Sometimes the stars align (literally) to create music magic in a backyard — in this case, the very big backyard of some heavy-hitting Hollywood producers. Musack, a charitable nonprofit that started in Nantucket, Massachusetts, and has expanded to Los Angeles, provides guitar labs, exchange programs and scholarships to underprivileged kids. And one of the ways it does this is by throwing a mindblowing bash featuring big-name bands, new and old, in a casual party atmosphere.
This year, Musack’s sixth annual Rock and Roll Carnival is a doozy: Rancid (performing their classic album ...And Out Come the Wolves in its entirety, 20 years to the day after its release), John Doe and Exene Cervenka, The Bird and the Bee, The Warning, The Wrecking Crew, Shane Speal with Horace Panter, De Lux, No Age and Cherry Glazerr. DJs Shepard Fairey, Jason Lawless and Dan Wilcox rock the decks between bands.
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A silent auction, food vendors and even yoga classes round out the festivities. The carnival is usually a private event, but this year there are extremely limited tickets available to the public via the organization’s website.