Tags: All Ages, D.O.A., Events, February 2013, Live Music, Music, Orange County, Police Brutality, Punk Rock, Santa Ana, The Observatory
Tags: Angel City Brewery, April 2014, Beer, Brewery, Craft Beer, Dessert, Downtown, Events, Float Trip, food, Ice Cream, L.A. Foodie, Los Angeles, Mwokaji Cakery
Think you can hold out for Lent for any longer? If you feel that you can stop one day early, you may receive the chance to indulge on sweets, booze, and sweets in booze at L.A. Foodie‘s Float Trip. This Saturday from 4pm to 7pm, the L.A. Foodie crew will once again strut into Angel City Brewery, where the crew will set up for an evening of serving up artisanal ice cream and craft beer. Guests will choose a beer from three choices of Angel City’s brews, and pick any ice cream flavor available from Peddler’s Creamery, Ice Cream Lab, or Ramekin. Additionally, all attendees receive a float-mixing kit, complete with cups, spoons, straws, trays, and more. As for food, attendees can snack on cookies, cakes, and other sweet treats from Mwokaji Cakery, while supplies last. General admission costs just $9, and includes three ice cream beer floats and a $20 Uber ride service gift card for new signups. Beyond this event, all attendees plus regular visitors to the brewery can still order beer from the counter, and purchase food from the food trucks that will serve outside.
Take a peek at L.A. Foodie’s last event, Treatoberfest, here at Angel City Brewery back in October last year:
As this weekend contains countless events throughout Southern California, transportation reigns as the number one obstacle for any local. Not too far from here, Brokechella will occur, occupying most, if not all, parking spaces in the area. Also not too far from Downtown Los Angeles, the K-Town Night Market will take place, causing a clutter of people near Union Station, a 15 minute walk from Angel City. No one under 21 may attend the event, and the brewery’s staff WILL check for ID’s at the door, so remember to bring your ID! Last but not least, drink responsibly, as this area of Los Angeles sees a high density of traffic both on wheels and on foot.
Tags: Anaheim, April 2014, Atomic Bombs, Broken Patron Saints, Doll Hut, Events, Live Music, Music, Narcoleptic Youth, Orange County, Punk Rock, Radioactive Chicken Heads, The Walking Toxins
Orange County punk bands of the 90′s got back together, as they all played a show at the World Famous Doll Hut last Friday night, just like they did 15 years ago. When the Doll Hut announced their closure just over a year ago, no one ever expected this show to ever return. When the Doll Hut announced a year later that they would reopen, punk fans rejoiced as they got their beloved punk rock venue back. For this show, every band played a set approximately 45 minutes long, stretching out the night to last a lot longer than originally scheduled.
First off, we have the Broken Patron Saints. Their vocalist has a gritty voice, similar to that of Cheap Sex, while the instrumentals sound like The Misfits. Put together, you have an odd combination of catchy, grim music along with someone yelling at you. Though that may sound like a bad idea, it actually worked out to give them their own identity that sets them apart from all the other punk bands out there.
The Walking Toxins played as the next opening act. Coming all the way out from Hemet, The Walking Toxins have an old school sound to them, resembling some of the 1980′s punk bands. As such, they did not play the typical fast and loud style like most punk bands do, allowing the audience to keep up with the music. I would relate them most closely with The Simpletones, a prominent 1980′s punk band. If you like bands with the 1980′s sound, check out The Walking Toxins.
We now enter the reunion bands, starting with the Radioactive Chicken Heads. As the world’s only food-themed punk band, audiences everywhere can only expect shenanigans when these guys and gals storm the stage. Their utilization of a keytar and trumpet make them a punk-ska hybrid band, so skanking fans can get their feet moving. With a band consisting of characters like these, it should go without saying to expect some antics to occur, such as the intrusion of Frankenchicken, Chuck E Cheese, Liquid Fat, the headless chicken, mirrored Carrot Topp, and more. Pictures cannot fully illustrate the nature of a Radioactive Chicken Heads show – one must attend a show in person to obtain the full experience.
