Earlier this summer Los Angeles played host to the second annual Jubilee Music and Arts Festival. Held in the downtown arts district, this year’s show brought excitement and entertainment of all types. With performances and exhibits from musicians and comedians to artists and craftsmen the festival had a little something in store for everyone. By simply going from one stage to the next you could go from moshing to laughing to dancing. And if all that back and forth drained you out a bit, there were plenty of ways to replenish as food and alcohol were in no short supply with the organizers providing everything from pupusas and falafel to gourmet ice cream to all sorts of libations. If by some chance you found yourself feeling a little over or underdressed there were even vendors at the ready to keep you decked out in all the latest hipster gear. But in the end, as is the case with most festivals, it was all about the music. Happily I can report this year’s artists did not disappoint! The highlights? How about Trash Talk’s front man Lee Spielman jumping into the crowd and spending more time singing from the pit than onstage?
Or Riff Raff’s set; complete with outrageous style, beach balls and the all important beach bunnies…ah the beach bunnies.
What about the Black Lips furiously rocking out against the backdrop of one of L.A.’s most iconic bridges while toilet paper launched back and forth through the air?
Truly an unforgettable image for their fans and the city. And if the bands weren’t enough to get you pumped up, there were more than enough DJ’s spinning everything, from Hip Hop to House, to get you moving; and moving they were!
My personal favorite had to be Kitten, who filled the stage with so much passion and emotion you couldn’t help yourself from jumping into a frenzy like the band’s charismatic singer, Chloe Chaidez, whose performance was so energetic and sexual laden I believe a few of her fans left the show pregnant.
But the crowd wasn’t the only group she affected, as she no doubt scared more than a few of the event’s organizers as she hopped around madly and climbed the stage speakers as if they were her very own personal jungle gym.
I can only imagine what they would have had in store had they been the evenings headliners! All in all it was a great experience and something I’m sure the organizers will look to top next year. They’ve set some high standards; luckily we’ll be the ones that get to enjoy the fruits of their labor.