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Despite a winning lineup, Soulquarius proves not worth the headaches

Despite a winning lineup, Soulquarius proves not worth the headaches

Soulquarius had the type of buzz inaugural festivals could only hope for.

  

The stacked lineup was an ambitious tracing of the last quarter century of R&B, and the daylong Saturday festival at the Observatory grounds in Santa Ana had long been sold out.  

New jack swing and R&B representing the genre’s ’90s golden age, as well as neo-soul, hip-hop soul and current alternative explorations of all of the above were on the bill. No surprise there, as most modern festivals are a sample platter of genres, but Soulquarius’ strength was its devotion to a generation of influential acts long ignored from major...

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