Posts Tagged ‘Bar’

5th Annual Shop & Dine Lake Forest Week
November 1-8
Lake Forest
http://www.lakeforestbusiness.com/148/Shop-Dine

Explore the local businesses of Lake Forest during this eight-day period. Various restaurants and shops will have specials this week, which will culminate with the Taste of Lake Forest on Sunday, November 8th.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:30 pm – 1:00 am, November 4
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/575037072643741/

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.

7th Annual San Diego Beer Week
November 6-15
San Diego County
http://sdbw.org/

This 10-day festival celebrates the prominence of craft beer in San Diego County. During these ten days, restaurants, bars, breweries, and other businesses will host special events and hold special deals all pertaining to craft beer. Check the website for a list of all events and businesses participating in San Diego Beer Week.

9th Annual BlizzCon
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, November 6
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, November 7
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.blizzcon.com/

Dive into the world of Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo this weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center. This convention will have speakers, panels, vendors, artists, tournaments, demos, and more. The $199 tickets to attend the convention have sold out, but you may still purchase a virtual ticket to watch the convention from home for $40.

Firestone Walker Tap Takeover @ Blue Palms Brewhouse
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 6
Blue Palms Brewhouse, Hollywood
http://www.bluepalmsbrewhouse.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/156981964651366/

Firestone Walker will take over the taps at Blue Palms Brewhouse this Friday night. No admission required – simply show up and enjoy a cold one or more.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 6
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).

33rd Annual Irvine Holiday Faire
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 6
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 7
Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine
http://www.cityofirvine.org/news-media/news-article/holiday-faire

For just $2 admission, gain access to over a hundred local artisans exhibiting their wares, from jewelry to apparel to accessories and more.

7th Annual Montebello Taste of the Town
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm, November 6
Bagramian Hall, Montebello
http://montebellotaste.com/

Sample eats & drinks from various restaurants from Montebello this Friday night. General admission costs $40 presale or $50 at the door, and includes unlimited tastes while supplies last. VIP admission costs $75 and also includes VIP seating and a gift bag.

San Diego Brewers Guild Festival
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 6
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 7
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://sdbw.org/guild-festival/

This beer festival coincides with San Diego Beer Week annually. This year, they have split the festival into two parts. On Friday, a special VIP reception will take place that will have brewers and business owners in San Diego meet together to discuss and enjoy beer. On Saturday, the standard beer fest will take place, which includes a souvenir tasting glass and 15 3oz beer tasters. Prices vary depending on attendance – the VIP reception costs $75, the Saturday beer fest costs $40, an hour early access to that one costs $55, and a two-day pass costs $100. No one under 21 may attend.

The Fall of Troy: Adventour Time
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 6, Glass House, Pomona http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/886537-fall-troy-pomona/
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 7, Fonda Theatre, Hollywood http://www.fondatheatre.com/events/detail/278768
http://thefalloftroy.com/

Post-hardcore band The Fall of Troy currently tours across the nation, and that tour swings through Southern California this week with these two shows this weekend. Ticket prices for these all-ages shows depend on the location, so click on a show’s link above for details.

Brick Top Blaggers @ Tiki Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 6
Tiki Bar, Costa Mesa
http://tikibaroc.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1419721455013964/

Get your Irish jig on this Friday night at the Tiki Bar in Costa Mesa. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 6
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/980263-secret-affair-long-beach/

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.

Buck-O-Nine: Live in Rosemead
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, November 6
Spike’s Bar & Billiards, Rosemead
http://www.buckonine.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/984530791598059/

Ska-punk band Buck-O-Nine will headline a show in Rosemead this Friday night. They have not specified the cover fee for this show yet. No one under 21 may enter.

Wipeout Run – Orange County
7:00 am – 7:00 pm, November 7
Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, Irvine
http://wipeoutrun.com/

ROC Race has transformed into Wipeout Run based on the hit TV show, and it arrives in Orange County this Saturday. This obstacle course comes complete with obstacles from various similar TV shows to create a wacky race full of challenges and amusement. Anyone 13 and up can register to participate in this untimed obstacle race, and all registrants will receive a commemorative t-shirt. Following the race, stick around for food trucks, a beer garden, and live music from DJ’s and local bands. Registration costs $65 through Friday, and $75 on the day of the event. Bring extra cash with you for parking, food & drinks, and other merchandise.

20th Annual Uptown Whittier Art & Antique Fall Street Faire, Miss Uptown Whittier Contest, and 1st Annual Uptown Chili Showdown Cooking Contest
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 7
Uptown Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/2015-fall-art-antique-faire/

Uptown Whittier will play host to a plethora of free and all-ages events this Saturday. Their annual antique street fair returns that allows visitors to peruse the dozens of booths to find various goods to buy. Uptown Whittier will also crown next year’s Miss Uptown Whittier during this time. As for something new, Uptown Whittier will hold a chili cookoff for anyone to enter their chili in to win cash prizes.

6th Annual Fall Pet Days
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 7-8
Orange County Market Place, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocmarketplace.com/contents/Entertainment.aspx

This weekend-long event focuses on pet care, pet adoptions, pet services, and more about pets. Donate two cans or one bag of unopened dog or cat food to enter for free; otherwise, admission costs $5.

19th Annual Long Beach Veteran’s Parade
10:00 am – 1:00 pm, November 7
Houghton Park, Long Beach
http://lbveteransdayparade.com/

Bring your family out to watch a parade to honor our nation’s veterans this Saturday morning!

Fullerton Pumpkin Launch
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, November 7
Discovery Science Center, Cal State Fullerton
http://www.discoverycube.org/oc/exhibits/pumpkin-launch/

At this FREE event (requires registration at their website), witness hundreds of pumpkins getting thrown, launched, catapulted, and more from the Discovery Science Center on the CSUF campus. Food trucks will open their windows to serve food to guests.

