Saturday at Left Coast Live

Overall, Left Coast Live‘s Saturday schedule featured a lot more “urban” bands and DJ’s than Friday, which aren’t really my thing. I can’t deny those acts do draw a bigger crowd in San Jose than the pop, folk, rock, blues, jazz, and punk bands I’m more interested in. Still, the festival gave me plenty to keep me interested, including a line-up of pop acts on the main stage, and a good variety of styles on the “mini-main” stage. One highlight was the chance for local bands to play on the main stage. The line-up featured Dr. Nurse (below, left), Lisa Dewey & The Lotus Life (right), and The Mumlers.

Dr. Nurse Lisa Dewey

Yo La Tengo drew the big crowd on the main stage, but performers on the mini-main stage like Lagos Roots Afro-beat Ensemble (below, left) and local funk & soul impresario Darondo (right) did a better job of getting their audiences moving.

Lagos Roots Afrobeat Ensemble Darondo

Left Coast Live is really turning itself into a major event in the local music calendar, providing fantastic entertainment for a very reasonable price. I sure hope to see the festival grow its audience next year. The challenge may be whether Left Coast Live can draw a regional audience but still keep up the focus on Silicon Valley’s local bands.

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