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TributeFest – Helping to further the suburban stereotype

April 19, 2010

Today I found a flyer for an event that Santa Clarita is hosting at Central Park called “TributeFest.” It reads:

Indio has Coachella. Chicago has Lallapalooza. Now Santa Clarita will have TributeFest. The inaugural event will bring together 8 tribute bands covering legendary bands including The Beatles, U2, Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews Band, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, Johnny Cash, The Who, and Sublime.

Great.

So now we’ve gone through the 5 Stages of Grief, and we’re finally – collectively – at the “acceptance” stage. We’ve accepted that 98.275% of what’s known in Santa Clarita is merely a copy of a copy of a copy, and we’re just going to run with it.

#Awesometown.

Think about it: This is a festival that’s highlighting bands who pretend to be other bands in a park that’s named after another park. And you’ll pay $40 for admission to experience this cultural marvel. (But at least they’ll have beer and food trucks, right?)

Now, don’t misunderstand me. As uninterested as I sound, myself and everyone else at Proxart appreciate the effort. We know that we have to start somewhere to try and bring culture to this town. We get it, and we’re normally not into outright bashing. We just think that, as a city, our standard of quality and appreciation should be higher.

The art is here. The culture is here. It lives and breathes and creates right inside our city, and yet we continue to settle for sub-par cultural imports from our broader culture.

So, what’s your opinion? Do you have one? Is TributeFest a good idea? Or does it suck? Are we being unfair, or unreasonable?

Tell us, please.

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. April 19, 2010 12:08 pm

    yo guys

    i live in reno now, but its said that RENO has more ‘culture’ than SCV… 😦 makes my heart sink. SCV has potential. Let’s show it.

  2. April 19, 2010 12:42 pm

    It really is sad. How does Reno have more ‘culture’ than SCV?

  3. Rachel permalink
    April 19, 2010 1:31 pm

    I think it’s a step in the wrong direction. The concerts in the parks series is basically this and they are free and open to the community.

    However food trucks I’m totally ok with.

  4. April 19, 2010 1:33 pm

    Definitely. Concerts in the Park have always been cover bands right? Just sans the beer, food trucks and all-day-ness. Which isn’t something I would even blink an eye at paying $40 for.

  5. April 19, 2010 8:40 pm

    WOW, all it is , is an expensive version of Concerts in the Park, im dissapointed that its $40….. you can see just as good of “tribute” bands for free July-August, why not get some actual real famous bands out here being that we are “Awesometown”.

  6. Ryan. permalink
    April 19, 2010 10:37 pm

    pfft..”awesometown”. In all sincerity, when the people from Newhall Land&Farming went out to survey what people thought of living in Valencia, people responded “awesome” because they wanted to avoid having to explain a plethora of reasons why Valencia is such a bland and boring community that seems to be in its own bubble. It’s rather the stereotypical suburban American neighborhood if you ask me.

  7. Melissa permalink
    April 21, 2010 2:13 pm

    Hopefully the awesometown bus ads wont last long because everyone in the greater Los Angeles area finds it to be ridiculous. I mean, it was on a bus in Glendale! Who the hell would wanna go from Glendale to Valencia, honestly.

    But Santa Clarita should really stop copying other places and go back to what made it interesting. Like how the mall got rid of the really cool murals of the orange groves and the cowboys and indians. There is culture here and lots of really interesting history, but for some reason all the corporations got in and seem to be trying to erase it and make the entire town bland. There should be like, murals painted in places. Something for the public that is accessible to all will bring culture back.

  8. Chris permalink
    April 21, 2010 2:51 pm

    Oh man, I think this tribute fest is a crock of sh*t. Who wants to pay money to see bands pretending to be other bands. Why cant our valley sponser a show that highlights ORIGINAL music that actually comes from SCV. Lets have an art festival or something showing how people feel living suburban life!

  9. Ksauce permalink
    April 28, 2010 11:35 am

    If you dont like SCV then you should probably move…or do something about it.

  10. April 28, 2010 1:30 pm

    Do something about it? Hmmmmm…… maybe we can have a forum or outlet that tries to expose and change art and culture from suburbia and the SCV from within the SCV and suburbia…….

  11. April 28, 2010 2:20 pm

    What’s up Ksauce! We actually are doing something about it. We don’t want to leave suburbia without any art, so we’re hanging out in town and trying to make people more aware of the art and culture that’s already here. You should come hang out with us tonight for some beer (https://proxart.wordpress.com/2010/04/24/april-28th-meetup-at-wolf-creek-brewing-co/) – and at any other event we’ve got. We’d love to meet you!

    Thanks for your thoughts 😉

    Nate

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