There aren’t many festivals where you can see 18 great bands and artists for only 17 dollars, but there is KDVS’s Operation Restore Maximum Freedom Festival or to be short and real: ORMF XVI Festival. Not only does its name have two meanings — one pertaining to the freeform format of the station, and one stating that they are mostly funded by the listeners and community — this festival is for the people who may live a little to out of the way to get to the house show in Oakland or SF on a Wednesday night. This is for the people who have a car, but also a full time job that makes it difficult for them to be their true DIY self 24/7.

The best part of this festival is the lineup — yes, it’s not that one band all the middle schoolers and middle aged men are raving about, but they are all the bands you might go out of your way to see at a random house or venue. Sure, Davis is not really the Bay Area, but this festival has so many of my favorite and truly noteworthy Bay Area musicians that the only negative for me is, How am I going to get there from San Francisco?  From The She’s (who are working on a new album and playing Phono del Sol on July 9) to Meat Market (who just released a new album) to Jay Som (who…come, on do you really not know who Jay Som is yet?) to Soar (who are really a new Bay Area super group) and so many freaking more, the lineup is stacked.

So to those that live in that area, or to those who just want to go on a road trip and see some great bands for cheap and see some cows (isn’t that what Davis is known for?), May 28, 2016 will be your day.

Froth (Los Angeles, CA + Burger/Lolipop Records)

Cool Ghouls (San Francisco, CA + Empty Cellar Records)

The She’s (San Francisco, CA + Empty Cellar Records)

Meat Market (Oakland, CA + Recess Records)

SOAR (Oakland, CA)

Mall Walk (Oakland, CA + Vacant Stare Records)

Ladywolf (Portland, OR + Bummer Records)

Jay Som (San Francisco, CA + Wave Dweller Records)

Crush (Oakland, CA + Mayfly Records)

Unity (Oakland, CA)

Screature (Sacramento, CA)

Wander (San Leandro, CA + Other People Records)

Charles Albright (Sacramento, CA + Permanent Records)

Wave Action (Portland, OR)

Kaz Mirblouk (Davis, CA + Lolipop Records)

Bobey (San Francisco, CA)

Chimera (Davis, CA)

Kalm Dog (Davis, CA + Spirit Goth Records)

ORMF XVI Festival
Sudwerk Brewery
May 28, 2016
1pm, $17