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Jessica Fichot, the HillBenders help show the vitality of free summer concerts around L.A.

Jessica Fichot, the HillBenders help show the vitality of free summer concerts around L.A.

In this era of the mega-festival, it can be easy to overlook the crucial role that free, small-scale music fests play in our communities. That is, they provide a vital forum for artists operating outside the mainstream and offer a relatively painless way to discover new sounds.

Take Los Angeles singer-songwriter Jessica Fichot and Springfield, Mo.-based avant-bluegrass band the HillBenders.

Fichot and the HillBenders are booked for the annual series of summer performances this summer at the

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