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Top 10 Jazz Festivals in the USA

The USA is the birthplace of the magical musical genre of Jazz. Known as the first truly American art form, Jazz’s rise to global domination mirrored a young USA’s rise to be a superpower. Jazz is intrinsically intertwined with America’s history and has evolved over the years just as the nation has. As Jazz began to incorporate and mix in sounds from other genres, Jazz festivals began to relax the type of artists and artistry they featured at their events. Nowadays, Jazz festivals also include acts that inspire and have been inspired by Jazz; the only criteria for music selection seems to be an inclination towards creative ingenuity. If you thought that Jazz was dead, nothing could be further from the truth, the music genre is still popular today with many long time running music festivals as well as a few more current ones that have popped up in recent years.

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PDX Jazz Festival in Portland, Oregon

To celebrate Black History Month, PDX Jazz Festival was founded in 2004 to honor those who made Jazz what it is today with a series of concerts and events presented over the course of two weeks. PDX Jazz Festival takes over downtown Portland for eleven days every year in February, bringing some of jazz’s greatest stars to over a dozen venues across the city. This annual festival is dedicated to preserving America’s indigenous art form by presenting internationally recognized jazz masters alongside local musicians and includes education and outreach programs that extend into Portland’s schools and neighborhoods, as well as a generous offering of free performances.

Jazz In The Gardens Music Festival in Miami, Florida

Jazz in the Gardens has easily become the city of Miami’s premiere entertainment event. Having 15 years of history under its belt, Jazz in the Gardens celebrates diversity, culture and art. Through a stellar lineup of Jazz, R&B, Soul and World Beat, the festival showcases how various genres of music interact and influence each other. This inclusive approach to the lineup manifests itself in a uniquely uplifting atmosphere. Event goers find themselves entrenched in the rich beats and musical stylings that vibrate from the stage. The event not only brings world-renowned talent to Miami Gardens, but it gives local artists the opportunity to be seen, heard and possibly discovered. Jazz in the Gardens music festival is considered by many as the undeniable “travel destination for the spring.” Jazz in the Gardens occurs annually in March and serves as the inaugural event of the highly anticipated music festival season in Miami.

Reno Jazz Festival in Reno, Nevada

Reno Jazz Festival 2013

Almost 60 years old and organized by the University of Nevada, Reno Jazz Festival is not your normal festival experience. The event has a heavy focus on education, welcoming in students, educators, and professional musicians to the university for showcases, jam sessions, competitions and awards. The event regularly draws in crowds of nearly 10,000 students and their families each year with attendees coming in from within Nevada, Arizona, California, Oregon and Washington. Though this music festival might not have the same level of intensity as some of the other Jazz festivals on this list, it provides for a variety of family friendly and musical entertainment where you are undoubtedly able to learn about the rich history and culture of Jazz and celebrate it to the fullest.

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, colloquially known simply as Jazz Fest, is perhaps the most famous Jazz festival in the entire world and is an annual celebration of the music and culture of New Orleans and the greater Louisiana. The Jazz Fest is used to also refer to events outside of the festival that make up this time of celebration. In the days leading up to it there are many activities for festival goers to enjoy, including many Jazz shows at unaffiliated New Orleans nightclubs. New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival celebrates the unique bond between the city and the music nurtured there, and you are truly able to see how Jazz is the essence of the historic and rich city. Held from the last weekend in April into the first weekend in May, this festival is quite the tourist attraction with thousands of people coming into town to celebrate Jazz and immerse themselves in festival season. In fact, it could even be argued that outside of Mardi Gras, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is the biggest event to take place in New Orleans in the entire year.

Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, Tennessee

The Beale Street Music Festival came to life in the early 1970s when the Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce developed plans for a festival, which would serve as a promotional umbrella for the numerous events Memphis hosted each May. Now this festival has transformed into a well-organized and highly budgeted month-long extravaganza for the entirety of May and has even hosted events that put the festival in the Guinness Book of World Records. In its 50 year run, the event has hosted pretty much every Blues or Jazz legend you can think of. Nowadays, the festival has broadened its scope of artists and always brings in a talented variety that festival goers always are able to appreciate.  

