The Belmont Shore area of Long Beach does not forgive any entrepreneur who cannot maintain their commercial composure for at least a year. Businesses come and go from that area rather quickly, punishing those who do not understand the local populace while rewarding those who do. Location typically plays a key role in the success of businesses in this area, favoring the center more than businesses at the ends of 2nd Street. While I cannot speak much about the doomed spot known as 5376 E 2nd St, the real estate in the center of 2nd Street sees tons of foot traffic, so will bear a greater chance to succeed past the first year. However, location can only mean so much if the entrepreneur understands how to handle it, and the entrepreneurs behind Shore Public House have landed a great location that they will need to struggle to hold on to.

Having just launched last Thursday, Shore Public House brings yet another gastropub presence to Belmont Shore, joining the ranks of Tavern On 2 and Simmzy’s. Taking over the old BJ’s Restaurant space, Shore Public House comes to us from one of the management teams behind some restaurants over on Pine Avenue in Downtown Long Beach – which restaurants, I do not recall at the moment. As a gastropub, they do nothing new to reinvent the dining experience – in fact, their menu looks like a menu found at every trendy restaurant out there. I believe they still operate under a soft opening, while their staff claim that they have officially opened for business and not once ever mentioned a soft opening. This comes off as a shame, because once any business leaves the soft opening stage for full operations, that indicates that they have solved all of their operations issues. Unfortunately, Shore Public House has no idea how to deal with this neighborhood compared to Downtown.

Littered with problems, Shore Public House has far too many improvements to make that will severely impede their progress during their first year in business.

  • Lack of social media interaction: With today’s advance technology, all businesses must utilize social media to not only stay relevant, but to interact with their followers. Creating daily posts should go without saying, but businesses must also interact with their followers. When followers communicate with a business, that business should respond in a timely manner, which Shore Public House fails to do. Their menu clearly has a section labeled Happy Hour, but nowhere on their website, menu, or Facebook does it mention the time of Happy Hour. I posted on their Facebook page asking about Happy Hour, and to this day, not one person has responded to me.
  • Hours not posted: Following up on the last point, businesses need to clearly define when customers may come in for certain purposes. For example, Murphy’s clearly states that they have Happy Hour 4pm-7pm Monday through Friday, and on Wednesday from 7pm to closing, all 12oz beers cost $3.50. Only when approached in person and inquired about it did I discover that Shore Public House has a “drinks only” hour from 4pm to 5pm, Happy Hour from 5pm to 6pm, and then dinner starts afterwards.
  • Queues not prioritized: In other words, someone who arrived after you may receive their order before you. I arrived right at 5pm, and did not get a server to order from until 5:15, when I only wanted two appetizers. A party of four sat adjacent to me ten minutes after I had ordered, and they ordered their appetizers within five minutes of sitting down. By 5:40, they had all received their appetizers and drinks. In the meantime, I had yet to see my original server, and a different server brought me chips and a paltry serving of salsa, which went dry after four chips. I did not receive my first appetizer until just after 5:50, a full 35 minutes after I had placed my order. Only after I received this first appetizer did my original server come back to ask if I needed anything else, aside from faster service. My second appetizer arrived 15 minutes later, a full 50 minutes after I had placed my order.
  • Inexperienced servers: Drawing from the last point, a server did not notice me until 15 minutes after I had sat down. After ordering, I did not see my server again until after someone else brought me my first appetizer 35 minutes later. As an industry standard, servers need to occasionally check in with their tables to acknowledge their presence. I also cannot stand the fake politeness of the servers here, who all look like they learned at Disneyland how to fake a smile. A pub environment like this allows servers to act more friendly and casual towards the customers – leave the formalities to the fine-dining restaurants.
  • Low food quality for the price: This may sound opinionated, but multiple voices all agree that the food here definitely needs some work, as it all tastes like club food. The menu takes advantage of trendy foods by attempting to modify an ingredient or two, then inflating the prices to that of fine-dining prices. Can you believe that five cubes of Kale Fritters, each the width of my thumb, cost $5.50?! Three pieces of Baby Back Ribs, which taste like they boiled them then spooned on some store-bought barbecue sauce, cost $7. A basic ice cream cookie sandwich costs $7 that you can make at home for less than $2. Add everything up, and you have club food at upscale restaurant prices.

I hope the management team behind Shore Public House reads this, because they need this wakeup call. They need to forget everything they knew about the restaurant industry because the Downtown scene has no relation to the Belmont Shore scene. Just because they have successful restaurants elsewhere does not mean that they can ride the bus across town and hope to succeed in a new environment. Belmont Shore does not forgive any business that does not have their act together, nor fits in with the local community. If I had the final say, I would fire everyone and rehire a brand new set of staff, because the current team will cause the restaurant to fail by the end of this year. The front-of-house need more experience, and the back-of-house needs way more experience. If they have a head chef, that chef needs to take some time off work and go train in another country to learn more culinary techniques. If they do not have a head chef, then I do not want to ride this train without a conductor. Sorry Shore Public House – I wanted to give you a chance and come back for more, and I usually cut new restaurants some slack, but after a first visit this horrific, I can safely cross you off my list.

Fiesta Hermosa
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 30 – September 1
Downtown Hermosa Beach
http://fiestahermosa.net/

Fiesta Hermosa returned to the streets of Downtown Hermosa Beach this past weekend. Free to park and attend, this street fair will have food, drinks, music, arts & crafts, games, rides, vendors, and more. You cannot park AT the event – for those driving, you must park at the Northrop Grumman Building at Marine & Aviation in Redondo Beach, and a free shuttle will carry you to and from the fest and parking lot.

Long Beach Greek Festival
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 30 – September 1
Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, Long Beach
http://www.lbgreekfest.org/

At this Greek Festival, you will find Greek foods & desserts, drinks, dancers, music, games, rides, arts & crafts, vendors, exhibits, and more. CSULB provides free parking and shuttle rides. Print the voucher from the website to waive the admission fee.

Orange County Psycho Punk Fest #4
6:30 pm – 11:30 pm, September 2
House of Blues, Downtown Disney, Anaheim
http://www.houseofblues.com/anaheim/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=09004CFFEAD12E45&oid=0

A bunch of Orange County punk bands will perform on TWO stages at the House of Blues this Tuesday night. Tickets to this show cost $10, but contact any of the bands directly to score free tickets. I also have extra tickets, so reach out to me if you want free tickets as well. No one under 18 may attend this show. Guests may park for free for up to five hours with the show’s wristband, so plan your arrival accordingly.

Stiff Little Fingers – On Tour
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 2, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/stiff-little-fingers
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 3, El Rey Theatre, Miracle Mile, Los Angeles http://www.theelrey.com/events/detail/251379

Stiff Little Fingers will headline two shows in the greater Los Angeles area this week. Tickets to both of these all-ages shows cost $25. The band will also have copies of their new album, No Going Back, available for sale, so have some extra cash available if you want to purchase a copy.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:30 pm – 11:00 pm, September 3
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/1540412959512087/

Get your fill of burlesque every first Wednesday of the month at The Copper Door in Downtown Santa Ana, for free! Guests can park on the street for free after 8pm. No one under 21 may enter.

Long Beach Coin, Stamp, & Sports Collectible Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 4-6
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.longbeachexpo.com/

This show brings tens of thousands of collectors worldwide to share, buy, sell, and trade their collectibles. Complete with seminars, workshops, press conferences, vendor booths, auctions, and more, this all-ages expo will delight anyone interested in collecting valuable goods. Admission costs $8, with discounts available for seniors and children. Parking at the convention center costs $10.

Huntington Beach Food, Art, & Music Festival
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 5
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 6-7
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://www.hbfest.com/

Get lost in a sea of people at this massive festival this weekend on the beach in Huntington Beach. Find BBQ, art, live music, beer, and plenty more to see & do all weekend. Tickets cost $20 for all-access, $15 for food & music only, or $35 for reserved seating. Admission does not include food – all attendees must pay for food separately.

3rd Annual Reader Feast
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 5
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://www.sandiegoreader.com/readerfeast/

The San Diego Reader hosts this food fest that collects the best of San Diego eats into one location for a night of feasting and drinking. General admission costs $30 presale and $60 at the door, starts at 6pm, and provides all-access to all food & drink samples. VIP admission costs $40 presale and $80 at the door, starts at 5pm, and in addition to unlimited food & drink samples, comes with two full-pour drinks and a goodie bag. No one under 21 may attend.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 5
Various locations
Long Beach: http://firstfridayslongbeach.com/
Venice: http://www.abbotkinney1stfridays.com/

This monthly artwalk occurs on the first Friday of every month. Each location offers different activities, but most will contain food & drink specials, art exhibits & displays, street performers, and more. Venice and Long Beach have the two largest gatherings of all First Fridays. Other locations include Westchester, Fullerton, and City of Industry. Most First Fridays locations cost nothing to attend, while the local businesses uphold their standard rules (e.g. bars 21+ only).

16th Annual Los Angeles Greek Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 5
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 6
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 7
Saint Sophia Cathedral, West Los Angeles
http://lagreekfest.com/

Just a week after the Long Beach Greek Fest, the LA Greek Fest will basically have the same things: food, drinks, desserts, music, dancers, games, rides, and more. Admission to this all-ages festival costs $5 per person per day.

The 17th Annual Original Long Beach Lobster Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 5
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 6
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 7
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.originallobsterfestival.com/

Dubbed as the FIRST Lobster Festival, the organizers from the Long Beach Crawfish Fest and OC BBQ Bonanza will bring tons of lobsters to Rainbow Lagoon Park this weekend. In addition to all the lobster, the fest’s additional variety will include local music bands, dancers, artists, and more. Prices vary, but pre-purchasing tickets online will save you $2 each. Active U.S. military personnel can enter for free! As with any event in this area, attendees will have to pay for parking. You can find free parking in the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Avenue.

OC Weekly’s 11th Annual Decadence
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 5
Hilton, Costa Mesa
http://microapp.ocweekly.com/decadence/2014/

Come enjoy a night of food, drinks, music, dancing, and more. This festival for the senses will feature over 30 local restaurants, live music & DJ’s, local dance performers, signature cocktails, wild animal exhibits, and more. All-inclusive admission costs $35 presale, or $40 at the door if any tickets remain. No one under 21 may attend.

Reunion Ale Fundraiser
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 5
The Surly Goat, West Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/760543790671447/

Come sip on some rare brews while raising money for charity this Friday night at The Surly Goat in West Hollywood. Buy any of the featured brews, and a portion of the sales will benefit bone cancer research. Visitors may also purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win bottles of the special brews to take home.

Skunk & Pedz Birthday Blast
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 5
The Airliner, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/694379867308644/

Catch some local punk bands in northeast LA this Friday night. Tickets for this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter. Guests should look for street parking in the neighborhood across the street.

Decry in Santa Clarita
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 5
The Vu Bar, Santa Clarita
http://www.facebook.com/events/504899492988378/

Local punk bands play a benefit show this Friday night in Santa Clarita. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may attend.

Naked Aggression in Riverside
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 5
Mission Tobacco Lounge, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/522116031257634/

Naked Aggression will headline this show in Riverside this Friday night with some local up & coming punk bands. Tickets to this show cost $10. No one under 21 may attend.

Good Riddance – Two Shows
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 5, Borderline Bar & Grill, Thousand Oaks http://borderlinebarandgrill.ticketfly.com/event/633931-good-riddance-live-thousand-oaks/
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, September 6, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/178184

Good Riddance will headline two shows in Southern California this weekend, one in Thousand Oaks on Friday night, and one in Long Beach on Saturday night. Tickets to both of these shows cost $15. For the show in Thousand Oaks, any attendee under 21 must enter with an attendee over 21. For the Long Beach show, admission at the door costs $17 if the show has not sold out by then, and no one under 21 may enter.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 5
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/182195

Occurring on every month’s first Friday, this 60’s night at Alex’s Bar will play all vinyl music of motown, northern soul, boogaloo, 60’s pop, and more. Feel free to dress up too, as the bar staff will hold costume contests and dance contests. No one under 21 may enter.

2014 Grape Day Festival + Wine & Craft Beer Tasting Pavilion
7:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 6
Grape Day Park, Escondido
http://visitescondido.com/1777/grape-day-5k-parade-and-festival/

Bring out the family to this all-day celebration at the park. In the morning, a 5K race will take place around the park. At 9:30am, a local parade will run through Downtown Escondido. From then until the end of the celebration, a fair will take place at Grape Day Park, free to the public to attend. In addition, a wine & craft beer tasting pavilion will take place from 11am to 3pm. Sample wine from local wineries and beer from local breweries while enjoying live entertainment and other activities. Admission costs $20 presale and $25 at the door, and include a souvenir glass. No one under 21 may attend.

