Making America’s Finest City a little more Irie The Island Vibe Music Festival comes to San Diego
Story by Aimee von G
Images by Cheryl Andaya
On June 24, island music fans throughout Southern California kicked off the summer music festival season and filled the Qualcomm Stadium Practice Field with positive vibes. Cultural pride was celebrated on the huge lawn or in the VIP section.
And of course to round out the festivities, food vendors brought on the Aloha noms–from mouthwatering malasadas, scrumptious spam musubis, and palatable poke nachos. Wash it all down at the Beergarden, and attendees could head down to the Island Vibe Vendor Village to check out unique wares ranging from jewelry, clothing, and art.
Kush County kicked things off on stage. Spawnbreezie brought on his musical blend of R&B and Hawaiian sounds, while Lea Love featured her new single “Say It,” a fun and flirty track perfect for the summer season. Kimie brought on her lush sounds, and also released her new single “Bamboo.” Katchafire was the headliner, and really pumped up the crowd in their signature mellow yet energetic way.
In addition to some of the best Polynesian recording artists on the scene, fans also enjoyed beautiful performances by Dancers of the Pacific, featuring traditional dances from the islands of Hawaii, Chamorro, Tahiti, and Samoa.
The Island Vibe Music Festival is brought to life by the non-profit organization, Prime Motivation. Established in 2004, its dedicated team is committed to promoting cultural diversity by engaging their audience through education programs, multi-cultural events, the “Inspire our Youth” Art of Dance, and rewarding talented youth with scholarships.
This year’s event was a great way to arouse the palates of island music fans for the summer. Until next year, a hui hou!