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San Diego’s IndieFest VI invades North Park with music, film

There’s a growing tide of artists living life on their own terms in San Diego, breaking down old stereotypes and breeding a sense of creative inspiration. Two such artists are Alicia Champion and Danielle LoPresti, co-founders of the 2010 San Diego IndieFest, a North Park-based festival celebrating its sixth year. This year’s festival features headliners Metric and Nappy Roots.

Born in Singapore and raised in the Bay Area, Champion attended the esteemed Berklee School of Music in Boston before moving to San Diego. She runs her own record label Champ Records, while producing and recording her own material.

LoPresti spent time in the hub of Los Angeles toiling in the coal mines of the mainstream music industry before starting her own record label to explore music on her own terms: music with a message.

“For us, ‘indie’ just means ‘independent,’” LoPresti told SDNN before last year’s festival. “It doesn’t really have anything to do with genres.”

Event info

What: San Diego IndieFest VI

When: Friday, March 26

Indiefest film showing at Queen Bee’s, noon

Saturday, March 27

First bands start at noon

Where: North Park

How much: Adults: $25

Students, seniors, military: $22

Kids 8 and under: free

Contact: http://www.sdindiemusicfest.com

The two musicians joined forces in 2004, producing the Indie By Design music series and also the first of four IndieFest music festivals. At first, they experienced indifference or outright dismissal from the local media, and confusion about the festival’s core principals from businesses and potential sponsors.

Now five years later, LoPresti and Champion have built a name and following for the festival. The Indiefest will feature over 100 artists this year, spread out over seven stages throughout North Park. This year the festival feature two nights (Friday and Saturday) of independent film at Queen Bee’s on University.

Coming from all over the country, the bands range from metal to hip-hop to the singer-songwriter set all bound by striving for the independent spirit instilled by the festival’s founders.
“I want people to walk away with lots of new flyers and CDs in their backpacks,” said LoPresti. “But mostly I want people to ask themselves, ‘What does my voice have to say? If all of these musicians and filmmakers and artists and businesses and these incredible people who have started these groundbreaking non-profits, have done it with little to no backing, what does my voice have to say?’

I hope people walk away with this visceral feeling of empowerment. We want IndieFest day to be one of the most inspiring days of the whole year.”

Tribute to Yerkes

San Diego’s music festival celebrating indie ideals will celebrate the life of musician Craig Yerkes for the second year in 2010.

Known for his deft guitar work, Yerkes anchored local group The Grams along with his wife Elise Ohki. The band earned two San Diego Music Awards in the Best Americana category in both 2006 and 2007. On June 28 last year, Yerkes died in a high-speed car accident in Bonsall en route to play a Grams gig at the 29th annual O.B. Street Fair.

In testimonials after his death, friends and followers described Yerkes as a humble man with a natural gift.

“He was just an amazing human being,” said Champion before last year’s festival. “He was loved by so many people in the music community. So our acoustic stage this year will be honoring Craig. The Grams will be playing on the stage as well as Jeff Berkely & the Citizen Band which features Marcia Claire, Craig’s sister. She’s a well-known musician and plays with many, many groups. Those two bands will be there to represent and honor Craig.”

IndieFest schedule

Durga Sound Main Stage
29th Street and North Park Way, in the 5 Star Parking Lot
NOON — Kontious and The Ko-Op
12:45 p.m. – Endoxi
1:30 p.m. – Astra Kelly
2:15 p.m. – Children of Nova
3:00 p.m. – Collective Purpose
3:45 p.m. – The Laurie Morvan Band
4:30 p.m. – The Vokab Kompany
5:15 p.m. – Lauren DeRose
5:45 p.m. – Nappy Roots
6:30 p.m. – Alisha Zalkin
7:00 p.m. – Far
8:00 p.m. – Danielle LoPresti & The Masses
9:30 p.m. – Metric

Craig Yerkes Acoustic Stage
Kansas Street and University Ave.
Noon – Holding Air Hostage
12:45 p.m. – Toulouse Engelhardt
1:30 p.m. – Down 4 The Count
2:15 p.m. – The Smokin’ Knights
3:00 p.m. – Rob Deez
3:45 p.m. – Josh Damigo
4:30 p.m. – Sheila Sondergard
5:15 p.m. – George Kahn
6:00 p.m. – JD Boucharde
6:45 p.m. – Carolann Ames
7:30 p.m. – Jason Damato
8:15 p.m. – Black Raven
9:00 p.m. – Gregory Page
9:45 p.m. – Folding Mr. Lincoln

