After electrifying the Wilmore 9 Festival last Saturday, Dumb Love will return to Long Beach on Saturday, August 17 for an acoustic set as part of Summer And Music’s Busker Fest. This is Part 2 of my interview with Dumb Love co-founder and bassist Greg Coates.
The mad ambition of this weekend’s Wilmore 9 Festival is nearly impossible to grasp. One of the many bands that will be playing is Dumb Love, whose bassist, Gregory Coates, was an important part of the Long Beach music scene for many years, playing in many significant local bands, helping to support the community, and was a key member of the sadly defunct World of Strings repair team.
Duke Givens grew up in the 6th District of Long Beach, an area that became known for drugs, gangs, and violence. His new documentary, The Game Don’t Change, Just The Players, will have its world premiere at 6PM on Friday, August 2 at the Long Beach Polytechnic audiotorium as part of the Wilmore 9 Festival, taking place all weekend. There will be a second screening at Poly on Sunday at 4PM.
A young team of Long Beach networkers is digging into their social circles and reaching out regionally to produce what they hope will become a new annual film, music and arts festival called Wilmore 9.