Photos by Carlos Garcia.
Following a musical, food-filled weekend, Music Tastes Good (MTG) festivities continued in downtown’s At The Top Sunday night, featuring The Buttertones, Rudy de Anda, Bane’s World, Travesura and Mu$ty BoYz.
By the time the event had officially sold out by 10:30PM, there was still a line of approximately 20 people hoping to get in. MTG attendees were allowed free access throughout the night, though it appeared that the majority of the audience had not come from the festival.
In the middle of Bane’s World’s set, singer Shane Blanchard asked the audience, “Who was at Music Tastes Good today?”
No one responded.
Maybe three people shouted.
The night started out really mellow. Heads bobbed to Travesura’s upbeat tunes, and bodies swayed side to side to the slow melodies of Bane’s World. However, the energy quickly intensified as soon as The Buttertones took the stage.
Like dominoes, once one person got pushed, they all fell into the middle. A whirlpool of bodies began stomping, jumping and running into each other, singing the words to every song. Determined fans surfed the crowd with little care about where and how they landed.
And the organizers didn’t just search “cool effects” on YouTube. Rotating red and soft blue lights beamed onto the dark crowd whose eyes were locked on the band and, in the back of the room, a collective called Stranger Liquids were actually mixing colors with water on clear plates, displaying their hypnotic performance throughout the majority of the show as a mesmerizing projection on the wall.
In addition to the merchandise for sale, there was a separate table for anyone to design their own buttons and buy pins and stickers of unique versions of Futurama, Family Guy, Simpsons characters and more. By unique, I mean there was a pink dinosaur with the head of Meg Griffin.
The spirit of the audience reflected an ongoing reunion. Though they’ve likely seen these bands already and listened to their songs on repeat, they reunite at shows like these to relive the experience like it’s their first time.
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