Green Stage
11:45 a.m. – Tam Tam Mandingue
12:30 p.m. – Big Toe
1:15 p.m. – R5
2:00 p.m. – Medicine for Madison
2:45 p.m. – That Noise
3:30 p.m. – Eastern Sunz
4:15 p.m. – Agua Dulce
5:00 p.m. – Situation Six
5:45 p.m. – Saucy Monky
6:30 p.m. – Lonely Mattress Salesman
7:15 p.m. – Audible Mainframe
8:00 p.m. – International Farmers
8:45 p.m. – Nova
9:30 p.m. – The New Up
10:15 p.m. – White Apple Tree

Women’s History Month Stage
Claire de Lune Coffee House
12:15 p.m. – Susie Glaze
1:00 p.m. – Sage Redman
1:45 p.m. – Wendy Bailey
2:30 p.m. – Camille Bloom
3:15 p.m. – DURGA AWARDS
4:00 p.m. – Karisa Winett
4:45 p.m. – Garrison Bailey
5:30 p.m. – Whitton
6:15 p.m. – Amy Heffernan
7:00 p.m. – Three At Last
7:45 p.m. – Leerone
8:30 p.m. – Nive Nielsen
9:15 p.m. – Jenn-Jenn
10:00 p.m. – Elaine Faye
10:45 p.m. – Stacy Clark
11:30 p.m. – In Lieu Of

Mature Audiences Stage (21-plus)
Sunset Temple on Kansas St.
2:45 p.m. – Apoc
3:30 p.m. – Edwin Decker
4:15 p.m. – 6X
5:00 p.m. – Pilot Touhill
5:45 p.m. – Tootie and The LIPS Girls
6:00 p.m. – The Artist Known As j
6:30 p.m. – NomiS
7:15 p.m. – UBUV (Universal Beats Universal Vibe)
8:00 p.m. – Enfamus
8:45 p.m. – Oracle
9:30 p.m. – RYAT
10:15 p.m. – Colin Green
11:00 p.m. – The Devil’s Playground
11:45 p.m. – Man The Submersible

Busker’s Corner Stage
An OPEN-to-ALL interactive stage on the corner of University & Ohio, right by the film stage

Indie Film Stage
Kansas Street, in Sunset Temple
Friday, 3/26:
NOON — Osvaldo’s (20 min), Hot for Teacher (19 min)
12:50 p.m. — Let Others Suffer (87 min)
2:30 p.m. — Home Is Where You Find It (27 min)
3:10 p.m. — Daddy I Do (95 min)
4:50 p.m. — The One About the Sheep (1 min) Helpless (10 min) Leader of the Pack (9 min) The Story of Stuff (22 min)
5:40 p.m. — Beyond the Pole (87 min)
7:20 p.m. — The Sun Downer (19 min) Cut & Paste (12 min) Acil Susam Acil (9 min)
9:00 p.m. — 45 min Music Video Block: Greener in their Prime (4 min) Awfully Confusing (3 min) Ten Stories Down (4 min) Desahogo (4 min) Till My Voice is Gone (6 min) Erased (3 min) Magnetic Baby (3 min) My Mission (4 min) Breakdown (4 min) Role Mama (5 min) Sammus Theory (5 min)

Saturday, 3/27:
10:00 a.m. — Panel 1: DIY filmmaking from crowd funding to distribution
11:00 a.m. — Panel 2: Marketing your film
NOON – La Guerrera (16 min) The Man With All the Marbles (15 min)
1:00 p.m. — In the Darkness
2:40 p.m. — 45 min Animation Block: Lightheaded (5 min) Insurgency of Ambition (8 min) Flip (2 min) Rubbuds (3 min) FOT, The Next Big Thing (9 min) Prayers for Peace (8 min) Pete’s Odyssey (6 min) Sebastian’s Voodoo (4 min)
3:30 p.m. — Temporal (15 min) Nico’s Challenge (15 min)
4:10 p.m. — Toy Tiger (100 min)
6:00 p.m. — Phoenix Down (9 min) 5 Minute Comedy Hour (5 min) The Story of Stuff (22 min)
6:50 p.m. — As Ever, Stan (13 min) Weight of the World (6 min) Butterscotch (18 min) Playing a Pianist (15 min)
7:50 p.m. — Seducing Charlie Barker (89 min)

Chris Nixon is a regular SDNN contributor.