Music Tastes Good showcases Long Beach with an accessible, approachable debut – Los Angeles Times

About 24 hours before taking the stage at Long Beach’s first Music Tastes Good festival on Saturday evening, locals Warpaint had performed at a very different sort of celebration —  Symbiosis Gathering, a festival with a reputation for Burning Man-level debauchery. 

Clothes, the band noted, were seemingly optional at that Northern California gathering. “So get naked,” singer-guitarist Emily Kokal said to the crowd assembled on the streets of downtown Long Beach. But there would be no disrobing at Music Tastes Good.

This was, after all, a festival where rock ’n’ roll was on its best behavior. Looking for fashionable festival attire? There was the odd flower headband, as well as infants sporting earmuffs for hearing protection.

“It’s a good, diverse crowd,” said Adam Sukman, 26, who lives a few blocks from the festival’s site. “I’m seeing dogs. I’m seeing kids. It’s not just a bunch of festival-goers. I enjoy that. It’s got a communal vibe.”


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