Arts District Jubilee – Saturday Review

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HOTT MT performing at the Arts District Jubilee on the Sunset Stage on June 8, 2013.

To be fair — and I usually try to be fair — my experience of the Arts District Jubilee on Saturday was considerably better than the day prior. Mind you, there were a few annoyances. Most notably the fact that the gates didn’t open until 3 pm…strange given the ¬†first band was scheduled to start at 2:40 pm. Second, given the temperature changes through the day and evening, it seemed shortsighted to refuse people in-and-out privileges. It’s an outdoor festival! Are people supposed to bring jackets at 3 pm so they won’t freeze at 1 am?

In addition, I heard one guy behind me say “It was so much better when it was in Silver Lake.” Mind you, he acknowledged he didn’t go on Friday, and was waiting in line to get into the festival Saturday, so… I don’t give too much stock to the opinions of our Vespa-riding, Capri pants-wearing hipster neighbors to the north, and nonsense like that is partly the reason. </snark>

The music, though, was much better on Saturday. Though Donna and I weren’t able to say more than a couple hours — due to a homemade Iron Chief-type competition — what we saw was amazing. Here’s hoping the Arts District Jubilee comes back next year with a few tweaks. In particular:

  • Allow people to come in-and-out of the festival. Or, in the alternative, have some type of coat-check.
  • Make it clear when you’re going to open and stick to it.
  • Reduce the price. A two-day pass for $50 is too much. I would say $35 is about right. Perhaps don’t sell single-day passes.

And there were a number of things that I liked quite a lot. In no particular order:

  • There are booze gardens within the sight lines of every stage. Every stage! Compare this to Coachella, when those wanting a beer are regulated 100 yards away (0r more) from the action.¬†
  • Though disorganized, the staff was certainly very friendly. Not helpful, mind you, as they didn’t seem to know what was going on most of the time, but friendly.
  • Wide range of acts. A lot of them seemed to be local, which is also cool.
  • Great food and art exhibitions. One thing that seemed to be missing was an music table. I would have bought a couple CDs from at least a couple of the bands we saw, but none seemed apparent. If it existed, we couldn’t find it.

 

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