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San Diego IndieFest Presents “Indie By Design”

Feat. Danielle LoPresti and The Masses, Summer Mencher Band, Black Party Politics
& Kendrick Dial / The Lyrical Groove

w/ Special Guest Spoken Word Artist Gill Sotu

Indie Rock


Danielle LoPresti and The Masses

Her powerful live performances are not the only reason she’s earned a growing buzz in Southern California; Danielle is also founder and producer of the revolutionary and history-making, San Diego IndieFest – the nation’s first and only exclusively independent music and arts festival.

A veteran of the Southern California music scene, Danielle LoPresti has shared the stage with artists such as Jamie Foxx, Metric, Semi Precious Weapons, Beth Hart, David Byrne, Far, Veruca Salt, Cyndi Lauper, Juliette Lewis, Jonatha Brooke, En Vogue, plus many more.

“Run With It” is the latest release from Danielle LoPresti &The Masses, marrying the no-holds barred lyrical brazeness the “Say It Girl” became known for on Dear Mr. Penis head, with the inspired artistry of 2003’s 22 Mountains and the 2006 Outloud, that pop critic George Varga raved as “coming closer to capturing the mystical qualities of prime Led Zeppelin than anything I can recall by Ann Wilson and Heart.”

Summer Mencher Band

SUMMER MENCHER released her first CD at the young age of 18, entitled Bench People in 2003. She has since released “Stranger to Stronger EP,”January 2009. “Break the Mold”, a full-length album, is scheduled for a 2011 release date. Mencher’s music has been featured on the raido in the US, Canada, and parts of Asia. Summer Mencher has performed in over 10 countries and has played for notable events and venues including Hotel Café, House of Blues, The Bitter End, Humphrey’s By the Bay, Phoenix Pride Festival, and Milwaukee Pride Fest, and has opened for Sprung Monkey, Deborah Cox, The Gin Blossoms, Cindy Lauper, Brandy, Etta James with The Roots Band, The Haun Solo Project (True Blood), and Tom Freund, (Ben Harper’s bass player).

After obtaining her degree in Music Therapy from The Berklee College of Music in Boston, Summer has been using music for healing in schools, hospitals, behavioral health centers and orphanages around the globe. The use of music as a healing force has offered poignant experiences, serving as a significant driving force in her musical life and career. She has given birth to Rhythm & Truth, an organization committed to fostering positive change, self-empowerment and a sense of unity for at-risk youth.

What also sets Summer Mencher apart from other musicians is her willingness to stretch beyond musical boundaries, as is evident when hearing her music. She knows how to connect with people through her music, and uses it as a tool to better the community, as she has been, and continues to do presently. To her fans and audiences, Mencher says, “I am honored and blessed to get to share this gift of music with you. Thank you for being a part of it.”

Black Party Politics

Black Party Politics is the modern band in Technicolor. Pulling inspiration from regions of the musical spectrum as far as the neon pink of Little Richard and T-Rex, the deep blues of Muddy Waters and Tom Waits, the earthy browns of James Jamerson, and the pearlescent whites of Beethoven, the band converges all the colors of its respective influences into a dense unmistakable and inescapable Black.

With their different influences, cathartic live performances, and uncompromising politics of self-expression Black Party Politics has managed to create a singular music experience bordering on the cinematic.

Kendrick Dial/Lyrical Groove

Kendrick Dial is an artist who interweaves a sensitive blend of spoken word, music, songwriting and entertainment with a message. He has been a performance poet for over 7 years and is a member of the poetry ensemble Collective Purpose. After serving as a performance poet for several years Kendrick Dial recognized his love for live music, he began writing and performing with a live band. Their music is a fusion of R&B, soulful jazz and hip hop. He is currently pursuing his MSW at USC and works with San Diego Youth Services mentoring at-risk youth and recruiting mentors for foster care youth. He recognizes the impact art can have on reality searches to create elevating artistry that life will one day reflect. Kendrick is the reflection of what happens when you take a desire to positively impact the world bridging reality and creativity.

Gill Sotu

Sometimes poetic, sometimes soul, sometimes hip-hop, sometimes comedic, always from the heart, Gill Sotu has a style like no other. He is the master of connection, engaging audiences throughout southern California. Whether he is performing poetry or singing with band the one thing that stays consistent -passion.

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FRI 3/16, 9:30pm click to purchase tickets

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