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Music Tastes Good
Marina Green Park, Long Beach
Day Two
Sunday, October 1, 2017

Part three of three


The second day of a relaxing weekend filled with good food, art, and a nice variety of music to appeal to a diverse audience.  Music Tastes Good Festival was pleasantly situated in Long Beach just belong the waterfront. The concert promoters paid attention to creative details that made this festival fun, but again the stages took full attention overall and there were more fantastic acts to check out.

Some of the acts we caught on day two included;

Big Freedia, Dengue Fever, Hot 8 Brass Band, Los Lobos, Old 97’s, Peaches, Sleater-Kinney, and Tune-Yards

For over 20 years one of the most popular and visible funk-style brass bands in community parades and funerals has been the Hot 8 Brass Band. The Hot 8’s funk style is a blend of influences from the Dirty Dozen and Rebirth, with more elements of contemporary R&B, rap, and its local variation, “bounce.” The uniqueness of their sound is mainly due to a steady stream of creative original songs and ideas composed or introduced by various band members.


Dengue Fever

Dengue Fever are recognized for their trademark blend of sixties Cambodian pop and psychedelic rock.

“Before it was partly Cambodian and partly indie rock,” explains Williams of the band’s evolution. “Now it’s 100 percent both.”

Old 97’s

Although they became one of the most enduring bands in the alternative country-rock catalog, Old 97’s, drew inspiration from a broad range of genres, including the twangy stomp of cowpunk and the melodies of power pop. Formed in 1993 by frontman Rhett Miller and bassist Murray Hammond, the group spent the bulk of the decade posed on the brink of mainstream success, issuing albums that often drew warm reviews but never yielded a substantial hit. Old 97’s tightened their sound as the decade drew to a close, retaining their bar-band vigor while introducing a stronger pop/rock sound on albums like Too Far to Careand Satellite Rides.

Big Freedia

Big Freedia, known as the Queen of Bounce, is a New Orleans-based rapper and ambassador of Bounce music. A vibrant twist on hip-hop, Bounce music is characterized by call-and-response lyrics over rapid-fire beats and booty-shaking.


Peaches had spent the past decade pushing buttons and boundaries with a sexually-charged blend of electronic music, hip hop, and punk rock that she delivered via one of the most raw and creative stage shows in popular music. When she first emerged to international attention with ‘The Teaches of Peaches,’ her 2000 debut album, single “Fuck The Pain Away” catapulted her into the spotlight. She followed it up with ‘Fatherfucker,’ which further challenged and reversed issues of gender politics and sexual identity on her 2006 call to revolution, ‘Impeach My Bush,’ and by the time she returned with ‘I Feel Cream’ three years later, The New York Times dubbed her a genuine “electro-clash heroine.”

And that’s what’s in the teaches of Peaches

Los Lobos

Back in 2003, when Los Lobos was celebrating the 30th Anniversary of their humble beginnings as a garage band in East L.A., Rolling Stone summed up their distinctive, diverse, freewheeling fusion of rock, blues, soul and Mexican folk music: “This is what happens when five guys create a magical sound, then stick together… to see how far it can take them.”


When Merrill Garbus first committed her tUnE-yArDs persona to tape, she used a simple dictaphone to capture every part and then lovingly pieced it all together on GarageBand. A laborious process partly enforced by tight finances, the resulting album “Bird-Brains” (2009) was a sheer joy. A record so unique, it immediately set hearts racing; The Guardian in their five-star review went as far as to call her “the find of the year.” At the same time, she enlisted Nate Brenner on bass to help her make tUnE-yArDs an unmissable live act. It worked. Word of mouth quickly spread, helping to fill every venue they played and to take the magic of Bird-Brains across the world. With a record deal also in the bag, she was able to now concentrate on being a musician full-time.


Sleater-Kinney came crashing out of the ‘90s Pacific Northwest riot grrrl scene, setting a new bar for punk’s political insight and emotional impact. Hailed as “America’s best rock band” by Greil Marcus in Time Magazine, and as “America’s best punk band ever. EVER” by Rob Sheffield in Rolling Stone, the band put out seven searing albums in 10 years before going on indefinite hiatus in 2006. Almost a decade later, the trio—guitarists/vocalists Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein, and drummer Janet Weiss—came back together for 2015’s acclaimed No Cities To Love.