What do you get when you cross The Vandals with the Yeastie Boys? You get the Atomic Bombs! When these guys perform, they pull off the strangest stunts and acts that can bewilder anyone not expecting it. Like The Vandals, the songs of the Atomic Bombs do not make much sense, or relate to irrelevant things. Like the Yeastie Boys, the Atomic Bombs will clown around, climbing the bar, shooting silly string, throwing inflatable props, and whatnot. As for music, aside from the silly lyrics, the instrumentals rage hard and fast, not leaving much room to breathe. Thankfully, they always took a break between songs, allowing the audience to catch their breaths. They appeared to get tired by the end of their set, as the vocalist started slurring a bit. I think by then, most of the people present just wanted the next band to come up already.
Finally we get to the final headliner of the night, Narcoleptic Youth. No surprises exist as to why they have the greatest fans – no other bands can imitate their unrivaled fast-paced hardcore punk sound. At times, you would think that vocalist Joey raps during their songs, which many of them have to do with the vices of today’s society. Much like their first song asks “Is This Punk?” Narcoleptic Youth represents true punk rock, in case you need to describe it to anyone who still believes that Green Day plays punk rock. For the rest of their set, Narcoleptic Youth played mostly old songs, staying true to the nature of this reunion show. As a result, the set list contained mostly fan favorites, which ignited the small pit’s rage into slamming into everything, including the band on stage. Narcoleptic Youth has quickly become one of my favorite live bands, and after seeing a Narcoleptic Youth performance, you may want more of them too.
Check out all of the bands’ Facebook pages, as they all have shows coming up very soon. Also pay attention to the Doll Hut’s Facebook page, as they have shows going on every week.
Tags: 13th Frame Lounge, Airliner, Anaheim, Angel City Brewery, April 2014, Beer Fest, Brokechella, Burbank, Cambodian New Year, Carson, Chinatown, Circle One, Decry, Doll Hut, Events, Float Trip, Food Fest, Hillcrest, Ice Cream, Koreatown, L.A. Foodie, La Habra, Live Music, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Music, Night Market, Orange County, Punk Rock, Radioactive Chicken Heads, San Diego, Ska, The Maxies, WonderCon
Jacob’s Birthday – Free Show
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 16
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
Enjoy a free show headlined by The Maxies this Wednesday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. No one under 21 may enter.
Chinatown After Dark
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 17
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
Chinatown enters the Night Market field this Thursday night, as Chinatown transforms into an outdoor nighttime market filled with live entertainment, vendors, food, and more. Free for all ages, guests should park east of Spring St and/or north of College St.
Rock Rock Rocksteady Go
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, April 17
The Airliner, Los Angeles
Get your skanking on this Thursday night at The Airliner in Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $3 before 9:30pm and $5 afterwards. No one under 18 may enter. Guests should park in the neighborhood across the street from the venue.
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 18
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 19
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 20
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
Comic book fans and film buffs rejoice! The annual WonderCon returns to the Anaheim Convention Center this weekend. At this weekend-long convention, find plenty of comic books, action figures, DVDs, and more for sale, and check out all of the autograph sessions of artists, writers, actors, and more. In addition, do some people-watching as the countless fans cosplay as their favorite fictional characters. The Saturday pass has already sold out, but adults can attend Friday for $25, or Sunday for $15. Teenagers 13-17 and military get in for a discounted price, while children 12 and under enter free with a paid adult’s admission. Bring plenty of cash for parking and vendors, as guests may not likely use credit cards to purchase anything here.
K-Town Night Market
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 18
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 19
Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools, Los Angeles
Experience Korean nightlife this weekend at the annual Koreatown Night Market! Free to attend for all ages, this event celebrates Korean culture by immersing visitors into the night market experience similar to that of South Korea. Over 40 food vendors and 11 food trucks will serve up delicious Korean delectables, while visitors can check out the live entertainment, art exhibits, and vendor village in this outdoor market. Visitors can find $5 parking at nearby parking lots around the venue.
