Photo Credit, Timothy Norris
It’s that time of year again. The air is getting crisp, the leaves are falling, and beer drinking festivals are the rage. LA Weekly and Bedrock Studios joined forces to bring the people of L.A. the first annual, Bedrocktoberfest. That’s right. We’re talking magic shows, food trucks, arcade games, live music and beer. Lot’s of it, folks.
The festivities took place in Echo Park at Bedrock Studios, a place where musicians can rehearse, record, buy new gear, get tour help and basically anything else you can think of. I checked in at the press table inside Bedrock and was kindly escorted to the actual festival due to the never ending hallways, numerous turns, and the many recording/rehearsal rooms (seriously, this place is like a maze). I finally got to the actual festival and I immediately began to take in the fall festivities.
There were two main beer tents that the people gathered around, the VIP and General. Tickets were very affordable ($50 VIP and $30 GA) and most patrons opted to by the VIP entry, which entails you to open bar and food all night. The only problem was that if the majority of attendees have VIP entries, the VIP experience becomes… well.. not so VIP. Regardless, the German beer was flowing, people were wearing necklaces made of pretzels, and The Tuning Fork catered the VIP tent so really,everything was grand.
I sat down with co-director of the event and co-founder of Bedrock Studios, Kamran V. We sat in one of the many studio rooms surrounded by state of the art recording equipment. I asked him how Bedrocktoberfest was born. “We had a mini-trial befor e, but this is the adult Bedrocktoberfest, ” he said. Yes, definitely adult. With Hustler Casino and stockroom.com as sponsors the adult vibe was loud and clear (luckily for attendees, stockroom.com was handing out free bondage tape and spanking sticks ! You heard right.) “We had been talking with some partners and they really wanted to do a brewery, so this was a sort of test for that.” From the smiles on everyone’s faces, I gathered everyone was very happy with the results of the “test.” “This is the first, first annual Bedrocktoberfest,” he said. Glad to hear!
Nearing the stage was an area of sponsors booths, who really helped make this festival possible. I made my rounds and checked out what each had to offer. My favorite booth was of a nonprofit called, Wreck and Check. For a small fee you can check your BAC. Yes. Super helpful if you’re driving after the event and want to make sure within the legal limit. On the flip side, if you’re NOT the designated driver.. it could be really fun to see exactly what your BAC is after your usual binge session. Just a thought…
The event, hosted by native German,DJ Flula, was close-knit and high energy. Several award-winning magicians took to the small stage to entertain the crowds before the main events took place. Arcade games were available for the playing and there was no shortage of amazing food. Not only did The Tuning Fork hold it down in the VIP, three food trucks were on hand to make sure the festival goers stayed happy and not hungry. I made my way over to try out a traditional German Bratwurst from Currywurst before Liam Flinn and RZA took to the stage. Yum.
After Liam Flinn’s performance I met him inside to chat him up. His mellow folk vibe has led him to open up for bands such as The Black Keys, Wilco, and Eddie Vedder. The New Zealand native, performed for the first time with his new band and debuted many new tunes that evening. “I used to play as a two-piece; we sounded like a whole band, but it was just the two of us. It kind of had its life and I wanted to keep things evolving.” The band has evolved into a quartet and sound quite lovely together. Check out more on Liam Flinn at www.liamflinn.tv and keep an eye on his 6th album scheduled to drop early next year.
And of course, the moment we’d all been waiting for; RZA. The crowd went crazy the stage began to fill with a 6-piece band, complete with scantily clad go-go dancers. He took us through the ages opening up with songs like “Brooklyn Baby” and brought us back to Wu-Tang in their prime. He even managed to throw a champagne shower in the midst of it all. It was a beautiful thing to be a part of. It was like we had gone back to 1993 and no one had a care in the world. Wu-Tang Forever. RIP O DB.
Thanks to Bedrock LA and LA Weekly for joining forces and bringing everyone together. We look forward to next year!
Check out more about Bedrock LA at www.bedrock.la