Saturday, the city of Alhambra was hosting its first Mainfest, yes, another music festival in Southern California, but this time this was giving the chance to a small town to shine. Who had ever heard of Alhambra before? Actually you should, Phil Spector lived there and probably shot actress Lana Clarkson in his home in 2003! I know, there is no bad publicity, but enough negativity, Alhambra launched Mainfest to celebrate its expanding downtown business area, and it was a celebration through art and music with too many bands to count, playing a large outdoor stage and several indoor ones, inside bars and restaurants along Main street.
If the crowd was a little thin at the beginning of the afternoon, it was a full house later and a giant dance floor in front of the main stage… And dance floor is actually a term I could use many times to describe the general feeling of Mainfest. Here are a few highlights in pictures.
enjoyable and soulful romp
oedipal vulnerable and blue collar visceral
another full day of music
his weakest album to date
hoedown, snappy , country slappy
two nights with Olivia Rodrigo at the Greek
classic rock or classic prog
Welch’s best album since Lungs
the best song on Harry’s third album
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – November 1972 (Volume 4, Number 6)
Lester Bangs is threatened with possible death