Rock n’ Ride for Veterans
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, November 7
Downey Civic Center, Downey
http://www.downeyca.org/discover/rock_n_ride_for_veterans.asp

Join in on a bike ride this Saturday in Downey and enjoy the sights, live entertainment, children’s activities, and more. Participants, may choose to ride for six miles or 32 miles.

1st Annual San Diego Mac N’ Cheese Festival
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 7
Waterfront Park, San Diego
http://www.sandiegomacncheese.com/

As the event name suggests, this event allows you to stuff yourselves full of macaroni & cheese. Admission costs $35 and provides you with unlimited access to all the mac & cheese available from the dozens of food vendors available. In addition, all attendees receive ten drink tickets good towards craft beer and/or wine tasters. No one under 21 may attend.

24th Annual Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, November 7-8
El Pueblo De Los Angeles, Los Angeles
http://filamarts.org/

This all-ages Filipino festival will have food, drinks, arts & crafts, music, dance, merchandise, and more. New this year, visitors can now enter for FREE. Do take into consideration the commute and parking for the new location in Downtown LA.

Long Beach Airport’s Fly-In ’15
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 7
Long Beach Airport, Long Beach
http://www.lgb.org/news/displaynews.asp?NewsID=101&TargetID=1,2,3,7,8,6,11,12,13,14,5,15,16,4,17,18,19

At this free and all-ages event this Saturday afternoon, the Long Beach Airport will have information about flight schools, commercial airlines, aviation history, and more. In addition, find food trucks, live entertainment, a mobile aquarium, and prizes from a handful of airlines that they have donated for visitors to win!

The Hard Core Cider Tour: Los Angeles
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, November 7
Brookside Park, Pasadena
http://www.hardcorecidertour.com/los-angeles/

Ciders have their day at this cider-tasting event this Saturday afternoon in Pasadena. Featuring over 100 different ciders from over 40 cider makers, this tasting extravaganza will surely please all palates. General admission costs $45 and provides unlimited tasters while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Alosta Brewing 2nd Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 7
Alosta Brewing, Covina
http://alostabrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1537094246580569/

Alosta Brewing has completed two years in the beer industry, and to celebrate, they will hold two beer tasting sessions this Saturday: 12-4pm and 5-9pm. Each session costs $30 to attend, and includes a souvenir glass, 12 beer half-pours (can use two to make a full pour), and three raffle tickets. Bring in a canned good to donate to receive an additional two half-pours and two raffle tickets. Alosta will bring on live entertainment, food vendors, and a special anniversary brew. No one under 21 may attend.

San Diego Beer Week @ Select Beer Store
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 7
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/865859633509985/

Unable to make it down to San Diego this weekend? Head on over to Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach this Saturday where they will tap many different San Diego beers for your enjoyment. No admission or cover charge required – simply show up, and enjoy some cold ones.

5th Annual Konsept Art & Music Festival
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 7
East End, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/740279252715225/

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

5th Annual Wedge Artisanal Cheese Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 7
Downtown Escondido
http://wedgeescondido.com/

If you love cheese, you will not want to miss this cheese festival. Admission costs $45 and provides access to over a dozen different places to sample gourmet cheeses and receive craft beer or wine pairings with them. As a self-guided tour, no one under 21 may participate, but they may continue to access all areas.

The Menzingers – On Tour
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 7, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/node/2015
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 8, The Echoplex, Echo Park http://www.theecho.com/event/900179-menzingers-mewithoutyou-los-angeles/
http://themenzingers.com/

Punk band The Menzingers currently tour across the nation, and that tour swings through Southern California this weekend. Tickets to these all-ages shows vary, so click on a show’s link above for details.

Pancakes & Booze Art Show
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 7
57 Degrees, Middletown, San Diego
http://www.pancakesandbooze.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/382246155302890/

For just a $5 cover, guests get treated to unlimited pancakes and many artists from across the country showcasing their works. Guests can also witness body painting, stencil art, art battles, sculptures, graffiti, and more. Guests can park on the street for free, or park in the adjacent parking lot for $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Free Ska-Punk Show in Anaheim
7:30 pm – 10:30 pm, November 7
Out Of The Park Pizza, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/160152087669112/

Enjoy a FREE all-ages ska-punk show at Out Of The Park Pizza in Anaheim this Saturday night.

The Briefs: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:30 am, November 7, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona http://www.gonzopresents.com/event/222041
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 8, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/956701-briefs-long-beach/

Rock out to punk rock bands this weekend in Pomona and/or Long Beach. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque @ Malones Santa Ana
9:00 pm – 11:30 pm, November 7
Malones, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/1074302839248221/

Enjoy a raunchy burlesque show this Saturday night in Santa Ana. The cover for this show ranges from $5 to $10. No one under 21 may enter.

San Diego Vintage Flea Market
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 8
The Observatory Parking Lot, North Park, San Diego
http://sdvintagefleamarket.com/

At this free all-ages outdoor market, visitors will find modern to vintage inspired clothing, housewares, furniture, smalls, and more for sale from the various local vendors.

16th Annual Japanese Food Festival
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 8
Hilton, Universal City
http://www.jraamerica.com/food-festival

$80 nets you all-you-can-eat admission to this 4-hour Japanese food fest and a goodie bag. Guests will chow down on sushi, ramen, soba noodles, beef bowls, and more, while adults can sip sake, beer, shochu, wine, and more (alcohol not included with admission). During this time, a number of chefs will showcase cooking demos. The parking lot across the street normally costs $5 to park, but sometimes this price changes, so have cash ready.

Hub City Stompers – Left Coast Recrod Release Party
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 8
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://www.gonzopresents.com/event/223021

Release some inner aggression at this hardcore punk show in Pomona this Sunday afternoon. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.

