Hi everyone! I hope your Memorial Day weekend was good. I had a GREAT time attending the sixth annual Neon Desert Music Festival. I had so many experiences there, I don’t even know where to start! As I mentioned before, I wasn’t given press credentials after all but I was determined to go anyway!
I’ve wanted to go to this festival since the first year but money was always tight or something else always came up. My son wanted to go somewhere else and I forget what else happened over the six-year time span. None of my friends ever want to go either. This year I finally said the hell with all of these excuses! I know I know the rent is due this week and none of my friends want to go! I didn’t care, I was going by myself one way or another. Guess where I ended up getting a two-day VIP bracelet for about $100 less than its actual value? Guess where I usually purchase my tickets the day before or day of the event for a fraction of the cost? Craigslist!
Day 1 was pretty fun but the main reason I wanted to go was because of day 2. I’ve wanted to see Ludacris since my college days nearly 12 YEARS ago! His big hits like “Money Maker”, “Roll Out” and “Move” were jams I always wanted to dance to in Juarez, Mexico and/or local clubs like Graham Central Station and The Stampede. Anyway let’s get to Day 1.
The first artist I ended up seeing when I arrived was Nikyee Heaton. As I mentioned in my Sunday post, I was immediately drawn to her powerful voice. I always like it when artists interact with the crowd. She was one of those artists. You can read and listen to her music here. After I listened to her for a good 20 minutes, I headed to the Homegrown Stage. This is where local bands from different genres jammed out. The stage was set at the beautiful, new San Jacinto Plaza. I checked out the 11-member band jazz and hip-hop band Ribo Flavin’ and rappers Varsity Alumni.
After watching the two local bands, I took a walk around the festival and hung out in VIP for awhile. I spoke to a few people while in VIP. Note to self: Next time just get a general admission bracelet. I also included a few photos from my walk around the festival below. You can check out more photos and videos on Twitter. My Twitter handle is @lma911 or https://twitter.com/lma911
I will have part 2/Day 2 for you shortly. Enjoy the rest of your day and week!