Photo by Jason Williamson
Long Beach’s very first music festival, Music Tastes Good, returns for a second year with a lineup of 42 bands. The two-day festival at Marina Green Park will feature headliners Ween and Sleater-Kinney on September 29 and October 1. The festival will also welcome shoe-gaze pioneers Ride, American funk/soul/R&B musician Charles Bradley, and Canadian jangle pop maestros ALVVAYS.
Festival organizers announced the lineup Thursday night in Long Beach at the Federal Bar with the most Long Beach video ever (watch above), which features local faces from LBC hotspots Fingerprints Music, Alex’s Bar and Social List.
Kate Tempest, Los Lobos, Jay Som and Of Montreal will also be performing amongst a healthy list of Long Beach artists like Joyce Manor, Natives, Dengue Fever and Brianstory. A few surprises in the mix are Canadian rocker Peaches and 90s hip-hop icons Digable Planets.
In addition to being a music festival, Music Tastes Good also puts cuisine front and center. This year’s iteration is expected to bring Long Beach locals and chefs from New Orleans. The Taste Tent will have six Long Beach chefs including Arthur Gonzales (Roe), Luis Navarro (Social List and Lola’s) and Philip Pretty (Restauration). Kelly Fields (Willa Jean), Mason Hereford (Turkey & the Wolf), and Melissa Martin (Mosquito Super Club) will be amongst the New Orleans chefs.
Music Tastes Good’s return this fall marks the one-year anniversary of the death of festival founder and chief curator, artist/musician Josh Fischel, who passed away on September 29, 2016, after a battle with liver disease. The festival has been renamed Josh Fischel’s Music Tastes Good in honor of its late co-founder. With help from Fischel’s wife, Abbie, the festival continues with the mission of bringing music fans, foodies and art patrons together.
“My sweet husband was brimming with vision and creativity and passion and love for art in all its forms. It is no small task to create a fest that truly represents the man he was, but I think we have done him justice. Josh’s favorite thing was to give people the gift of experience…experience that hits on multiple levels: sight, sound, taste, touch, emotion. Through this fest, he continues to give that gift to us all,” Abbie Fischel said.
Tickets for Music Taste Good go on sale May 12, with more artists to be announced.