Decry @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 18
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
Take in your weekly dosage of punk rock this Friday night at the World Famous Doll Hut in Anaheim, as Decry headlines this small show. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.
2014 Cambodian New Year Celebration
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 19
El Dorado Park, Long Beach
Celebrate Cambodian New Year this Saturday in Long Beach with traditional & modern performances, live music, arts & crafts, games, food, vendors, and more. Tickets plus parking to this all-ages festival cost $30 presale and $40 at the gate.
Downtown Burbank Fine Arts Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 19-20
San Fernando Blvd b/t Magnolia & Olive, Downtown Burbank
Check out hundreds of artists, street painters, sidewalk chalk artists, and more this weekend in Downtown Burbank. Completely free to attend for all ages, guests can exhibit the many art on display, create their own art with sidewalk chalk or other artists allowing guests to interact, or purchase art to take home.
2014 Taste of Hillcrest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 19
5th & Robinson, Hillcrest, San Diego
Savor the flavors of all the amazing eateries in Hillcrest this Saturday afternoon. Over 40 restaurants will offer delicious samples to guests, while a handful of local breweries will provide beer tasters for guests. Admission costs $30 presale and $35 on the day of the event. Admission includes 50 taster tickets, and each location accepts different amounts of tickets. Guests can move at their own pace, and select which locations to spend their tickets at.
7th Annual CityBeat Festival of Beers
2:00 pm – 5:30 pm, April 19
Lafayette Hotel, San Diego
Looking to get your beer on this weekend? Head to the San Diego CityBeat Festival of Beers, where guests receive UNLIMITED pours from over 50 breweries plus the souvenir taster cup. Guests may purchase food at an additional cost. General admission costs $40. No one under 21 may enter.
4th Annual Brokechella
3:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 19
cARTel: Collaborative Arts LA, Downtown Los Angeles
Cannot afford to dump money on Coachella? Check out Brokechella, a miniature version of the money-guzzling concert, this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles. Expose yourself to the variety of local art and music at this intimate experience, and keep your wallet happy too. Admission to this event costs $10 presale and $20 at the door.
L.A. Foodie’s Float Trip
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 19
Angel City Brewery, Los Angeles
L.A. Foodie returns with another beercentric event at Angel City Brewery this Saturday evening. For just $9 per person, attendees get treated to three ice cream & beer floats and pick the flavors of each of them. In addition, attendees also get to munch on sweet treats, such as cookies and mini cupcakes, while supplies last. Regular patrons to Angel City Brewery can still order beer normally at the counter, and order food from the food trucks that will serve during this time. Street parking meters around here go free after 4pm or 6pm, depending on the street, so search around for parking. Take note that Brokechella will go on this same time not far from here, which will clutter up the parking in this area.
Circle One @ The Overtime
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 19
Overtime Bar & Grill, Carson
Hardcore punk band Circle One headlines a small show this Saturday night in Carson. The cover for this show costs $7, or $10 for two people. No one under 21 may enter.
Radioactive Chicken Heads @ 13th Frame Lounge
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 19
La Habra Bowl, La Habra
This Saturday gets a little weird when Radioactive Chicken Heads headline this all-ages show in La Habra. Come get clucky with them and some other fun openers for just $5.
Mary Jane’s Pre-Birthday Party
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 19
Que’s Bar & Grill, Rosemead
Ring in 4/20 with some hardcore punk for your ears. The cover for this show costs $2 before 9:30pm and $3 afterwards. No one under 21 may attend.
Mike V’s Birthday Show
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 19
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
Enjoy a fun punk show this Saturday night at Cafe NELA, northeast of Downtown Los Angeles. The event does not specify a cover charge, so have cash available for whatever they charge. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking around the area.
