Touted as the ‘most modern of LA’s music festivals’, a sold-out crowd of music, food, and culture lovers descended upon the Long Beach waterfront at the Queen Mary Events Park this past Saturday are still reliving the sights, tastes and especially the sounds of the sold out Tropicália Music and Taco Festival.
Once again the team at the Observatory – OC breathed new life into the stale festival landscape, and this time made history with their most eclectic line-up and most successful music festival to date.
While the concert line-up resonated with fans of any given genre or generation the free all you can eat tacos (and pupusas, posole, taquito’s, etc) helped provide the sold-out crowd with the energy needed to fuel for a nonstop dance party.
GRAMMY® award-winning Mexican Regional music icons Los Tigres del Norte headlined Tropicália, whipping the crowd of millennials into a frenzy of Norteño dance twists, twirls, Caballito kicks and sing-alongs to ‘La Puerta Negra.’
L.A.’s favorite psychedelic funk rockers Chicano Batman and the fashion designer turned indie pop/electronica Colombian-American songstress Kali Uchis prepared the crowd for a night of dancing with their dreamy grooves and body shaking beats. Of course icons of the Alt-Latino genre, Café Tacvba, veterans of many outdoor music festivals, performed their always trippy live set during sunset aka the magic hour.
And that was merely the main Tropicália stage. There were five stages in all that kept kids darting from one legendary performer to another, like Celso Piña, the Queen of Rockabilly Wanda Jackson and the sleeper highlight of the show, 60’s Spanish pop star Jeanette who had the crowd singing along to “Muchacho de Los Ojos Tristes”. The appreciation that the young fans showed these elder artists, especially soul music legends Brenton Wood and The Delfonics as well as 90’s RnB star Ginuwine, all mainstays on the turntables at any East L.A. backyard party, would make any old rocker proud of the new generation of music lovers.
Fan appreciation of the past was rewarded with performances from the present and future of Latin rock and pop starting with reggaeton royalty Ivy Queen, then the modish lo-fi singer/songwriter/rapper King Krule, R&B songstress Jhené Aiko, electro-soul beauty Alina Baraz, and psychedelic cumbia Thee Commons, swooning Cuco, Brazil’s psych-pop icons Os Mutantes plus the cumbia sounds of Sonora Dinamita plus many, many, many more.
We cannot wait until next year!
Photos: Sadie Moon