Festival Pass: We went to BeachLife, Brew Ska Ska and Same Same But Different

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As promised, I’m back with our first festival recap of the season!

Like I said last week, September is the new April. Our team fanned out around Southern California over the last few days to cover some of the first festivals back around the region, the biggest being BeachLife in Redondo Beach. We were also at Brew Ska Ska and Same Same But Different. Read on for the highlights and don’t forget to check out all of the great photos.

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Attendees of the BeachLife music festival enjoy swinging and taking selfies in Redondo Beach on Saturday, September 11, 2021. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

BeachLife Festival, Redondo Beach

The BeachLife Festival came back for its second year at Seaside Lagoon in Redondo Beach Friday-Sunday. Reporters Richard Guzman and Peter Larsen were joined by photographer Drew A. Kelley to capture everything from the music to the vibes to the food.


Roger Lima of Less Than Jake performs during Brew Ha Ha Productions’ annual Brew Ska Ska (Brew Ha Ha) at Oak Canyon Park on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. (Photo by Kelly A. Swift, Contributing Photographer)


Brew Ska Ska, Silverado

Reporter Kelli Skye Fadroski braved the heat in Oak Canyon Park to report on Brew Ska Ska with Less Than Jake, Hepcat and more. Photographer Kelly A. Swift was there, too. Read more.


People walk along the beach during the Same Same But Different Festival at Lake Perris near Perris on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)


Same Same But Different, Lake Perris

I was successful in my hunt for Saxsquatch! I caught his set, as well as the Inland Empire’s own GrooveSession on Thursday night. This was a very laid-back crowd.

You need to check out this story just to see the beautiful images Watchara Phomicinda captured from the first night of the festival. Read more.

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