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Last year, I talked about how huge the craft beer scene has grown in the South Bay region of Southern California. The South Bay appears highly receptive to craft beer, whether it comes from microbreweries, gastrobpubs, beer bars, or bottle shops, as evident at Select Beer Store‘s 3rd Anniversary Party this past Saturday. Located just north of Riviera Village, Select Beer Store marks another craft beer landmark in Redondo Beach, along with Naja’s Place. Where Naja’s Place falls under the category of restaurants, Select Beer Store functions more like a retail shop. At Select Beer Store, visitors can purchase beers to-go that come from all over the world. Although they may not have as extensive a selection as a larger store such as Total Wine & More, Select Beer Store will usually have rare brews or one-offs. In addition to the beers available for purchase, Select Beer Store also has beers on tap that visitors can enjoy on the premises. During their 3rd Anniversary Party, Select Beer Store tapped a variety of beers from breweries from Los Angeles County to Orange County. Locals love this since it brings these breweries, otherwise located quite a distance away, closer to home to enjoy in a safe, comfortable environment.

Select Beer Store has food vendors and beer events often at their shop in Redondo Beach. Check them out on Facebook and Twitter to see what will happen at this little shop of wonders.

Something strange has happened to Highland Park in the past few years. Traditionally, this neighborhood located northeast of Downtown Los Angeles contained a population consisting of a majority of Latinos, with more than half of the inhabitants born in Mexico. From the outside, commuting through Highland Park gives the vibe of a sketchy neighborhood, similar to East LA or South Central. Most of the streets, buildings, and houses appear old and unattended, yet within these walls, a new life stirs amongst the locals. It appears that the young generation seek to work from the inside to polish this neighborhood into something that travelers would love to visit instead of commuting through. I never considered Highland Park a destination – I always drove through it on my way to Eagle Rock or Pasadena. With the recent changes to some local businesses and the rise of a punk rock culture here, Highland Park may soon start to see much more consumerism here, especially since Highland Park contains a hidden microbrewery.

Located inside The Hermosillo, Highland Park Brewery plays it subtle by not explicitly broadcasting their location with a glamorous sign outside of their building. This brewery’s tap room shares its space with The Hermosillo, a local bar & grill that proudly blasts punk rock music. Despite the dimly-lit interior that makes this place appear like a dive bar, The Hermosillo has more going on than any old dive bar – they serve restaurant-quality food that can qualify them as a gastropub. In addition to the food, they proudly pour beers from Highland Park Brewery, as well as beers from other local breweries. Because they can fill any of your growlers here, The Hermosillo functions as both a restaurant and a tasting room. Typically this falls under the definition of a brewpub, but The Hermosillo does a few things differently that set them apart from a brewpub, such as no table service, no hard alcohol, and no guest under the age of 21 allowed here. Basically, you walk in, order at the bar, pick up your drinks, then have a seat at the bar or a table. If you order food, they do have servers that bring food out to you, but they do not wait your tables – you can still order from the servers if they pass by your table, but the staff behind the bar holds your tab, so ultimately you must order at the bar.

Highland Park may not appear as a hip neighborhood on the outside like Echo Park or Silverlake, but keep in mind that inside those antique buildings lie the ambitious hearts of thousands of millennials hoping to turn this neighborhood into a bustling hangout spot. You truly cannot judge a book by its cover when you venture into Highland Park – you must open the covers to reveal these diamonds in the rough, especially Highland Park Brewery. Find out what Highland Park Brewery has in store next by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter. Alternatively, check up on The Hermosillo’s Facebook and Twitter pages since they do share the same building, and likely have the same things going on.

The more you miss something, the better you feel when you get it back. I certainly understood that feeling at the Dirty Little Secretssummer solstice show this past Saturday night at Cirivello’s in Long Beach. Heating things up on the stage just like the hot summer sun, these foxy ladies perform a vivacious burlesque routine to delight anyone lucky enough to attend their show. The audience enjoyed a sexy show, complete with sultry dance moves, raunchy naughtiness, and plenty of pasty-covered boobs. They certainly have had a solid run of shows, as they have performed very often the past few months. Check out their Facebook page for updates on upcoming shows, as they plan to dance all throughout summer. In the meantime, enjoy these photos from last Saturday night’s performance in Long Beach.

What better way to kick off Thanksgiving weekend than with a punk rock show? Last week on Thanksgiving Eve, Guttermouth headlined a local show at Characters Sports Bar in Pomona. Featuring a slew of other punk bands from California, this show attracted hundreds of eager fans to this tiny venue on a night filled with other great shows in Southern California. Guttermouth played at this same venue earlier this year, so those who attended that show may find this one extremely familiar.

The night started early with Anti Social. At this point in the night, people slowly started filing in to Characters, so Anti Social did not play to such a huge crowd. However, they still rocked, and the few fans that did show up this early showed everyone that an opening band can generate buzz.

Infected took the stage next. Every time I looked at their vocalist, I pictured the vocalist from Wasted Ones from a show not too long ago. Infected started their lengthy set nice and heavy. Just when we thought they would come off as just some other opener, along comes a really drunk guy in a red shirt trying to get on stage to do something. He only ends up yelling into the mic and stumbling around. His drunken stupor provided a healthy dosage of entertainment to not only the crowd, but to the band.

After the drunk guys calmed down, The Trenches began playing their set. Their main vocalist sounds like he carries a country accent, making for a blended sound of two otherwise unrelated genres. They did not see the same type of pit as the previous band, seeing as the main driving force of that pit had stepped out to the patio to rest up. The Trenches still played an enjoyable set that any punk fan would like.

Playing with a different lineup, The Plexikill stepped up to the stage. I barely recognized any of the members, mainly since they had a different drummer that night. Despite not having the original lineup for thise show, they still played their songs to a nearly-full room.

The night’s sub-headliner Y.A.P.O. finally made their way to the stage. I should have seen Y.A.P.O. at least once more earlier this year, but they did not make it to one show. The lead vocalist claimed to have a sickness that affected his throat. However, his raspy voice actually made them sound more genuine. Perhaps more punk rock vocalists should perform with a sore throat or other similar sicknesses?

