The BeachLife Festival has added a new stage to its already packed programming for their second annual event happening this May 1-3, 2020. The Speakeasy Stage presented by Jack Daniels will welcome rock legends and Southern California punk staples alike to perform stripped-down versions from their catalogs for an intimate experience that can only be found at BeachLife. Confirmed for BeachLife’s first-ever Speakeasy stage include performances from Chris Shiflett (of Foo Fighters), Jim Lindberg (of Pennywise), Rhett Miller (of Old 97s), Trever Keith (of Face to Face), Jason Cruz (of Strung Out), plus a slew of additional unexpected troubadours. The Speakeasy will offer festival attendees an opportunity to hear some of their favorite punk and rock anthems in an acoustic format; reimagined especially for BeachLife’s signature laid-back, oceanfront setting.
Developed by BeachLife Creative Director Jim Lindberg, the Speakeasy will allow artists who traditionally perform with full bands (with the volume knob turned up to an 11) to showcase their songs in raw form. Lindberg, a pioneer of the West Coast punk scene as frontman for Hermosa Beach-based group Pennywise, designed Speakeasy to integrate more of LA’s hardcore spirit with the easygoing nature of the festival.
"It's a natural progression to include music from the punk scene in a way that works with the vibe of the festival,” BeachLife Creative Director Jim Lindberg tells Billboard Magazine. "It's a stripped down, bare bones, authentic and real experience that seems like the perfect way to represent this big part of the local culture.” He continues, "everyone started on the acoustic guitar and you eventually come back to that. And I've always believed that a good song has to sound good on the acoustic guitar as well.”
The curated program of Speakeasy is just one of many offerings that set BeachLife apart from its conventional counterparts. With the Pacific Ocean and swaying palm trees as its backdrop, The BeachLife Festival is the quintessential celebration of music, art, and Southern California surf and skate culture. Paired with arena-ready soundtracks scaled down to a listening room style, the Speakeasy stage will be a centerpiece of the weekend.
Three-day passes to The BeachLife Festival are on sale now, with a complete list of Speakeasy performers below. For tickets and more information, please visit www.beachlifefestival.com.
The BeachLife Festival Speakeasy Stage Lineup
Jim Lindberg (of Pennywise)
Chris Shiflett (of Foo Fighters)
Rhett Miller (of Old 97’s)
Trever Keith (of Face to Face)
Jason Cruz (of Strung Out)
Jason Devore (of Authority Zero)
Kira Lingman & V Torres