Last Saturday I attended my second Lobsterfest down at Ports O’Call Village in San Pedro (link to last year). If you haven’t been, I’d note it on the calendar for next year. It’s like Coachella except a lot less college kids and a lot more lobster.
Really it’s like a town fair with a lot of lobster and a handful of stilt-walking pirates. That’s probably a bit more accurate.
We arrived in time to catch Taikoproject, which is a “tsunami of sound” according to the Lobsterfest website. I think that pretty much covers it. People running around banging on big drums and a giant marimba. The kind of band that shows up when the library hosts an event. They were followed by “the Jimi Hendrix of the violin” Lili Haydn. She invited her friend to paint some pictures on stage as her band performed. It was interesting. Libraryesque again, but interesting in that you get to watch families’ faces as they figure out what to do with this music.
NO was up next, they’re a happy/somber synth pop rock band with the most un-SEO-friendly band name ever. That said, they sounded great. JJAMZ was up next with a super SEO-friendly name. They were made up of members of Maroon 5 (Not the Voice guy), Rilo Kiley, Phantom Planet, and The Like. They sounded good but I think this is when I bowed out to look for something deep fried to eat.
Dum Dum Girls were awesome. Great vibe, cool California Rock songs that they flew through machine gun style. I peeked at the set list and saw that “Bedroom Eyes” was the 7th song in their set and it seemed like only 5 minutes went by before I heard it.
As far as food, there was lobster, fried everything, great barbecue, Coolhaus Truck ice cream, old fashioned soda and plenty of beer. I imagine it’s what a rich kid’s sweet 16 birthday party would be like. There was a Super Slide, isn’t that every kids dream? It’s still mine.
If you do attend next year, consider staying over night. There is a lot of opportunity to go into a food and/or booze coma here. The Crowne Plaza is just a short walk away, and while it has the scariest elevators I’ve ever been in, it’s pretty convenient.
See you next year!
Unorganized cell phone photos below: