Posts Tagged ‘Bad Samaritans’

Two big names in punk rock came to Orange County last Friday night, as Guttermouth and Authority Zero teamed up to co-headline a $5 all-ages show at The Observatory in Santa Ana. As the first stop in a brief two-week tour across the nation, Authority Zero tours in support of their most recent album release, while Guttermouth tours just because they can. Regardless of their purpose of touring, all attendees enjoyed seeing these bands at the low price of just $5. Due to all of the antics of the audience, this show also poses the question: what makes people do crazy things?

The Final Upset opened the night, starting right on time as scheduled. This local Orange County punk rock band started strong, inciting a circle pit from the get-go. Many opening bands like to banter with the crowd, but The Final Upset cut the chit-chat out, opting just to play music for everyone present. When you take away the vocals, you may hear instrumentals that resemble music heard in some Guttermouth songs. Concerning vocals, he does not sound like anyone else out there, as he has a nasal voice almost like The Dickies, yet not quite. Certainly, I look forward to seeing more of these guys soon.

Up next came the Bad Samaritans. Last time I saw these guys, they delivered an underwhelming set. This time, they have stepped up their game. Embracing their roots in Oxnard, they put out a hybrid hardcore punk and nardcore set for the floor to slam to. Unlike the first band, the Bad Samaritans did partake in the usual opening band banter with the audience. This made for a disconnected set, as they felt the need to speak to the audience between each song. Nevertheless, the crowd loved the set, and I could see that everyone enjoyed the rich sound coming from this opening band.

Despite a show with two headliners, this next band qualifies as a sub-headliner. Meet Piñata Protest from San Antonio, Texas, a Mexican-influenced punk rock band. Officially on the tour with Guttermouth and Authority Zero, they fulfill their own niche with their unique usage of an accordion in the band. What does Piñata Protest sound like? Imagine if Left Alone merged with Manic Hispanic – as a result, you get Piñata Protest. Many of their songs had some mariachi influences, creating for some interesting moves in the pit, like a heavy metal mosh pit in tight quarters. They even played their rendition of La Cucaracha, which involved a piccolo trumpet just for that one song. A handful of the audience attended this show mainly to see Piñata Protest. Given the demographics of Southern California, I see no surprises there, and I hope they come back for more shows soon.

The highly-anticipated headliners would soon start, as the audience chanted “Zero! Zero!” while Authority Zero made their way onto the stage. As one of the bigger names in modern punk rock, it goes without saying that a majority of the audience came to see Authority Zero, and got Guttermouth as a bonus. Remember: Guttermouth resides in Orange County, so locals already recognize the taste of Guttermouth. Bear a loose mind when I mention punk rock here, because Authority Zero does not follow the sound of traditional punk rock, like Minor Threat or Black Flag. Rather, they have their own sound which borrows tones from reggae and ska to formulate their own style of music. Their 70-minute set included many fan favorites, such as No Regrets, A Passage In Time, Libereduction, Over Seasons, and more. At the end, as much as everyone wanted an encore, Authority Zero bid their farewells as they left for Guttermouth to set up on stage.

Taking almost twice as long to set up as all other bands of the night, Guttermouth finally entered the stage to close out the night. Vocalist Mark had some stuff to say to the impatient crowd, and of course, the band always wins. As they state themselves on their bio, you either love Guttermouth or you hate them. When you look at the big picture, they come off as so offensive that you cannot help but love what they do – deliver a show so intense that everyone wakes up sore the following morning. Sometimes, a show like this makes you wonder – why do people do such crazy things? What compels people to purposely get hurt by jumping off the stage, running into the walls, hitting other people, etc? Anyways, the band’s 75-minute set followed no particular order, as they never follow the order of their set list, which contained songs like Bruce Lee Vs The Kiss Army, Chicken Box, I’m Destroying The World, and more. They ended their set abruptly with no tell of an encore, leaving the crowd to wander out with clothes soaked in spit, sweat, and blood.

You can catch Guttermouth, Authority Zero, and Piñata Protest on tour for the next two weeks across the country. Like each band’s Facebook pages for more information about upcoming shows, and check them out if they stop by your area!

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, August 14-15
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore

This “Taste of Belmont Shore” occurs during the summer months annually from May through August on the third Wednesday and the Thursday immediately after. Attendees may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10, and redeem these tickets for food & drink samples from various restaurants along 2nd Street. Buy tickets presale now at Olives Gourmet, La Strada, We Olive, Mail Boxes etc. & Sweet Jill’s, or purchase tickets in front of CHASE BANK during the event.