Please take a look at  the other stories on Music Tastes Good;
Day One Music Galleries
Full concert review by Harriet Kaplan


Images by Caren Spitler


Music Tastes Good offered a feast for the senses

Part two of three

Held at the Marina Green Park in Long Beach, the Music Tastes Good festival which took place on September 30 and October 1 was all about good times, positive vibes and wonderful weather that greeted those who attended. The delightful and refreshing ocean breezes cooled the spacious grounds with a gorgeous panoramic view of the boats docked nearby at Shoreline Village. It was an incredibly stress-free event. Music Tastes Good was comfortable and easy to navigate. The atmosphere was low-key, chill and relaxed but still it very lively and concertgoers were definitely animated, pumped and excited to experience the entire scope of the event.

The second annual Music Tastes Good blended music, food, and art together for a very enticing combination. The depth and breath of the bands that performed over the weekend were diverse as it was eclectic and literally offered something for everyone that attended of all ages in many genres. Most were considered alternative. The sites for all the music was on the Long Beach and New Orleans stages. Most of the sets overlapped or were very close timewise. The bands hit the stage in a promptly. The Long Beach Stage had a revolving platform which made performances very orderly and efficient.

The festival featured among the many acts were Ween, Seater-Kinney, Ride, Heaven 17, Digable Planets, Built to Spill, Los Lobos and Old 97s, Oh Montreal, Ledfloyd, Slaves (UK), Juana Molina, Dengue Fever, Peaches and Big Freedia.


Ween has eclectic catalog of songs inspired by funk, soul, country, prog, R&B, heavy metal punk rock, and more) Ween is popular as ever and a force to be reckoned with live and didn’t miss a beat;  Sleater-Kinney is influenced by riot grrl and is a key part of the American indie rock scene. The band is also known for its feminist and left-leaning politics. Sleater Kinney played hard and strong live. They had a fiery sound that was sonically arresting and urgent; Ride (known for alternative rock, neo-psychedelic, shoegazing and dreamy pop) performed among their most well-known past material but songs from their first album in 21 years – “Weather Diaries.” Heaven 17 (an English new wave, synth-pop electronic band) performed a cheeky yet shrewd set of music from their past catalog of hits and lesser popularly known material with flair, style, and panache. Digable Planets (influenced by rap, hip-hop, and jazz) played a meaningful and substantive set. Indie rockers Built to Spill played a blistering, full-throttle set of songs. Old 97s (alternative country band) rocked out pretty hard and offer powerful and satisfying set including material from their new album, “Graveyard Whistling”. Los Lobos (influenced by rock and roll, Tex-Mex, country, zydeco, folk, R&B, blues, brown-eyed soul, Cumbia, boleros, and norteno) offered up a multi-faceted yet traditional straightforward set with a bluesy undercurrent. The incredibly popular, groundbreaking and edgy Of Montreal (an experimental pop band whose drawn inspiration from psychedelic pop acts throughout its career).

The rap-accented Ledfloyd got the crowd’s energy and enthusiasm up with a driving and determined set even if their lyrics were a bit simple-minded and sophomoric. The rabble-rousers and torch bearers of punk rock Slaves UK made it really hard for other bands come to the stage in their wake with a wild, aggressive, challenging and demanding set that making them one of the hardest working bands at the festival giving it their all and then some. Their pointed social commentary was very much rough around the edges but they make very valid observations and are definitely a band to watch as they grow, mature and develop as songwriters. Juana Molina performed a set that melds disparate influences and makes them her own, is known for her signature sound, considered an exponent of folktronica, ambient, experimental, neofolk, chill-out, indietronica, psychedelic, indie pop and progressive folk. Dengue Fever combines Cambodian pop and lyrics with a psychedelic rock does much the same as Juana Molina in creating a style and sound that is unique to her artistry. Tune-Yards was innovative and incredible. The songs were thought-provoking and challenged you to really think out of the box. Tune-Yards is the music project of Merrill Gerbus. When performing live, Garbus creates drum loops on the spot and layers these with ukulele, guitar, and vocals. Tune-Yard’s musical expression encompasses art pop, worldbeat, indie pop, lo-fi, folk, afrobeat, and R&B. Merrill Garbus has a remarkable multi-octave voice that is very versatile and expansive.

