LA Art Party sponsors this fun Beer, Music and Art filled event ….and we will be raffling off two tickets….($90 value). You know the drill…find the code phrase and email us at laartparty@gmail.com and you will be automatically entered. You have until October 5th at NOON (it’s been extended) to win and be sure to include your phone #, so we can reach you!!!

BAMFestGraphic ADOn Saturday, October 6, 2012 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., 18th Street Arts Center, is bringing its renowned BAM Fest (Beer, Art and Music Festival) to the Westside of L.A. Held in the heart of Santa Monica, BAM Fest celebrates the best of locally-produced art and music in conjunction with a variety of delicious craft beers. With 35-plus craft breweries, 4 bands, 3 galleries, open artist studios, an artist market, and gourmet food trucks, BAM Fest is well equipped to draw record-breaking crowds in its third year as one of the West Sides’ most anticipated festivals.

Known for being the first Craft Beer Festival in Santa Monica, this year’s attendance is anticipated at close to 1,500. And the event is a steal, with tickets priced at just $35 before September 22nd, $40 after that and $45 at the door. BAM Fest attendees not only feel great because they’re spending a Saturday afternoon sipping in the sun, meeting artists and checking out great art while listening to groovy tunes, but also because they know that all proceeds benefit 18th Street Arts Center, a 24-year old, influential non-profit arts organization in Santa Monica.   CODE Phrase:  HOW MUCH BEER CAN YOU DRINK?

This year 18th Street is teaming up with LA craft beer industry veteran Martin Svab (formerly of Stone Brewing Co. & Naja’s Place) to help facilitate the beer side of the festival. Participating craft breweries range from big to small, including the popular and larger Sierra Nevada Brewing and Ballast Point Brewing Company to the smaller but equally great Angel City, Monkish and Beachwood Brewing.

From cool-fermented lagers to warm-fermented ales, the craft beer offerings at 18th Street’s Beer, Art and Music Festival offer a range of styles for  tasting enjoyment. For the beer connoisseur, this year BAM Fest is showcasing unique and unreleased beers on tap, including a rare Smog City barrel-aged beer.

BAMAleHouse-187x150This year will also include a Duvel-Moortgat Brewery tent featuring a number of the Flemish family’s Belgian-style beers. And for those that aren’t as fond of beer there will also be an area to sample some of Southern California’s finest wines as well as home brewed sodas by Pacific Gravity Home Brewers Club. Just as any artist painstakingly toils over each detail of a masterpiece, today’s craft brewer goes to great lengths to produce unique, award-winning works of art. With the marriage of beer, art and music, BAM Fest has brewed a one-of-a-kind fundraising event.

The music lined up for BAM Fest includes: “The Americans,”  “Lysa Flores and East L.A. Taiko”  “American Bloomers,” i”The Dustbowl Revival” as well as artist and DJ, “Freshair.”

BAM Fest attendees also get the special opportunity to explore a dynamic installation of new work by 18th Street’s Lab Artist, Eamon Ore-Giron. Incorporating sculpture, video, painting, music and performance Ore-Giron references the alternate guitar tuning scale E-B-G-D-B-G unique to the Central Andes, by likening this indigenous Spanish musical scale with the merger of folk, pop, historical and conceptual references throughout his interdisciplinary artworks.

In addition, artworks are available for purchase at an artist marketplace organized by past 18th Street Artist Fellow, Ana Guajardo, and the resident artists who live, work and create daily at 18th Street open their studios for attendees to experience works in progress.

Food Trucks will be on hand from Border Grill Truck, Nom Nom Truck, Baby’s Badass Burgers,  Let’s Be Frank Dogs  In addition, Fresh Brothers Pizza will be offering complimentary pizza samples.

Tickets are on sale at: http://18thstreet.org/events/bam-fest-2012. For more information about BAM Fest 2012 and 18th Street Arts Center visit www.18thstreet.org.