drummer John Chong, and violinist Jennifer Rim. Their song “Fight to Keep” was featured in a Honda commercial which led to the band making a special appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Run River North will finish a nationwide summer tour and return to their home of Southern California for 2017’s Open Arts and Music Festival.

Immediately preceding Run River North is singer, rapper, and graphic designer, DUCKWRTH, a humble and grounded artist with a fresh perspective. Raised in the home of a Pentecostal pastor’s daughter, DUCKWRTH grew up listening to classical, jazz, and gospel music. His sound and messages reflect the fantasies of young talent and his path to artistic success. His newest album, I’M UUGLY, presents the struggle and triumph surrounding his journey and body of work.

The OAM performers are not just accomplished musicians– they are also artists pursuing film, graphic design, fashion, writing, and more. These multi-talented artists are making a change in the creative community.

The full lineup of talent, listed in reverse order of appearance, are:

Run River North, DUCKWRTH, Buyepongo, Wondem, Boogaloo Assassins, Yavaran, El Santo Golpe, Monalisa (DJ & Host), and a surprise Special Guest!

In addition to live entertainment, Open Arts & Music Festival’ s featured programming includes:

  • The Arts Market at OAM, a pop up market highlighting inspiring artists and arts organizations in the greater LA area. In addition to featuring various art projects and practices, Arts Market vendors are offering all ages workshops, games, and hands on activities throughout the day.
  • A Craft Beer Garden inside the historic Alex Theatre Forecourt will feature local independent brewers including Eagle Rock Brewery , MacLeod Ale , Pacific Plate Brewing , 8one8 Brewing, and presenting partner Brewyard Beer Company . Must be 21 years to enter.
  • The Dome Garden , an immersive educational experience for the community created by Y_NIS
  • This year’s public art installation is an inflatable Dome Garden with round, inflatable structures, digital projections and all-ages programming based on this year’s theme: “Collective.” From the artists: “Collective behavior refers to events that suddenly emerge. It includes cells, plants, animals, & humans. In humans, it can take many forms but in general, is seen as a violation of rules or social norms. We want to shift the perceived “unthinkable” into a positive form of resistance. Today, collective behavior will refer to people uniting to create change in every pocket of their community. This is our pocket.”
  • A Kids Area with interactive arts programming such as a Musical Instrument Petting Zoo , a 3D Printing demonstration, a DIY button making station, World Percussion drum demonstrations and lessons, jewelry making, hands-on puppet workshops and more. It will also include a Nursing/Changing Station and Supervised Play Area for families.
  • Featured businesses offering a variety of one-time experiences such as dine-in promotions, a Free Bike Valet courtesy of Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, and a $1 Record Bin at Goodwill , as currated by Dublab ’s resident DJs.
  • New to this year’s event is the Community Resource Booth , a dedicated area where Glendale residents can find informational material and speak with representatives of local health, social, and public service organizations.

Open Arts & Music Festival participants are welcome to support nearby businesses throughout the day.

A listing of neighborhood restaurants will be shared and available for download online.

The Open Arts & Music Festival is free of charge. For more information, please visit or [email protected].

The Open Arts & Music Festival is a public/private partnership between Glendale Arts (lead organization) and the Downtown Glendale Association – and is sponsored by Brand Library & Art Center, Brewyard Beer Company, Collab&Play, DoLA, Dublab, E.I. School of Professional Makeup, Goodwill, Grand Performances, GTV6, History for Hire, KCET, KPFK, LA Weekly, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, Street Food Cinema, and Yelp.


Saturday, September 16, 2017, 2 PM – 10 PM


200 Block of Brand Boulevard in Downtown Glendale and Alex Theatre- 216 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203


Glendale Arts ( ) is a private non profit organization in the City of Glendale presenting programming and creating partnerships that benefit youth, patrons, artists, organizations and businesses in the community and at the Alex Theatre.

Media Contact:

Jess Castillo

(818) 243-2611 x13 (office)

[email protected]