Peaches, leading her own distinctive and unforgettable gender revolt was every bit in your face, with sexually explicit and constantly provocative set. Gender identity is one theme of Peaches’ music, she playing with traditional notions of gender roles representation. Her lyrics and this live show deliberately blur the line between male and female. Peaches is known for her outrageous, daring stage costumes and flamboyant sense of style. Her looks are considered both nostalgic and futuristic; aggressive and glamorous. The music crosses all kinds of genres including electroclash, dance punk, punk rock, alternative pop, synthpop and alternative dance.

Meanwhile, Big Freedia and her posse of scantily clad dancers were shaking their rumps around the stage to a backdrop of heavy, thumping rhythms supplied by a DJ across the way at the New Orleans stage. Big Freedia is known for work in the New Orleans genre of hip hop called bounce music. Freedia has been credited with helping popularize the genre, which was largely underground since developing in the early 1990s.

In addition to the vast musical performances, Music Tastes Good offers several food choices for concertgoers from cuisine to casual dining. A taste tent event was set up where specialty/gourmet food was curated by chefs from the Long Beach area and New Orleans. There were a number of food trucks and standalone structures on the grounds offering vegan options to pizza in addition to cocktails, beer, and soda.

Vendors represented the Long Beach area as well. Handmade tepees were for sale among the many specialty items, band merchandise and more. The Long Beach Symphony and the Long Beach Public Library were a presence at the event. Attendees could make their own plants through urban vertical and they would, in turn, be donated to Stevenson Elementary School to foster and encourage city pride and inclusivity within the community.

Many art installed dotted the Marina Green Park inspiring creativity and provoking conversations and connections. A mechanical playing boom box was one and other was Joel’s Mixtape among the many displayed onsite.

The Music Tastes Good festival was an enjoyable and satisfying way to spend entire weekend combining things most people love like: food, music and art all in one place in a optimal, picturesque setting in pleasant surroundings with other open, like-minded people looking to have a great time and indulge in all pleasures that engage all appetites and senses.

Please take a look at  the other stories on Music Tastes Good;
Day One Music Galleries
Day Two Music Galleries

Images by Caren Spitler

Music Tastes Good Hits Long Beach This Weekend- September 30-October 1; Built To Spill and Rhye Added to Lineup + Festival Map Now Available

Headliners Ween, Sleater-Kinney + RIDE, Alvvays, Los Lobos, of Montreal, Dr. Octagon, !!!, Big Freedia, Heaven 17, Protomartyr and many more!
Just added: Rhye + Built To Spill! See full line-up here: www.mtglb.co

With just five days to go before Music Tastes Good 2017 kicks off, the festival team wants to share some helpful links to get you prepared for an incredible weekend in Long Beach!

There’s a limited number of tickets still available for the “Taste Tent” which features 16 chefs from Long Beach & New Orleans, sharing unlimited food over course of the entire weekend. If having the most delicious food offerings is your thing, you’re going to want to get your Taste Tent pass.

Our 2017 Taste Tent: tasting menus, chef intro videos and demo schedule announced!

• Build your own schedule, explore the festival map, and discover new music with the MTG mobile app!

• Just added: we’ve got an All-Ages friendly wristband pick-up party! Friday 9/29 from 4pm-6pm at Fingerprints Music, with Slaves UK (DJ set).

• Pick up your festival wristband a day early, and skip the lines! Join us at Alex’s Bar on 9/29 for a free show with Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears.

• There are two official after parties, each night of Music Tastes Good. Both are free with your Music Tastes Good wristband (or $12 at the door). On Saturday, 9/30, join us as At The Top, as Treefort Music Fest hosts De Lux, Rituals of Mine, and Frankie & The Witch Fingers. On Sunday, 10/1, at At The Top, we’ve got The Buttertones, Travesura, Rudy De Anda, Banes World, and MU$TY BOYZ.

