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Edward Sharpe and Magnetic Zeros to host L.A. 'Big Top' festival

August 05, 2013|By Randy Lewis
  • Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros will perform at and curate a "Big Top" festival Oct. 17-20 in Los Angeles.
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros will perform at and curate a "Big… (Laure Vincent Bouleau )

On the heels of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros’ homecoming show Sunday night at the Hollywood Bowl, the group has announced it will curate and perform at a four-day “Big Top” festival to be held Oct. 17-20 at the Los Angeles State Historic Park downtown.

Concert-goers exiting the Bowl were greeted by circus performers on stilts dressed in black and white outfits looking like something out of a Tim Burton film to promote the event that will feature the band in a more intimate setting along with other musical and comedy performers, acrobats and puppeteers, a farmers market, beer garden, late-night entertainment and other activities.

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"These days a band is a fast machine, cramming in dates, cutting fat, making the most money it can. Far gone are the ancient days of the traveling troubadours, lingering in towns, meeting the people, entertaining for days," lead singer and chief songwriter Alex Ebert said in a statement. "If you tour, or you have been to a 'professional' show, you may have had the sense that something is missing from the experience...And so, here comes the idea of Big Top - a one-off experiment in reaching for a more colorful, soulful, way to tour."

Films and visual art also will be shown during the run of Big Top. Additional information is available at the official website for the event.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, Aug. 9, at 10 a.m. Pacific at The band is producing the festival in association with Live Nation.


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