Posts Tagged ‘Blank Expressions’

American Craft Beer Week
May 12-18

Celebrate the joy and passion of craft beer all week throughout the United States. All week long, thousands of restaurants, gastropubs, bars, pubs, breweries, and more will participate in ACBW with beer specials, food specials, special events, and more. Consult with your favorite local establishment and ask about their plans for ACBW.

Saint Archer Tap Takeover
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 13
The Cellar, San Clemente

Celebrate American Craft Beer Week this Tuesday night with Saint Archer Brewing in San Clemente. Receive a 4-beer flight for just $10 during this tap takeover. Buy the flight and another pint, and take home a souvenir Saint Archer pint glass!

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, May 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.

Chinatown After Dark
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 15
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.

6th Annual Los Angeles Comedy Shorts Film Festival
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 15
9:30 am – 1:00 am, May 16
10:30 am – 1:00 am, May 17
10:30 am – 12:00 am, May 18
Downtown Independent Theater, Downtown Los Angeles

Watch some funny short films by local people all this weekend in Downtown Los Angeles. Besides all the film screenings, numerous after-parties will take place around town. Passes to the festival cost $60 for Friday or Saturday, $40 for Sunday, or $159 for Friday through Sunday.

Orange County Greek Festival
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 16
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 17-18
St. John Greek Orthodox Church, Anaheim

This annual Greek fair takes place this weekend between Buena Park and Anaheim. Free to attend (with ticket printed online) for all ages, attendees will find many merchandise vendors, plenty of food, drinks, live music, rides, games, and more. Waive the admission by printing the ticket, found on their website. Guests must park in the parking lot behind Sears at the Buena Park Mall, then take the free shuttle to and from the fair.

Hangar 24 AirFest & 6th Anniversary Celebration
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 16
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, May 17
Redlands Municipal Airport, Redlands

Celebrate Hangar 24 Brewery’s 6th Anniversary with an all-day air show at the Redlands Municipal Airport, located just across the street from the tasting room. Guests gain entry into the airport, where they will witness aerial acrobatics, vintage planes on displays in the hangars, and fireworks shows at night. Live bands will play music all day, and food trucks will keep guests fed and full. Last but not least, Hangar 24 will unleash over 30 beers for consumption, including many rare and limited brews. Admission to this event varies in price depending on the day and parking, ranging from $5 to $20.

Dance Downtown: 60’s Night
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm, May 16
Music Center Plaza, Downtown Los Angeles

Dress up in 60’s attire, show up to the spot in Downtown LA, and dance the night away at this free and all-ages dance-a-thon.

The Skeptix: Live in Baldwin Park
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 16
American Legion Post 241, Baldwin Park

Catch UK punk legends The Skeptix as they headline a show this Friday night in Baldwin Park. Entry to this all-ages show costs $10.

Anti-Nowhere League and T.S.O.L. – On Tour
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 16, The Observatory, Santa Ana
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 17, 333 Live, Downtown Los Angeles
6:30 pm – 12:30 am, May 18, House of Blues, San Diego

Some big names in punk rock go on tour this week. Tickets to these all-ages concerts cost around $18.

Music & Burlesque Night @ HM157
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 16
HM157, Northeast Los Angeles

Enter a night of music and burlesque this Friday night in northeast LA. The cover for this all-ages event costs $7. Visitors should look for street parking and avoid lots, as the nearby lots have tow trucks patrolling them.

Blank Expressions @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 16
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Catch Blank Expressions as they headline this show at the World Famous Doll Hut in Anaheim this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may attend.

Renegade 3 Mile Trail Run Challenge
6:30 am – 10:30 am, May 17
Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park, San Dimas

This fun run takes runners through dirt and other sorts of uneven trails, even passing through a stream. Registration costs $35, and comes with an event t-shirt, a goody bag, and access to the mini expo & festival after the run.

Bubble Run Los Angeles
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, May 17
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Irvine

Tired of the same 5k run everywhere? If you have had your fill of color runs and glow runs, try your hand at the Bubble Run. Participants wear all white and run through colored foam bogs in this 5k race around the UCI campus. Registration costs $40, and all levels of runners may participate. Space will fill up fast, so register early, and try to carpool to this event.

20th Annual Muckenthaler Motor Car Festival
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 17-18
Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton

See tons of cars, new and old, this weekend at The Muck in Fullerton. In addition, catch food trucks, local breweries, and local musicians as they accent this car festival. Admission to this event costs $5 on Saturday and $10 on Sunday.

Run or Dye – San Diego
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, May 17
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego

Color runs have surged in popularity recently. This all-ages run takes place this Saturday morning at Qualcomm Stadium. As with any color run, runners should wear all white to absorb the most color by the end of the run. Registration costs $57, and the race starts at 9am. Take warning: thousands of runners all start at one time. Do not get caught in traffic & parking nightmare – arrive at least an hour early.

2nd Annual Heritage of Aloha Festival 2014
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 17-18
Heritage Park, Santa Fe Springs

This FREE and all-ages Hawaiian cultural festival contains food, drinks, live entertainment, music, dancing, arts & crafts, games, contests, and over 70 different vendors.

