"X" members Billy Zoom, John Doe, Exene and Don Bonebrake. Photo by Neil Zlowzower.
Topanga Days headliners hit the stage hard with Milo Greene, X, and Breakestra, plus a new slate of acts and some old favorites as well.
Milo Greene, a cinematic indie pop band performs on Saturday, May 26. Band members Robbie Arnett, Graham Fink, and Marlana Sheetz share lead and back-up vocal duties and often switch instruments during the performances. Curtis Marrero is on percussion.
X hits the stage on Sunday, May 27. Formed over 40 years ago, X became legendary leaders of the first wave of American Punk. Rolling Stone ranks the band’s first two studio albums, “Los Angeles” and “Wild Gift,” among the top 500 greatest albums of all time. Songs written during the group’s inception are as relevant and inventive today as they were in 1977. The band emerged as one of punk’s most successful offspring and set a new standard for driving, forceful songs that both critics and the public felt revolutionized the California sound.
Breakestra, an ensemble band based in deep funk, psychedelic soul-jazz, and good ol’ hip-hop breaks perform on Sunday, May 28. Miles Tackett, a Topanga Canyon native, multi-instrumentalist, and vinyl DJ and producer, also known as the “Music Man,” founded this funk music project comprised of a Who’s Who of LA’s funk/soul/jazz/hip-hop underground. For over 20 years he has led the group that includes vocalist Mix Master Wolf. Breakestra began as the house band for the legendary club called the Breaks. Their name came from combining the break in “breakbeat” to arkestra from out-there jazzer, Sun Ra’s funkafied concept of the stuffy classical orchestra. The two concepts combined, create Breakestra, or in other words an orchestra that plays breaks.
Also on the main stage is a new slate of acts and some old favorites including: Afrolicious, Backseat Pilots, Bleach, FNTN, Kummerspeck with a Tom Petty tribute, Mestizo Beat, Pacific Range, Paintbox, Pearl, Venice, and Watcher Moon. On the Corral Stage is even more of Topanga’s soul-filled talent with bands: Andy & Renee with Hard Rain, The CLAS, Corral Stage Band, Coyotes of Topanga, Daniel Paige Band, The Electric Snakes, The Flaw, George Best, Jewels & Johnny Nation, Jim Crawford & the Hot Toddies, Love Party, The Regulars, The Shooting Stars, Tommy Teeple & Todd Tragar & the Quantum Hitch Hikers, The Topanga Belly Dancers, Topanga DS Band, and Topanga Ukulele Revival.
Topanga Days takes place Memorial Day weekend from Saturday, May 26 to Monday, May 28, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., at the Topanga Community Center, 1440 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290. For the full Topanga Days line-up, schedule, and to buy tickets visit: https://topangadays.com