This past weekend gave way to another successful Hard Day of the Dead. Taking place November 2nd and November 3rd at LA State Historic Park in Los Angeles, Day of the Dead was the only place to be. The topnotch lineup and the beautiful weather made for a glorious event. The Day of the Dead costumes worn by event goers and decorated stages set the mood for the festival filled weekend. Saturday’s lineup alone was enough to please any electronic dance music lover.
Oliver was a great way to kick off our first day. The funky duo took over the Hard Stage for the afternoon as they gave the crowd a taste of Mechanical, their debut EP released earlier this year, along with some other fresh tunes. Never failing to disappoint, Oligee and U-Tern remained true to their sound resulting in a pumped up crowd who couldn’t help but dance their way into the next performance.
It may not be socially acceptable for 20-somethings to trick-or-treat, but that doesn't mean we can't extend Halloween like we used to do when we were kids. If you're feigning for a way to prolong this year's wicked celebrations, look no further than Hard Haunted Mansion. The fifth annual one-day festival returns Saturday, November 3 to ensure wickedness prevails throughout the week. After four years at the Shrine Expo Center, Hard Haunted will move to the Hard Summer location - Los Angeles State Historic Park. French production duo and Hard veterans, Justice, will headline along with Major Lazer and Knife Party.
Scrap the vodka cran this year and whip up some of your own chillingly delicious cocktails, all suited to the costume of your choice this Hallow's Eve. Even if you aren't a cocktail guru, no need to scream...just head to one of the hot spots listed below to try some of these dangerous concoctions.
The Bloody Shine
2 oz Original Moonshine
3 oz tomato juice
1/2 oz fresh lemon
3 dashes worcestershire sauce
2 drops tabasco
Salt and pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients and shake. Pour into glass and add ice if you prefer. For all you victims of foul play this Halloween, this will be the perfect pre-game cocktail to try out with your deadly friends. You might not see it on the menu, but you can ask for this hauntingly delicious drink at Lure, Hill Country, Macalleria and Cafe Luxembourg.
While Halloween is definitely the most commercial holiday this weekend, don't overlook its sister celebration the Mexican Dio De Los Muertos or Day of the Dead.
On November 2nd it is tradition for families to celebrate the lives of their ancestors by setting up a celebration in their local graveyard. My Goth toes are curling just thinking about it. Graves are dressed up with candles, colorful flowers, cloths, sugar skulls and foodstuffs.
Boston's Forest Hills Cemetery is hosting a Dio De Los Muertos celebration this Tuesday, November 2nd from 4-6pm. The admission is free, and if you tire of dancing and swapping stories, you can always mope off into the beautiful graveyard itself and pretend you're waiting for Brandon Lee.