Tropicália Music & Taco Festival Promises Kali Uchis, Jhené Aiko, King Krule and Free Tacos
The first annual Tropicália Music and Taco Festival is set to take place Saturday, Nov. 11 at Queen Mary Park in Long Beach. A plethora of Latino artists will play alongside some big names in the alternative realms of pop, R&B and hip-hop. This, plus the added benefit of free tacos.
Tropicália is put together by The Observatory Group, the organizers of eclectic micro-festivals like Day N Night and Beach Goth. Those familiar with these events will know just how unique a setting these guys and gals can put together. Headliners for this inaugural event include many Latino favorites such as LA’s own funk suppliers Chicano Batman. This quartet specializes in elements that the festival itself is based around, that of psychedelic soul, funk, tropicalia and oldies music. These guys are ready to close out summer in Long Beach after having spent the previous few months at Coachella, Bonnaroo, Sasquatch and FYF Festival. Kali Uchis, the fashionista pop songstress, will headline as well. As a Colombian-American, Uchis will work to bridge the gap between the two sides of the musical spectrum on Saturday. Uchis is about to embark on a tour with Lana Del Rey alongside fellow Tropicália performer Jhené Aiko. This LA-native recently dropped her sophomore album “Trip” which fits right in with the rest of the festival’s lineup. This LP focused on the sounds of psychedelic R&B to tell intimate stories about love, loss and drugs. Other connections can be found within the lineup as tropical R&B singer Alina Baraz brings her “Fantasy” to stage. Baraz has been seen canoodling with Goldlink, another Tropicália performer, via Instagram where he gave the two of them the mashup name, “Golina.” Relationship rumors aside, Goldlink used Baraz’s hit single “Fantasy” as the basis for his tune “Palm Trees.” Lastly, British singer-songwriter/rapper King Krule will stop off in the LBC for a set. This, after the release of his highly-anticipated second album “The OOZ” dropped last month.
Other artists on the bill include Café Tacvba, Cuco, Ivy Queen, Low End Theory, Madlib, Ginuwine, Sango, The Delfonics, XXYXX, Jeanette, Brenton Wood, Celso Pina, Yellow Days, Scam & Jam, Phony PPL, Dub Club, Surf Curse and many more. The event will be hosted by Mexican stand-up comedian Felipe Esparza. Tacos will be provided by a ton of various local taco restaurants and food trucks such as Carnitas el Momo, Epic Tacos, Bann Mi Tacos, Street Kitchen LA, Vchos Truck, Butchers Block and more. Free taco samples will be handed out by all purveyors until 4pm.