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Concert Review: Indie festival brings high energy to L.A. Fair

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Erica Rae Sanchez
Social Media Editor

Walking into the Los Angeles County Fair can be intimidating with all of the rides, screams, smells of food and crowds of people; but among the chaos was a small detour that led to the Minor League Music Festival the last weekend of the fair.

This two-day music festival showcased small indie, rock bands that had come together to perform for guests dressed in cuffed up pants, brightly patterned button-ups, multi-colored hair and bright makeup.

Jasper Bones, Hate Drugs, The Licks and The Sweats were some of the headliners for Sunday. 

The Licks’ performance was powered by six different musicians on stage, three of them with bright colored guitars, catching the attention of a crowd of 60.

The band was created by Chad Zappia, lead singer, and had gone through several different musicians until now, explained Chandler James, keyboardist, guitarist and vocalist.

“We are the traveling circus,” said Zappia.

The band originates from the high desert and, at times, is in disbelief of the 9,552 follower count they have on Spotify, James Rogers, bassist, had explained. The people who recognize them off the street surprises them at times, too, he said. 

The band agreed their biggest conflict was communication with one another due to their individually demanding schedules.

“Everybody has a job, they go to school and some have girlfriends, which makes it really hard to all meet up and practice,” James said.

The band sees themselves in the future performing full time, going on tours and playing on bigger stages, said Rogers.

The music playing throughout the event had the crowd jumping, nodding their heads and at some points moshing in the pit.

Strawberry Army, a band led by 17-year-old twins from Long Beach, was one of the bands that had a set time of just 10 minutes.

“We have become a family with all the other bands because we typically play at the same shows or festivals,” said Rio Infante, guitar player for Strawberry Army.

Zoe Infante, lead singer of Strawberry Army, said she was excited to be performing at the fair, as they have also recently played a sold-out show at the Observatory in Santa Ana.

The area was decorated with large unicorn and flamingo inflatables that people were sitting in, there were glitter streamers falling down one tent that had a miniature stage for the smaller bands to play at while the main bands were setting up for their set, ensuring there was never a lack in music. 

“With the decorations it is like a mini version of Warped Tour,” said Sage Burwel, a student at Chaffey College.

Along the outskirts of the main stage were different booths lined up selling Augie’s Coffee House beverages, band merchandise and informational booths.

Julia Alcala, a Mt. San Antonio College student, described the venue as cool and open because of all the space there was still available despite all of the decorations. In one of the corners there was even a small half pipe ramp where skaters had the opportunity to skate.

Hate Drugs, founded in Bakersfield, California, had the crowd jumping up and down the most with their upbeat music and energy. The lead singer kept advising the crowd stay hydrated because of the heat.

“If you don’t drink water, you will shrink and die,” David Caploe, lead vocalist for Hate Drugs, said. 

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