As informal and vicious as kindergarten kids with leashes, Guttermouth finally set up with huge anticipation from the crowd. It appeared that everyone wanted a piece of the band, as they all stormed the stage during many of the songs. Peculiarly, no one ever truly spit in the pit, contrary to the rumors started of a local Guttermouth show. As they began their set, they clearly showed that they did not follow their posted set list. Instead, they just played songs that they felt like playing, and in random order. For example, they ended the night with I’m Destroying The World.

Also, props to the fan in a wheelchair. I have seen him at other shows, and he can surely survive in the pit when it gets close to him.

Miss this Guttermouth Thanksgiving show? You can catch them again in two weeks in West Hollywood, along with more great local bands. Keep it clean, and enjoy yourself when Guttermouth finally started performing at the next show you attend.

JFA has a new tribute album out, and they play absolutely nothing on it, as other famous bands cover their songs. To celebrate this release, JFA will play some CD Release shows, such as one that they wrapped up last Saturday night at the Gaslamp in Long Beach. This show had so many bands playing that it started at 2pm in the afternoon, leaving plenty of time for attendees to find something else to do following the show, such as stick around for live DJ’s all night or head down the road to a Manic Hispanic show. Taking place on a weekend filled with many other great punk rock shows, including the massive FYF Fest, JFA had to do something to bring out the crowds, so they also invited local punk rock legends D.I. to play as well. In addition, seven other great local bands played this show, making for one everlasting day of punk rock in Long Beach.

Rottbite opened the show with their street punk music set. Much like the last time I saw them, Rottbite followed a similar set list with songs that highlight their instrumental range. While the vocals did not come off as well as their last show, the hollowness of the venue allowed their instrumentals to resonate well within the walls. Although I enjoyed seeing them again, I would have liked to see them play later in the day rather than open the show.

Local Long Beach band Carpit set up on stage next. Since seeing them last October, they have not deviated far from their reckless set. Carpit plays like a typical punk band from the street, with elements of skate punk and hardcore punk. They really appear to love stickers, as they handed out Carpit stickers the entire time, and more after their set the rest of the time that they spent here at the Gaslamp. Their music bears a close resemblance to Whitekaps, but not as defined.

Another local Long Beach band, Speakout, played next. As probably the youngest band of the day to play, they carry more of a pop sound, similar to that of Slick Shoes. In fact, they even dared to cover a Linkin Park song, and people who know me know that I do not care for Linkin Park. The crowd seemed to love them, although at this point, the crowd consisted of mostly teenagers running around the pit without direction. I believe Speakout has their fan base, but they need a different type of show than this one, a more hardcore show.

The local bands continue with ComPreHend next. Lying somewhere between Rottbite and Carpit, ComPreHend play hardcore punk music with instrumental variety. By this point of the day, we now start to see the older fans gather in the pit, while the kids continued to slam dance around them. Nothing truly stood out during this performance – they played a good set that allowed the kids to expel their aggression.

Moving along in the day, Jurassic Punx played next. In a rush to get their set started, they forewent the routine sound check to start playing immediately, only to produce a completely illegible opening song. Not one of the instruments synced with one another, leading to what sounded like band practice. They eventually got everything squared away, and started their set for real, which contained many cover songs from 80’s punk bands. As a tribute band to the first generation of punk rock, they played hits from bands like Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, The Adolescents, and more. They could not contain their excitement on the stage, so once they had finished their set, they marched down to the pit to slam with the rest of us.

The S.C.A.B.S. (Social Critics Against Bullshit Systems) played on stage next. The S.C.A.B.S. play hardcore punk music akin to Black Flag with Henry Rollins. They spent a good amount of time during their set attempting to goad the crowd into moving forward to unintentionally start a pit. When all but a little girl remained put, the band themselves had to take matters into their own hands, and following Jurassic Punx’s lead, they got into the pit once their set had ended.

The night’s trio of headliners would now kick off, starting with Amerikan Made. Since their inception in 1992, Amerikan Made has lived the real punk rock life of partying hard, rocking out, and offending people. If I could name a band that most loves hecklers, I would choose Amerikan Made. Their no-nonsense songs combined with big-balled lyrics makes for the perfect punk show, including songs like Quit Being A Pussy. Once Amerikan Made had reached the final song in their set list, they received word that D.I. still had not yet arrived – as a result, Amerikan Made played two more songs to buy time. This would turn out more in vain than for benefit, as D.I. never appeared until way later in the night.

With D.I. nowhere in sight, JFA started setting up on stage, giving everyone in attendance an earlier headline show than expected. Even a private party off to the side completely unrelated to the show took interest and lined up along the side of the stage for a clear view. Fans who attended a JFA show in February would recognize the set list, as they played nearly the same songs in the same order. This did not daunt the fans, as they raged around the pit tirelessly all through the night. But by the end of JFA’s originally scheduled set list, D.I. still had not arrived at the venue. A phone call from the show organizer revealed that they did not know that the show started in the afternoon. To stall for some more time, JFA played some extra songs, but they could only play so much, as they had nearly exhausted all of their known songs and covers.

About fifteen minutes after JFA played their last song, D.I. finally arrived. Once set up, they started with On The Western Front, which led me to believe that they would play the same set list as the last two shows that I saw them at. Regardless, they still entertained the crowd, thanks in part to vocalist Casey Royer’s random ramblings between songs. Other than that, they performed exactly as they do in previous shows, so nothing exciting truly occurred during their set.

Miss out on this show? You can catch another JFA CD Release Show this Friday night in West Los Angeles. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. The first band starts at 8pm. No one under 18 may attend. If you want to know about more punk rock shows coming up, feel free to contact me via Twitter or my Facebook page, both linked on the left side of this window.

