It seems as if all these articles reviewing music festivals all start off the same “Is there space for ___ music festival?” “Will the future be able to accommodate ___ music festival?” “Is the festival market too congested?” All of these questions are valid, and even after time has passed we don’t have complete answers. The only thing that is certain though is that the market can’t hold all of these music festivals together. The festival market seems to be in a bubble, and this year’s Panorama and Governors Ball fight for New York has proven that.
So what is to be made of Long Beach’s Music Tastes Good? Every event tries to push itself as “unique”, but in the end there is only so much creativity and “uniqueness” that we can anticipate or expect to see fulfilled at any musical event. Music Tastes Good doesn’t outrightly try to reinvent the wheel. The better question to ask from this may be what does Music Tastes Good actually do? First off hosting an actual giant music festival in Downtown Long Beach is one of these things. The team successfully brings out music to the area, while also hosting some food (to support its name it seems). The event also successfully integrates not only an eclectic line-up, but local acts as well. While other music festivals bore by sharing the same acts, Music Tastes Good makes a smart move by also catering to the local community. And to boot, the whole event is affordable and within driving distance. By not seeking to overhaul what a music festival the Music Tastes Good team provides a huge and accessible music festival for both the community and artists.
As both Rudy de Anda and Nick Waterhouse stated, there is definitely a spot for Music Tastes Good in the music festival. Whether the team decides to make it a contender for the bigger festival circuit or keep its focus on Long Beach is up to them. With either choice, the materials are there to make it happen. Even with Echo Park Rising happening on the other side of town, these two events are definitely different enough to haul their own crowd in. Ultimately though what makes Music Tastes Good hip is its booking of local acts, like FYF back in the day. The line-up is original and fresh by not hosting the same bands and keeping a healthy amount of local acts. As Rudy de Anda stated, it feels unique to play in your hometown. Even for Nick Waterhouse, playing here is definitely a different feel. Problems are of course expected from this first year event, such as sets being cut. But even with after that passed, one can’t help the feeling that something interesting is definitely being cooked up here.
JONATHAN JUSTIN JIMENEZ, DJ