Tags: All Ages, April 2014, DiPiazzas, Events, Isolated Victims, La Pobreska, Left Alone, Live Music, Long Beach, Music, Mustard Plug, Not A Chance, Punk Rock, Ska, The Last Gang, The Pocketeers
Welcome to the start of Q2 – the quarter that throws things into place. Business builds up during this time, and with it, plenty of events and shows come up in preparation for the busy eventful summer. Southern Californians got a taste of that last week, as Mustard Plug traveled to the west coast for a brief tour, ending at Dipiazza’s in Long Beach. Mustard Plug rarely plays shows outside of their home state of Michigan, so whenever they travel, the locals make it a priority to travel to their show. This particular final show of the mini west coast tour featured a slew of other great local bands as well.
Opening the night, we catch a glimpse of The Last Gang, with rock star Brenna Red at the forefront. I have not seen Brenna in action in almost two years, so seeing her in this new band felt refreshing. Their bio claims that they play punk rock, but at this show, they sounded more like hardcore with a hint of pop, almost as if Civet met The Bombpops. They have an active show schedule around Southern California, so check them out when they play at a show near you.
Up next, we get to The Pocketeers. Making up for the show I missed them at two weeks ago, I finally get to see these kids perform up close. I call them kids not as an insult, but seriously: look how young they appear. Anyways, upon listening to their set, they bear a strong resemblance to Do It With Malice. The Pocketeers play a solid skacore sound with instrumentals and catchy lyrics that will stick in your head for weeks. They play so hard that their guitarist cut open his fingers during the middle of their set. If you want to dance while slamming into people, The Pocketeers will feed your ears with the right stuff.
Another Orange County skacore band, Not A Chance, came up next. Since the last show I saw them at last year, their sound has not altered much – they still sound like the early days of Against All Authority. Their set list now includes a few new songs, but for the most part, they played the same set list, which also includes a cover of Bad Touch. Regardless, a Not A Chance show also lends for a good time, as seen by the very little kids (looked under 10) dancing to the music, in lieu of a circle pit. Why make this an all-ages show if the very little ones cannot enjoy it?
Playing right in the middle of the night, we have Isolated Victims. Much like Not A Chance, I also have not seen these guys in almost a year. They opened up their set strong and fast, stirring up a pit within the first minute. They did not start with their trumpet player on stage – he jumped on for the few songs that required his presence. Isolated Victims played a solid set that kept the fans on their feet and moving the entire time.
The Los Angeles skacore bands continued with La Pobreska. For a band that started within the past decade, La Pobreska sure has a huge following. They performed a balance of English and Spanish songs during their set, all while juggling the few in the audience yelling out blurbs between songs. Something about their performance gives them a professional look about them, as if they have performed on bigger stages for a long time now. This makes me want to see more of them soon.
After a setup time lasting twice as long as the previous bands, Left Alone got started as the night’s sub-headliner. As one of the more well-known ska-punk bands from the South Bay, Left Alone drew a huge crowd of fans and troublemakers. Of course, what kind of punk show does not have troublemakers? This pit contained guys purposely seeking to tackle other people, and it even escalated to one guy getting thrown out of the venue. The nature of the music causes that, yet Left Alone simply plays their music fast and fun. In fact, they even utilize an organ and a slap bass to mix up genres. Their set contained a handful of classic songs, and they ended their set with the crowd favorite, Dead Red Roses.
It all came full circle, as Mustard Plug returned to play at Dipiazza’s, just like they did last year. Playing a rather packed set list, Mustard Plug ensured to play lots of fan favorites, playing nearly every recognizable song amongst all the fans present. The crowd must have spent all of their energy during Left Alone, as Mustard Plug did not get much of a pit during their set. With the exception of the first few songs, the crowd remained fairly docile the entire time. As for their set list, they made a few changes from what I saw: “Shakin” = Mendoza, and they did not play anything with Vodka in it, moving straight from Life Is Too Short to Thigh High Nylons. Where last year they covered Waiting Room, Mustard Plug covered Roots Radicals this time. The rest of the set list included tons of known songs, such as Skank By Numbers, Mr. Smiley, Brain On Ska, Lolita, and ending the set with Beer Song.
