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Rock the Bells Day 1 - NOS Events Center - 8/18/12

Our celebrity sighting of the night goes to super-producer Hit Boy, who came to enjoy Rock the Bells as wellSee Also*TOMORROW: Woodystock 2012 at Elks Lodge Park in Garden Grove*Top Five Acts You Can't Miss at Rock the Bells*Long Beach Funk Fest: Five Acts You Can't Miss
Our celebrity sighting of the night goes to super-producer Hit Boy, who came to enjoy Rock the Bells as well

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TOMORROW: Woodystock 2012 at Elks Lodge Park in Garden Grove
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Top Five Acts You Can't Miss at Rock the Bells
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Long Beach Funk Fest: Five Acts You Can't Miss

Rock the Bells, Day 1
NOS Events Center
8/18/12

Through heat and hip-hop, the first day of Rock the Bells trudged on as one well-oiled, wild machine. We spotted a few cases of what appeared to be heat exhaustion, one lone altercation, lots of plumes of smoke, and most importantly -- we enjoyed one of the decidedly-superior festival lineups of the year. Whether it was a newcomer or one of our old-school heroes, virtually everyone we saw gave the San Bernardino audience everything they could muster, pull, and release from their creative and physical bodies. Several years into Rock the Bell's tenure as a festival, every artist must know by now to bring their highest form of self with them when they hit the stage, and we consider ourselves lucky to have been able to witness all these luminaries of the genre in one day-long span. Here's a list of the stuff that stood out.


Rock the Bells Day 1 - NOS Events Center - 8/18/12

Rock the Bells Day 1 - NOS Events Center - 8/18/12

Rock the Bells Day 1 - NOS Events Center - 8/18/12


We don't know what you call this, but it sure looks fun.
We don't know what you call this, but it sure looks fun.

Rock the Bells Day 1 - NOS Events Center - 8/18/12

Rock the Bells Day 1 - NOS Events Center - 8/18/12


As we have noted before, it was extremely, painstakingly hot yesterday, and since we as a species have yet to invent an elaborate, intricate system of mass outdoor air conditioning, in order to escape the heat you had to go where the temperature was reasonable. To our luck, where the temperature was best was where the performers were equally sturdy. At the Guerilla Union Stage, Inglewood rapper Casey Veggies, southern firebrand Killer Mike, and indie hip-hop icon El-P led a three-hour charge through a varietal array of songs that ranged from the bombastic and booming, such as virtually every track El-P performed, to the divisively political like Killer Mike's "Reagan." And, beforehand Veggies provided much of the bounce and party-friendly vibes before exiting the small venue. El-P came correct with the humor, his band provided all the rock and electronics a a large hip-hop event can handle, and Killer Mike assumed the role of the very poetic, sometimes inspirational speaker. There was something for everyone in that three-hour span, and it was all of an unrivaled quality.

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