Aquarium of the Pacific 5k Run/Walk
7:30 am – 11:30 am, September 6
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/5k

Go on a nice 5k run down on the beach this Sunday morning starting at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. All participants who register prior to race day will receive a t-shirt, goodie bag, and a ticket to the aquarium with registration. Registration costs $44 for children, and $52 for adults. Aquarium members can save $12 on registration. Bring cash for parking in the aquarium parking structure.

Solana Beach Super Tasty 5k
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, September 6
Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach, San Diego
http://www.girodisandiego.com/taste-of-solana-beach-gourmet-fondo.html

Participate in a 5k unlike any other! This 5k course contains numerous restaurant stops that all participants must stop by and eat the required amount of food before moving on to the next. Typically runners avoid racing with food in their stomachs, but this run encourages running on a full belly. Registration for this run costs $40 per individual, with various price options for groups.

The 5th Annual Orange County Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 6
Oak Canyon Park, Irvine
http://ocbrewfest.com/

The OC Brew Ha Ha returns for its fifth annual iteration this Saturday at Oak Canyon Park in the hills of Irvine. Benefiting the Local 3631 Firefighters Union, this craft beer festival will feature over 70 different breweries, over 150 different beers, many food trucks, seminars from beer experts, live entertainment, and more. General admission costs $45 presale, $55 at the door, and begins at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $60 presale, $70 at the door, and begins at 12pm. All beers will cease pouring at 4pm, leaving the final hour to sober up and find food.

Speaking of transportation, ensure that you look up the location prior. Cell phone signals do not reach Oak Canyon Park, so once you arrive, expect to turn off your phone to conserve battery. Oak Canyon Park only has two ways to exit, both of which always have police stationed to catch drunk drivers. The toll-free method to arriving involves taking the 55 freeway, exiting Chapman Avenue, and driving east until you reach the park.

Remember: if you have any questions, send me a tweet @OnePunkArmy – I have attended the Brew Ha Ha before, and driven to Oak Canyon Park numerous times.

4th Annual Treasure Chest Fest
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 6
Green Flash Brewing, San Diego
http://www.greenflashbrew.com/event/treasure-chest-fest-san-diego/

Raise a glass for breast cancer awareness at this beer fest & fundraiser this Saturday at Green Flash Brewing. Attendees will get to see the ins & outs of the brewery at this fest that takes place all around the brewery. The $40 admission gets you ten beer tasters, paired small bites from local restaurants, and a souvenir glass. Attendees may purchase additional beers from the tasting room, where $1 from each drink sold will go towards the charity. No one under 21 may attend.

California Beer Festival
12:30 pm – 5:00 pm, September 6
Frank G. Bonelli Park, San Dimas
http://www.californiabeerfestival.com/

If for some reason you decide to go to this beer fest instead of OC Brew Ha Ha, I will not stop you. Tickets to this beer fest cost $45. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual Konsept Art & Music Festival
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 6
East End, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/206465796216944/

This free and all-ages outdoors events features art, music, fashion, photography, live entertainment, and more, all rolled into one street fest.

Ranch Roundup – Whoop It Up For Kids
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 6
Rancho Los Alamitos, Long Beach
http://www.rancholosalamitos.org/

Feast for a cause at this family-friendly fundraiser in Long Beach this Saturday evening. Enjoy live country music, line dancing lessons, open-pit barbecue, cowboy/cowgirl costume contests, silent auctions, vendors, arts & crafts, poker tournaments, and more. Admission to this event costs $125 per person and includes parking and food. All auctions, vendors, and card games come at their own cost.

6th Annual BuskerFest
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 6
East Village Arts District, Long Beach
http://summerandmusic.com/event/buskerfest/

BuskerFest returns to Long Beach this Saturday. Like the Long Beach Funk Fest, various bands will perform on buskers in the East Village Arts Districts, with the headliners playing on the main stage. Free to attend for all ages, fans of music will surely want to come here. For long-term parking, search for street parking in neighborhoods to the east or north.

