The Specials are headlining (at least one of the main bands playing) the first ever Music Tastes Good Festival in downtown Long Beach, California (conveniently located within walking distance of the Metro Blue Line 128 W 1st St). The festival will be Presented by 89.9 KCRW. Besides The Specials, Iron & Wine, Sylvan Esso, Squeeze, De La Soul, Dr Dog, Warpaint, Gallant, Deltron 3030 w/ The 3030 Orchestra, Melvins, Twin Peaks, Girlpool, P.O.S., Living Colour, Cody Chestnutt, RX Bandits and Easy Star All-Stars are also playing. The festival will take place the weekend of September 23-25th.
Aiming to bring adventurous music fans and foodies together for one epic fall weekend, Music Tastes Good will feature an impressive and eclectic lineup of carefully curated musical acts ranging from iconic genre-definers and singer/songwriters, to world sounds and local favorites, along with the finest culinary offerings, local food vendors, chefs and artists.
Each day of the event will feature its own theme with music and food especially curated for that theme. Things kick off on Friday night 9/23, with a high energy music/food block party highlighting craft beer and local vendors, followed by the main event on Saturday 9/24, offering 4 jam-packed stages of music which will take over Pine Ave, plus an optional VIP farm-to-table dinner. The weekend concludes on Sunday, 9/25, spotlighting more great music and a Bloody Mary brunch.
3-day and single day tickets will be available starting at 12pm pst on Friday May 13th at http://musictastesgood.com/#tickets. See prices below.
3-Day Ticket – $120
DON’T MISS A MOMENT. EXPERIENCE ALL THREE DAYS OF MUSIC TASTES GOOD
Friday – Single Day Ticket $25 (one stage)
RX BANDITS, LIVING COLOUR, SON LITTLE, THE SOUND OF URCHIN, SPARE PARTS FOR BROKEN HEARTS + MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED
Saturday – $75 (4 stages)
THE SPECIALS, IRON AND WINE, SQUEEZE, DR. DOG, WARPAINT, DELTRON 3030 W/THE 3030 ORCHESTRA, MELVINS, TWIN PEAKS, VINTAGE TROUBLE, GIRLPOOL, P.O.S., EASY STAR ALL-STARS, METZ, KATE TEMPEST, NICK WATERHOUSE, CODY CHESTNUTT, LE1F, POKEY LAFARGE, HIPPO CAMPUS, OPEN MIKE EAGLE, SKINNY LISTER, LOS MASTER PLUS, RIOTHORSE ROYALE, JESSICA HERNANDEZ & THE DELTAS, FOY VANCE, THE DEAD SHIPS, THE ZIGGENS, CAMBODIAN SPACE PROJECT, DUSTIN LOVELIS, RUDY DE ANDA, LEMOLO, MACHINEHEART, SPIDER, LP3 & THE TRAGEDY, NEIGHBORS TO THE NORTH, GOLDEN DRUGS, SPECIAL C, MC IMPRINT, THE LOST WEEKEND, AND SISTER CROWLEY
Sunday – Single Day Ticket $35 (one stage)
SYLVAN ESSO, DE LA SOUL, GALLANT, LAS CAFETERAS, CHRISTIAN SCOTT, EAGLE ROCK GOSPEL SINGERS, SOLO & INDRE, PREGNANT, AND BOOTLEG ORCHESTRA
3-Day VIP – $240
GET ACCESS TO VIP AREAS, A SWAG BAG, AND A TICKET FOR THE VIP FARM-TO-TABLE DINNER
Long Beach locals will have the opportunity to purchase 3-day tickets at a discounted rate of $110 dollars at the Live After 5 and Summer and Music events hosted by the Downtown Long Beach Associates happening throughout the summer.
A limited number of discounted tickets will also be available at Fingerprints Music.
VIP tickets will include access to VIP areas, a swag bag, and a ticket for the VIP farm-to-table dinner, which will pair local Long Beach chefs with acclaimed chefs from across the nation who will build plates using locally sourced items. More details on the dinner will be released in July.
Festival founder/curator, Josh Fischel, himself a seasoned touring musician, and 20 year resident of Long Beach says, “Our city is a vibrant, evolving place that’s ripe with community, commerce and culture. Within our city limits, we hold the second largest port in the United States, and proudly claim a dynamic food, music and arts scene. We are leaders in the crusade for equality and environmental rights, residing on the cusp of where Los Angeles and Orange County connect. This is now. Being the world class city we are, we have been long overdue a festival that mirrors the passion and diversity that we experience from our neighbors everyday. It’s time to show off Long Beach and draw the rest of the world in. It’s time for others to experience what us locals have always known. It’s time to allow our residents, once a year, the chance to see Downtown in a different light. MUSIC. TASTES. GOOD.”
Additional support for Music Tastes Good comes from festival sponsors Lagunitas Beer Co, RideYellow and Lola’s Mexican Cuisine.