Beverly Hills Art Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 17-18
Beverly Gardens Park, Beverly Hills

Free to attend for all ages, this fair features art from across the nation, showcasing their work for the public to exhibit. Many food trucks will open for business here, and adults can visit and beer and wine garden within the fair. Guests may park for free in nearby parking structures – consult the website for a map of those structures.

16th Annual Taiwanese American Heritage Week Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 17-18
Barnes Park, Monterey Park

At this free festival for all ages, guests will celebrate Taiwanese culture with live music, dance performances, food, games, raffles, merchandise vendors, art exhibits, and more.

18th Annual North Park Festival of the Arts + Craft Beer Block
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 17
University Ave & 30th Street, San Diego

This Saturday, San Diego’s North Park hosts a grand street festival comprised of more festivals within the festival! At this all-day festival, guests will experience six stages of live music, live DJ’s, food, food trucks, drinks, dancing, art, and more. Within the festival, guests 21 and over can participate in two different drink tastings. For $30 admission, guests can enter the craft beer block and receive thirteen 4oz beer tastings from any of the over 30 participating breweries. Any guest may park for free all day in the parking structure located at 29th & University. In addition, catch Stone Brewing’s beer garden in front of Bar Pink, which will run from noon to 6pm. This one has no admission – guests pay for the beers they want to drink.

1st Annual Bite at the Beach
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 17
MBS Media Campus, Manhattan Beach

20 restaurants and 20 breweries come together to create an afternoon of beer pairings with food. General admission costs $100, starts at 3pm, and includes unlimited tastes of food and beer. VIP admission costs $200, starts at 2pm, and includes exclusive hors d’oeuvres and Samuel Adams barrel beer tastings. No one under 21 may attend. If you must take away one thing from this event, a major beer company sponsors it.

Tustin Lobsterfest
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 17
Peppertree Park, Tustin

At this annual fundraiser, guests pay $75 for all-you-can-eat lobster and tri-tip, and other picnic foods like hot dogs, salads, mac & cheese, baked potatoes, various pastries, and more. Each entry ticket comes with an entry to a lottery to win $1000!

19th Annual Wine, Brews & Blues Festival
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm, May 17
CA Center for the Arts, Escondido

Enjoy wines from over 80 wineries, beers from local microbreweries, food from over 20 local restaurants & chefs, and blues music from various local musicians. Admission to this festival costs $75 per person, or $55 for non-drinkers.

Free Punk Show in Long Beach
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 17
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach

Watch some great local punk rock bands for FREE this Saturday night at the Blacklight District Lounge in Long Beach. No one under 21 may enter.

Whitekaps: Live in La Habra
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 17
13th Frame Lounge, La Habra

Orange County old school punk band Whitekaps will headline this local show this Saturday night in La Habra. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

20th Annual Balboa Island Artwalk
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 18
Balboa Island, Newport Beach

Check out the best in local art at this free & all-ages art festival on the island this Sunday. Attendees can view paintings, jewelry, glass, sculptures, photography, and more. Local bands will play music throughout the day all over the island.

Escondido Downtown Street Faire
9:30 am – 5:30 pm, May 18
Grand Ave, Downtown Escondido

Here at this free and all-ages street fair, visitors will find over 500 vendors, arts & crafts, food, drinks, games, live entertainment, and more.

21st Annual Sicilian Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 18
Little Italy, San Diego

Immerse yourself in Italian culture at this free and all-ages festival this Sunday in San Diego. Guests can eat authentic Italian food while enjoying live music, dance performances, rides, games, and more. Arrive early to look for free street parking.

2nd Annual Brew Rendezvous
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, May 18
SILO in Makers Quarter, San Diego

Support local businesses at this fundraiser/beer fest, where guests will receive beer and food from San Diego’s top breweries, restaurants, and farms. Admission costs $55, and comes with unlimited beer and food while it lasts. Non-drinkers may attend for $25. The venue typically covers parking; however, have cash available in case they decide to charge for parking that day. No one under 21 may attend.

One Way System: Live in Silverlake
6:30 pm – 12:30 am, May 18
Los Globos, Silverlake

UK punk legends One Way System will headline a show in Silverlake this Sunday night as part of their U.S. tour. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. Guests should park in the neighborhood down Vendome St.

Irvine Restaurant Week
January 10-16
Participating restaurants in Irvine

Numerous restaurants in Irvine will serve special prix-fixe menu offerings during Irvine Restaurant Week. Prices vary between restaurants, but some lunches start as low as $6.95 per person. No reservations required – simply show up and request the specials.

3rd Annual Pasadena Cheeseburger Week
January 12-17
40 Participating Restaurants, Pasadena

During this six-day period, 40 different restaurants, bars, pubs, and lounges in Pasadena will offer specials on their signature cheeseburgers, or will craft special items just for this week.

2014 OC Music Awards Showcase Series Night 2
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, January 14
The District at Tustin Legacy, Tustin

This free and all-ages show will feature some of the nominated musicians for the OC Music Awards. Each night features five different local artists performing and competing for the title of Best Live Band awarded at the OC Music Awards in March. This series of free shows occurs every Tuesday night all the way through the finals on February 25.

