PROYECTO X: One of over 50 artist to attend
And just like that, the first installment of Pueblo Fest concluded on Sunday March, 19th. The inaugural three-day event was a resounding success! It has been a little over a week, but the buzz is still in the air from the close to 50,000 who attended the three-day spectacle. Pueblo Fest was over two years in the making, countless hours of pre-production, and keeping the vision the organizers had, of bringing something of this magnitude to the Central Valley. Organizers planted a seed on the rich and fertile land that is the valley, which provides fruits and vegetables to the world, and just like anything else, it grew. It grew from one artist, to over 50, one stage to seven, and so on and so forth. The minute Pueblo Fest was announced in 2016, the excitement and countdown was on, and it was time for the valley to come together and show this can be a yearly event.
What a show it was. Not only were there over 50 artist, Pueblo Fest had a cultural meaning. There was culture everywhere, over 20 "folklorico" dancing groups made their way. Pueblo Fest was truly a one of a kind. Organizers are well into planning Pueblo Fest 2018. "We've already talked to five big acts for next year, and we hope to announce next week." Euler Torres (one of the event organizers) To have almost 50,000 strong attend the first Pueblo Fest speaks volumes of what this will turn in to. What many have called the 'Latin Coachella' Pueblo Fest is well on its way on becoming the next great music festival. To put things in perspective it took Coachella four years to get at least 50,000 attendees, Pueblo Fest reached or almost reached that in year one. Pueblo Fest really put an emphasis on culture, food, and most importantly on the music. The music drove people from up and down the state, and even some from out of state.
Another cool aspect were the artist. As soon as they were done playing, they all went to take pictures, sign autographs, and give thanks to the fans that showed up. Some of the artist had different spots throughout the venue where they had meet and greets, it was great to see, the fans really got their moneys worth. Time will tell if Pueblo Fest will be the next great music festival, one thing is for sure, Pueblo Fest 2018 will be here before you know it.
DAY 1: Friday March 17, 2017
The first day of the inaugural Pueblo Fest, better known as the 'Latin Coachella' got off to a fantastic start. As I pulled in to the International Agri-Center in Tulare, California (site of Pueblo Fest) I starting seeing people with their lawn chairs, the "caballeros" (gentlemen) with their "sombreros" (hats), and "botas" cowboy boots, all making their way to the front gates. As I get closer to the front gate, I spotted RVs settled in, I've never experienced 'Coachella' but if I ever do, I would know exactly what to expect and all thanks to Pueblo Fest.
A quick recap of what is Pueblo Fest. It's a 3-day (March 17,18 & 19) festival brining regional Mexican music, culture, food, and everything in between to the heart of Ag country. Its spacious settings, which also host the 'World AG Expo' every February, brings folks from all over the world to Tulare, California. Over 140,000 attended the expo this past February. So, lets just say that Tulare knows a thing or two, about hosting large gatherings. But a music/cultural gathering of this magnitude doesn't happen in Central California, actually it doesn't happen anywhere else but one place that I can think of, and that is 'Coachella'. “This is the first-ever, regional Mexican music festival in the history of the United States,” said Arnoldo Avalos, president of the board of the Tulare-based Bold Production Inc., With over 50 artist committed, food vendors, DJs from all over, Mariachis, Custom Cars, horses, carnival rides, Pueblo Fest has everything and then some.
If the first day of the event had any indication of how things went, be ready to start planning on Pueblo Fest 2018! With headliners such as Grupo Intocable, Voz De Mando, El Fantasma, Los Morros de Norte, Las Voces del Rancho, and Las Fenix just to name a few, all playing on Friday night! There are seven stages throughout Pueblo Fest, something for everyone. The food is amazing, a lot to choose from, plenty of beer gardens, water, and drink stands around, makes for short lines. Definitely plenty to do, and plenty to see, really makes for a whole day of things to see, and do.
Today is day two, and already under way, we'll have more exclusive content, behind the scenes look and much more.
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