Taste of Downtown Disney
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm, August 15
Downtown Disney, Anaheim

Relax in Downtown Disney as servers bring the food and drinks to you at this Taste of Downtown Disney. Also enjoy the best in local entertainment that only Downtown Disney can provide a venue for. Admission varies depending on the package, with general admission costing $75.

Costa Mesa Restaurant Week
August 16-23
Various locations, Costa Mesa

The annual Costa Mesa Restaurant Week returns! Numerous restaurants in Costa Mesa will feature special prix fixe meals or other discounted items during this time. Many of these restaurants have amazing food, so I encourage you to check out at least one of the restaurants during this week.

2nd Annual Ribs, Pigs, & Watermelons – Beer Festival & Pro BBQ Competition
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 16
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 17
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 18
Huntington Beach State Beach, Huntington Beach

Indulge in BBQ, pork, watermelons, and beer this weekend in Huntington Beach. Grill masters from across the country will fly in to compete for the grand prize of $10,000, and attendees will share the delight to sampling all the delicious meaty goodness. Attendees will also find all the watermelon they can eat, as well as watermelon-related activities such as carving, seed-spitting, eating contests, and more. Also catch live music all weekend on the stage. General admission valid for all three days cost $10, $5 for children ages 8-12, and free for younger children. General admission only grants entry to the festival – all attendees must pay for food separately.

52nd Annual Watermelon Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 16
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 17-18
Rose Bowl, Pasadena

This annual street fair has moved from the streets to the world famous Rose Bowl! Get all the watermelon you can eat this weekend at the Watermelon Festival in Pasadena. This fair will also have other food, drinks, live music, entertainment, a beer garden, rides, games, vendors, and anything else you may find at a fair. Admission to this festival costs $10, while children 12 and under can enter for $5. Check the website for a printable coupon to save 30% off admission!

2013 Long Beach BBQ Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 16
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 17
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 18
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach

The Orange County BBQ Bonanza has relocated to Long Beach for the first annual Long Beach BBQ Festival. This all-ages weekend festival brings together the best of the nation’s grill masters to serve the masses and compete for the best BBQ of the west. Entry costs $15, which does not include food, which attendees must pay for separately. Admission with a pork ribs meal costs $28. This festival also boasts an all-you-can-eat package for $225 – check the website for more details about that package. You can also find a coupon on their website good for $2 off entry. This festival takes place entirely outdoors with limited shade, so apply sunscreen, and stay hydrated during the day. Nearby parking lots charge up to $10 for parking – consider parking in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue and walking from there.

The Angry Samoans in Malibu
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 16
The Malibu Inn, Malibu

Catch old school punk band Angry Samoans in Malibu this Friday night, along with five other bands including Bad Samaritans. Tickets to this 18+ show cost $10.

5k Foam Fest – Los Angeles
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, August 17
Fairplex, Pomona

In this installment of non-traditional 5k races, the Foam Fest now pits runners in a 5k obstacle course complete with lots of dirt and mud, followed by foam, water, suds, and soap. Actual obstacles may include wall climbs, army crawls, slides, balance platforms, and more. Registration for this wacky race costs $70 online and $80 on the day of the event, if any spots remain. Children ages 9 and under may not participate in the race. Wear old clothes that you do not mind getting dirty, yet comfortable enough to run in. Bring towels and spare clothes for the ride home following the race. Parking costs $10 per vehicle, so consider carpooling.

13th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 17
Greenleaf Avenue, Uptown Whittier

See hundreds of classic cars all for FREE at this all-ages car show on the streets of Uptown Whittier this Saturday. All of the businesses in Uptown Whittier will remain open under regular business hours. Interested visitors should park in the neighborhoods north of Hadley Street.

Stone Brewing’s 17th Anniversary Celebration
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 17
Cal State San Marcos, San Marcos

Nobody throws a beer festival quite like one of the nation’s largest breweries! Featuring two sessions of beer drinking for the thousands of fans out there, Stone Brewing will once again return to the beautiful campus of Cal State San Marcos for this mega gala of epic proportions. With multiple levels containing many different beers and food, a three-hour session may not provide enough time to check out everything! Admission costs $40 per session, which run from 11am-2pm or 3pm-6pm. All attendees receive a souvenir glass, fifteen 3oz beer tasters, free sodas, free beer cheese, and access to other great Stone goodies, such as beer desserts.

