May 8, 2013
I attended the Paid Dues festival this year in San Bernadino, CA, which was held at the San Manueal Ampitheater. This venue, which sits in the hills of Glen Helen Regional Park and makes for some pretty awesome scenery, was an improvement over the NOS Center where it's been held in previous years. I just wish the venue was closer to the lodging in San Bernadino, as we had to pay for a $40 taxi each way to and from the show. The other BIG issue I had was that due to the fact the venue made only 4 windows for will call, I had to wait an hour and a half in line to get my tickets and missed the Grieves set. Next year I will order my tickets in advance and have them shipped to me so I dont' have to wait in line.
The first act that we were able to see was De La Soul, which I was excited for because I had not seen them since Coachella in 2009 and they put on a great show. Their performance at Paid Dues 2013 was equally as good, performing hit after hit on the main stage. The crowd was having a great time during their entire set, and although we were unable to get down to the standing area, I didn't mind sitting in a chair that I posted up not too far from the stage. Talib Kweli played after De La on the main stage, but I wanted to rush over to catch the end of Binary Star's set on the Dues Paid stage as I had missed their performance at previous shows. We caught their last two songs before having to run back over to the main stage for Talib. The distance between the main stage and the other two probably takes around 10 mins to cover with all the foot traffic, which I will be sure to keep in mind next year.
I wasn't the biggest fan of Tech N9ne, but my cousin Cody from Kansas City absolutely loves him so I made sure to catch his set, which he murdered. The crowd was feeling it, his choreographed moves on stage were great, the light show was fantastic, and his music was rockin! I can't wait to see him again this memorial day at the Soundset Festival in MN.
I also wish I would have stuck around for Black Hippy. After having a long day at the show, we ended up leaving part way through Mackelmore even though the whole festival was getting wild during their set.