Miss out on Mustard Plug? They may return to the west coast by next year, so stay tuned to their Facebook page for updates. In fact, give a Like to the Facebook pages of all the bands that performed at this show. They all did a great job, and deserve a great turnout at their next shows.
Tags: All Ages, April 2014, Cars, Convention Center, Downtown, Events, Grand Prix, Long Beach, Racing, Toyota
The 40th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach returns this week to grace Downtown Long Beach with all of its festivities and tourist attractions. As Long Beach’s largest annual event, the grand prix attracts tens of thousands of race fans from across the globe to spectate the races and immerse in Southern California culture. Like any large outdoor event, attendees should take extra precaution to endure the weather conditions, which in the case of the grand prix usually consists of adequate hydration and sunscreen application. Regular attendees know to stick to the normal game plan, as the layout of the grand prix remains consistent every year. However, those attending for the first time may feel overwhelmed by all the path closures, stairs, ramps, and temporary paths. Even the map provided by the grand prix explains little without a veteran explaining the map. Read on for further clarity on how to navigate the grand prix, as the layout will likely remain the same next year.
Five public entrances exist for the grand prix. The main entrance lies directly in front of the performing arts center, where Long Beach Blvd ends. Guests without tickets can purchase tickets here or pick up tickets from will call.
Entering via the main entrance places guests on a platform directly above the back straightaway of the race track.
Moving further towards the front of the track, guests will find all of the main activities that guests can participate in. These include the celebrity car paddock, hospitality village, go kart track, indy car paddock, and one of the entrances to the lifestyle expo, an expo for all things automobiles.
Leaving the lifestyle expo going east, guests will discover the hospitality village, filled with more active lifestyle vendors, plus the location of the Formula Drift competition area. Crossing over the track at this point places guests at the Exotic Car Paddock, where guests can exhibit and take pictures with rare and/or expensive cars.
From the hospitality village area, moving towards the starting line will have guests face two bridges, one of which will take guests over to the Marina Green side, which we will cover in just a bit. A second bridge running parallel to the track going west serves as a shortcut for reaching Turns 6 & 7.
Slightly west of the main entrance lies another entrance to the grand prix, in case the main entrance starts to overflow. Unlike the main entrance, this straightforward entrance serves as a direct path from Marina Green to the Ocean Blvd exit. This entrance places guests directly above Turn 8 of the race track, a common spot for racers to wipe. From this area, guests can reach the main entrance area by traveling into the convention center’s west entrance and navigating through the lifestyle expo.
Moving further inward from this entrance, guests will discover one of the main general admission viewing areas – a bridge going over Shoreline Drive. From this vista, guests receive a vantage point over Turns 6 & 7, as well as the straightaway following the starting line. Guests can also spot two of the ramps used in the Super Truck demonstration. In order to reach the viewing area for Turn 6 from here, guests must take the stairs going down from the convention center’s west entrance, walk south, then take the temporary bridge going towards The Pike.
Reaching the end of the bridge will place guests at a split – go west towards The Pike, or go east towards Shoreline Village and the starting line. For the duration of the grand prix, all businesses at The Pike and Shoreline Village will remain open for business, so guests can opt to eat and/or drink there instead of at vendors.
All entrances will eventually converge at Marina Green, which faces the starting line. From the main entrance, taking the main path places you here. From the second entrance, moving east at the split at the end of the first bridge places you at Marina Green after moving past Shoreline Village. Once at Marina Green, guests will find behind the grandstands a lengthy row of food & drink vendors. Also behind the grandstands, guests can find the food truck village.
Marina Green stretches far along the race track, which consists of half of the straightaway where the starting line lies. This creates plenty of space for spectators to approach the fence for either a closer look or to take pictures. Two additional public entrances exist for guests to take here at Marina Green, although I have never personally taken either entrance. Guests may enter at the far east end, or for those that purchased a Marina parking pass, they may enter directly from the parking lot.
