Balmy weather with temperatures in the 80s and cool breezes made Saturday's X-Fest one of most pleasant in the music festival's 11-year history.
Typically, temperatures for the downtown Modesto event are in the triple digits.
"It's much better," said Merced resident John McCullough, 50, just before 1970s-'80s pop band The Tubes began performing their hit song "She's a Beauty." "They've got a perfect weekend to have it."
This year's X-Fest featured more than 40 bands and disc jockeys on eight stages, including Montell Jordan, known for the 1995 No. 1 hit "This Is How We Do It"; Warren G, who recorded the 1994 hit "Regulate"; reggae-pop group Pepper; and Mix Master Mike, the resident DJ from the Beastie Boys.
There also were freestyle motocross racers; the Sintral Valley Derby Girls; vendors selling such items as baseball caps with dollar signs and skulls, and marijuana leaf T-shirts; and food, including Thai barbecue, corn dogs and Philly cheesesteaks.
Attendance was expected to hit 15,000, said Chris Ricci, the event's promoter. As of 9 p.m., the festival was running smoothly.
"It's been real quiet," he said. "I'm really excited -- I think we're doing great."
The 21-and-over event was a time for people to dance, wear Mardi Gras beads, have fun with friends and drink lots of alcoholic beverages.
"There's not many activities in Modesto," said Chris Henry, 35. "It's the only thing to do. It's a cheap concert -- money well spent."
The biggest draw depended on the age of the individual. Younger audience members cited Warren G as the artist they were most excited about. Those 40 and older were more interested in classic rock acts The Tubes, Montrose and the Michael Schenker Group.
Los Banos-based outlaw country-rock band Moonshine Bandits drew hundreds for their performance, which featured drinking anthems and bikini-clad Miss X-Fest Kristin Ferry dancing on a pole.
Angel Love, 34, of Modesto said X-Fest is good for the local economy because it gets people to come out and spend money. She liked being a part of the crowd.
"I became a hermit in my house," she said. "I wanted to get out and do something fun."
To watch video of X-Fest, including interviews with performers and attendees, go to www.modbee.com/videos.