Music Tastes Good Festival

This weekend we went to the Music Tastes Good Festival in Long Beach, California. It was all of the things we loved: a food fest, a music fest, a great display of diversity and activism as well as a good time. Fans got to see a slew of amazing bands, see art from local contemporary artists, register to vote, sign up for volunteer opportunities, learn new skills from a variety of chefs and make new friends.

Here are some of the highlights from this weekend…

Copeland Holt is an artist and musician who set up shop all over the fest this weekend. He could be seen painting portraits of each performer and talking with fans about his process as well as his passions. You can learn more about him: here.

James Blake wooed us with his soulful sounds.

Angie, owner of the Wide Eyes Open Palms cafe in Long Beach, preaches feminism and food activism. She proudly showed us her tats that included: “feminism” across her knuckles, “sisterhood” on her back and “butch” on her elbow. We see you, Angie.

One of our favorite parts of any music festival are fans who prove that your style can be as unique as you are. 

The Black Angels psychedelic jams were born to be GIFed. 

Janelle Monae reminded us of the power of pink.

10/10 would attend again.


One late night in the spring of 1984, a group of sauced drag queens leaving Pyramid Club in Manhattan came up with an idea: a Woodstock for drag performers.

Flash-forward a year: The first official Wigstock was born in Tompkins Square Park. Over the next 16 years, the performers kept coming and crowds kept swelling, sometimes into the tens of thousands.

Eventually, a combination of inclement weather and trouble getting permits finally nixed the outdoor festival for good around the turn of the millennium.

But over Labor Day weekend, after a 17-year hiatus and a massive rise of drag in pop culture, Wigstock finally returned — reborn on a rooftop venue in the city’s Seaport District, with a massive sound system and partners like Tony Award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris and his husband, David Burtka.

Wigstock, ‘An Iconic Piece of Drag History,’ Lets Its Roots Show At 2018 Revival

Photos: Mengwen Cao for NPR