Indie-garage rock heroes the Growlers announced the lineup for Growlers 6, the new version of a festival they helped launch in 2012, with bands including the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, Modest Mouse, the B-52s and Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys among the bigger names on the bill.
The festival, which takes place at the L.A. Waterfront at the Port of Los Angeles on Oct. 28-29, is a reboot of sorts of Beach Goth, the Growlers-curated festival held for the past five years at the Observatory in Santa Ana.
Last year’s Beach Goth was already messy – rain and other problems resulted in the Growlers apologizing to fans for the way it had gone off – when a few weeks after the festival the Observatory filed and a lawsuit against the Orange County band that contended the venue, and not the Growlers, created Beach Goth and owned the name and rights to its merchandising.
While Growlers’ singer Brooks Nielsen in past interviews with the Register had talked about the band’s involvement in the festival as curators, working on everything from booking bands to organizing logistics and layout, and official posters used by the Observatory had described the fest as “The Growlers present Beach Goth,” the lawsuit made it exceeding unlikely the band would be involved in any future Beach Goth.
So instead of Beach Goth 6 the band now has organized Growlers 6, the same kind of eclectic mix of music, from indie to punk, rap to what-have-you, in a new location.