5 ways Music Tastes Good is unlike other music festivals – Redlands Daily Facts

Mild temperatures, a chill vibe plus 16 star chefs and more than 40 bands took over Marina Green Park in Long Beach as part of the third annual Music Tastes Good festival this weekend.

Since its inception three years ago by the late musician and Long Beach resident Josh Fischel, the festival was meant to be different from other music events.

Fischel, who passed away just a few days after the inaugural festival, wanted Music Tastes Good to be not just a celebration of local and respected bands, he also wanted to celebrate food and his beloved Long Beach community.

About 15,000 people attended the event this weekend and in keeping with Fischel’s vision, here’s how Music Tastes Good was unlike any other typical music festival.

1. The food

Obviously since it’s called Music Tastes Good the food is going to be good here, yet it can’t be said enough, seriously, the food is really good here.

Chefs take this event seriously and like musicians jamming on stage, they are jamming away in their temporary kitchens cooking dishes created for the festival.

On Saturday visiting chefs such as Oakland’s Sincere Justice of Tacos Sincero spent hours in his booth not just serving his Asian fusion tacos that included Vietnamese braised brisket and a seared sweet potato tacos, but also discussing his creations with people.

“Being able to explain to somebody about what I do is basically sharing my story. All food is, all music is, is essentially sharing a story,” he said.

Similarity local chefs like Jason Witzl of Long Beach’s Ellie’s were digging the interaction with the Music Tastes Good crowd.

“I feel like there’s a lot more interaction with the people who are walking up. We’re making a dish to order as people walk up. Coachella and those other (festivals) it’s pretty basic foods coming from chefs you never see. I think it’s pretty cool that Music Tastes Good actually has the chefs working on the line,” he said as he worked his booth on Sunday.

2. A neighborhood event

According to organizers, about 7,500 people attended each day of Music Tastes Good. And while many were from out of town, it was an event also filled with locals who kept running into their neighbors throughout the weekend.

Long Beach-born Sean Laughlin, who lives just up the street from Marina Green Park, attended both days of the festival and said he ran into several neighbors each day.

“I do think it makes it much different. … It’s nice, it’s like it’s family. It’s fun to see not only all these people who are from out of town but also all my neighbors are here which makes it a lot of fun,” he said.

Long Beach resident Heather Kern, who has lived in the city almost her entire life, has also seen a lot of her neighbors and friends walking around the venue this weekend.

“It just feels so much more comfortable you know. When you go to a big music festival typically you expect to be just a stranger in the crowd, but here  you see all your friends and people you know,” she said.

3. Chill vibe

At some festivals people go not just to see the music but to also be seen, so oft en times big festivals can seem like outdoor fashion shows with people dressed in outfits that can’t possibly be comfortable for more than a couple of hours. Here at Music Tastes Good, however, fashion and cool-kid points took a back seat to the music and food. The vibe was way more chill with people just laying on the grass, many sporting shorts and sneakers and generally not seeming to care very much about looking good in selfies.

4. Seeing more music

With so many acts taking part in large music festivals people know it’s pretty much impossible to see every band on the lineup, so choices must be made. And with more than 40 acts on the two-day lineup Music Tastes Good packed a lot of music into two days. But thanks to the venue and a few stage tricks, it was possible to catch most of the acts throughout the weekend.

Thanks to relatively short distances between the stages (maybe less than a quarter mile) you could run or fast walk from one stage to the next in just a couple of minutes. So if you were willing to leave a set early you could ping-pong back and forth between both stages all weekend and not die of exhaustion.

Another key aspect was the rotating stage that allowed a band to start getting set up while another band was still performing in front of the crowd. So as soon as one act was done the stage would spin and voila, the next band was ready to go.

5. Intimate encores

When most music festivals once bands are done, that’s it. They’re done and that’s that. But Music Tastes Good had the Jam Van in hand. This is basically exactly what it sounds like. It’s a van where some of the bands head to after their sets to perform an encore show inside. There are a few folding chairs set up outside the van as well as a screen where people can see the performance.

So it’s pretty much like watching a band in the rehearsal studio.

On Saturday, bands such as Feels, Los Master Plus and Cherry Glazerr jammed in the van while on Sunday acts like Ladama and De Lux performed in the tiny van.

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