Jacksonville Jazz Festival in Jacksonville, Florida

The Jacksonville Jazz Festival is one of the largest free Jazz festivals in the country! Every Memorial Day Weekend since 1981, thousands of Jazz lovers from across the nation gather in Downtown Jacksonville to celebrate the music, culture and art of Jazz by the riverfront. Offering up a more traditional lineup of the biggest names in the genre, Jacksonville Jazz Festival has the feel of a street or block party, only instead of music coming out of your neighbors’ janky outdoor stereos, the sounds come from some of the most talented artists in the world doing their thing and performing their music.

Rochester International Jazz Festival in Rochester, New York

The CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival is one of the world’s leading Jazz festivals presenting legendary performers, familiar favorites, rising stars and new discoveries of talent and music from around the world. The multi-dimensional 11-day festival is held in downtown Rochester, NY, and features more than 1750 artists from around the world in over 320 shows at around 21 venues every year. Founded in 2002, the festival has grown from only being able to manage a crowd of 15,000 to now having around 210,000 festival goers attend it every year. Over its 16 years, the festival has welcomed a plethora of traditional and fusion royalty when it comes to the genre of Jazz who all know how to, of course, draw in an impressive crowd.

Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, Rhode Island

Established in 1954 by the Lorillards, a husband and wife pairing who were socialites in New York, Newport Jazz Festival is both older than its similarly famous sibling the Newport Folk Festival and also, reputably, the first annual American jazz festival to take place. Most of the early festivals were broadcast on Voice of America radio, and many performances were recorded and released as albums, which only goes to show the caliber of talent that was performing at the Newport Jazz Festival. These days, the event is even more impressive with artists such as Tony Allen, Herbie Hancock, and Jon Batiste as well as talented performers such as the Berklee College of Music Jazz Ensembles, Black Art Jazz Collective, and the Spanish Harlem Orchestra.

Monterey Jazz Festival in Monterey, California

Turning 64 this year, The Monterey Jazz Festival is a music festival in Monterey, California that was founded on October 3, 1958 by Jazz disc jockey Jimmy Lyons. The festival is renowned as one of the best Jazz events in the world. Annually held on the 20-acre, oak-studded Monterey County Fairgrounds, the event welcomes over 500 artists every year and offers a diverse lineup of talent from passionate newbies all the way up to living legends in the Jazz scene. 

Chicago Jazz Festival in Chicago, Illinois

A multi-venue music event open to all ages, the Chicago Jazz Festival brings Jazz music to Downtown Chicago’s beautiful Millennium Park, as well as the inside of the nearby Chicago Cultural Center. The oldest of Chicago’s free lakefront music festivals boasts an incredibly diverse lineup, with artists who range from well-established Jazz legends to influential modern masters and crucial new voices, mixing both local and internationally renowned talent in the genre’s continuing evolution. The festival also arranges a large selection of free neighborhood concerts leading up to the main show at Millennium Park every year in August. 

California EDM – 2021年加州最佳EDM音乐节

音乐节。 也许是一生中可以经历的最有趣,最激动人心的事件之一。 这些音乐节已成为我们社会和文化不可或缺的一部分,使我们有机会在一个地方观看我们喜爱的DJ和表演者。 音乐节使我和许多其他人有机会看到我们通常不会见到的DJ,因为音乐节将他们带到了我们城镇附近。 今天,我们要庆祝这些节日并感谢他们,特别是加利福尼亚的节日。 无论是计划您的第一个卡利节日,还是希望在隔离结束后重新参加比赛,此列表都可以帮助您找到所需的内容。 话虽如此,让我们开始吧!

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Coachella

您必须已经看到了这一步。 这个摩天轮,棕榈树吹捧的联合企业可能是整个加利福尼亚州最大的节日。 尽管Coachella并没有以其丰富而多样的EDM艺术家阵容而著称,但Coachella吸引了EDM中最大的明星。 场地非常壮观,吸引了来自世界各地的名人。 在超级名模和Instagram超级明星旁边聚会从未如此有趣。

Nocturnal Wonderland

许多人不知道,但是这个节日是美国举办时间最长的舞蹈音乐节,也是南加州的亮点。 从很多方面来说,对于那些从夏季巡回演唱会中走出来的艺术家来说,Nocturnal Wonderland是下一次尝试和尝试新音乐的机会。 每个人都来这里向他们最喜欢的EDM艺术家致敬,人群充满了超高的精力和乐趣。 以失眠症为动力的音乐节通常分为五个阶段,充满活力的灯光和色彩布置以及音乐直至午夜。

