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MUSIC TASTES GOOD Festival: The Specials, Iron & Wine, Sylvan Esso, Squeeze, De La Soul, Dr. Dog and Many More

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MUSIC TASTES GOOD Festival, Presented by 89.9 KCRW– Food Lineup Announced!!

The Specials, Iron & Wine, Sylvan Esso, Squeeze, Rival Sons, De La Soul, Dr. Dog, Warpaint, Gallant, Deltron 3030 and Many More Playing

Music Tastes Good: A three-day music & food block party on the streets of Downtown Long Beach!

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“This Fall’s Best SoCal Music Festival Isn’t in Indio — It’s in Long Beach.”-LA Weekly

In addition to a weekend jam-packed with live music from the likes of The Specials, Dr. Dog, Rival Sons, Iron and Wine, Squeeze, De La Soul, Sylvan Esso, Squeeze and many others, attendees of this fall’s premier Southern California music and food festival, Music Tastes Good (September 23-25), will be immersed in the offerings of some of Long Beach’s greatest restaurants, including: Robert Earl’s BBQ, Restauration, The Federal Bar, Pier 76, Primal Alchemy, Working Class Kitchen, Pie Bar, Sophy’s Fine Thai and Cambodian Cuisine and Roe Restaurant & Fish Market.

3-Day VIP and Saturday VIP ticket holders will enjoy the “Farm-to-Taste Experience,” an epic farm-to-table dinner that will take place on the second night of the 3-day festival at Downtown Long Beach’s beautiful, Latin-inspired gastro-pub Padre’s Restaurant. The meal will feature locally-sourced food, prepared by six of the best chefs in Long Beach, who are each teaming up with a personally selected guest chef.

This casual outdoor urban dinner experience will feature six amazing courses with chef interaction, beverage pairings, and special guest DJ sets from DJ Maseo (De La Soul), and Andres Renteria, drummer for Jose Gonzalez.Greenbar Distillery will be working with the chefs to pair each dish with a craft cocktail made with Greenbar’s small batch, organic liquors and liqueurs. A portion of the dinner proceeds will be donated to Long Beach Fresh, which supports eaters, feeders, and seeders in your community.

“Farm-To-Taste Experience” Chef Parings Will Be:

Eddie Ruiz (Public Beer and Wine) & Michael Puglisi (Electric City Butcher)

Luis Navarro (Lola’s Mexican Cuisine) & Diego Isunza Kahlo ( Private Chef in Mexico City)

Arthur Gonzalez (Panxa Cocina) & Rahm Fama (Former host of Food Network’s “Meat and Potatoes”)

David MacLennan (James Republic) & Makoto Okuwa (Makoto)

Paul Buchanan (Primal Alchemy Catering) & David Coleman

Phillip Pretty (Restauration) & TBD

Chef bios are available upon request.

Presented by 89.9 KCRW, Music Tastes Good will take place the weekend ofSeptember 23-25 on the streets of historic Downtown Long Beach (335 E. Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802), conveniently located within walking distance of the Metro Blue Line.

Aiming to bring adventurous music fans and foodies together for one giant weekend of fun, Music Tastes Good will feature an impressive and eclectic lineup of carefully curated musical acts ranging from iconic genre-definers and singer/songwriters, to world sounds and local favorites, along with the finest culinary offerings, local food vendors, chefs and artists.

The musical lineup for Music Tastes Good was announced during a live event in Downtown Long Beach this past spring and includes: The Specials, Iron & Wine, Sylvan Esso, Squeeze, Rival Sons, De La Soul, Dr Dog, Warpaint, Gallant, Deltron 3030 w/ The 3030 Orchestra, Melvins, Twin Peaks, Girlpool, P.O.S., Living Colour, Cody Chestnutt and many others. See entire lineup below.

Things kick off on Friday night 9/23, with a high energy music/food block party highlighting craft beer and local vendors, followed by the main event on Saturday 9/24, offering 4 jam-packed stages of music which will take over Pine Ave, plus the optional VIP “Farm-To-Taste Experience.” The weekend concludes onSunday, 9/25, spotlighting more great music and a Bloody Mary brunch.

VIP, 3-day and single day tickets are now available. See prices below.

3-Day Ticket – $120

DON’T MISS A MOMENT. EXPERIENCE ALL THREE DAYS OF MUSIC TASTES GOOD.

