BY: TANNER HEWITT
The summer music festival scene is over, and the chances to see some spectacular artist lineups in Southern California are few and far between until next spring.
Local radio station 89.9 KCRW FM recognized the impending festival drought and decided to add some much needed moisture by hosting the first ever Music Tastes Good (MTG) Festival from Sept. 23 to 25 in the streets of downtown Long Beach.
The festival features one of the most eclectic lineups anywhere in a long time with wealth of musical flavors from all genres. While there will be some acts on both Friday and Sunday, you can catch most of the performances on Saturday.
If you're searching for the funk, look no further than iconic ska legends The Specials, or try another throwback with Squeeze.
MTG is also your chance to hear a familiar rap voice you might not know by name in Deltron 3030 (that voice is Del The Funky Homo-sapien who appears on a good number of Gorillaz songs). Others can appeal to their hip hop pallet with artists like Le1f or the classic De La Soul.
Those with more indie taste buds can be satiated by the likes of Iron and Wine,Warpaint or the rare gem of a duo Girlpool.
Dr. Dog will strike your psych-rock chord and yet another legendary group will give you a little more distortion – Melvins.
There are too many bands to give them all credit here, but just know you know you won't see a lineup like this again anytime soon.
. . . Tastes Good?
This isn't just a music festival with some fair-style fried food thrown in to stop people from keeling over and keeping their motors running. This is some seriously nice cuisine.
The festival will take over several blocks in downtown Long Beach, and a few of the restaurants there will remain open during the event including Padre, Utopia, Thai District, James Republic and a handful of other local restaurants that will bring their food to the festival from elsewhere in the city.
VIP guests have the chance to be treated to an intimate farm to table experience at Padre featuring local and special guest chefs along with personal DJ sets and specially crafted cocktails from Greenbar Distillery.
Music Tastes Good will be an excellent place to get your live music in before hibernating after the fall semester, and it will surely be a stomach expanding experience to get yourself ready for the conveyor belt of holiday meals over the next three months.
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