SOLANA BEACH — Guitar riffs and pleasure surged via Solana Seaside over the weekend with the return of the forty first annual Fiesta Del Sol beachside music pageant and market.
After a two-year hiatus as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, anticipation for this yr’s pageant was larger than ever, attracting a whole bunch of music and beer fans from throughout San Diego County who flooded the realm of Fletcher Cove Park and the live performance house arrange within the car parking zone of Soiled Canine and Meow Grooming.
With a lineup of 20 performers — together with reggae icon Don Carlos, 70s-era surf rock band Yächtley Crëw and different performers within the rock and roll and soul genres — between two days on the neighborhood stage, the 2022 Fiesta Del Sol was the biggest iteration of the occasion but, sponsored by the Stomach Up Tavern and Solana Seaside Chamber of Commerce.
“It’s tremendous enjoyable — we’re having a blast,” stated Escondido resident Chrissie Preston. “I’m a giant music gal, and it’s a enjoyable native occasion additionally supporting small companies.”
With free entry to all of the reveals, the standing room-only live performance house steadily stuffed because the day went on with of us dancing, having fun with beer and singing alongside to authentic songs and traditional rock and roll covers. Others additionally took benefit of the VIP seating space for a extra unique expertise.
First-time attendee Larry Visconti and veteran attendee Linda, who selected to not share her final identify, loved the Sunday afternoon efficiency by Calgary-based band Daring Greatly from their garden chairs. Like many residents on the occasion, they introduced alongside their canine to benefit from the day.
“It’s an amazing lineup,” stated Visconti. “You may’t get any higher than Solana Seaside.”
Longtime attendee Linda lauded this yr’s pageant as the biggest but, with among the many most spectacular performers. For her and plenty of others, the occasion was a type of soul achievement after the COVID-induced absence of dwell music.
“It’s undoubtedly extra crowded, however it’s extra thrilling. The lineup is the perfect it’s ever been,” she stated.
Performers themselves have been equally as excited to be on the pageant. Some have been seasoned Fiesta Del Sol superstars, whereas others have been stepping on the neighborhood stage for the primary time.
“That is our first Fiesta, and it feels rattling good to be right here,” Patrick Croome, lead singer of Daring Vastly, stated to a cheering crowd.
In between performances, attendees ambled alongside South Sierra and Acacia avenues to purview the road of distributors promoting handmade wares, bought grub from the gathering of meals carts, and headed to the beer backyard to pattern libations from native breweries.
One of many many tents arrange over the weekend was occupied by small enterprise Vintage Printage, run by a Riverside resident and her daughter. Buyers sifted via crates of what at first look gave the impression to be data, however have been really classic journal covers, many saved from a library assortment set to be destroyed.
The resident stated she first caught wind of Fiesta Del Sol after not too long ago being recruited to arrange store on the occasion, and has appreciated the creative clientele introduced by the pageant.
“Occasions like this, and particularly festivals like this, are our lifeblood. With the attendance it has, and the kind of those that attend, it makes it simple to maintain. We promote a $10 product, and hundreds of individuals come via,” she stated.
Additional down the road of distributors, artist Rick Macaw might be seen sketching a grasshopper in entrance of a tent displaying small ink and watercolor drawings of buildings, vehicles, and natural world.
“That is my first artwork honest I’ve ever performed,” Macaw stated. “I’m simply out right here making an attempt to speak to individuals … making an attempt to place some peace and love into the world.”