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The Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival w/ Judson & Mary, Leslie Stevens & The Badgers, The Country, The Growlers, Gram Rabbit, Fitz & The Tantrums, and Dengue Fever, 9/18/10

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Dengue Fever at the Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival -- also see photos from 2008 (Koga/LAist)

Last weekend, the 12th Annual Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival (aka "LobsterFest") was held at the Ports O'Call Village in San Pedro. As Losanjealous noted, this festival is the only one of the three held this month that has programmed their live musical entertainment beyond tribute bands, and this year's edition, curated by Mr. Shovel from the late-Indie 103.1, produced what was arguably one of its strongest yet most diverse lineups yet.

"For those who partook of the tunes and the relaxed waterfront vibe, the offerings were indicative of how broad L.A.'s palate really is," reported Kevin Bronson from Buzz Bands (which incidentally just celebrated its second anniversary). "Take Saturday, for instance: You had energetic folk from Judson & Mary and sweet country from Leslie Stevens & the Badgers and the Gram Rabbit side project the Country to kick off the afternoon. Then young rockers We Barbarians and AWOLNation took over, leading into the surf/garage pop of the Growlers, the spacey desert electro of Gram Rabbit and the indie soul of Fitz & the Tantrums. The Cambodian psych-pop of Dengue Fever capped the proceedings. The night included some dancing, plenty of folks showing off their $5 lobster hats and an intrusion by Gram Rabbit's alien friends, one of whom spanked Jesika von Rabbit after she upended her keyboard. Naughty."

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Photos from Sunday's festivities later today on LAist.