FYF Fest Presents: Save Our State Parks At the Los Angeles Historic State Park in Downtown LA On Sat. Sept. 5, 2009

FYF Fest Presents: Save Our State Parks

Featuring Black Lips, Lightning Bolt, Tim & Eric, No Age, Lucero, Converge, F***ed Up, The Thermals, WAVVES and more!

FYF FEST (formerly F Yeah Fest) is here! Taking place at the Los Angeles Historic State Park in downtown LA on September 5th, 2009. Tickets go on sale at noon PST on Tuesday, August 4th, 2009 for $20 a piece.

In its sixth year, 24 year-old Sean Carlson has taken the festival he started when he was 18 years old out of the multiple venues in Echo Park, where it started and turned it into an outdoor, three stage event with the intention of mirroring its successful sister festival “Mess With Texas”, which takes place in Austin every year during SXSW. Sean has been booking the festival with the help of Keith Morris, frontman of The Circle Jerks and Black Flag, since its third year and now with the additional help of a handful of friends they have been able to put together the largest truly independent music festival to take place in Los Angeles.

The 2009 Lineup includes:

Lightning Bolt (first U.S. Festival performance), Black Lips, Tim and Eric (comedy duo from Adult Swim), F***ed Up, Lucero, Converge, Glass Candy, WAVVES, Times New Viking, No Age, Crystal Antlers, Telepathe, Mika Miko, Cold Cave, The Thermals, Japanther, Ninjasonik, AA Bondy, Matt Skiba (of Alkaline Trio), Carbonas, The Strange Boys, Har Mar Superstar, Peanut Butter Wolf, Kurt Vile, Eat Skull, Katie Stelmanis, Nobunny, Darker My Love, Avi Buffalo, and Dios plus more artists and comedians to be announced shortly.

In addition to being the best day ever (for real), the event is also attached to an important and urgent awareness campaign. Due to the recent budget cuts by Gov. Schwarzenegger, many vital programs are beginning to lose their lifelines, one of which is the California State Park System where the governor decided to cut $14.2 million in funding, bringing over 100 California State Parks to the brink of closing down. FYF hopes that this event will send a message to all of the California state lawmakers stating that these parks are vital components of our communities should not be cut.

“This is a dark day in the history of California’s state park system,” said Elizabeth Goldstein, president of the California State Parks Foundation. “At a time when Californians are most in need of their low-cost, accessible state parks, the gates are being slammed in their faces.”

For more information on the State Park situation please visit: www.calparks.org

FYF FEST will also be donating $1 of every ticket to two organizations making positive change within the community on a daily basis, Homeboy Industries and Harvest of Hope.

Homeboy Industries (www.homeboy-industries.org):

Homeboy Industries traces its roots to “Jobs For A Future” (JFF), a program created in 1988 by Father Gregory Boyle while he was serving as pastor of Dolores Mission parish in Boyle Heights. Begun as a jobs program in 1988, offering alternatives to gang violence in one of the toughest neighborhoods in the city, the program soon grew beyond the parish.

In only a few years, Homeboy Industries has had an important impact on the Los Angeles gang problem, with young people from over half of the region’s 1,100 known gangs seeking a way out through Homeboy. Thousands of young people have walked through the doors of Homeboy Industries looking for a second chance, and finding community. Gang affiliations are left outside as these young people work together, side by side, learning the mutual respect that comes from shared tasks and challenges.

Harvest of Hope Foundation (www.harvestofhope.net):

The Harvest of Hope Foundation’s Mission is to provide emergency and educational aid to migrant farmworkers and their families which is extremely limited and often not available otherwise. Thus, it is the goal of the Harvest of Hope Foundation to fill in the gaps in service to this most hard-working yet needy group of seasonal migrant workers and families by distributing funds to pay for gas, tires, car repairs, rent, utilities, medical services, food, clothing, funeral expenses and educational scholarships.

In addition to assisting these two organizations, FYF Fest has also partnered with over 15 local non-profit charities via it’s newly launched Volunteer Program. For every 12 hours of volunteer time participants will receive two free tickets to the festival. For those who volunteer on a regular basis throughout the year they will receive free tickets to future FYF events and exclusive gifts along the way. This program is FYF’s way of trying to bridge the gap between those willing to work and those in need of help in our community.

Please visit (www.fyffest.com) for more information on how to join.

We want to extend an extra special thanks to our sponsor’s who have helped us to offset the costs of doing an event of this size:

Incase (www.goincase.com)
Jones Soda (www.jonessoda.com)
Altamont Clothing (www.altamontapparel.com)
SESAC (www.sesac.com)
Ticketweb (www.ticketweb.com)

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