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Next Fest brought a taste of Sundance to LA last weekend

Last weekend in downtown Los Angeles, Next Fest, Sundance’s two-year old film festival, featured a small selection of films previously screened at the Sundance Film Festival in January, which were each paired with either a conversation with the filmmakers or a musical performance. Each day of the three-day festival concluded with a musical performance chosen to complement the preceding movie and for many of the films, music was a prominent component.

The festival was held at the newly renovated theater at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The theater was recently retrofitted with a projection and sound system for both movie screenings and musical performances. The location felt very angeleno with the hipster Ace Hotel coffee shop and restaurant as one in-between-show snack option as well as a taco shack with criminally delicious $1.50 tacos next door. Here are a few highlights of the weekend.

Miniature Tigers gave a great show in LA en route to their First City Festival performance later this month

Miniature Tigers have been around since 2007, but unlike a lot of bands that make it big seemingly overnight, this band has slowly but surely built a loyal fan base over the years. They were joined by Australian band The Griswolds last Friday night at The Echo in Los Angeles. The Miniature Tigers will next be visiting Northern California on August 23 for the First City Festival in Monterey.

Beyoncé and Jay Z ‘On The Run’ to AT&T Park

Beyoncé and Jay Z are on their way to AT&T Park in San Francisco on August 5 and 6 following two nights at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles. If Instagram feeds are any indication, the On The Run tour was the place to be this past Saturday and Sunday nights in Los Angeles. The two-and-a-half hour show was a non-stop journey through some of Bey and Jay’s most memorable and popular songs. Due to their extensive catalogues of hits, they chose to do mashup versions of a number of their songs. This choice allowed them to pack in all of the fan favorites into one show, as well as to marry their respective bodies of work into one cohesive experience.