Escape

寻找终极的万圣节派对吗? 别再看了。 失眠症的恐怖主题音乐节是完美的万圣节活动。 以真正的失眠症形式,Escape: Psycho Circus是一种身临其境的体验。 音乐节以主题舞台,险恶的景象和大量的低音为特色,确保为那些敢于进入的人们留下持久的印象。

Lightning in a Bottle

很少有节日能体现加州中部的Lightning in a Bottle(LIB)的文化精神。 这个EDM电子音乐节的功能远不止您喜欢的EDM艺术家。 LIB提供互动艺术,瑜伽课和冥想研讨会。 LIB已成为加利福尼亚最流行,最不同的EDM音乐节之一。 场地是壮观和热情。 LIB团队也做了很多工作,以重新投资于其社区和文化,并在接下来的一年中设法建立了专门的团队。

Hard Summer

在发展初期,HARD Summer成为任何电子音乐迷的夏季盛宴。 从最大的头条新闻到引人注目的底牌,策展和品牌推广一直是强项。 2019年,HARD Summer打破了加利福尼亚丰塔纳历史上最大的音乐节纪录,有170,000人参加了该活动。 艰苦的夏天是一个令人难以置信的有趣的节日,任何EDM爱好者都必须参加。

Beyond Wonderland

失眠节与社区,氛围有关,并为客人提供可以买到的最好的音响系统。 人们认为Beyond Wonderland是卡利最好的EDM音乐节中最好的。 节日的幻想主题被其赞助者广泛接受,创造了一种让参与者时刻品尝美食的环境。 这种体验是无与伦比的,并且随着Nocturnal Wonderland的成功,Beyond Wonderland成为了一个姊妹品牌,它将把焦点重新带到使失眠症成名的梦幻环境中。

Countdown NYE

加利福尼亚很幸运有多个新年节日可供选择。 特别是,我们应该特别向Countdown NYE喊叫。 以地球外为主题的节日会毫不犹豫地带来沉重的击球手。 该音乐节吸引了EDM中的大人物,并举办了该州最好的除夕晚会之一。 当您想庆祝新的一年时,圣贝纳迪诺San Bernardino的Countdown已为您服务。

Dreamstate

Insomniac的Dreamstate SoCal吸引了来自世界各地的fans迷-其中有很多。 从令人振奋的音乐到精神错乱的音乐,许多人忘记了that音乐是一把伞,它包含了许多不同的亚文化。 Dreamstate将焦点放在这些发呆子流派上,并从流行DJ的独特角度来探讨它们,而在其他地方则很少见。 该音乐节享誉全球,并由顽固的EDM粉丝庆祝。

Hard Day of the Dead

对于在万圣节和假日季节之间寻求节日礼物的节日狂欢者来说,HARD Day of Dead也许是您最好的选择。 这一天的活动将庞大的EDM艺术家和70,000多名粉丝聚集在一起,庆祝“ Dia de los Muertos”。 玩过的EDM没有重点,这对于那些希望使自己的经历多样化的人来说是一个奇妙的选择。

Northern Califonia

Outside Lands

Outside Lands Music Festival是旧金山最受欢迎的音乐节之一,以北加州最大的音乐节而闻名。 已建立的夏末景点吸引了众多EDM人才。 外面的土地感觉就像一个弹出式城市,其使命是展示海湾地区的精华。 除了播放顶级音乐外,Outside Lands还在扩展,包括专用的美食和美酒区,喜剧和播客帐篷以及更多其他内容。

The Untz Festival

Untz音乐节为自己的音乐节带来了各种各样的地下低音音乐,这些音乐都来到了加利福尼亚中部。 Untz在促进对隐藏人才的探索上已下注。 忠实于他们的声誉,阵容帮助他们的通话成为最佳蓝调音乐的蓝图。 如果您正在寻找新的和即将来临的艺术家/声音,这就是您想要的地方。

Wobbleland

如果这个节日的名字还不够大的话,那星光熠熠的阵容一定会带动这一点。 Wobbleland体现了最好的dubstep,以及更广泛的沉重低音音乐。 新年刚过不久,寻找史诗般的时间的摇摇晃晃的人就不需要再走了。 这个节日让你蒙住了。