Guttermouth @ Tiki Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 6
Tiki Bar, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/1472026786388325/

Famous punk band Guttermouth will headline a small show at Tiki Bar this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $15. No one under 21 may attend.

The 25th Annual Belmont Shore Car Show
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 7
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://belmontshorecarshow.com/

This car show will completely take over 2nd Street and its side streets this Sunday. Come see over 700 cars on display while walking the streets of glorious Belmont Shore. Completely free to attend, your best bet at parking will reside somewhere in Belmont Heights i.e. north of 2nd Street.

2014 Harvest Moon Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 7
Arcadia County Park, Arcadia
http://www.la18.tv/la18-harvest-moon-festival-2014/

Considered an Asian Thanksgiving, this all-ages Asian cultural festival will take place this Sunday afternoon at Arcadia County Park. Completely FREE to attend, guests will find food, drinks, desserts, live entertainment, games, rides, a kid’s area, and more. Guests can park for free at the Santa Anita Racetrack by entering Gate 5 and taking the shuttle once inside.

Four Sons Brewing – Grand Opening
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, September 7
Four Sons Brewing, Huntington Beach
http://www.foursonsbrewing.com/

A new brewery joins the prestigious list of Orange County breweries and opens their doors to the public this Sunday afternoon. Four Sons Brewing out of Huntington Beach will have five taps ready for their opening day, plus a special keg that they will tap halfway through the day.

Crust Punk Night @ The Other Place
7:30 pm – 12:00 am, September 7
The Other Place, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1541583632729476/

Rock out this Sunday night at The Other Place in Anaheim. The cover for this all-ages show costs only $5.

One of the most talked-about annual events in Orange County, the Orange International Street Fair returns to the streets of Old Town Orange this Labor Day weekend. Free to attend and open to all ages, thousands of people gather on the streets to see and experience everything: food, drinks, music, dance, arts & crafts, merchandise, and more. From the Orange Circle at the intersection of Chapman & Glassell, four roads radiate out, each with different themed “streets” where guests can experience a particular culture or region from the world.

This year, the organizers have shuffled the deck as far as the layout goes. In previous years, visitors could experience culture from any of twelve different themed sections at this fair: Italian, Japan, Irish, Greek, English, Swiss, Denmark, Polynesian, Norwegian, German, American, and Mexican. Every section has its own food, drinks, vendors, entertainment, and activities. To add variety, the cultural sections now have new homes within the street fair area.

Hopefully returning visitors take note of this and do not get lost when looking for certain things!

The Orange International Street Fair starts TONIGHT at 5pm, while the fair starts at 10am the next two days: Saturday and Sunday. The fair ends at 10pm every night. The fair costs nothing to enter, and anyone can enter or leave at will. All visitors wanting to eat, drink, or purchase anything else from the participating vendors should bring cash, as many of the vendors will not accept other forms of payment. Most of the local businesses will remain open for regular business hours, but they will usually operate differently to accommodate for the increased foot traffic. Any visitor wanting to drink must bring their ID to show proof of age, and keep all drinks within the fair area. The fair takes place outdoors on the busy streets of Old Town Orange, so dress for warm weather, and apply sunscreen if visiting during the day. First-time visitors may not have an easy time finding parking. Visitors should look for parking the neighborhoods far from the site, and prepare to walk up to a mile or more to reach the fair. Try your luck at finding parking anywhere within the square mile enclosed by Walnut Ave, Cambridge St, La Veta Ave, and Batavia St. Aside from that, all other details should unravel as you stroll towards the fair and wiggle your way through the massive crowds. Though you may lose yourself in this crowd, you may find yourself having so much fun that the crowd will guide you to a delightful and pleasant visit.

Once upon a time, some brave souls collaborated together to transform water into beer. They received a blessing from the goddess Ninkasi to acquire the knowledge to take the bounty of the earth, and extract from it the delicious refreshing beverage we now know as beer. I may not possess the ability to tell elaborate stories, but I sure can recall information like no tomorrow. The history of beer dates back so long ago nobody knows for sure when beer first came into existence. Since then, the thousands of variations of beer have branched out heavily, based on the numerous amounts of ingredients that can go into beer, as well as regional variances. You can even take plants grown out of your own backyard and turn that into beer, and the clever geniuses behind the eponymous Dr. Strangematter delved straight into that idea.