Register your festival wristband in advance, save time & easier access to food, drinks, merch and more!

• Expanding on last year’s incorporation of cutting-edge art installations interspersed throughout the festival grounds, this year, organizers have again invited an impressive group of up-and-coming local artists to help create one-of-a-kind, immersive experiences for festival guests. This year’s lineup includes:

Jonelle Thais Holden Mix Tape
Rebecca Giesking Vertical Garden
Ben Phipps Reflecting Tunnel
Ali Futrell The Vertical Horizon
Jesson Duller and Eddy Vajarakitipongse Ginger
Eric Hamme Magical Music Parade
Kat Bingley Peace, Love & Music
David Hedden Box of Boom & Makers Space

Music Taste Good also shared a video on how festival organizers are moving forward to carry on the legacy of founder Josh Fischel.

Watch the video below:

Music Tastes Good Is Almost Here — Build Your Own Schedule With The MTG App!

Music Tastes Good finalizes schedule with additions of tUnE-yArDs, Juana Molina, Rhye and Diane Coffee

Festival to also feature headliners Ween, Sleater-Kinney + RIDE, Alvvays, Los Lobos, of Montreal, Dr. Octagon, !!!, Big Freedia, Heaven 17, Protomartyr and many more

‘The Taste Tent’ features award-winning chefs from Long Beach/New Orleans

Tickets On Sale Now!

The Music Tastes Good schedule is now live at http://mtglb.co/schedule#/schedule/byVenue. Festival attendees can build their own schedules of favorite artists and chefs, discover new ones, and receive important festival updates using the MTG app.

Presented by 89.9 KCRW, the colossal two-day, music, food and art festival (ranked #5 on Paste Magazine’s list of the best music festival lineups of 2017 and #11 on British Airways/High Life Magazine’s list of 30 reasons to love the USA) will take over Downtown Long Beach’s beautiful waterfront Marina Green Park the weekend of September 30-October 1, 2017, with influential alt-rock trailblazers Ween and Sleater-Kinney headlining Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

Tickets are still on sale at http://mtglb.co/.

With an amplified focus on their culinary program food this year, Music Tastes Good’s new “Taste Tent” will assemble some of the top chefs from both Southern California and the Bayou, for what organizers are calling, a “Port-to-Port” experience, a cultural exchange of flavors and ideas between Long Beach, New Orleans, and their surrounding communities.

Culinary rockstars in their own right, the lineup of acclaimed and award-winning chefs taking part in Music Tastes Good this year includes: Lafayette, LA’s Collin Cormier Pop’s Poboys and New Orleans’ Kelly Fields Willa Jean, Isaac Toups Toups Meatery, Mason Hereford – Turkey & The Wolf (named Bon Appetit Magazine’s ‘Best New Restaurant in America’ for 2017), Melissa Martin Mosquito Supper Club, Michael Gulotta MayPop and Alfredo Nogueria Cafe Henri, as well as Long Beach, CA’s Arthur Gonzales Roe, Dave MacLennan James Republic, Gus Sverkos – Kafe Neo, Khanh Hoang Company of Khanh, Luis Navarro Social List & Lola’s, Paul Buchanan Primal Alchemy and Philip Pretty – Restauration.

Check out chef bios here: http://mtglb.co/lineup#/artists/alphabetical.

What: Music Tastes Good Festival

When: September 30-October 1, 2017

Where: Marina Green Park (386 E Shoreline Dr)- Long Beach, CA

Tickets On Sale Now


Music Tastes Good




Music Tastes Good To Donate 100% of Proceeds from Every Ticket Sold To Oxfam America for 24 Hours Starting, Thursday, August 31

For a 24 hour window, this Thursday, Music Tastes Good will be donating 100% of the proceeds from every ticket sold, directly to Oxfam America.

You can participate in this incredible offer by grabbing your tickets at www.mtglb.co/tickets, starting Thursday, August 31st, at 12 am PT.

Music Tastes Good had previously announced a donation of $5 for single-day VIP passes and $10 for weekend VIP passes sold, respectively, would be given to Oxfam.

