Out of Mind Fest at The Echo to spotlight LGBTQ musicians

Out of Mind Fest, The Echo

Out of Mind Fest, the groundbreaking music festival that spotlights LGBTQ+ and Black, indigenous, and people of color musicians.

Out of Mind Fest, the groundbreaking music festival that spotlights LGBTQ+ and Black, indigenous, and people of color musicians, will take place Saturday at The Echo in Silver Lake.

The schedule includes a wide range of musicians:

  • Blush
  • DJ Bri Giger
  • Gay Hollywood
  • Grouptherapy
  • Jackie Lipson with  VAVÁ
  • Mae Martin
  • Rituals of Mine
  • Storyboards

Gay Asstrology will host a dance party after the festival.

Out of Mind Fest will host an array of local and national LGBTQ+ and Black, indigenous, and people of color vendors along with activations for all attendees.

An exclusive Out of Mind Festival T-shirt designed by Bailey Zindel (Dolly Parton, Mitski, Brandi Carlile) will be for sale. All proceeds will benefit the ACLU’s fight against anti-trans legislation in the United States.

Tickets are on sale.

Out of Mind Fest was founded by artist advocate, attorney, and music industry veteran Dani Oliva in 2019 under the original moniker HomoBOP!

Oliva’s mission is for Out of Mind Fest to provide a dedicated performance space for LGBTQ+, BIPOC, disabled, and neurodivergent musicians to perform, get paid, and be heard by a broad audience of new fans. 

As vice president of legal and business affairs at Venice Music, Oliva is the first visible transgender person to serve as an executive at a major music company.

“I’m really interested in helping music creatives – songwriters, producers, artists – and helping them navigate the industry, and helping provide infrastructure support, and just helping them achieve whatever success is to them,” Oliva told the Advocate last year. “Helping them thrive in the industry how they want to thrive in the industry.”

As an executive, he wishes to push queer perspectives into the spotlight, to showcase all different lived experiences. He also intends to advocate for Black, indigenous, people of color, and disabled artists, who are also particularly disenfranchised in professional settings.

“I do want to push for queer music, for LGBTQ music. I think that’s important. I do want to push for underrepresented groups in music,” Oliva told the Advocate last year. “I think that diversity is extraordinarily important. It’s so valuable to have diverse perspectives. And if I can make any kind of change in any way to help push these voices forward, that’s extremely important to me.”

About the author

Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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