SOULQUARIUS FESTIVAL, SANTA ANA CALIFORNIA
An excitement hit Santa Ana Saturday morning on February 18 harder than the storm that ran through Southern California the entire week beforehand. Even though it was scheduled to pour down on the Observatory grounds, the days event assured that not even rain would be able to put out the fire that Soulquarius was long expected to bring with a quickly sold out day promising a dream-like experience for R&B fans with legendary acts representing the relevance of 90’s staples to the hype of modern day experimentalists.
Arriving the morning of, however, seemed to put the dream on hold as a line encircled the block of the venue grounds. For Southern Californians, it felt like waiting in line for Space Mountain at Disneyland after Thunder Mountain Closed, Matterhorn broke down and the Haunted Mansion unexpectedly got stuck. I mean a friend of mine arrived at the same time and I received a text that she had finally made it in, three hours later.
Overselling, crowded situations and missing a good portion of the days early scheduled performers like (Jon B, Nina Sky and the Ying Yang Twins), many were quick to take their concerns to social media to express their less than enthused attitudes about the festival before they even made it inside. It seemed, literally and metaphorically, the entrance marked the love-hate affair attendees seemed to have on this years inaugural fest.