Music Festivals

ohana fest 2019
Ohana Fest remains a mainstay for SoCal festivals with its dizzying trifecta of The Strokes, Eddie Vedder, and Red Hot Chili Peppers

Returning for its fourth year at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point the annual Ohana Fest remains a quintessential festival amongst the many that have cropped up in Southern California in recent years. With its placement on the shores of one of the state’s picturesque beaches, surrounded by palms, and constantly caressed by cool weather […]

Pasadena Daydream Festival photos
Despite the heat, a sea of goths come out for Pasadena Daydream Festival featuring The Cure, Pixies, Deftones

Brookside, a golf course and country club bordering the Rose Bowl hosted the Pasadena Daydream Festival on Saturday August 31, 2019 and it was “Hot, Hot, Hot!!!” The lineup was hot; the setlists were hot. Everyone was hot. We’re talking literally and metaphorically here, though the setlists were probably just figuratively hot.  A legion of […]

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First Annual Future Sounds Festival Celebrates Soul at the Historic Baker Street Viaduct

Over the weekend, the coolest venue in the city hosted a brand new music festival, Future Sounds, featuring some of the most soulful up-and-coming acts. The Viaduct glowed, not only from the lights and projections but also from the dazzling event happening just below. Kensington Presents put the shindig together, featuring mostly local artists, with […]

Phantogram at ALT Summer Camp -- Photo: Steven Ward
ALT 98.7 Summer Camp brings the best of alternative-rock to Long Beach with Phantogram, Of Monsters and Men, GROUPLOVE and many more

Long Beach—specifically the Queen Mary—has been without fail the place to be this summer, becoming seemingly overnight ground-zero for the hottest summer festival series in recent years. With the last of the summer months drifting in, Alt. 98.7 hosted its annual ALT Summer Camp in the shadow of the Queen Mary once more—offering its heavy-hitting […]

Joshua Tree Music Festival with kids
Joshua Tree Music Festival: This is How You Music Festival with a Baby

We recently ventured to the beautiful desert for the Joshua Tree Music Festival. If you’ve never been, let me tell you right now, it is quite the extraordinary music festival experience. And best of all, especially for us parents, the Joshua Tree Music Festival is hands down the best music festival to take your baby, […]

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Just Like Heaven Fest photos
Just Like Heaven Fest lets fans bask in the afterglow of nostalgia-dripping bands, songs, and moments

Descending upon the Long Beach shoreline for what in retrospect feels like a cruelly brief moment, Just Like Heaven Fest was true to its name in delivering the sublime in blissful fashion into the ears of its attendees. Boasting all the benefits that have made mini-one-day festivals so vogue in recent years—from tight-lineups comprised of […]

Carly Rae Jepsen at Outside Lands day one by Steven Ward
Outside Lands day one belongs to the cult followings of Mac Demarco and Father John Misty

Outside Lands remains one of the premiere music festivals on not just on the west coast but across the country, because every piece is so well put together and curated with festival attendees in mind. The 2018 edition of the festival was no different, with a plethora of activities, shops, food trucks, desserts, alcoholic deliciousness […]

Lorde, Solange, and Action Bronson Close Outside Lands 2017 – Day 3

On to day three, commonly known as “Sunday” to the real world. There was a definite different energy in the air, as much of the crowd was unaware of the extent of the activity happening in Charlottevile, NC the day before, and you could kind of see that a lot of people were “trying” to […]

Metallica closes Outside Lands Day 2 with Fire and Fury

Day two of any festival is a little rough. Your energy is a little bit zapped from the day before. You can’t seem to drink enough water or coffee. Your legs are sore. But, when you arrive, you need something to kick yourself into gear. And I managed to stumble across that band at 12:00 […]

Photos: Outside Lands 2017 kicks off year 10 with a fury

My 10th Outside Lands began by listening to Hundred Waters close out their set on the Lands End stage. For a set at noon on Friday, the crowd was massive. They were warm and bright, perfect for getting warmed up for a day of music. These folks also curate the FORM festival in Acrosanti, AZ, […]

Cherry Glazer at FYF 2017 by Steven Ward
Solange crowns herself queen of FYF amongst the weekend’s biggest headliners

With 2017 being FYF’s inaugural debut as a three-day festival, there was an obvious toll taken on the spirits (and feet) of even the festival’s most veteran of attendees as they showed up to conquer the last leg of their weekend at Exposition Park. With Sunday being one of the coolest days of the event […]

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FYF Fest 2017 Little Dragon by Andrew Gomez
Photos: FYF Fest wraps unforgettable 3-day festival with Ty Segall, Little Dragon, Mura Masa and more

After some awesome warm up sets from Cherry Glazerr, Julia Jacklin, Whitney and Chicano Batman, things really started to heat up over at the Lawn stage where Ty Segall’s set took place. Ty slashed out the primal, gut-rumbling riffs starting a relentless mosh pit. While Ty was melting faces, the Club stage had Chicago rapper […]

FYF FEST 2017 A Tribe Called Quest by Andrew Gomez
Photos: FYF Fest Saturday with Princess Nokia, King Krule, A Tribe Called Quest, The Drums, Frank Ocean

The early birds on Saturday at FYF FEST were in for a treat with Jonathan Richman and Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 opening the Club and Lawn Stage. Jonathan Richman set the good vibes under the shade at The Club stage with his theatric and comedic set. Meanwhile at the Lawn, thirteen musicians were crammed […]