Friday – Single Day Ticket $25 (one stage)

RIVAL SONS, RX BANDITS, LIVING COLOUR, SON LITTLE, THE SOUND OF URCHIN, SPARE PARTS FOR BROKEN HEARTS + MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED

Saturday – $75 (4 stages)

THE SPECIALS, IRON AND WINE, SQUEEZE, DR. DOG, WARPAINT, DELTRON 3030 W/THE 3030 ORCHESTRA, MELVINS, TWIN PEAKS, VINTAGE TROUBLE, GIRLPOOL, P.O.S., EASY STAR ALL-STARS, METZ, KATE TEMPEST, NICK WATERHOUSE, CODY CHESTNUTT, LE1F, POKEY LAFARGE, HIPPO CAMPUS, OPEN MIKE EAGLE, SKINNY LISTER, LOS MASTER PLUS, RIOTHORSE ROYALE, JESSICA HERNANDEZ & THE DELTAS, FOY VANCE, THE DEAD SHIPS, THE ZIGGENS, CAMBODIAN SPACE PROJECT, DUSTIN LOVELIS, RUDY DE ANDA, LEMOLO, MACHINEHEART, SPIDER, LP3 & THE TRAGEDY, NEIGHBORS TO THE NORTH, GOLDEN DRUGS, SPECIAL C, MC IMPRINT, THE LOST WEEKEND, AND SISTER CROWLEY

Saturday Only VIP – $175 (4 stages)

GET ACCESS TO VIP AREAS, A SWAG BAG, AND A TICKET FOR THE VIP “FARM-TO-TASTE EXPERIENCE” DINNER

VIP tickets will include access to VIP areas, a swag bag, and a ticket for the VIP farm-to-table dinner.

This is for Saturday only, no access to Friday & Sunday events.

Sunday – Single Day Ticket $35 (one stage)

SYLVAN ESSO, DE LA SOUL, GALLANT, LAS CAFETERAS, CHRISTIAN SCOTT, EAGLE ROCK GOSPEL SINGERS, SOLO & INDRE, PREGNANT, AND BOOTLEG ORCHESTRA

3-Day VIP – $240

GET ACCESS TO VIP AREAS, A SWAG BAG, AND A TICKET FOR THE VIP “FARM-TO-TASTE EXPERIENCE” DINNER

VIP tickets will include access to VIP areas, a swag bag, and a ticket for the VIP farm-to-table dinner.

Festival founder/curator, Josh Fischel, himself a seasoned touring musician, and 20 year resident of Long Beach says, “Our city is a vibrant, evolving place that’s ripe with community, commerce and culture. Within our city limits, we hold the second largest port in the United States, and proudly claim a dynamic food, music and arts scene. We are leaders in the crusade for equality and environmental rights, residing on the cusp of where Los Angeles and Orange County connect. This is now. Being the world class city we are, we have been long overdue a festival that mirrors the passion and diversity that we experience from our neighbors everyday. It’s time to show off Long Beach and draw the rest of the world in. It’s time for others to experience what us locals have always known. It’s time to allow our residents, once a year, the chance to see Downtown in a different light. MUSIC. TASTES. GOOD.

Additional support for Music Tastes Good comes from festival sponsors: Jetblue,Marriot, Monster, Lagunitas Beer Co, Weedmaps, RideYellow and Lola’s Mexican Cuisine,

The complete lineup for Music Tastes Good:

The Specials, Iron and Wine, Sylvan Esso, Squeeze,
De la Soul, Dr.Dog, Warpaint,
Rival Sons, Gallant, Deltron 3030 w/ the 3030 Orchestra, RX Bandits, MELVINS,Living Colour, Twin Peaks, Vintage Trouble, Girlpool, Las Cafeteras, P.O.S.,
Easy Star All-Stars,Metz, Nick Waterhouse, Cody Chestnutt, Le1f, Pokey Lafarge, Christian Scott, Hippo Campus, Son Little, Open Mike Eagle, Skinny Lister, Los Master Plus, Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas, Foy Vance, The Dead Ships, The Sound of Urchin, The Ziggens, Cambodian Space Project, Dustin Lovelis, Rudy De Anda, Lemolo, Spare Parts for Broken Hearts, Machineheart, Spider, Eagle Rock Gospel Singers, Solo & Indre, Pregnant, LP3 & the Tragedy,Neighbors to the North, Bootleg Orchestra, Golden Drugs, Special C,
MC Imprint, The Lost Weekend,
Sister Crowley

ABOUT THE CURATOR:
Josh Fischel is a Long Beach, CA based event promoter/singer/songwriter. He spent nine years touring the world with the band Bargain Music and as a solo act. He has sang and/or played/toured with artists like Los Lobos, Dr. Dog, Run DMC, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Norwood Fisher (Fishbone), Jack Irons (Pearl Jam), Black Eyed Peas, Weezer, N’Dea Davenport (Brand New Heavies), Mike Watt, Monsieur LeRoc, Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction), Spearhead, Murs, The High Strung, Ikey Owens (Mars Volta and Jack White) and many others. As one of the band of artists and promoters that changed the scope and landscape of the Long Beach music scene, Josh has focused his creativity on carefully conceived, one of a kind events and bringing artists from around the world, to a city that used to be an afterthought, but is becoming a necessary stop for touring musicians.

ABOUT KCRW:
KCRW creates and curates a unique mix of content centered around music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs. KCRW is driven by the spirit of Los Angeles and delivers in innovative ways — on the radio, digitally and in person — to diverse, curious communities around the corner and around the world. A community service of Santa Monica College, KCRW can be found on the air in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, and via five KCRW-developed smartphone apps and online at KCRW.com.

KCRW has a history of bringing unique live experiences to Southern California and around the country — whether concerts with musical talent, or conversations between our hosts and the world’s leading thinkers and creators.

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