Snowglobe

最后但绝对不是最不重要的是Snowglobe。 如果您想在假期里逃避加州的寒冷气候,则可以在SnowGlobe音乐节上预订那些新年计划。 冬季节日的受欢迎程度迅速增加,而SnowGlobe对太浩湖滑雪板和滑雪的关注已成为这一流行趋势的一个促成因素。 该活动平均有10,000名参加者,给人一种舒适的感觉,同时在主舞台上吸引与节日相称的表演。

The Best EDM Festivals in California 2021

Music festivals. Perhaps one of the most fun and exciting events one can experience in their lifetime. These music festivals have become an intergral part of our society and culture. They provide us an opportunity to see our favorite DJs and performers all in one place. Music festivals have given me and many others the chance to see DJs that we normally wouldn’t, because a festival brought them close to our town. Today we’d like to celebrate these festivals and thank them, specifically the ones in California. Whether planning your first Cali festival or looking for a new one, this list should help you find what you’re looking for. With that being said, let’s get to it!

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Coachella (Indio) – April

This music festival is perhaps the most famous California music festival. Although not known for having a deep and diverse cast of EDM artists in their line up, Coachella attracts the biggest stars in EDM. The venue is spectacular and attracts celebrities from all over. Partying next to supermodels and famous instagramers has never been so much fun.

Nocturnal Wonderland (San Bernadino) – September

Nocturnal Wonderland. Many don’t know, but this festival is America’s longest-running dance music festival and a Southern California highlight. In many ways, for artists coming off of the summer tour circuit, Nocturnal Wonderland represents the next chance to test and try out new music. The crowd is super high energy and fun as everyone comes here to pay tribute to their favorite EDM artists. The Insomniac-powered festival typically features five stages, a vibrant setting full of lights and color, and music until midnight.

Escape Psycho Circus (San Bernadino) – Halloween

Looking for the best Halloween party? Look no further. Insomniac’s horror-themed music festival is the perfect Halloween event. In true Insomniac fashion, Escape: Psycho Circus is an immersive experience. The festival features themed stages, sinister sights, and a heavy dose of bass are ensure a lasting impression on those who dare enter.

Lightning in a Bottle (Buena Vista Lake) – May

Few festivals embody the cultural spirit of central California’s Lightning In A Bottle (LIB). This EDM electronic festival features much more then your favorite EDM artsits. LIB offers interactive art, yoga classes, and meditation workshops. The LIB has become one of the most popular and different EDM festivals in California. The venue is spectacular and welcoming. The LIB team have also done a lot to reinvest back into their community and culture, managing to build up a dedicated following year after year.

Hard Summer (San Bernadino) – August

In its formative years HARD Summer became a peak summer draw for any electronic music fan. From the biggest headliners to attention-grabbing undercards, curation and branding have been consistent strong suits. In 2019 Hard Summer broke the record for biggest festival in Fontana, California history, as 170,000 people attended the event. Hard Summer is a unbelievablly fun festival that is a must attend for any EDM fan.

Beyond Wonderland (San Bernadino) – March

Insomniac festivals are all about community, atmosphere and providing their guests with the best soundsystem money can buy. Beyond Wonderland is argued to be the best of the best of EDM festivals in Cali. The fantasy theme of the festival is widely embraced by its patrons creating a setting that keeps attendees savoring every moment. The experience is unrivaled and with the success of Nocturnal Wonderland, Beyond Wonderland became a sister-brand that would bring the focus back toward the fantastical environments that brought Insomniac its fame.

Countdown NYE (San Bernadino) – New Years Eve

California is truly fortunate to have multiple New Year’s festivals to choose from. In particular, we should give Countdown NYE a special look. The extraterrestrial-themed festival does not hesitate to bring the heavy hitters. The festival attracts the biggest names in EDM and hosts one of the best New Years Eve parties in the state. When looking to celebrate the new year, Countdown in San Bernardino has you covered.

Dreamstate Socal (San Bernadino) – November

Insomniac’s Dreamstate SoCal calls to trance fans from all over the world – and there are a lot of them. From uplifting to psytrance, many forget that trance music is an umbrella that includes numerous different subcultures. Dreamstate puts the spotlight on these trance subgenres and explores them from the unique perspectives of popular DJs that are not often seen elsewhere. The festival is world reknowned and celebrated by die-hard EDM fans.

