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Live Review: Beer.Art.Music (BAM) Festival 2011

The Beer.Art.Music (BAM) Festival was complete with unlimited wine and beer tastings, art exhibits, galleries and five hours of live entertainment at the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica on October 9.  The event’s hungry attendees got to munch on food truck fare from the Nom Nom truck, Border Grill and the Green Truck. The Jarritos truck was also there for those looking to quench their non-alcoholic thirst. The highlight of the event was without a doubt the carefree vibe of the festival goers. They danced to music, laughed with friends and overall helped the event come to life. Compared to last year, this event drew a larger crowd which seemed like double the amount of attendees.

With more than 20 breweries offering up unlimited tastings, people waited in line at various tents to get their hands on the "nectar of the gods." Among one of our favorites was a pumpkin ale, which had just the right amount of spice and refreshing hint of Halloween's favorite gourd, we went back for seconds. Arrogant Bastard's thick, malty and strong ale definitely got the job done. Tons of beer caused our note taking skills to go a bit hazy but we've got tons of pictures to prove how fun the event was. See below:

Art lovers got a chance to walk around and visit the various galleries. We saw cool designs like the following:

For more art images, see our slideshow below!

Upon arrival, we caught a band called Upstart performing funkadelic songs, which got the crowd moving and shaking in front of the stage. The band definitely brought energy to their performance reminiscent of 70's funk with horns, keyboards, bass thumping drum beats and soulful voices. The audience, which ranged from 20's to middle aged festival-goers, danced as if nobody was watching.

The next band we saw was JT Ross & Speedway, who played drums, the harmonica and even sang along to songs accompanied by a guitar player. The duo was impressive and we found ourselves wondering, "How can just two guys make such awesomely great noise?"

For full coverage, check out our slideshow. All photos taken by Markus Alexander:

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Without a doubt, we had a great time and it was great to see that the event had a bigger turnout than the previous year. If the crowds keep flocking to the event, then the BAM Fest will surely need to find a new location to accommodate the size of the festival-goers. If you haven't been to a BAM Fest, we highly recommend you check it out for brews, art, music and an overall entertaining experience.

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Formerly an editor and writer at Citysearch, The Examiner, LA Youth Newspaper and proofreader at The Los Angeles Daily News, Christy Buena decided to start Disarray Magazine because she missed writing what she wanted. From hiring writers, to contacting publicists and making assignments, Christy is responsible for the editorial strategy of Disarray Magazine.

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