2013 Los Angeles Taco Festival
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 17
Mariachi Plaza Station, Boyle Heights

Check out the best in local tacos and local mariachi music this Saturday in Boyle Heights. This festival bears no admission fee – visitors simply pay for tacos as they order them.

5th Annual BuskerFest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 17
East Village Arts District, Long Beach

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.

Chinatown Summer Nights
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 17
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles

Have a fun time this summer at Chinatown in Downtown Los Angeles. Free to attend for all ages, this nighttime festival brings together food, music, art, and beer in a multicultural setting. Expect to see food trucks, merchandise, arts & crafts, live music, live DJ’s, a dance floor, a beer garden hosted by Eagle Rock Brewery, and more. Guests can find free street parking on Spring St and the side streets connected to Spring, including College St.

Screeching Weasel, The Dwarves, Angry Samoans, & The Bugs @ The Observatory
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 17
The Observatory, Santa Ana

Punk rock returns to The Observatory this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25. Arrive early for free parking in their lot. Arrive late, and potentially pay a neighboring lot to park in.

Atomic Bombs in La Habra
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 17
La Habra 300 Bowl, La Habra

Check out some local punk rock bands playing for FREE at this all-ages show this Saturday night in La Habra.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – Rock ‘N Roll Reunion
9:30 pm – 12:00 am, August 18
TRiP, Santa Monica

See some of the former member of the Dirty Little Secrets perform with the current lineup this Sunday night in Santa Monica. Bring cash for parking and a possible cover charge. No one under 21 may attend.

On a night filled with many other larger concerts, such as Green Day, Bad Religion, or 2 Chainz, the smaller shows quickly get weeded out. Regardless of scheduling problems, true fans always know where to find the bands they love. Punk rock listeners would not have wanted to miss last Thursday night’s show at The Vex, headlined by One Way System, The Briggs, D.I., and more. Featuring three major names in punk rock, this small venue also boasted three additional opening bands, free charcoal caricatures, plenty of band merchandise, and a cash bar. A few food vendors set up outside in the patio area as well, though nothing spectacular. The layout of the patio lends well for a food truck or two to serve, but the venue sells its own hot food, which explains why food trucks never come here. For a multi-purpose venue, event organizers have free range to make the room appear how they want, but for a punk rock show, the crowd only wanted to rock out all night.

As no strangers to the stage, Destruction Made Simple opened the night. I had not seen these guys since Warped Tour 2002, so I made it a priority to arrive to this show early enough to catch every band. For a band that has stuck it out for over a decade, they deserve a higher spot on the night’s bill than opener. This LA band plays typical fast west coast punk rock, the type of music that cranks a circle pit up to max speed. Although they had recently released a new album, DMS preferred to play much of their older material. They closed their set out with 21 Year Plan, one of their more well-known songs. If you would like to see DMS live this week, check out the link to the show here.

Bad Samaritans took a long time to set up for their next set, leaving much of the crowd confused. They started 20 minutes later than their set time range, yet played the full duration of their set. These guys sound true to a garage punk band than anyone else in the night. They did not bring any CDs or other merchandise to sell because as the vocalist puts it, “That requires effort, and we’re lazy.” A lazy band does not stir up the crowd, and the crowd remained silent for most of the set. Their late start time would spill over to the next band.

LA hardcore punk band Mass Terror set up for their set following Bad Samaritans. Their drummer could not make the show, so One Way System’s drummer filled in. This would not make a huge difference, because thanks to Bad Samaritans starting late, Mass Terror’s set got cut significantly shorter. But from what the crowd did hear of them, Mass Terror played some mean music, resembling a mix of Hatebreed and Agnostic Front. Fans of hardcore punk will want to see Mass Terror again soon. They have a show in Tijuana next month, but aside from that, they have not announced any future US shows.

