This past weekend marked the second successful launch of Driftwood at Doheny State Beach. The festival fittingly grouped a California-focused craft beer festival, top notch BBQ, and country music star-studded entertainment all over one celebratory Veteran’s Day weekend.
While the food vendors included everything from pulled pork sandwiches, to milkshakes, to fried chicken inside a waffle on a stick, the cleverness didn’t stop there. The event was thoroughly sprinkled with the acknowledgment of the veterans in attendance at Driftwood. Drawings for signed guitars drew money to organizations such as Infinite Hero, Hope for the Warriors, and The Pathway Home.
Veterans were honored on the country music stage, as well. In between acts, veterans, including ten-year Navy SEAL Trevor Maroshek along with his retired k9 partner, Chopper, were brought onto the stage to be acknowledged for their service. The crowd met the veterans with an uproar of applause and cheer as the veterans were given signed guitars to take home.
Stars such as Chase Rice, Frankie Ballard, and A Thousand Horses graced the stage, as well as Cassadee Pope, Lit, Caroline Jones, and Mark Mackay. Caroline Jones impressed the crowd with her dexterity when she switched between multiple guitars and played keys as she serenaded the crowd. What was even more shocking was to see 90s band, Lit, as energetic and entertaining as ever, strutting a new, rougher image that suits them just fine. Although the band shared new tracks, they also reached back into their arsenal of well-known hits by performing My Own Worst Enemy, and Miserable for a crowd that sang every word.
With the awesome line-up of talent taking the stage as early at 1:10pm, Driftwood provided non-stop entertainment and niceties for the crowd that grew in number with each passing hour. One convenience, whose barber chair was never empty, was at the Uppercut Deluxe booth. Did you leave the house without a fresh cut or shave? No problem. The ambassadors at Uppercut Deluxe worked their magic on an endless list of festival goers, getting them spiffed up for a fun-filled day at the beach.
It’s no surprise that Driftwood Doheny Beach ended in success, once again. The popular beach festival marks the beginning of a long, lively tenure of entertainment for locals and veterans alike. For information on the next Driftwood, keep an eye on DriftwoodFest.com for 2018 updates.