If guests move west towards The Pike, they will discover more restaurants and more viewing areas, especially near Turn 1. To get to the other side by Turn 6 from here, guests must travel west towards the aquarium, take the temporary bridge, climb up more stairs (great view of Turn 2 here), cross the bridge going over Shoreline Drive (can view Turn 5 from here), then take the only stairs down. The last public entrance lies here at The Pike.
For any major race during the weekend, you will want to end up at Turn 6 sooner or later. This turn certainly stirs up the most buzz among race fans. Many wipes occur on this turn due to racers attempting to pass right here. The tight turn also means a racer could accidentally run into the girder. Race fans receive a convenient view of a monitor showing the race live as well as real-time results, and plenty of speakers allows guests to hear the commentators between racers passing by. Lastly, winners will usually performs donuts at this turn following the race.
Hopefully this guide helps you better understand the layout of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. This layout has remained the same for at least the past four years because it works. Navigating this course without a plan can leave many tourists lost and confused, and they end up wasting a lot of time trying to figure out how to reach a certain point. Some tourists may get frustrated and not return due to the complexity of getting around the area. But once you attend and build a visual map for yourself, you will discover that all the paths and bridges make sense. For this year’s grand prix, I suggest obtaining a free ticket to the grand prix on Friday – every year, countless promotions exist allowing guests free entry on the Friday of grand prix weekend. Do not miss this opportunity, as this will determine if you will enjoy the races or not as a first-time visitor.
Tags: April 2014, Events, Festival, food, Liberty Station, San Diego, VinDiego, Wine
Following the huge success of last year’s event, the VinDiego Wine & Food Festival returned for its second year this past weekend down in San Diego. This two-day event allowed wine enthusiasts to immerse themselves in wine culture, whether at a seminar, a small-scale tasting, or at the grand tasting festival on Saturday afternoon. Friday saw smaller events with low limits to keep things intimate with the attendees, while the Saturday event saw thousands of attendees sipping and savoring all afternoon. The Saturday tasting event provided attendees with three hours (four with VIP upgrade) of unlimited wine pours and food samples from the participating businesses. As wine tends to have a larger consumer base than craft beer, this festival covered much more ground than a typical beer fest. Although personally I prefer craft beer, I decided to open my world to wine and give this a try.
The entire festival grounds at NTC Liberty Station spanned the outside courtyard area, plus the interior of the event center. Starting off with the event center, we find a variety of exhibitors set up at the tables inside. The exhibitors included a handful of wineries, plenty of non-hot food samples, a few non-alcoholic drinks, and merchandise vendors.
The majority of the attendees remained outside in the courtyard area, where most of the wineries set up. Along with the few hot food vendors out here serving hot food, all the wineries grouped up by region. Each individual row of wineries came from a different region, most of which derived from the west coast. For example, one row of wineries would come from Napa Valley, while the row at the far back contained wineries from Oregon. Throughout the day, attendees got treated to live local music that they could all dance to.
The VinDiego Festival marketed this event as a wine & food festival. They surely delivered on the wine, but did not appear to have enough food to satiate all the attendees. The hot food vendors saw endless lines of people waiting for food, and many of them ran out of food long before the event ended. I never had to wait for any wine, but I did not obtain much food due to the long lines that moved rather slowly. As a result, I stuck with the food vendors inside the event center, opting to not receive any hot food. Hopefully by next year, VinDiego will invite some more food vendors to the festival.
The wines flowed all day, never appearing to run out. With enough wine to fill a football stadium, VinDiego did not slack off with the wine. This event did not utilize volunteers to pour the drinks – the representatives from the wineries themselves poured the wines. This allowed them to better describe the wines as they poured, a notion that greatly assists those with less knowledge about wine, like me.
While I will likely stick with craft beer over wine, VinDiego helped to expand my scope over wine and expose me to the grand wine world. Craft beer still has yet to curb a large portion of consumer purchases worldwide, while wine already sits up there as one of the most purchased consumer goods annually. Whether you have as much knowledge as a sommelier or would like to get started with wine, VinDiego makes a great event to check out for all your wine resources. Like their Facebook page and Follow them on Twitter for post-event updates and information regarding any future events.