The first headliner of the night set up on stage next. D.I. vocalist Casey Royer had arrived at the venue during Mass Terror’s set, so everyone could already spot him. Once Royer approached the stage, the crowd saw his trademark gesture of speaking about completely off-topic statements. For the most part, no one could understand what he spoke of, but he kept going despite confused looks from the crowd. Their set list had not changed much since the last time I saw them – D.I. played hits like Amoeba and Johnny’s Got A Problem, and ended their set with Weapons. Royer never missed an opportunity to say something to the crowd, even when he did not understand what he had just talked about. Royer’s antics combined with the band’s relentless punk rock music made for an entertaining set necessary to break the mood from slower openers.

Considered the main headliner, The Briggs left their set list out while they set up, so I grabbed a picture of it while I still could. As one of LA’s fastest rising bands, The Briggs drew a large crowd to The Vex, despite Bad Religion and Green Day holding concerts elsewhere in LA that same time. The Briggs did not put on any bells or whistles – they played all their songs consecutively without any breaks longer than half a minute. They kept up the energy the entire time, even when obsessed punks jumped on stage to sing along. Because of the venue’s small size, the venue did not carry security, so any punk jumping on the stage could remain there as long as they wanted, and this sure did happen, especially during The Briggs’ closing song This Is LA. These distractions did not take away too much from the main performance, as the rest of the band continued the songs minus vocals.

Finally, One Way System took to the stage following some hiccups with cables and microphones. This street punk band holds true to their UK roots and plays music exactly like you would hear it in the 80’s (the band formed in 1979), complete with the British accent. Following the clamor of The Briggs, the lack of venue security allowed punks to jump onto the stage unimpeded and attempt to sing along with the band. However, One Way System wised up and would not allow it, so when given the chance, the vocalist or another band member would push an out-of-place punk back down into the pit. One Way System played mainly their old hits, but also included a few new tracks.

Good punk shows like this rarely come around. Luckily, I usually discover them within a week, so if you want to attend a show, check my blog every Monday for a list of upcoming events in Southern California.

Free Cake Tasting
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 16
Blackmarket Bakery, Costa Mesa

Have your cake and eat it too! On Tuesday evening, the crew at Blackmarket Bakery at The Camp in Costa Mesa will sample various cake flavors, so head down there to check it out, eat cake, and provide feedback.

2013 Taste of Point Loma
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, April 16
The Brigantine, Point Loma, San Diego

Sample specialties from local Point Loma restaurants this Tuesday night. For $20, guests gain access to free shuttles that will take them from various places around Point Loma so that guests can reach all the restaurants in time.

Roar in The Shore
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 17
Legends, Belmont Shore, Long Beach

Completely free to attend, guests can view race cars on displays, and receive racer autographs.

Bottle Share @ The Factory
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 17
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach

Share your favorite beer, and taste some other great beers at this monthly bottle share at The Factory Gastrobar in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach. No purchase necessary – simply bring in a bottle of craft beer of your choice, and share it with other craft beer enthusiasts. The restaurant will still serve the full menu for anyone hungry, and all burgers costs only $8 each after 8pm.

Jello Biafra And The Guantanamo School Of Medicine, Spindrift, Death Hymn Number 9, White Murder @ Alex’s Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 17
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach

Catch Jello Biafra of Dead Kennedys fame with his latest band, as they headline this punk rock show this Wednesday night. Tickets cost $13 presale and $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

2013 Spring Citrus Fair
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 18
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 19
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 20
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 21
La Habra Chamber of Commerce, La Habra

This little city fair takes place all weekend starting Thursday evening. Open to all ages, guests can experience rides, games, food, merchandise, stage shows, and more. The fair requires no admission, though any sort of participation will require a cost.

LA Chinatown Dim Sum Crawl
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, April 18
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles

For those who have never tried dim sum or want to experience dim sum in a new light, check out this fascinating experience this Thursday night in Chinatown. Attendees will sample various dim sum eats from around Chinatown, while enjoying beer pairings courtesy of Eagle Rock Brewery. Attendees will also enjoy other foods provided by local vendors and businesses. Each attendee also receives a souvenir beer glass to take home after the night. Tickets to this event cost $60. No one under 21 may attend. Attendees can find free street parking on Spring Street, or the streets east of it.

Tecate Light Thunder Thursday
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, April 18
Pine & Broadway, Downtown Long Beach

Completely free to attend for all ages, guests can catch motorcycle shows, race cars on display, racer autographs, a rock wall, live music, and more. Guests can find free parking for up to two hours in the structures east of Pine and north of 3rd.

