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The Top Six Moments at Bésame Mucho

8:00 AM PST on December 5, 2022

Photo by Sophia Juliette.

No other music festival has quite captured Los Angeles' multi-generational Mexican power in all its alegre, colorful glory like Bésame Mucho just did on Saturday. The one-day music festival took place around Dodger Stadium's parking lot and boasted a stacked lineup that made people go absolutely wild for tickets when the show was first announced earlier this year. The event sold out within minutes of the tickets going on sale. There were four stages loosely divided by genre: rock, pop, classics, and folk, and people came from all over California and Mexico to represent. Tens of thousands of people showed up to dance.

Other music festivals have gotten close to attaining this degree of excitement across many age groups, but Bésame Mucho nailed it and hit it out of the very ballpark that was hosting the festival. At certain points throughout the day, the entire parking lot became a dance party with concertgoers dancing and singing along to sonidero, rock en español, banda, and 90s electropop at the same time. If you questioned whether the ticket price was worth it, based on all the people that looked like they were generally having the times of their lives with their friends and family, it sure appeared to be the case.

Here are our favorite five moments from Bésame Mucho.

The Fits - People Were Dressed 2 Impress

Photo by Javier Cabral for L.A. TACO.
Photo by Javier Cabral for L.A. TACO.
Photo by Javier Cabral for L.A. TACO.
Photo by Javier Cabral for L.A. TACO.
Photo by Javier Cabral for L.A. TACO.
Photo by Javier Cabral for L.A. TACO.
Photo by quinn tucker by @quasarmedia.
Photo by quinn tucker by @quasarmedia.
Photo by quinn tucker by @quasarmedia.
Photo by @justnjames.
Photo by @justnjames.
Photo by @justnjames.

Grupo Kual Bringing That Deep and Rhythmic Sonidero Live and Direct From Mexico City (You Usually Only Hear Their Songs via DJs At Every Single Cumbia Night in L.A.)

Photo by @OKAYNICOLITA.
Photo by @OKAYNICOLITA.
Photo by @OKAYNICOLITA.

The Día de Muertos-Inspired Art Installations by Ricardo Soltera and Calenda (Procession) by Master of Altars Aldo Cruz (Both of Hollywood Forever Fame)

Photo by @justnjames.
Photo by @justnjames.
Photo by @justnjames.
Photo by Ricardo Stanley.
Photo by Ricardo Stanley.
Photo by Javier Cabral for L.A. TACO.
Photo by Javier Cabral for L.A. TACO.
Photo by Javier Cabral for L.A. TACO.
Photo by Javier Cabral for L.A. TACO.
Photo by Javier Cabral for L.A. TACO.
Photo by Javier Cabral for L.A. TACO.
Photo by Javier Cabral for L.A. TACO.
Photo by Javier Cabral for L.A. TACO.

Seeing El Tri Perform Mexico's National Anthem and Then Shouting That All Corrupt Politicians and Narcos Who Kill Journalists 'Can Fuck Off'

Photo by Sophia Juliette.
Photo by Sophia Juliette.
Photo by Sophia Juliette.
Photo by Sophia Juliette.
Photo by Sophia Juliette.

Seeing Banda El Recodo, Bando Machos, and Ramon Ayala Perform All the Mexican Party Classics

Photo by Sophia Juliette.
Photo by Sophia Juliette.
Photo by Sophia Juliette.
Photo by Fred Ayala.
Photo by Fred Ayala.
Photo by Fred Ayala.
Photo by Sophia Juliette.
Photo by Sophia Juliette.

Literally Seeing All of Dodger Stadium's Parking Lot Transform Into a Dance Party

Seeing L.A.'s Cotton Candy Sunset Skies Over Dodger Stadium

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