(AP) -- Alternative rockers Stone Temple Pilots and
rap veterans Slick Rick & Doug E. Fresh were among a
slate of acts performing Saturday night at a three-day
music and extreme sports festival celebrating youth
culture that turned out thin crowds.
A hybrid of Woodstock,
Lollapalooza and ESPN's X-Games, the Beyond 2002 Super
Festival cobbled together hip-hop and rock stars with
DJs, graffiti and break dancing on five stages.
Concertgoers also could gander at motorcyclists doing
freestyle jumps, snowboarders and skiers doing aerial
flips off a 40-foot ramp and skateboarders and BMX
bikers on a half-pipe.
Third Eye Blind, punk
rockers The Offspring and hip-hop stars Ludacris and
Africa Bambaataa were also performing Saturday night,
among others. Rappers Ice-T, Snoop Dogg, Outkast and
renown DJ Fatboy Slim were scheduled to appear Sunday.
The event, held in a
stretch of parkland near downtown and facing the mouth
of this city's main cruise ship thoroughfare, was
sponsored in part by Go Snacks, Mars Inc. and power
drink makers SoBe.
Local organizers Todd
Ross, 24, and Justin Moss, 23, said they set out to
reinvent the standard pop music festival by mixing the
most popular elements of youth culture in one event.
''We just gave them
everything that everybody likes,'' said Ross.
But by late Saturday
afternoon, the second day of festival, Ross and Moss
were scratching their heads over lackluster turnout.
''It's not quite what
we would have expected,'' Moss said. ``If we could have
done this show anywhere but Florida we would have pulled
in 100,000 (people).''
Advance ticket sales
were $45 per day, not including tax, and $99 for the
three days. On Saturday afternoon, about 2,000 people
were spread out among the different stages, some
watching the motocross bikers, others trying their hand
at paintball dueling.
Organizers said they
did not have exact attendance numbers, but estimated
about 5,000 turned out for the first daylong leg of the
festival on Friday.
They were expecting
between 20,000-25,000, Moss said, adding that a private
investor who came up with the bulk of the over $4
million needed to put on the festival stood to lose it
all if the crowds didn't grow as the day went on and
marquee acts took to the stages.
Danny Ramirez, 17, of
Miami, said he came to see Method Man and was not
impressed by the lineup of lesser-known acts or extreme
''It would be better if
there were more people here,'' he said.
concertgoers offered expletives to describe what they
thought of the event.
Moss said that in
addition to a ''guerrilla campaign'' to give people
flyers on the event, the festival was widely promoted on
radio, television and America Online.
''Nobody has the
answers,'' he said. ``Nobody can tell us why people
Miami Police Department
Sergeant Rafael Masferrer said officers made some 20
arrests since Friday, mostly for drug possession.