A Look Back on the Music Tastes Good Festival
Pictures and Story by Isaura Aceves
On the last weekend of September Long Beach held its annual music and food festival at the Marina Green Park and it did not disappoint. The festival was still rather new as it was their third year of having the festival, but they assembled a strong lineup of bands and chefs. They held their footing in becoming one of Long Beach’s most anticipated events of the year.
Some of the major highlights of day one on Saturday were the bands that opened up the festival. This year started with a bang as the local Long Beach band Blacknoise started off the festival with it’s fusion of R&B and rock, setting the bar high for the rest of the day. The party kept going with Santigold later in the evening that attracted crowds from all ages to see her exciting performance. Of course the major highlight was the UK band New Order. They brought the biggest crowd of the entire weekend.
The second day did not let the momentum die down. The line up was rich with diverse music, ranging from local LA bedroom indie Hana Vu, to the international sounds of LADAMA and the body positive hip hop of Lizzo. The night was not close to being over but Janelle Monae took everyone’s breath away. Her dancers, back-up singers and live band created such life on stage with her that you couldn’t help but dance along with everyone in the crowd.
It wasn’t all about the music. The food shined brighter than ever before this year. One of the major changes that took place this year at the festival was that now the Taste Tent was opened to all attendees. Last year only those who paid extra were given access to the culinary talents at the festival. Everyone from all ages were able to try the foods of chefs from Tijuana to Portland. There were also locals this year such as the exquisite ceviche from Arthur Gonzalez and the vegan carrot cake from Dawna Bass from Under the Sun.
Music Tastes Good has left a mark in the community of Long Beach and we can’t wait to see what it has in stores for next year.