H20 Festival - L.A. State Historic Park - Aug 17. 2013
Courtesy of George Lelea Chuckie
L.A. State Historic Park
Aug 17. 2013
The H20 Festival, held Saturday at L.A. State Historic Park, was meant to appeal to the largely untapped market of Latino hip-hop fans. Featuring Pitbull, Tribe Called Quest, Big Boi, La Santa Cecilia and others, it succeeded on some counts and failed on others. Here's the best and worst of what we saw:
It's fucking Tribe; you can only hope they'll live up to your expectations. And then when they do -- everyone hollering "Yes you can!" -- there's no better feeling.
Everyone knows Pitbull, whether you're a fan or not. Believe it or not he brought down the house on Saturday, taking control of the crowd with his anthemic songs. He even had a live band.
Featuring everything from Kogi's to pizza and tortas, there was a big variety; it's hard to even imagine a time when festivals only had basic crappy munchies, considering that most everything is gourmet these days.
The Beer Gardens
Being a smaller festival on a huge piece of land (32 acres) has its perks. There's more room to work with, foot traffic isn't so bad, and there's plenty of room for beer gardens. Two of them were set up, on opposite sides of the grounds, each with a terrific view of the main stage and the Chevron stage. Even if you were waiting in line you wouldn't miss the show.
Open Grass Space
If you needed a place to rest in-between sets you were in luck, as there were long open spaces to sit and unwind on your blanket with your cervesa.
Below: The worst