The streets of the Urban Village teemed with a smorgasbord of music, a variety of mouth-watering food, and a spectacle of eye-catching art as the popular San Diego IndieFest made its City Heights debut March 28 after a 10-year run in Bankers Hill, North Park and Liberty Station.
The event highlighting independent artists, succeeded in bringing a mass of diverse and talented musicians who rocked and swayed festival attendees with styles ranging from rap and soul to jazz and pop. IndieFest not only exposed the City Heights community to an array of unique styles of music, cuisine, and art, but also brought throngs of residents together for an eventful day and evening overflowing with merriment.
“The environment I felt was so positive and happy,” said City Heights resident Josselin Alyssa. “I was surrounded by people who appreciated and reflected on music and culture the same way I do.”
Others noted that IndieFest showcased the community’s diversity and highlighted its warm and welcoming environment in which everyone seemed to fit in perfectly like parts of a puzzle. “I wish I never had to leave,” Felix Escalera said.
IndieFest featured three stages with lineups ranging from The Hoover Groovers and Mariachi Los Palmeros to Chasing She and Anita Marks.
City Heights is the fourth San Diego neighborhood to host the event that began in Bankers Hill in 2004 and blossomed in North Park. It was held at Liberty Station in Point Loma in 2012 and 2013 before going on hiatus last year.
It may have found a permanent home in City Heights, where an ocean of smiles and happy people flooded the event. “Rock TO STOP Violence” was the phrase repeatedly emphasized by the organizers, and the crowd at one point shared a moment of silence for victims of violence.
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