Hard Day of the Dead (San Bernadino) – November

For festival goers seeking something in between Halloween and the holiday season, HARD Day of the Dead is perhaps your best bet. This one day event brings huge EDM artists and upwards of 70,000 fans together to celebrate “Dia de los Muertos.” The EDM played has no focus, which is fantastic for those looking to diversify their experience.

Groove Island (Catalina Island) – October

Unlike Fyre Festival, Whet Travel, the company behind Groove Island, has over a decade of experience organizing some of the most successful dance music cruises and island parties, all 43 of which gone off with hardly a hitch. Rather than attempting to build an entire islands worth of infrastructure and accommodations, Groove Island tapped into the already robust local economy of the city of Avalon. The local community was incredibly warm and welcoming, and the food and accommodations were excellent, to say the least.

“It’s a fully immersive experience on Catalina… We rented the majority of the hotels, A‌i‌r‌b‌n‌b‌s, part of the campground, the [Descanso] Beach Club, the casino, the country club, plus ferries, helicopters, yachts and so forth to get people on the island,” said Jason Beukema, the founder of Groove Island.

As guests arrived on the island by way of the Catalina Ferry, they were greeted with a view of the beautiful Avalon Bay and the city of Avalon – what would become their own personal paradise for the next three days. A popular tourist destination for well over a century, Avalon is home to a top-notch assortment of restaurants, beaches, spas, land and ocean adventures, as well as a whole slew of awesome recreational activities. Some of the most exciting opportunities (aside from the music, of course) included an escape room with Sam Feldt, soccer with Mark Knight, a zipline course with Dillon Nathaniel, and an ocean snorkeling adventure with Chus & Ceballos.

CRSSD (San Diego) – March, September

CRSSD is a 2-Day Festival in downtown San Diego, and happens TWICE a year! They’ve always got a star-studded line-up across three stages, in a beautiful venue, and dozens of after-hours events to choose from after the festival ends. I’ve been once myself, and had an unbelievably fun time! It’s one of the best music festivals in San Diego, and shouldn’t be missed if you’re heading to southern-California when it’s going down!

Splash House (Palm Springs) – June & August (2 weekends)

Splash House is what you get when you mix up fun-loving people, with some rocking pool parties, and an escape to sunny Palm Springs, California. It’s a little slice of paradise where friendships are forged as people dance to the best in house, disco, and electronica.

Splash House takes place across three hotel resorts in both June and August. Buy a ticket and you get admission to all three, plus shuttles running between all weekend. Buy a hotel package and you can enjoy a room just steps away from the stage in addition to access to all three resorts.

By night, we take flight at the Palm Springs Air Museum for our After Hours program – a pair of open air parties back-dropped by vintage aircraft and a glowing airport tarmac. After Hours admission is sold separately and may be purchased with or without a Splash House ticket.”

Northern Califonia

Outside Lands (San Francisco) August

Outside Lands Music Festival is one of the most popular music festivals featured in San Francisco and is known for being Northern California’s largest music festival. The established late summer attraction draws a diverse mix of EDM talent. Outside Lands feels like a pop-up city with a mission to showcase the best of the Bay Area. In addition to the top-tier music played, Outside Lands has expanded, including a dedicated food and wine area, a comedy and podcast tent as well as much, much more.

The Untz Festival (Brown Valley) October

The Untz festival brings a diverse offering of underground bass music to central California for their very own music festival. The Untz have staked their ground in promoting the exploration of hidden talent. True to their reputation, lineups have helped their calling serving as blueprints for the best in up and coming bass music. If you’re looking for new and upcoming artists/sounds this is the place you want to be.

Snowglobe (Tahoe) – New Year’s Eve

Last but definitely not least on our list is Snowglobe. If you’re looking to escape to California’s colder climate for the holidays, you may want to book those New Year’s plans at the SnowGlobe Music Festival. Winter festivals have been growing quickly in popularity, and SnowGlobe’s focus on Lake Tahoe’s snowboarding and skiing have been a contributing factor to this popular trend. With an average of 10,000 attendees, the event has a cozier feel while simultaneously drawing in the main stage acts consistent with festivals much bigger.