For those planning to attend the 5th Annual Orange County Brew Ha Ha in less than ten days from now, I have awesome news for you. Iron Fist Brewing and Bottle Logic Brewing have teamed up to work on a special collaboration beer that they plan to release this week just before this year’s OC Brew Ha Ha. Known to the world as Dr. Strangematter, this collaborative imperial saison contains pink peppercorns and holy basil grown in the garden of Bottle Logic’s head brewer, Kyle Manns, and caramelized wild flower honey. Subtle hints of citrus and tropical fruits derive from New Zealand Wakatu and Wai-Iti hops used in the brewing process. Bottle Logic will age 30 barrels of this brew in chardonnay barrels, while Iron Fist will receive 60 kegs of the non-aged brew.

Looking forward to tasting this amazing brew? Starting TODAY, you can bag your own Dr. Strangematter from the Bottle Logic tasting room in Anaheim, no limit! You can bet that this brew will pour during the inaugural OC Brew Ha Ha next weekend, but until then, you can taste it on tap at Pizza Port in San Clemente starting this Saturday evening, or at Brü Grill in Lake Forest starting next Wednesday evening. Trust me, you will not want to miss this unbelievably smooth and sweet brew that only comes to us once in a lifetime.

Back again for their third year in a row, the Fullerton Arborteum hosted their 3rd Annual Brews, Blues, N’ BBQ Festival this past Saturday evening. As the name suggests, this event combines blues music, craft beer, and BBQ all into one locale. The $45 admission included a souvenir pint glass, ten 4-oz beer tasters, free parking, and live blues music. A total of 13 breweries attended to serve their brews, plus a Straub collective that consisted of three brands. A local winery also made their presence felt.

All of the breweries enclosed the main seating area, complete with a small stage for the live music. All attendees received a souvenir pint glass, but only received ten 4oz tasters with admission. As a result, all attendees walked away from each booth with their glass only a quarter filled.

For an event called Brews, Blues, N’ BBQ, one would expect to find much of all those things, no? We found plenty of beer and blues music, but not nearly enough BBQ. Only two food vendors served up food: Big B’s Barbecue, a local dive bar & grill, and Knowlwood, an Orange County chain restaurant. Everyone already knew that they had to pay a separate price for the food, since admission clearly stated that it did not include food. However, everyone expected more options overall. The prices also appeared inflated for the event, such as $10 for a chili dog, costing significantly more than even gourmet food truck prices.

Lack of food aside, nobody complained about the beer. By the end of the night, most of the breweries had plenty of beer left, and started pouring more than the stated four ounces.

I doubt anyone complained about the steadily increasing beer pours as the night progressed.

Considering that I missed the first two years of this event, I had high hopes for this beer festival coming into this weekend. Sadly, it did not live up to my expectations simply due to the lack of food options. For a small festival like this that has less than 20 breweries, I would expect at least four different food vendors, and greater food variety. What about people who do not eat meat, or have certain food allergies, such as gluten? Next year, I hope to see more food added so that the BBQ part of the name deserves to remain in the name of the event.

To commemorate the release to their latest album, The Mad Caddies went on tour starting last week that runs throughout North America, and that tour started off in Southern California. While some shows will see larger crowds than others, the Mad Caddies generally draws in their true fans, making for a fun show with devoted fans in attendance. I attended the show at M15 in Corona last Friday night, which originally had three other bands playing prior to Mad Caddies. However, two of the bands, Slow Children and Skunkdub, mysteriously dropped out of the lineup, and I really wanted to see Slow Children too. Instead, two bands got replaced by one, the band that opened the night.

Speaking of the opening band, enter Penetrators. They made it clear that their band name does not contain the word “The” to prevent confusion. Calling them punk seems a bit of a stretch, since they have a very poppy sound to them. At times, their music would remind me of The Misfits, but the overall pop feeling killed any similarity to The Misfits.

Deviating further away from the last band’s genre, we have The Infamous They. This band out of Temecula does not label themselves as any particular genre. Instead, they mix up genres and end up sounding like a lounge rock band. This amalgam of sounds makes them fit the role of an opening band perfectly, which does not resonate well with anyone who wants to grow big.

