by Elsa Kim
The 12th Annual Mission Creek Music and Arts Festival will take place on July 16-20, featuring independent music as well as literary events, art shows, and alternative performances at almost a dozen venues. To focus its energies, the festival has shrunk from eleven or more days and over 180 acts in previous years to just five days and over 120 acts. The range of local talent can be generally categorized as either folksy or electronic influenced, and the quality is impressive. From the "Featured Artists" list on the festival's website, we would like to recommend the Brazilian funk rhythms of Bat Makumba, the endearing and spare indie rock of Lady Genius, the hip-hop influenced beats of Jel, ambient electronics from Tussle, soft sweet pathos from the Ian Fray, the speedy pop/alt-rock of French Miami, and the probable marriage of Gogol Bordello-like sonic theatrics and Drumline's time measures in Extra Action Marching Band. There will also be experimental music performances united with visual artists and dancers under the umbrella title of Collision, as well as a beefed-up Latin-rock segment to be housed at the Balazo Gallery in the Mission.