Best Hip Hop Festivals In California

Today we’re going to look at some of the hottest Hip Hop music festivals we’ve seen in a long time. This list will not be in a ranking order and will include festivals throughout California. Festivals are arguably the best place to see live performances, as it provides audiences with the ability to see many popular artists at one location, and packed into a weekend or holiday break. From San Francisco to Los Angeles, these are some of the best festivals we have ever seen.

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Rolling Loud

Rolling Loud is arguably the number one hip hop festival in the United States at the moment. The festival is in Los Angeles and Miami but hopes to expand to China and Japan very soon. The festival features some of the best hip hop artists on the planet and continues to grow in popularity. If looking for Hip Hop, this is the place to be. This years performers included Lil Baby, Lil Uzi Vert, Juice Wrld, and Playboi Carti.

Camp Flog Gnaw

From world reknowned Hip Hop artist Tyler the Creator, comes Camp Flog Gnaw, a Hip Hop focused music festival located at Dodger Stadium. Performances by YG, 21 Savage, and of course Tyler the Creator as well as many others were the hype of this years lineup. You may have also recently seen a viral video of Drake being booed off stage. Tyler and company apoligized to the rapper and criticized the fans who booed him and thus making him leave the stage. Regardless of the controversy, this festival is very fun and focuses heavily on Hip Hop.

Hard Summer

Hard Summer is one of the hottest festivals in California located at the Speedway in Fontana. Rain or shine, this festival goes on. The festival, like many is 18+. Although a mix between EDM and Hip Hop, the festival attracts some of the biggest names in Hip Hop like Snoop Dogg, Lil Uzi, and Kid Cudi and has shown no sign of slowing down.

Head in the Clouds

Last year, 88Rising gave fans underrepresented cultures and artists a big stage with it’s Head in the Clouds Music + Art Festival in Los Angeles. The agency and music label is committed to expanding the American urban music scene, and in 2018, its roster of Asian and Asian-American talent was joined by Anderson. Paak and hosted about 10,000 attendees.

Head in the Clouds comes to Los Angeles State Historic Park in August and features performances from 88Rising artists Rich Brian, Joji, Higher Brothers, Niki, August 08 and Dumbfounded, plus K-pop stars iKON, Jackson Wang, Korean rapper DPR Live and more. The new EDM stage will feature DJ sets and performances from K?D, Josh Pan, Manila Killa, Y2K, Deb Never, Park Hye Jin and Qrion

Coachella

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is an yearly music and arts festival put on at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, in the Coachella Valley.

Although not particularly known for hosting Hip Hop, Coachella over the last 5 years have brought some of the biggest Hip Hop artists like Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, YG, Sheck Wes, Kid Cudi, Gucci Mane, and many more to perform on some of the best and biggest stages. Although not technically a Hip Hop festival, Coachella has earned their spot on this list by bringing the best of the best to Coachella Valley.

Grizzly Festival

Grizzly is a Hip Hop Festival in Fresno California. Schoolboy Q, G-eazy, E-40, Nas, Lupe Fiasco and Snoop Dogg are some of the big names that have had the opportunity to perform at this festival. There are now 3 stages that will host performers for both days of the festival. The Yosemite Stage is the biggest stage and is placed at the West side of the festival, followed in size by the Sequoia Stage at the South/West corner of the event, followed by the Silent Disco Stage at the South/East corner. Lastly, the Red Bull stage will be placed nearest the entry in the Norht/East area near Grizzly Eats a.k.a. Vendor Village.

FYI, Vendor Village is a multitude of food trucks and food options, which is perfect considering you can NOT bring in your own food.

Jerry Brown Vetos 4 AM Nightlife Bill

Governor Jerry Brown vetoed the Late Night Bar Bill, or Senate Bill 905 last week on Septmeber 28. SB 905 would have adjusted the last call time to 4 a.m. in the cities of Los Angeles, Long Beach, West Hollywood, Palm Springs, Oakland, and San Francisco.

Governor Brown added comment in a letter to the California Senate, where he shared the reasons for turning down the law:

“Without question, these two extra hours will result in more drinking. The business and cities in support of this bill see that as a good source of revenue. The California Highway Patrol, however strongly believes that this increased drinking will lead to more drunk driving.”