When such a legendary musician celebrates an important occasion, you can expect many other big names in the industry to show up and support. Last Friday, The Adolescents bassist Steve Soto turned 50 years old, and in celebratory punk rock fashion, he participated in a two-night punk rock show at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach. As one of the most influential bands in punk rock history, punk rock fans worldwide recognize The Adolescents and would never pass up a chance to see them in action. For this special occasion for Steve Soto, many bands that he had a significant impact on over time have joined together to play this weekend of punk rock, and many more band members came to support and enjoy the music. Individuals from bands such as Hari Kari, Death Hymn Number 9, Agent Orange, and Bad Religion all made an appearance throughout the night, and I believe many more bands also showed up that I did not spot. This post in particular will focus on Friday night’s show.

First up, we have Rats In The Wall. As the night’s hardest band, they most resemble street punk at its hardest. Lead vocalist Eva commands a vast amount of energy on the stage, and lets it all out with her furious voice, especially when she starts to sound like a post-hardcore vocalist. In fact, I see a little bit of Punch in Rats In The Wall. If you have not seen a female screaming vocals, you definitely have to check out Rats In The Wall.

Next on stage, we see The Crowd set up. After last seeing them play with The Adolescents back in April, I had anticipated that they would already garner a large audience by now, which they easily accomplished. For a night of old school punk rock, true fans knew to arrive by now to see the night get better from here on out. The Crowd’s old school sound resembles that of other great old school bands, such as T.S.O.L. With unrelenting poise and style, The Crowd delighted the fans, and got their energy up and riled to set the mood for the rest of the night.

Up next, The Middle Class stepped up to the stage. As another original punk band that got started even prior to The Adolescents, seeing The Middle Class again brought back many memories of the good old days. After 36 years since inception, The Middle Class still brings the punk rock intensity original fans grew up to. With more of a classic sound, they did not play as fast as The Crowd, so The Middle Class did not see as large a pit as The Crowd saw. However, the entire room totally got into the music, and appreciated every second of The Middle Class’ performance.

By this point in the night, I had spotted members from a few local bands in the audience. Everyone anticipated The Adolescents by now, and virtually no one could contain their excitement. Of course, The Adolescents chose the one song to start with that would incite the crowd the greatest. Also, not one to sit out on his own birthday, Steve Soto joined in with the band too, although since they had started after midnight, they technically started to play the day after Steve Soto’s birthday. Once they strolled on stage, the entire audience rushed the stage, while the band had not even started to play. This initial surge had knocked down vocalist Tony Cadena, but this did not daunt him, as he kept singing while on the ground. Throughout the set, other band members made special appearances on stage, such as Agent Orange and Bad Religion. The initial set ended after 1:45am, when the bar had already made a last call. This did not allow The Adolescents to complete their encore, but they went on to play Sonic Reducer anyways.

Saturday night’s show took what transpired on Friday and elevated it to a new level. More fans showed up Saturday night, and more famous bands showed up to support. One would think that after a weekend full of punk rock shows, the fans would start to feel exhausted. I still do not understand how some people managed to attend every show in Long Beach this past weekend. Remember to check out this week’s shows from yesterday’s list of this week’s events, as plenty of punk rock shows will play out this weekend, with more to come in the upcoming weeks as well.

Upcoming Events: August 19-25, 2013

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Costa Mesa Restaurant Week
Now through August 23
Various locations, Costa Mesa
http://www.travelcostamesa.com/costa-mesa-restaurant-week/

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.

24th Annual Taste of MainStreet – Encinitas
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, August 20
Main Street, Encinitas
http://www.encinitas101.com/events/annual-taste-of-mainstreet/

Sample food from 34 restaurants in Encinitas this Tuesday night. Douse your thirst at the 16 sip stops along the street as well. You can gain all-access to this for $35 presale, or just $25 for food-only. This taste tends to sell out each year, so purchase your tickets soon if you wish to attend.

Chef Karl’s Summer Boil
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 21
Handlery Hotel, San Diego
http://summerboil.bpt.me/

Put a taste of the south in your mouth at this all-ages summer’s end country boil. For $25, guests will see 3/4 lbs of crawfish, 1/2 lbs of shrimp, 1/2 lbs of spicy andouille sausage, steamed red potatoes, and corn on the cob thrown into a communal boil for a grand feast. In addition, Hess Brewing will provide one free beer to each guest 21 and over. Guests also receive access to the swimming pool at this venue and their Reef Lounge for those wanting to stay after the feast ends. Bring cash just in case they charge for parking.

Beer Nerd Exam Night – IPA
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 21
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/492124894211209/

Think you know your beer? Come taste-test some mystery beers to see if you know your IPA’s. Correctly guess three out of four beers to get entered into a drawing to win various Beachwood BBQ prizes. No purchase necessary and free to enter, no one under 21 may participate.

2013 Naples Island Street Fair
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 22
Naples Fountain, Naples Island, Long Beach
http://www.naplesislandbusiness.com/

Bring your family out to this free street fair on Naples Island this Thursday evening. Complete with food, music, and plenty of activities, all visitors will find plenty to do, including raffles, face painting, sidewalk sales, live music, and more. Visitors should park in the neighborhood north of 2nd Street, as the southern neighborhood will close off to traffic.

3rd Annual Essex Skyline Fashion Show
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 22
Essex Skyline, Santa Ana
http://expo4life.com/survivor-strut-3rd-annual-fashion-show/

At this fundraiser, attendees will see local designers showcase their work on models down the runway, all while munching on food & drink samples from local restaurants and bars. Attendees looking to take something home can browse through the boutique for apparel, or buy into a silent auction or raffle. Doors open at 6pm, and the fashion show starts at 7:30pm. Admission costs $50, and the first 100 guests to purchase admission receive a t-shirt and gift bag.

MDC, Duane Peters Gunfight, Dime Runner, and Project Shepherd @ Alex’s Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 22
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/141368

A weekend of punk rock comes to Alex’s Bar, starting with MDC this Thursday night. If you missed MDC a week and a half ago, you have another chance to catch them here. Tickets cost $8 presale and $10 at the door. No one under 21 may attend. Guests should park on Orizaba Ave, or anywhere in the neighborhood south of Anaheim St.

