By Modesto Briseno
Viva la Vida Santa Ana is almost ready to go for 2016. We have been working hard and doing the best we can to bring you some of the best vendors, food, arts, and entertainment Southern California has to offer.
The feedback from last year was great and we have done our best to listen to and implement that feedback in this years entertainment schedule. As the director of the stage performers and now the street performers, I have taken great steps with our team for Viva La Vida to make sure that happens again this year… with a cherry on top.
Now, I won’t be releasing the Lineup yet, but rest assured that it is better than last years. That is not to say that last years lineup was not good. That would be a great fallacy. Last year we were able to get some of the best musicians in So Cal to come out and entertain the crowds. And we thank each and everyone one of them for making it possible. Without them there would have been no show.
The way we are able to find some of these acts for the show is through our extensive contact list via Kilson Street. Kilson Street is an online music showcase that features some of the best local talent Southern California has to offer. Through the use of YouTube and social media we are able to contact, record, and transmit each episode to the masses via the internet. The musicians that come through Kilson Street are all very talented, but usually we try to pick out the ones that we think will be great for Viva la Vida.
Bands like El Haru Kuroi and Thee Commons from Los Angeles who were featured last year on the main stage, were Kilson Street Alumni. As were China Woman, Time & Energy, Los Mysteriosos, and Children. All of them great talents and groups that we thought were perfect for the stage.
In 2015 we also implemented street entertainers. This meant that we had many other acts out in front of the stage and throughout the festival that were not featured on the main stage. Balet Folkoricos made up most of these and were definitely a must see. The colors and great coordination of Relampago del Cielo was a marvel to watch!
As an organizer last year, it was certainly a great site to see a whole community come together to share their day with us and each other; To share each others passion for their loved ones through altars and celebrate the life that once was.
You know, I took a look at all the faces around me last November, as people were watching performers throughout the day. All I needed to see to confirm that it was a great day, was a smile in the crowd. That’s it. That is the most satisfying part of helping to organize Viva la Vida.
The 2016 Lineup will be up soon.