The second afternoon of the inaugural High and Mighty Festival felt particularly auspicious as ticket-holders arrived early to sample the beer and stayed late to dance under the stars. The joint venture between Sublime with Rome and night two headliners the Dirty Heads translated into a weekend-long party that married craft beer with a diverse roster of main-stage talent. A tandem stage set-up ensured the pace of the production never stalled. In between samplings from some of the Southland’s more noteworthy breweries, fans were immersed in an eclectic blend of reggae, rock and hip-hop that established Village Green Park as yet another promising outdoor venue in Orange County.
Paring perfectly with the early afternoon sun, reggae-rock troubadours Pacific Dub and Ballyhoo! checked in with back-to-back sets that functioned well in easing the crowd to lose their inhibition. For Pacific Dub, selections such as “California Girl” and “Stolen Love” showcased a stylized, Southern California version of island music. For Ballyhoo!, the single “Walk Away” quickly rallied the crowd and proved to be the first fan favorite of the day. The audio equivalent of toes in the sand, both bands proved effective in maintaining a Sunday afternoon vibe that washed down well with more beer samples.