CHECKED OUT 2022 – Experimental Music & Art Festival is BACK at the Central Library – Saturday, October 15 – 12:30PM – 5:00 PM – FREE SHOW!

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Stay Strange, San Diego’s exclusive noise-music collective, will once again curate Checked Out: An Experimental Music and Art Festival at the downtown Central Library on Saturday, October 15.


We’ve gathered an incredible roster of musicians that push the boundaries of mainstream music, creating a new style of sound that is innovative, progressive, and daring.


We will commence the music program of Checked Out: An Experimental Music and Art Festival in the Neil Morgan Auditorium at 12:30PM. This program will run until 5:00PM.


Thanks to the library, Checked Out: An Experimental Music and Art Festival is free. This is also an all-ages event. First two hours of parking are free with validation.


In addition to the adventurous music program in the auditorium we will have an equally exciting array of artists set up in the library courtyard. There you will find artists of all classifications vending art prints, homemade t-shirts, painting, fanzines, toys and more. There will be something for everyone.

Here’s who we have making sounds!

QUADRA – A quadraphonic-only sound art & music ensemble. Participants are invited to step inside the QUARDA circle and be a part of the sound field.

Dark Friends – Dark Friends is an experimental gear based electronic solo project. From Connecticut, based in San Diego.

Christian Hell – Abstract noise artist making a hellish din from Tijuana, MX.

Kole Galbraith – Kole Galbraith is a musician and sound artist originally from Wenatchee, Washington. He settled in Seattle after living in Germany, Mexico, and Austria. While traveling, Galbraith immersed himself in improvised experimental music across genres, ranging from free jazz, harsh noise, new music, and metal. He has exhibited his works in galleries and venues throughout the west coast and in Austria. Galbraith is a descendant of the Colville and Sinixt Tribes, and an enrolled member of the Peoria Tribe of Indians in Oklahoma.

Badge Grabber – Badge Grabber is the electropunk/noise rock pseudonym of 19 year old multi-instrumentalist Riley Ponce. Originally from the Los Angeles South Bay, he soon relocated to North County San Diego and started playing in several local bands in the area. Musically, BADGE GRABBER combines the dissonant chaos of legendary noise rock bands such as The Birthday Party, Big Black, The Jesus Lizard, Arab On Radar, and Mclusky, with the more electronic/industrial-tinged sound of modern bands like Gilla Band, Sleaford Mods, Psychic Graveyard, Show Me The Body, and Chat Pile.

With avant-garde turntablist DJ La Rompita Rekordo playing in between sets.

And here’s who we have vending in the courtyard.

Click a pic for more info on the artist!