SRH Fest 2013 w/ Strung Out & Unwritten Law
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, Agusut 23, House of Blues, Anaheim http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=82199
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 24, House of Blues, San Diego http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=82260

Strung Out and Unwritten Law tag-team a set of shows this weekend in Southern California. This Friday night, they play an all-ages show at the House of Blues at Downtown Disney in Anaheim, which costs $17.50 presale and $20 on the day of the show. On Saturday night, they play a 21+ show at House of Blues in Downtown San Diego, which costs $15 presale and $20 on the day of the show.

Motorsoule, Cadillac Tramps, Heroines, Brass Knuckle Voodoo, and more @ Tiki Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 23
Tiki Bar, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/182319431946807/

Looking for some old school music? Check out this show this Friday night. Little information about this show has gone out, such as cover charge, age requirement, and parking.

Slab, One Less Zero, Rope In Hand @ Hi Brow Lounge
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 23
Hi Brow Lounge, Upland
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=590021677711071

One Less Zero returns from their half-year break to play at this fundraiser Friday night in Upland. With limited information available, bring some cash in case of parking and entry fees. They did not specify an age requirement either.

Steve Soto’s 50th Birthday Extravaganza
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, August 23-24
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
August 23: http://www.alexsbar.com/event/143136
August 24: http://www.alexsbar.com/event/143138

Steve Soto, guitarist for The Adolescents, celebrates his 50th birthday this weekend, and in celebratory punk rock fashion, he will host TWO nights of punk rock this weekend at Alex’s Bar. Both shows cost $13 presale and $15 at the door. No one under 21 may attend either show. On Friday, catch The Adolescents, The Middle Class, The Crowd, and Rats In The Wall. On Saturday, catch Manic Hispanic, CH3, Shattered Faith, and Transistor LB.

The Gears, Carnage Asada, Gypz, and Somos Mysteriosos @ El Corita
9:30 pm – 12:30 am, August 23
El Corita, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/177597319085757/

Check out this small all-ages classic punk rock show this Friday night in Northeast LA. This show only costs $5 to get in.

13th Annual Tiki Beach Festival
6:30 am – 5:30 pm, August 24-25
Granada Launch Ramp, Long Beach
http://alfredosbeachclub.com/tiki-festival.html

This Hawaiian & Islander festival takes place at Granada Beach this weekend from sunrise to sunset. Completely FREE to attend, you will find food, arts & crafts, vendors, games, music, dancers, hula hoop lessons, and more here.

Color In Motion 5k – San Diego
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, August 24
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
http://colorinmotion5k.com/San_Diego

After many weekends of other off-center 5k races, we now return to the style that started it all – the color 5k. Start your weekend off with an all-ages 5k run while getting color dusted in your face. Registration costs $50 per person, or $45 if registering with a team. All participants should wear white during the run to absorb and show off the most color. Participants should bring extra towels and spare clothes for the ride home.

8th Annual ArtWalk San Diego
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 24-25
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.artwalksandiego.org/ntc/

Check out the best in local art at this FREE all-ages art walk in Liberty Station this weekend. In addition to seeing art on display, visitors will likely see many artists creating artwork on the spot.

2013 Indonesian Festival
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, August 24
Consulate General of Republic of Indonesia, Los Angeles
http://indonesianfestivalla.com/

This free all-ages festival celebrates Indonesian culture with music, food, dance, activities, arts & crafts, and more.

Lost 80’s Live
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 24
Madhaus, Long Beach
http://cavemanpresents.com/

Check out this outdoor all-ages 80’s music festival this Saturday in Long Beach. General admission costs $35, while VIP tickets cost $75 and comes with access to a VIP bar with two drink tickets, a t-shirt, VIP seats, and meet & greet with the bands, which include original members from 80’s bands.

2nd Annual Mira Mesa Festival of Beers
1:00 pm – 5:30 pm, August 24
Mira Mesa Community Park, Mira Mesa
http://www.miramesabeerfest.com/

Sample lots of great beers this Saturday afternoon in Mira Mesa. General admission costs $25 presale and $30 at the gate, starts at 2pm, and comes with ten 4oz beer tasters. VIP admission costs $32 presale and $37 at the gate, starts at 1pm, comes with twelve 4oz beer tasters, and receive in-and-out privileges throughout the fest.

5th Annual San Diego Spirits Festival
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 24-25
The Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://www.sandiegospiritsfestival.com/

Immerse yourself into the wonderful world of spirits this weekend in San Diego. This year’s fest features three sections: cocktails, culinary, and culture., thus providing something to entice everyone. Attendees will also find live entertainment, bartender battles, chef demos, a fashion show, a burlesque show, and more. The all-inclusive admission costs $90, so attendees should arrive early to maximize their eating & drinking time. No one under 21 may attend.

JFA CD Release Show w. D.I., Amerikan Made, and more @ Gaslamp Restaurant & Bar
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 24
Gaslamp Restaurant & Bar, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/148485892018068/

This all-ages show this Saturday has so many bands that the show will start in the afternoon! For just $12 entry, you get treated to headliners JFA and D.I., along with many other great local punk rock bands such as Amerikan Made.

FYF Fest
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 24-25
LA State Historic Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://fyffest.com/

Last year, FYF Fest raised the bar by including in the lineup Refused, one of the most revolutionary hardcore punk rock bands in history. This year, they have yet to announce something groundbreaking, but FYF Fest still remains a rock music lover’s ultimate fantasy. Featuring well-known bands such as the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Flag (comprised of former member of Black Flag), MGMT, Touché Amoré, Title Fight, Joyce Manor, and more, rock music lovers will definitely find something that interests them, as well as discover new music, leading to potentially new tastes of music. In addition to the music, FYF Fest will also feature local comedians for those looking for something different other than music. FYF Fest takes place the weekend prior to Labor Day weekend at LA State Historic Park, opens at 2pm, and closes at 12am on both days. Open to all ages, weekend passes start at $99, since single-day passes sold out a while ago. FYF Fest does not allow reentries, so take note of that when arriving. For more information, check out their website, which lists a great amount of information.

