Tropicalia Fest, hosted next to the long time attraction the Queen Mary, provides the Long Beach and California Latino communities a sense of togetherness. With headliners Kali Uchis, Jhene Aiko, and Los Tigres del Norte, the music and taco festival paired a variety of talented music artists with an array of classic and innovative taco vendors. This festival served as a culturally rich and much needed community gathering where Spanish speakers could feel welcomed and comfortable. Although it took around half an hour or more to buy tacos, I had a great time enjoying tacos from Taqueria La Venganza, an all vegan vendor. I’m not vegan but I think I could be after having those tacos! After eating I met with friends and we got Modelos while we waited to watch King Krule. The Indie rock band from London seemed a little out of place but had an incredible performance. The slender singer’s voice filled the space impressively and their stage presence as a whole was commanding. Sango, a song and beat maker from Washington, had a fun, upbeat sound paired with beats you had to dance to. I wish I could have stayed to tell him how much fun his set was. Lastly, the Colombian singer, Kali Uchis, was my favorite performer of the night. Her voice is even better in person and her genuine beauty was mesmerizing. She had the attention of everyone in the crowd by the second she stepped on stage. Kali’s classic style reminded me of the late musical icon, Amy Winehouse. Additionally, the funky Brooklyn based band, Phony Ppl, were a great match with Kali’s vintage sound. The pair created a show I didn’t want to end!
Overall, with more organization and clear instructional signs, the festival could be an impactful communal event where Spanish speaking cultures can join together in a space of solace in the stressful world around us. At the next Tropicalia festival, I would love to see more Taco vendors, more direction in how to get to the entrance, and more restrooms. But other than those aspects, Tropicalia had a great event musically and satisfying food options which were worth the wait.
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