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Jul. 25, 2016 - Resumen Del Festival De Musica Independiente Viva Pomona 20016

Resumen Del Festival De Musica Independiente Viva Pomona 20016

East Los Angeles, CA | July 25, 2016

Viva Pomona does it again! From Tijuana’s breakthrough artists like Vaya Futuro, Vanessa Zamora and Mint Field, to the punk rock legend Alice Bag. From all the feels Chicano Batman left the crowd with; Viva Pomona has managed to yet again showcase the sounds of our generation.

Upon entering you could feel the vibrations of excitement emanating from the crowd as they made their way to and from the Radical Stage, Diamond Plaza Stage, and Glass House Stage. This year’s weather was warm enough for everyone to enjoy the outdoor decor, the paletero, food trucks and art. The festival also offered their annual Zine, which features info regarding the lineup, art, artists, and reminds us all of the DIY love, time, and dedication that is put into this event.

Making our way into Viva on the first day, our attention was drawn to the Radical Stage where returning act Vaya Futuro was rocking out; clearly in their element. They recently performed in New York for the LAMC and in Chicago for Ruido Fest. We then walked into the Glasshouse to catch Los Blenders, who gave us a mix of surf and garage rock crowd surfing tunes. Immediately following Los Blenders’ set, the LA Punk legend, Alice Bag let the Ladies know, that we too should make our way up front to enjoy the mosh pit. She performed songs off of her new album titled Alice Bag

When the sun set, we made our way to the Diamond Plaza Stage to check out the lovely Vanessa Zamora. She mentioned that she was currently working on new material (we here at can’t wait!) The final act was Oakland’s Shannon and the Clams who performed songs like “Oh Louie” and “Trouble Maker.” Half way into their performance a young lady proposed to her girlfriend on stage. She accepted!

Day two for our team started con las Chilenas de la banda Marineros. The duo recently performed in Chicago for Ruido Fest. The Diamond PlazaStage got more intense with Yanga, a tropical supergroup from San Bernardino, Califas who had everyone in the Diamond Plaza space dancing in the heat! Brainstory performed their harmonious nostalgic set at the Radical Stage while Prettiest Eyes rocked the Diamond Plaza Stage with their psych post-punk sound.

Tijuana new-comers Mint Field, also performed at the Diamond Plaza stage. Their indie sound was felt throughout the crowd. In case ya’ll no saben, Mint Field recently performed at this year’s Coachella, so definitely be sure to check them out.

Chico Sonido’s set ran a little late into the night, but had the ladies getting turnt with his musical selections. He brought Fuego (look him up) and tons of Reggaeton for everyone to tirar la chancla before the night ended.

As the night winded down, everyone made their way into the Glass House for the final performance by Chicano Batman. The returning Viva Pomona vatos made us all feel the good vibes with their psychedelic, funk sounds. Bardo’s message of “Being on the good side of the struggle,” placed a smile on everyone’s face as we all then grooved to “Soniatl.”

Although Viva Pomona is now over, we will always have the moments shared with the homies and bands that made us feel some kind of way. It seems that with every year the fan base grows and regardless of which language the

 Viva attendees speak, the

y are always down with new sounds. Job well done, Viva Pomona team!  

Shout out to the ice cream man for holding us down with the paletas.