Orfila’s 20th Annual Grape Stomp
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 24
Orfila Vineyards & Winery, Escondido
http://www.orfila.com/winery-events/grape-stomp/

Celebrate this annual vineyard tradition this Saturday in Escondido. General admission costs $85 and includes dinner buffet, dancing & live music, wine tasting, tractor rides, grape stomping, and more. No one under 21 may attend.

The Long Table: A Playhouse District Food & Wine Celebration
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 24
(forner) Bistro 561, Pasadena
http://www.playhousedistrict.org/calendar-of-events/the-long-table/

Treat yourself to a multi-course dinner this Saturday prepared by some of Southern California’s renowned chefs. Diners can also sip on paired wines or beers during dinner. Attendance to this dinner costs $75 per person.

2nd Annual Brews, Blues, N’ BBQ Festival
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, August 24
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://www.fullertonarboretum.org/brews_and_blues.php

The Fullerton Arboretum hosts a festival for blues music, craft beers, and BBQ this Saturday night. The $40 admission includes a souvenir glass, ten 4-oz beer tasters, free parking, live blues music, and complimentary sodas and water. All BBQ and food comes at a separate cost. No one under 21 may attend.

11th Annual Chula Vista Wine & Food Festival
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 24
Otay Ranch Town Center, Chula Vista
http://www.facebook.com/events/228953777247025/

Treat yourself to a taste of over 20 restaurants from Chula Vista this Saturday night, and wash it all down with a fine selection of beer, wine, and spirits. Attendees will also find a silent auction, raffle prizes, live music, and more all in this outdoor setting. Admission to this tasting costs $50.

The Undertakers, Media Blitz, Rick Wilder, Decry, and more @ Dilettante
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 24
Dilettante, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/614271491937129/

See a bunch of local punk rock bands play at this fundraiser this Saturday night in Downtown Los Angeles. Entry to this all-ages fundraiser costs $10. Guests can park on the streets for free after 8pm.

OC Punx – Free Show
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 24
Good Ol’ Boys Saloon & Sports Bar, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/159572404232612/

Check out local OC punk bands at this free show this Saturday night. No one under 21 may enter.

Burlesque of Hollywood
11:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 24
M Bar, Hollywood
http://bobbieburlesque.wix.com/losangelesburlesque#!burlesqueofhollywood/cfvg

Ten of Los Angeles’ hottest burlesque acts will congregate to form this collaborative burlesque show this Saturday night in Hollywood. Admission costs $18 presale and $20 at the door. No one under 21 may attend. All guests must purchase a minimum of $10 of food or drinks.

9th Annual Leucadia Artwalk
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 25
West side of Hwy 101, Leucadia
http://www.leucadia101.com/Artwalk.php

Check out local artists on this leisurely art walk in sunny Leucadia this Sunday. Completely free to attend for all ages, many art galleries along Highway 101 will open all their doors to the public, and live music will play throughout the area. All the local businesses will remain open under normal business hours, so you can check out the best in local eats & drinks too.

Trump National Golf Club’s 5th Annual Wine & Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 25
Trump National Golf Club, Rancho Palos Verdes
http://www.trumpnationallosangeles.com/Default.aspx?p=DynamicModule&pageid=372108&ssid=286115&vnf=1

Have some wine and beer at one of Donald Trump’s golf clubs here in Southern California. The $50 admission comes with unlimited wine & beer and valet parking. Food trucks will keep patrons fed, and volunteers will sell raffle tickets.

7th Annual Charity Chili Cook Off
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 25
Hi-Time Wine Cellars, Costa Mesa
http://www.hitimewine.net/7th-Annual-Charity-Chili-Cook-Off.html

Don your best cowboy/cowgirl outfit and mosey on over to Hi-Time Wine Cellars this Sunday for their annual chili cook-off. At this pinnacle of chili fests, guests will find live music, beer, wine, spirits, and more. Presale admission costs $10, while admission with ten raffle/drink tickets cost $20. Act quick, as this event sells out every year!

South Central Skankers CD Release Show
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 25
Yost Theater, Santa Ana
http://www.yosttheater.com/calendar/2013/south-central-skankers-cd-release/

South Central Skankers will release a new album soon, and this Sunday, they will bring only a hundred advance copies of it to sell at this ska show. They will headline this show, which features numerous other local ska bands, including Matamoska. Entry to this all-ages show cost $16 presale and $20 at the door. If you want to purchase an album for $10, you must e-mail them via their Facebook page to reserve a spot to purchase the album, which will also come with a CD release poster.

Legendary hardcore punk band MDC currently tours throughout the US and Australia, and that tour came through Southern California this past weekend, and will return again next week. As one of the most influential hardcore punk bands from the early 1980’s, MDC helped pave the way for today’s hardcore punk, thrash, and metal bands. Not only has their lineup changed drastically since inception, but the MDC acronym has changed throughout time too. You can bet that their ability to rock has not changed, as they show no signs that age will get them down with this intense and barbaric show in a tiny venue.

Local punk band Vindictive opened the night to an already packed house. For most of their set, their vocalist sounded muffled through the mic, so I could not hear them at their clearest. This did not stop the pit from already starting. As an all-ages show, the kids came out in full force this early, starting the pit and dragging the crowd into it with them. Vindictive’s hardcore sound fueled the pit’s momentum quite nicely, setting a positive pace for the rest of the night.

LA thrash punk band SMD joined us on stage next. Now with the real heavy music starting to settle in, the crowd all gathered as tightly as possible around the stage. Does anyone know what SMD stands for? They never revealed it that night, but true fans may know its true meaning. They may even follow the MDC model by altering the acronym over time. With the night turning into more of a metal show with each band, the crowd would eventually shift towards the metal side, with all the punk kids gradually leaving and the metalhead adults coming forward.

