Smokeout 2010: Cypress Hill, Incubus, Deadmau5, & more...
This past Saturday was a legendary day for music lovers. Combining sounds and styles from Incubus, deadmau5, Nas & Damien Marley, MGMT, Cypress Hill, Travis Barker, and much more. This festival reminded us of a one-day Coachella. Put together by Guerilla Union, they rented out the Nos Events Center in San Bernardino. And for starters, they didn’t charge a dollar for parking, a good start to a good day!
The audience was so diverse since there was such a variety in musical styles, yet everyone mixed so well and was very friendly. With all different types of food vendors, and drinking sections for those over 21, you were there meant to be filled well. Not only was there a VIP Section, but you also a VIP cabana area with special accommodations. There was a meet and greet with Cypress Hill, Atmosphere, Iration, Erika Badu, and more.
We’re giving our top show picks to Nas & Damien Marley, MGMT, and of course, Incubus. Nas and Damien Marley are both big enough names and talented enough musicians to have their own headlining set, but they were willing to put it together and throw it down, playing both of their hits and jams together. MGMT played on the “Massive Stoned Garden” Stage, and captivated the audience. Playing their originals like “Electric Feel” and sharing some new jams with the audience. Once it got close to Incubus’ start time, the crowd was getting antsy, and rushed over to the “Smokeout” Stage. Once they started, almost the entire audience was waiting eagerly. They opened with Megalomaniac, their first hit off of Crow Left of a Murder. They played all their hits from Morning View, Make Yourself, Crow Left, Light Grenades, and their Monuments and Melodies collection. They even offered a new song from their album that they are working on, and it felt very much like Morning View all over again. Once finished, an encore chant started, and they came right back out to play a few more tunes. The second they ended their set, the trendy beats of Deadmau5 immediately popped, and everyone rushed over to the “Massive Stoned Garden” Stage for the final two hour set of the night. It immediately turned rom Incubus’ grooves, to a nightclub style dance party, and lasted until 2:00AM.
From the wide variety of concerts I’ve seen, this was one of the most peaceful, diverse crowds I’ve seen. Nobody was fighting, pushing, or shoving, just looking out for everyone to have a good time. Keep an eye out for next year’s line up, as it seems Guerilla Union always steps it up a notch!