The New Noise Conference and Festival kicks off today in Santa Barbara with the first of 50 bands over five days.
There will be a wide range of rock, pop, surf, hip-hop, reggae and independent rising star bands.
Many of the venues have a small to medium capacity giving the audience a close up seat for the shows and a chance to meet the performers.
Sunday, there will be a block party in the “Funk Zone” and a free day of seminars on the music industry with agents, performers and experts on marketing. That will be held at the Santa Barbara Art Foundry.
Friday night there will be a special New Noise Happy Hour with Dj Darla Bea at the Blind Tiger nightclub with drink specials and ticket giveaways.
Sunday night the always popular band – Dishwalla, headlines at the SOHO restaurant and music club.
Many shows are for all ages, and ticket prices start at $5.00.