Before End of Summer Fest (EOSF), San Bernardino had yet to truly know the capacity of the uncontainable combination of intuitive minds behind Eater of the Worlds, Choospa Camp, or Bricktoyaface.com. One day of endless celebration, raw commendable talent, and unapologetic artistic debauchery has set the creative camps at the top tier of their game.
It’s 4pm; Lesa J and Noa James of Bricktoyaface.com (BTYF) sit side by side in their room at the historic Wigwam Motel. Bong in hand and a joint in rotation, they laugh along with a room full of label mates, friends and family.
Outside, End of Summer Festival has consumed the entire property, relentlessly intoxicating the 200+ attendees with only good vibrations. The breeze is crisp, the weed is potent, and the stage speakers haloed underneath Cali palm trees are blaring anthems.
Booths from vendors such as Lion Envy, Kore Skate Shop, Vatican Clothing and Old Supply Co. circle the perimeter of the venue, showcasing the skill behind their design savvy minds. All the while, breakers, taggers, painters and artists of every medium are on their feet (and hands in the case of the breakers) harnessing their talents, networking, sharing, and reveling in this culture we know and love.
Back at the BTYF Wigwam headquarters, the room is crammed, jam-packed with artists, designers, journalists, rappers, photographers, promoters, fans, bands—you name is, we got it. Thinking about it now, the word “diverse” is used so commonly these days to describe the truly mundane or the things we actually wish could be diversified. However, one visit to an event that even hopes to mirror the differentiating qualities of EOSF will show you the true meaning of having no restrictions, limitations, or confinement of talent—that is real diversity.
After groundbreaking performances put the 2012 End of Summer Festival on the tip of every music enthusiasts tongue, the 2013 EOSF lineup has, once again, risen up to showcase some of California’s best homegrown talent. Returning performers included Crilly Fam, VCR Monster, Gatsby and Stevie Crooks with new faces First Dirt, Illie, What Hands are For and Ramone Jones.
The creative minds behind this independently run festival have managed to deliver the arts to a community better known for other pastimes and less colorful headlines. However, EOSF is a blueprint of what we can do, what we can be, and what we will accomplish with our talents in future accomplishments to come.
Till next year! - Kim of kimphotog.com for BTYF