Three Clubs’ co-owner Marc Smith, is baffled by Brown’s decision. Smith believes there’s something missing in the governor’s statement, and the state and businesses will miss out on extra revenue. “Does he have an alcoholic relative or something?” asks Smith. “I’m shocked that he would go out on something like that. I thought he’d be more progressive. As long as its regulated properly, this should be law.”

Smith adds that there’s a significant difference between last call at 1:30 a.m., and at 3:30 a.m. “At 1 a.m., there’s a sweet spot. The bar gets really busy, there’s a rush for last call, then we kick people out. At 1:30 a.m., they’re amped and excited, and still want to hang out. But by 3:30 a.m., they’re ready to go home.”

California Senate Passes Bill Allowing Last Call to Extend to 4 AM

Early this year, California Senator Scott Wiener began a campaign for the ‘Let Our Communities Adjust Late Night Act’, which proposed that each municipality within the state be given authority to choose their last call hour, possibly pushing it back to as late as 4AM.

Previously, all venues throughout the entire state were limited to a 2AM last call for alcohol services. “Nightlife matters a lot, culturally and economically, and it’s time to allow local communities more flexibility,” Senator Scott Wiener argued.

The Senator’s efforts have paid off as his proposed 4AM nightlife bill has officially passed in the Senate, allowing it to now move to Assembly for a review and a vote before reaching the governor for final word to “allow but not require local communities to let their bars and nightclubs serve alcohol until 4AM”.

This is a huge move that will affect party hotspots in the state like Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco if it passes through the next phase.

Last call at California bars could be 4 a.m. under proposed law

Closing time might get a little later at your favorite drinking spot thanks to a state senator who has proposed legislation to allow cities to decide how late alcohol can be served.

The Let Our Communities Adjust Late Night Act, which was proposed Tuesday, would allow municipalities to set their own last-call times. Currently, last call is at 2 a.m. across the state. Under the bill by state Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), urban centers with active bar scenes could move last call back as late as 4 a.m., while less nightlife-heavy areas could keep things the way they are.

Wiener said on his Facebook page that it was time to fix the “one-size-fits-all” limit.

“Nightlife matters a lot, culturally and economically, and it’s time to allow local communities more flexibility,” he wrote.

The last person to attempt to give cities flexibility in setting last call times was Wiener’s predecessor in the Legislature, former Sen. Mark Leno, in 2013 . The bill failed to get enough votes to move out of committee.

4 A.M. Last Call Proposed for California Clubs

Young tourists seeking a taste of Los Angeles nightlife are almost always in for a bitter pill. As originally reported on L.A. Weekly.

Expecting Hollywood glamour and all-night partying on a world-class level, revelers from out of town are more likely to get kicked to the curb at 2 a.m. because of California’s strict alcohol laws.

It’s embarrassing. State Sen. Mark Leno today announced that he has introduced legislation that would change our party pooper ways:

He wants to allow local governments to extend drinking hours until 4 a.m. Woot-woot?

Leno:
“This legislation would allow destination cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego to start local conversations about the possibility of expanding nightlife and the benefits it could provide the community by boosting jobs, tourism and local tax revenue.”

His bill, SB 635, would allow only nightclubs and restaurants to go until 4 a.m. (Stores that sell alcohol would still be subject to earlier hours).

Leno’s office says it would help bring California nightlife in line with that of such after-hours beacons as Las Vegas, New York, Chicago and Miami.

The legislation is supported by the California Restaurant Association.

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Some have argued that having all the drunk people leave bars at 2 a.m. puts pressure on communities and police, and that later closing times might actually spread the burden and allow some to sober up if they so chose.

Matt Gray, executive director of Taxpayers for Improving Public Safety:

“Uniform closing times put significant stress on public transportation systems and the law enforcement agencies tasked with managing and dispersing large crowds of patrons when they all leave the clubs at 2 a.m.”

But the big argument here is money. Lots of it. Leno’s office notes that nightlife in California is worth billions and that we’re home to 1 out of every 4 top-grossing nightlife venues in the nation.

However, the top 10 venues are in late-night-serving cities like New York, Vegas and Miami. Leno:

“Many cities in California have dynamic social activities that are vital to their economies, but they lack the flexibility to expand their businesses.”

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