For all the early-day snafus of the inaugural
As a resident downtowner edginess-snob, we usually only venture into those Olympic/Figueroa ESPNZone badlands on assignment, or to get a mojito at Hotel Figueroa. But ever since its 2007 opening, there's been at least three pop major music venues and a giant outdoor pavilion right on downtown L.A.'s major arteries.
Usually, they never act in sync - a big pop show at
Beyonce, Snoop and
What if BET Fest has set up a way to have a kind of pop music
It'd be great for hotels, bars and restaurants in the neighborhood, and would give mainstream music fans who might not have considered themselves festivalgoers a chance to have the romp-around experience of one, whle going home to their own beds at night.
The BET Experience is an experiment in giving all varieties African-American music a worthy, singular showcase in the heart of L.A., an idea long overdue since Wattstax. But it's also setting an interesting precedent for how to use L.A. Live as more than just an atomized entertainment complex. That's something that could really re-make the pop music live experience in L.A.