It’s summer time in the LBC!
Last year, Summertime Long Beach Festival included performances by 50 Cent and G-Unit, YG, Wu-Tang Clan and many more. However, this year’s lineup did not disappoint. The annual festival announced by The Observatory in early May, featured a talented lineup mixed with classic and new school talents including Snoop Dogg, The Manhattans and Ja Rule and Ashanti.
A total of nineteen performances were carried out throughout the heated day at both the 40 oz. and the kickback stages on the Queen Mary. Opening the Saturday event was Candy Kisses Amanda Perez followed by E-40 & Too Short and The Dogg Pound in the later afternoon.
In the midst of great music and west coast music lovers, attention must be called to the easy and efficient accessibility fest-goers were offered with the shuttle transportation provided by the event. The website, www.summertimeinthelbc.com, provided clear visual displays of the designated routes and parking structures, simplifying a common known parking hassle associated with events and concerts alike.
Sponsored by Modelo and Don Julio, the festival featured a wide selection of alcoholic beverages and food including lobster rolls, monster fries (garlic French fries topped with pulled pork, coleslaw and barbecue sauce), and beer and wine. But of course, it was the performances that made the event so successful.
The festival’s headliners closed the show starting with Compton born rapper The Game who performed a number of his most popular records like El Chapo and Hate It or Love It. The spontaneous rapper revealed to fans that not only does he not prepare his set lists prior to performances but the rapper brought out his mother on stage to show his love and appreciation, ending his set shorty after with a reference to the west coast ode, “To live and die in LA”. Ice Cube followed the performance in true west coast fashion reassuring fans that the rumors of his possible no show to the Long Beach festival due to his many projects in basketball and films were false.
“I will always be able to rock the mic,” said Cube.
But no festival in Long Beach can close without the city’s icon Snoop Dogg, performing classic hits like Gin and Juice and bringing out many hip-hop artists alongside him including Warren G and Domino.
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