After a 30-minute setup, the Mad Caddies finally entered the room to adoring fans. Their set list has remained somewhat identical to their previous shows, with songs 2-8, 10-12, 14, and 16-19 in the same order as other shows they have played. For the other spots, the Mad Caddies have added in some songs from their new album, Dirty Rice. The room remained relatively calm the entire time aside from the pit, as much of the audience behaved and stayed put, rather than bounce around frantically. They did a great job of transitioning between songs, not leaving too much downtime between groups of songs. This set included lots of fan favorites, like Leavin’, Tired Bones, State of Mind, Monkeys, Drinkin’ For 11, and more. Although they could not play all of the fan favorites like Souls For Sale or Silence, they still generated limitless energy from the crowd, and attracted a handful of people to this show.

  1. Shot In The Dark
  2. Backyard
  3. Leavin’
  4. Without You
  5. Tired Bones
  6. Mary Melody
  7. Lay Your Head Down
  8. State Of Mind
  9. Down And Out
  10. Monkeys
  11. Weird Beard
  12. Dub (instrumental)
  13. Brand New Scar
  14. Coyote
  15. Shoot Out The Lights
  16. Drinkin’ For 11
  17. Contraband
  18. No Hope
  19. Distress

The Mad Caddies currently tour across North America, so check out their Facebook page for a list of upcoming tour dates, and remember to give their page a Like so that you can stay up-to-date with all things Caddies.

Pride of cHops – Bottle Release
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 26
Beachwood Brewing, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1459085871019948/

This marvelously hoppy and aromatic IPA contains a blend of Amarillo, Nelson Sauvin, and Mosaic hops. Come to Beachwood Brewing in Long Beach this Tuesday evening to purchase a bottle of this limited release for $8 per bottle.

Long Beach Indie Film Festival
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 27
10:00 am – 12:00 am, August 28-29
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, August 30
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 31
Cinemark at the Pike Theatres, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachindie.com/

Showcasing global diversity through film, television, and digital media, this international film festival takes place all this week in Downtown Long Beach. Screening more than 100 international & domestic films, this event brings together established & aspiring filmmakers, scholars, creative professionals, and movie lovers from around the globe. Ticket prices vary depending on the movie, while a few other events exist, such as an opening night party happening at Club Sevilla.

Indycar Fan Appreciation Party
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 28
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://hangar24brewery.com/events-admin/?p=3259

Race fans will want to stop by Hangar 24 in Redlands this Thursday night to see a real Indycar, as well as meet the driver. In addition, visitors can purchase discounted tickets to the upcoming Indycar race.

Los Angeles Times: The TASTE
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, August 29-31
Paramount Pictures Studios, Hollywood
http://events.latimes.com/taste/

Los Angeles Times presents The TASTE, a series of food-based events at Paramount Pictures Studios. Each event will feature unlimited food & drink tastings from over 40 of LA’s top restaurants, along with live cooking & mixology demonstrations, wine seminars, and panel discussions. Tickets vary in price depending on the event attended, starting at $100.

2014 E Hula Mau
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 29
8:00 am – 12:00 am, August 30-31
Terrace Theater @ the Long Beach Convention Center
http://www.ehulamau.org/

The annual E Hula Mau returns to Long Beach to exhibit various Pacific Islander performances, arts & crafts, food, vendors, and more. The actual fest requires no admission, while spectating the competitions requires a ticket purchase. Nearby parking structures east of Pine Avenue between 3rd & 6th Streets provide free parking for up to two hours.

LA County Fair – Opening Day
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 29
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.lacountyfair.com/

Your local fair will open this Friday at the Fairplex in Pomona. If you missed the OC Fair, you will not want to miss the LA County Fair. Ticket prices range from free up to $17, but stores like Walgreens and Costco sell discounted ticket packages.

Orange International Street Fair
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 29
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, August 30-31
Streets of Old Town Orange
http://www.orangestreetfair.org/

One of the grandest events to grace Orange County, the annual OISF returns this weekend to the streets of Old Town Orange. Completely free to attend and open to all ages, the OISF brings together regions of the world and their food, drinks, merchandise, dance, music, and so much more. The four roads radiating from the Orange Circle each contain 3-4 themed “Streets” based on a region of the world. This year, the organizers have shifted. You have never seen a street party this huge – trust me.

