Author Archives: Jackie Vicino

Restaurants, Food, Politics, and Rock and Roll

Something DC-ers probably already know is that the Sweetlife Food and Music Festival took place this weekend. For everyone who does not already know about this event, it is an annual food and music festival hosted by the popular local salad chain, Sweetgreen. This year, it featured over thirty food and drink vendors, many of which are companies based in the DC area. This article in the Washington Post got me thinking about how the Sweetlife Festival exemplifies larger trends that have been developing within the food and music scene for a while now. I do not completely agree with the claim that Chris Richards made in the article that restaurants and chefs are subsuming the revolutionary role that rock and roll once held in our society.

Rock and roll is not the revolutionary medium that it once was. While music will always be exciting in its own unique way, it is no longer revolutionary; there is no sort of a movement binding people together through rock and roll like there was during the late 1960s and 1970s. Continue reading