“We’re hoping this benefit inspires our guests to purchase their tickets early, give something good, and receive something good in return. Oxfam is doing the hard for work millions of people who truly need it. We’re happy to help raise awareness, and invite our guests to come party with us in Long Beach,” said Music Tastes Good Creative Director, Chris Watson.

Oxfam is a global organization working to end the injustice of poverty. They help people build better futures for themselves, hold the powerful accountable, and save lives in disasters. Their mission is to tackle the root causes of poverty and create lasting solutions.

Through a donation to Oxfam you can help fund Oxfam’s lifesaving work and bring hope to families facing hunger, poverty, and injustice in more than 90 countries around the world. You can help refugees seeking safety, support disaster survivors to rebuild even stronger, keep communities healthy by preventing the spread of disease, help farmers adapt to climate change and feed their families, and so much more.

Music Tastes Good passes start at $75 a day, passes for the new “Taste Tent” experience start at $150, and VIP passes start at $225. The event, to be headlined by Ween and Sleater-Kinney, with appearances by RIDE, Charles Bradley and his Extraordinares, ALVVAYS, Bomba Estereo, Los Lobos, of Montreal and many more, is scheduled to take place September 30 and October 1 at Marina Green Park in Downtown Long Beach, CA.


View the Music Tastes Good festival lineup at: http://mtglb.co/lineup.

More Info About Oxfam America, here:




LP3 & The Tragedy Joining Los Lobos at TATUAJE Festival, Playing Two San Diego Shows with X

Southern California-based, LP3 & The Tragedy, will be joining the legendary East L.A. band, Los Lobos, at the 3rdAnnual TATUAJE Tattoo Festival, Concert & Art Exhibition on Saturday, July 29, 7PM to 1:00AM, at Plaza de la Raza, 3540 North Mission Road, Los Angeles, CA 90031. Los Lobos will be performing some of their classic, fan-favorites and, for the first time in their hometown, sharing the stage with their own offspring whose members make up the band LP3 & The Tragedy.

In addition, LP3 & The Tragedy have once again been invited to join L.A. punk legends X when they play the Belly Up in Solana Beach, CA on August 17th & 18th as part of their 40th Anniversary tour. They previously joined X on their annual Holiday run last December and the band was also a featured performer on the “Music Tastes Good” Festival, in Long Beach, last September.

TATUAJE celebrates the distinct tattoo culture of Los Angeles while raising funds for Plaza de La Raza, a nonprofit organization, with a multidisciplinary community arts venue serving the Eastside neighborhoods of L.A. The tattoo and arts focus fits perfectly with the band since Louie Perez III is an “inkslinger” himself and works with famous tattoo artist Mark Mahoney at his Shamrock Social Club in L.A.

LP3 & The Tragedy features two gypsy cousins, Louie Perez III (son of Los Lobos’ Louie Perez) and Ruby Rosas (daughter of Lobos’ Cesar Rosas) with friends, Mike Berault, Eric Fuller, and Carlos Guzman, who together form a group of self-styled, breakfast club-rejects, bringing out Americana in its darkest and youthful form. Their debut album, Southland Hum was recorded live at Golden Beat in Glassell Park and features appearances by Louie Pérez (Los Lobos), David J. Carpenter (Dead Rock West, John Doe Band) and Richard Stekol of ‘60s Garage Rock fame.

Their debut album developed out of the enthusiastic support that came from a series of live shows. Louie Perez III formed the band after iconic tattoo artist Mark Mahoney requested he play a special gala event at the California Heritage Museum. LP3 & The Tragedy played their first show there in front of a star-studded audience that featured Mickey Rourke, Steve Jones (Sex Pistols), Danny Trejo, and members of Guns N’ Roses–not a bad place for a new band to start. Just a few months later, The Tragedy was asked to join legendary Texas singer-songwriter Alejandro Escovedo as his backing band for a sold out show at The Mint LA. Escovedo also invited the band to play his final ‘End of an Era’ showcases at Maria’s and the famed Continental Club in Austin during SXSW. This past May, the band earned an opening slot on the Tres Bandas Companeros Tour featuring the iconic L.A. punk band, X, along with Los Lobos and The Blasters.

LP3 & The Tragedy:
Facebook: @LP3andthetragedy
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