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New LA music festival 'The Ranch' heads into Santa Monica Mountains

With the lineup of Coachella 2013 still a banner mystery, a new music festival called The Ranch was announced Thursday.

Nearly 20 Los Angeles bands and DJs will be heading into the hills of the Santa Monica Mountains for the one-day event put on by The Mint and Central SAPC on March 2.

Festival grounds will be accessible only by shuttle (leaving from Woodland Hills) and there are camping options for rockers who want a full woodland experience.

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Organizers are promoting the event as "an epic live music benefit party, nestled in the hills and wild wilderness of Los Angeles."

In the spirit of the music scenes that came together in our city's canyons, come camp out at the top of Mulholland Drive for a full day & night of LA bands, Artists, DJs, food and drinks.


It's a benefit for an organization called that's been "providing a positive outdoor experience for underprivileged, at risk and special needs youth since 1997" through farming, agriculture and raising animals.


The Ranch itself is a majestic 20-acre property in the Santa Monica Mountains near Topanga Canyon. There will be two stages. Each stage has its own space and a line-up of talent curated around its unique environment. With large open spaces, room to roam and spectacular views of the mountains. The Ranch is a one of a kind place for a campout party.


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21789-21989 Califa Street
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Shuttles for campers "will resume Sunday morning, when there will be breakfast and surprises," according to the website. No word yet on what surprises await for campers, but I suppose those wouldn't be very good surprises if we knew what they were.


NME included this local duo in their list of "Best New Bands of 2010" calling their sound "so laid-back, they sound like Erland Oye in a crushed velvet smoking jacket." (?)


Buzzbands praises Races as"charismatic indie-pop" with boy/girl vocals and "revivalesque energy."

'Big Broom'

Aaron Shanahan of Miami Horror has been getting Hype machine attention for his remix action. 

'Sweetness Alive Feat. Saint Lou Lou'

Out of Venice, CA, this outfit describes their scene as a "roots collective that merges old school bluegrass, gospel, jug-band, swamp blues and the hot swing of the 1930’s." Not sure what that means to your earholes? Think hootenanny. 

'New River Train'

MTV gives him the "buzzworthy" designation, and calls his sound "solid…soulful…funked-up." We more hear it as a musical deathmatch between Jamiroquai and M83 where nobody wins (except the whooshing sounds). 

'Runnin Around'


Trevor Moffitt, aka Bones, is co-owner of Gotta Dance Dirty an electronic music organization that "fuses Electro, House, Minimal, Tribal, Fidget and Ghetto-tech" and a resident DJ at Steve Aoki's long running Dim Mak Tuesdays. 

'Skrillex x 12th Planet x Crookers x Congorock @ Versus Finale


and more to be announced…


Buy tickets online for $40 (add $10 for camping)