Druglords Of The Avenues @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:30 am, August 29
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/248779598645648/

Get your weekly fill of punk rock at this show this Friday night at the World Famous Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.

3rd Annual Long Beach Psyclone Weekender
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 29-31
Seaport Marina Hotel, Long Beach
http://www.lbpsyclone.com/

Lots of psychobilly bands will invade Long Beach this weekend for this annual rockabilly festival. Live music will go on all weekend, and other events will circulate around town to coincide with this festival too, such as BBQ/pool parties, brunches, bus rides, and more. Find tickets for sale at select retailers, or purchase them online. Friday night costs $15, the weekend costs $35 per day, and the full weekend pass costs $80.

Fiesta Hermosa
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 30 – September 1
Downtown Hermosa Beach
http://fiestahermosa.net/

Fiesta Hermosa returns to the streets of Downtown Hermosa Beach this weekend. Free to park and attend, this street fair will have food, drinks, music, arts & crafts, games, rides, vendors, and more. You cannot park AT the event – for those driving, you must park at the Northrop Grumman Building at Marine & Aviation in Redondo Beach, and a free shuttle will carry you to and from the fest and parking lot.

Long Beach Greek Festival
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 30 – September 1
Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, Long Beach
http://www.lbgreekfest.org/

At this Greek Festival, you will find Greek foods & desserts, drinks, dancers, music, games, rides, arts & crafts, vendors, exhibits, and more. CSULB provides free parking and shuttle rides. Print the voucher from the website to waive the admission fee.

Bottle Share #15
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 30
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/319862354844892/

Brew your own beer? Got an interesting craft beer to share? Bring it to 38 Degrees’ monthly bottle share event, taking place this Saturday afternoon, and discover other great beers too. Free to attend, guests should bring approximately 40-50 ounce’s worth of beer. The restaurant has its own free parking lot.

Punk Rock Luau #4
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 30
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/675716699175015/

Don your flip-flops and Hawaiian shirts to this daytime punk rock show at the World Famous Doll Hut this Saturday. The cover for this show costs $7, or $5 if you wear a Hawaiian shirt. No one under 21 may enter.

Pacific Plate Brewing’s 1st Anniversary Ale Release & Car Show
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 30
Pacific Plate Brewing, Monrovia
http://www.facebook.com/events/485387501564661/

Pacific Plate Brewing turns a year old this week, and to celebrate, they will release a special brew to commemorate the occasion. In addition, check out all the classic cars on display outside their tasting room. Visitors of all ages pay no cover to visit the tasting room or the car show.

2nd Annual East LA Zombie Walk’n
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 30
Legion Comics, East Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1639245006301431/

Get a head-start on Halloween with this free zombie-themed all-ages event this Saturday in East LA. Starting at 2pm, find makeup artists, vendors, food trucks, live music, and more at Legion Comics in East LA. The actual zombie walk will commence at 7pm.

D.I.Y. Music & Fashion Fest 2014
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 30
The Glass House, Pomona
http://bricktoyaface.com/

Check out this all-ages music & art fest this Saturday night in Pomona. Admission costs $12 presale and $17 at the door.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Art Show
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 30
A Shop Called Quest, Claremont
http://www.facebook.com/events/1491069424470307/

Free for all ages, fans of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will not want to miss this art show this Saturday night in Claremont.

Nothing To Live For – East LA Punk Show
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 30
Sabotage Tattoos, East Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1484400145135599/

This all-ages punk show in East LA costs only $4 to attend.

Tartar Control @ 13th Frame Lounge
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 30
13th Frame Lounge, La Habra
http://www.facebook.com/events/1429069654032189/

Let out some aggression at this all-ages punk show this Saturday night in La Habra. The cover for this show costs $8.

He Who Cannot Be Named @ The Redwood Bar
9:30 pm – 12:30 am, August 30
The Redwood Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1446499825624955/

Rock out at the Redwood Bar in Downtown LA this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may attend.

Vintage Clothing & Textile Show
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, August 31
The Pickwick Gardens, Burbank
http://www.caskeylees.com/Vintage/Vintage.html

This expo features over 65 vendors selling their antique textiles, vintage clothes, accessories, and more for attendees to exhibit and purchase. Admission costs $8 per person and comes with free parking.