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Life Is Beautiful Day 2- Review and Interviews

posted October 29, 2014, 11:01 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, Festivals, Interviews, Live Show Reviews | comment Leave a Comment


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Fresh off the Kanye experience the night before, I regrouped and returned for Day 2 of The Life Is Beautiful fest in the afternoon to resume my eating, watching and listening festivities. This day’s insane lineup featured some of my favorite high energy acts and I knew lots of dancing would be in my future.Starting the day off with Fitz and The Tantrums, I next ventured to The Huntridge stage to chat with DJ Cassidy.

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The DJ who got discovered by Diddy in NYC, went on tour with Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake, is to go-to DJ for all hot parties including ones for Jay-Z and Beyoncé, Nas, Pharrell, JLo, Oprah and even became the first DJ to ever play a presidential inauguration? The artist/producer who’s about to drop his album ‘Paradise Royale’ spring 2015 featuring acts like MJB, Passion Pit, Usher, Ceelo, Nile Rodgers, R. Kelly, Ne-Yo, Robin Thicke, Jessie J, Chromeo, Melanie Fiona and more? Viewing his live set at LIB which trademark mixed different genres and music eras, it’s easy to see why he’s that guy. During my chat (peep it below), we discussed his early influences, how he assembled the all-star team for his upcoming album, DJing at The White House, his personal style, being asked to tour with Jay-Z and his future plans to tour with Usher.

After checking out The Roots, TV on The Radio and stopping to get meatballs at Carmine’s (so dope) , I headed to the Western stage to see Kimbra. Speaking with her recently (in case you missed it, see below), I’d been looking forward to her set for weeks and she didn’t disappoint. Wearing a fuzzy bell-shaped coat and a metallic flare dress that changed color when the stage lights hit it, I danced along to tracks off both of her albums. This would have been enough for me but I needed to see Lionel Richie. Drawing a multi-generational crowd, Lionel ran through his ballad, Commodore and solo hit set efficiently. High-points included singing along to “Brick House” and the African-sounding chorus in “All Night Long”.

Stumbling across Questlove’s “silent disco” by accident where only folks with lighted headphones could listen to the music, I picked up a pair and stopped to mosh to Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and broke out the running man on BBD’s “Poison”. Wrapping up the night, my ‘Aquemini’ and ‘Stankonia’ loving self finally saw Outkast live(are you kidding me with this lineup?)! One of the best hip-hop duos ever, the ATLiens showed no signs of rust and plowed through their set of crowd-pleasers, proving chemistry never dies. As midnight struck, I left tired but full of memories that would be highlights of 2014.

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