Stones Throw Superfest brings locals together for a beautiful day of music and food


Vache Sarkissian

Mild High Club performs at the free, all day music festival in Highland Park hosted by local music label Stones Throw.

As part of Red Bull Sound Select’s 30 Days in LA, a series of daily shows throughout November organized by Red Bull Sound Select, the local independent record label Stones Throw held an all-day music festival for free at Highland Park’s Sycamore Grove Park. With a lineup of many established artists and also some very fresh-sounding new ones, the mini-festival was the perfect local gathering spot for hipsters, couples and families alike.

The first thing that was most noticeable about the festival was the rather large number of food trucks that entertained the space around the park. At least 20 trucks were parked down an entire block of Figueroa Avenue, and for each one there was a line of about 15 people at all times.

Perhaps the most charming element of the festival was the casual and neighborhood-friendly setup. Since the festival was free, it added a greater sense of community and was far more inviting than, say, a festival such as Exposition Park’s FYF.

One of the most exciting performances of the afternoon was that of Mild High Club. The solo act of musician Alexander Brettin, which released its sophomore album, Skiptracing, earlier this year was quite a treat. The set, although short, included some of the best songs from the new album and was all the more sweeter considering it was free.

“I was pretty bummed when they played the Echo and it was 18 plus,” said Glendale High sophomore Matias Pachalian. “It was great to actually be able to see them at such a cool park for free.”

Events such as this are what bring a unique sense of togetherness among Los Angeles natives. A local label, a beloved local park, many delicious local food trucks; the whole event was a local goldmine. “Los Angeles is such a beautiful city, and it’s that much nicer when people come together to truly enjoy it,” said Glendale High sophomore Kenneth Corté.