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BeachLife 2022: Memorable moments from the festival

The sun has set of the third installment of the BeachLife Festival, which brought thousands of people to Redondo Beach’s Seaside Lagoon May 13-15.

They came to see dozens of bands performing on four stages including Weezer headlining  May 14, the Smashing Pumpkins the following day with the Steve Miller closing it all up on Sunday.

Here are some of the memorable moments from the three-day festival.

The local talent

The BeachLife Festival is about celebrating the local lifestyle, and that’s the case with the music too. So while headliners like Weezer, the Smashing Pumpkins and the Steve Miller Band closed each night out, the lineup was filled with local South Bay talent as well.

On Saturday, Manhattan Beach’s Charlotte Sabina performed in the intimate Speakeasy stage while other South Bay bands that performed over the weekend included Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds, Dan Kelly from Fortunate Youth, Latch Key Kid and Jim Lindberg, frontman for South Bay punk band Pennywise. And Long Beach talent was represented by the Long Beach Dub All Stars and Cold War Kids.

No mellow days

Sunday is supposed to be the mellow day at BeachLife where the more chill acts close out the weekend. But there was nothing chill about Ozomatli’s early Sunday afternoon set as the veteran  L.A. band got the crowd on its feet dancing to the six-piece group’s energetic mix of cumbia, rock, jazz, hip-hop and all sorts of other upbeat sounds.

Ozomatli performs on the Hightide stage at the Beachlife music festival in Redondo Beach on Sunday, May 15, 2022. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)
Ozomatli performs on the Hightide stage at the Beachlife music festival in Redondo Beach on Sunday, May 15, 2022. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

“They told us Sunday was the mellow day, but we didn’t get that memo,” sax player Ulises Bella told the crowd. The group made it almost impossible for people to stand still as it ripped through a set that included songs like “Como Ves,” “Saturday Night,” and “Cumbia de los Muertos.” The band members ended the set in their traditional way, by taking all of their instruments and jumping into the crowd where they formed a musical circle in the middle of the grass area in front of the main stage. The band then continued playing as they led a conga line of dancing people to the adjacent VIP area where those who had the proper credentials were able to follow them all the way to the backstage entrance.

Setting the tone

They may hail from Nebraska, but the members of 311 set the perfect BeachLife tone when they played a sunset set at the venue’s Lowtide Stage. “What an awesome place to have a concert,” vocalist-guitarist Nick Hexum said to the large crowd gathered on the sand at Seaside Lagoon in Redondo Beach on Friday.

Nick Hexum of the band 311 performs during day one of the three day music festival Beachlife in Redondo Beach on Friday, May 13, 2022. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)
Nick Hexum of the band 311 performs during day one of the three day music festival Beachlife in Redondo Beach on Friday, May 13, 2022. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

While those in the front stood and danced as they watched the band perform songs like “Beautiful Disaster,”  “Come Original,” “Do You Right,” and its popular cover of The Cure’s “Lovesong,” many in the back sat on beach blankets, taking in the cool breeze under the orange, yellow and pink sky right by the ocean.

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