It was an incredible display of Latin American music and culture this past weekend as the Pico Rivera Sports Arena celebrated the 2nd annual L Festival. The two-day event treated crowds to everything from music, lots and lots of it, to art, dancing, and food. With a name like L Festival, or “El Festival,” as it’s pronounced in Spanish, you knew you were in for a great show, but with so much star power that “L” could just have easily stood for legends! Each night featured musical icons from throughout Latin America with Saturday night headlined by Mexican crooner, Alejandro Fernandez, Colombian born international superstar Juanes, and the Reggeaton sensation from Puerto Rico, Daddy Yankee. Sunday night was just as explosive with performances by Colombian rapper, J Balvin, Norteño legends, Los Tigres del Norte, and El Buki himself, Marco Antonio Solís. As if that wasn’t memorable enough, Long Beach’s own, Jenni Rivera serenaded the crowd one last time in an emotional and tear-filled holographic performance!
Festival goers were also treated to an exhibit of one of Mexico’s most beloved artists, Frida Kahlo, as well as several local painters displaying and creating their own works in front of a live audience. Those seeking a more intimate listening experience could head over to the rodeo where fans could dance and interact with some of the more upcoming artists including El Cunjunto Nueva Ola, LAFAME, and Alvaro Diaz.
Even though this was a musical event, the highlight had to have been the willingness of so many great artists to speak on the political climate surrounding Latinos. Their message of solidarity for the people of Latin America resonated strongly and struck a defiant tone to the current presidential regime. Not only did their voices woo the crowd, it rallied them too. As Alejandro succinctly put it, “Mientras que algunos están construyendo muros, nosotros vamos a romper barreras!” While some are busy building walls we’ll be breaking down barriers! Here’s hoping next year’s edition is just as star studded and even more united.