For an out-of-town band, Worthless Eaters sure put up a good show. This grindcore band from Portland, Oregon truly delivered a typical death metal sound, with the altered screaming and incessant instrumentals. As the punk kids dispersed from the pit, Worthless Eaters tested the true wherewithal of the crowd to see if they can handle the physicality of a metal pit. Although I give props to the regular people in the pit, they did not stand a chance against bigger guys. This weeding out of the weak from the strong benefited everyone by forming a tougher pit wall of people.

Another out-of-town band, Wartorn, got more involved with the crowd by performing practically in the pit. This hardcore crust punk band from Wisconsin utilized two different vocals for layers of lyrics. Combining styles from Poison The Well and Curl Up And Die, the lead vocalist provided the audible lyrics, while a guitarist at the back provided the death metal voice. Wartorn does a stellar job at blending different styles of music to create their own sound, so check them out while they still tour. And yes, they do have a female bassist.

The death metal sound would start to calm down once Opposition Rising set up on stage. Comprised of former members of hardcore punk band Toxic Narcotic, Opposition Rising badly wanted the entire room to rise up and destroy everything. By sending the pit to the back of the room, they aimed to generate a venue-wide pit, rather than the small area in front of the stage. Whether or not the crowd jumped into the pit, Opposition Rising still delivered a killer set with their politically charged messages and furious bouts of anger. They set the room up perfectly for the headlining band coming up next.

Leaving nothing behind, MDC stomped onto the stage to a tense and eager crowd. Famously known as Millions of Dead Cops, MDC now runs under the acronym Multi-Death Corporation, as MDC changes the acronym’s meaning with every new album release. Instead of dealing with greetings and introductions, MDC preferred to jump straight into the music, as they brought a long set list to go through. MDC did not even follow the set list straight through – they jumped around the set list, leaving everyone guessing the next song. MDC also managed to finish what Opposition Rising started with a venue-wide mosh pit. As a punk show with lots of metalheads, this pit lies far from the average punk show pit, as this pit involved lots of fists and elbows. One guy left halfway through the set with a blood-covered face. He eventually returned to the pit, as he simply did not want to miss out on the legend known as MDC.

Miss this MDC show? You can catch them again next week at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach. Pay close attention to Alex’s Bar next week, as they have three consecutive days of punk rock there.

Who knew that Hacienda Heights would produce punk rock love? Southern California hardcore punk rock hit up Hacienda Heights last Saturday night, providing a night of mayhem, anger, and infatuation, as all but one band featured a female vocalist. As a show where a female vocalist led four out of the five bands, the crowd consisted of a significantly greater ratio of women to men than typical punk rock shows. Even with the strong female following behind Whitekaps, they had nothing over how many female punk rock fans showed up to this small show in Hacienda Heights.

Corrupted Youth, the night’s only non-female-vocalist-fronted band, kicked off the night with their hardcore set. The sound of Corrupted Youth strongly resembles The Casualties with the way their vocalist screams. Since the last time I saw them, their sound had not progressed at all; however, compared to the last show I saw them at, their performance seemed lacking, like the band members forgot to take their Red Bull prior to jumping on stage. The vocalist spent most of the set facing sideways or backwards. Any experienced performer knows to minimize time spent not looking at the audience, so for him to not look to the audience for most of the set shows that they did not feel as confident about this performance as any of their previous shows.

For reasons unknown, Baldwin Park Disasters could not play at this show. In their stead, All Or Nothing HC stepped up to fill in their spot at this show. Fifteen years in the hardcore punk scene has generated this chaotic composure of a band, complete with a huge fan base that does not shy away from proving their loyalty. With a sound similar to Sick Of It All, All Or Nothing HC catalyzed this venue’s inevitable interior destruction by rampaging fans. Somehow, they managed to suck the life out of the early crowd, leaving them a sweaty mess following their set. Those fans who could regain some spark could linger around the enjoy the rest of the night.

The final opener, Urban Decay, took on the venue next. Words cannot accurately describe this straight-up hardcore punk band. Imagine really loud noises and a lot of screaming vocals, and you get something similar to Urban Decay. Needless to say, this does not indicate a bad performance, as this small-town band brought out their fans in full force. This only indicates a lack of variety in their musical style. Fans of hardcore punk will love Urban Decay for their relentless music and angry undertones; however, after listening to them for about 15-20, their music starts to get repetitive.

As the first of the night’s headliners set up, I waited in anticipation for The Voids, a band I had wanted to see for the past 10+ years yet always missed an opportunity to attend a local show. All night, I wondered which person present could sing in the style of The Voids, since I could narrow it down to the few female vocalists present. Little did I know that the gal I saw at the bar earlier could hold her own not only in the pit, but on stage as Adri, the vocalist for The Voids. Seeing The Voids for the first time truly reminded that you cannot judge a book by its cover. Unlike virtually every other female-fronted punk rock band I have seen, The Voids do not have that ugly punk rock look about them when they perform. When most punk rock bands perform, they take on a certain look that makes them unappealing to non-punk rock fans. The Voids break that mold with Adri, who maintains her womanly composure during the band’s performance. Photos cannot capture her true look – you must attend one of their shows to witness this magnificent band in action.

The last of the night’s headliners, Naked Aggression, set up to an anxious crowd. With an already full pit, Naked Aggression did not require any sort of introduction, as everyone present at the time already understood what would transpire in a few seconds. Following the theme of the night, the pit contained more gals than guys at this point, as most of the women held their own against the ruthless momentum of the unforgiving guys rampaging around the pit. As a punk rock band with 20+ years of experience in the industry, Naked Aggression has the art of performing under control. They understood exactly what the crowd wanted, and when to deliver it. With the correct timing, Naked Aggression never once allowed the crowd’s energy to decelerate. Who needs transitions or down time when the audience fills in logical gaps for you?

Like what you see? Remember to like the band’s page on Facebook to receive all of their latest updates. Many of them plan to play another show soon, so check out their page and discover new music today.