One Way System, The Briggs, D.I., Mass Terror, Bad Samaritans @ The Vex Arts Center
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 18
The Vex Arts Center, Los Angeles

Many great punk rock bands will play at The Vex this Thursday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $13.

39th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
7:00 am – 9:00 pm, April 19-20
7:00 am – 5:30 pm, April 21
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach

Catch all the excitement of the races all weekend in beautiful Downtown Long Beach, as the streets transform into a speed zone. Open to all ages, racing events take place throughout the day, so attendees can catch a race at most times of the day. Consult the website to further read about the race schedule, but know that the celebrity race takes place in the early afternoon on Saturday, and the grand prix takes place Sunday afternoon. Ticket prices vary by type, but a general admission weekend pass costs $70. The massive area that the grand prix covers features multiple entrances, so visitors do not need to seek out any particular entrance – just the entrance most convenient to them. All visitors must mind the increased traffic in & around Long Beach during this weekend, plus the multiple street closures. Preferably, public transportation remains the same price, so visitors should look into that option. As the races take place entirely outdoors, attendees should prepare for the excess heat with sunblock and plenty of hydration. Most if not all of the vendors accept cash only, but attendees can still access businesses in Shoreline Village, which will accept cards.

America’s Family Pet Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 19-21
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa

Pet lovers will want to check out this pet expo at the OC Fair & Event Center this weekend. Open to all ages, attendees will find lots of pet resources, including food, merchandise, demos, exhibits, shows, pet adoptions, and more. General admission costs $13, but guests may NOT bring pets.

2013 Green Prix of Long Beach
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 20
Anderson’s Lot, Long Beach

This FREE family-friendly event takes place across multiple city blocks this Saturday in Long Beach. Guests can enjoy local retail vendors, children’s workshops, food trucks, live music, art shows, and more. Guests may also participate in a farm-to-table dinner for $90 per person.

2013 Taste of Hillcrest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 20
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.

Echo Park Art Walk
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 20
Echo Park Ave & Sunset Blvd, Echo Park

Completely free to attend for all ages, guests can view & create sidewalk art, chain link fence galleries, an art scavenger hunt, and lots more. The neighborhood features many businesses and shops to check out, plus a slew of great places to eat & drink at.

Taco Madness
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 20
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles

At this free event for all ages, guests can check out some of LA’s best tacos from both trucks and booths, live DJ’s all day, real-time artists creating murals, a cerveza garden for those 21 and up, and more. No admission required – simply walk up to your favorite vendor and buy some tacos.

6th Annual CityBeat Festival of Beers
2:00 pm – 5:30 pm, April 20
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.

Kress Market Green Beer Tasting
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 20
Kress Market, Downtown Long Beach

Enjoy $2 tastings of eco-friendly craft beers this Saturday evening at Kress Market in Downtown Long Beach. Guests may also purchase bottles for $3 each.

Sip. Savor. STOP CANCER Wine Tasting Fundraiser
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 20
Tiato Kitchen Bar Garden, Santa Monica

For $130 (partially tax-deductible), guests can sip on wines from Californian wineries and enjoy small bites from House of An. If any guest purchases bottles of wine to-go, a portion of the sales gets donated towards the fundraiser. Guests may also enjoy a silent auction, a live DJ, dancing, and merchandise sales.

Pasadena Restaurant Week
Business hours, April 21-26
Various restaurants, Pasadena

Between April 21 and April 26, 45 different restaurants in Pasadena will offer prix-fixe lunches and/or dinners. In addition, some locations will offer other discounts, prizes, and more. See the full list of participating restaurants by clicking the link to the website above.

CicLAvia – To The Sea
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 21
Downtown Los Angeles to Venice Beach

Venice Blvd and some streets of Downtown Los Angeles through to Venice Beach will close to bikers this Sunday afternoon. Cars may not enter the designated areas during this time – only bikers and pedestrians may roam the streets.

Chef Karl’s Country Boil
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 21
Handlery Hotel, San Diego

Enjoy a southern feast complete with crawfish, shrimp, baby potatoes, andouille sausage, corn on the cob, and more this Sunday afternoon in San Diego. Societe Brewing will provide beer pairings for all guests at this feast. Tickets cost $25 per person. No one under 21 may attend.

Wine & Chocolate Tasting & Auction
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 21
Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club, San Diego

At this 21 & over event, attendees will receive unlimited tastings of wine, beer, and chocolate. Tickets cost $60 per person.