The weird, wonderful and surreally out-of-whack Twisted at the Pike event is barreling back to South Pine Avenue for its fourth year at 5 p.m. Saturday at The Pike Outlets.
This year’s version follows last summer’s hiatus when the Summer And Music bash was replaced by Punk Rock Prom.
Now, Twisted is borrowing some of the Prom’s attitude with a full slate of live music and adding to its carnival-centric theme, in an apt setting next to the newly LED-decorated Ferris wheel, with an enjoyably bizarre cast of performers.
While the event, organized by Ashley Hectus along with the rest of the SAM crew (and promo’ed once again with a spectacular poster designed by Johnny Jones) with Downtown Long Beach Alliance, contains a host of carny artists, including fire-eaters, stilt-walkers, magicians and tribal fire belly dancers, the musical element is the big draw to the free, all-ages event.
Headlining on the Twisted stage will be L.A. Witch, a dark and bluesy female rock/punk trio that can go fairly old-school with sounds reminiscent of the Doors and Them.
The musical undercard includes the synth-drenched danceable beats of Fartbarf, the psycho-punk garage band-y Cosmonauts and the fun-loving high-energy rock-punkers Shave.
So, you’re urged to wear your punk-rock prom garb to this hybrid affair, while taking a spin on the Ferris wheel while dining extravagantly on such carnival fare as kettle corn and, if there’s a just and loving God, cotton candy, all washed down with a pint from Beachwood Brewery.
Parking is available at the Aquarium of the Pacific and the Pike lots for a fee. The event will have a free bike valet station.
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