Almanac Beer Company – Tap Takeover @ The Factory
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 15
The Factory, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach

Meet the founders of Alamanac Beer Company from San Francisco this Wednesday night as they take over the taps at The Factory in the Bixby Knolls Neighborhood of Long Beach. Buy a sampler of four of their beers for $12, or buy a pint and take home their pint glass!

Saint Archer Brewing – Meet The Brewer
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 15
Beachwood Brewing, Long Beach

The brewing team from Saint Archer Brewing from San Diego will visit Beachwood Brewing in Downtown Long Beach this Wednesday night for a meet & greet. In addition, the team will bring at least six of their brews to serve on draft at Beachwood Brewing.

The Murder Junkies & Mentors @ Characters
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 15
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona

See a mid-week punk rock show in Pomona this Wednesday night at Characters Sports Bar. Entry to this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking around the venue.

Build Your Own Mac & Cheese Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 16
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach

Build Your Own Mac & Cheese Night returns to Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach this Thursday night! No reservations required – simply show up, get a table or seat at the bar, then customize your mac & cheese. Pick the toppings, herbs, cheese, sauce, meats, and pasta, and order a nice cold glass of craft beer.

Newport Beach Restaurant Week
January 17-26
Participating restaurants in Newport Beach

This 10-day period of restaurant specials takes place at participating restaurants in Newport Beach. Many restaurants will serve special prix-fixe three-course meals ranging from as low as $10 to as high as $40, or more for a few select locations.

Blank Expressions @ The Hub in Colton
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 17
The Hub, Colton

Check out some fun local punk rock bands at this show for just $8. No one under 21 may enter.

Punk Rock Night @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 17
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

If you have not heard, The Doll Hut has returned to hosting punk rock shows, such as this one this Friday night. Entry to this shows costs only $3. No one under 21 may enter.

33rd Annual Asian American Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 18-19
Fairplex, Pomona

Celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year at this festival celebrating Asian American culture. Open to all ages, the $9 admission grants access to all vendor booths, merchandise, accessories, food courts, entertainment, live music, dance performances, a parade, petting zoo, and more.

SoCal Corgi Beach Day
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, January 18
Huntington Dog Beach, Huntington Beach

Corgi lovers and Corgi owners unite this Saturday afternoon for a dog day at the beach, free to attend and for all ages. Share your love of this wonderful breed by showing off your adorable companion or by showing love for someone else’s adorable companion.

4th Annual Lunar New Year Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 18
Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena

Celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year at this family-friendly festival this Saturday in Pasadena. Visitors can expect to find arts & crafts, live entertainment, demos, galleries, food, and more. Admission to the museum costs $10, while children 11 and under can enter for free with a paid adult’s admission.

Hangar 24 Brewery’s Vinaceous Release Celebration
11:00 am – 12:00 am, January 18
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands

Celebrate the release of Hangar 24’s first Local Fields release of 2014, Vinaceous, at their tasting room this Saturday. Pouring begins at 11am, while guests can enjoy food (sold separately) and live music throughout the day.

Agent Orange @ Tiki Bar
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 18
Tiki Bar, Costa Mesa

Catch legendary punk band Agent Orange as they headline a local show at the Tiki Bar in Costa Mesa this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $17 each. No one under 21 may attend.

Punk Rock Night @ Cafe NELA
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 18
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles

See some great local punk rock bands at Cafe NELA northeast of Downtown Los Angeles this Saturday night. Entry to this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking around.

The American Wake @ Silky Sullivan’s
9:30 pm – 1:30 am, January 18
Silky Sullivan’s, Fountain Valley

Come see local Irish rock band The American Wake perform for free this Saturday night, ages 21 and up only.

Green Jellÿ, The Dwarves, and more @ Gaslamp Long Beach
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 19
Gaslamp, Long Beach

Come to this all-ages punk rock show in Long Beach this Sunday to see Green Jellÿ, The Dwarves, and more. Tickets cost $12 presale and $17 at the door. Parking costs $5 if arriving after 4pm.

Punk rock knows no boundaries! A night of good ol’ punk rock tore it up in Baldwin Park last Friday night, with D.I. headlining a show with Yeastie Boys, Destruction Made Simple, and more. In addition to the bands, a few merchandise vendors showed up to sell music-related paraphernalia, such as records or personal accessories. This all-ages show cost only $10, and unlike how I mentioned last week, the venue allowed ins-and-outs, meaning attendees could easily leave to buy food or drinks to bring back. Although they had a bar, they only served generic drinks, while a liquor store across the street sold a few craft beers that cost less than the venue relative to the drink portion. All of the night’s bands played a good hard set of punk rock, with no real surprises other than a good time rocking out to the night’s talent.

Gritos Enfadosos opened the night with their set of punk rock all in Spanish. As a local band with little exposure, they played a typical street punk set, sounding like a high school garage band. Surprisingly, all members of the band shared equal time on the mic, including the “stage hand” that did not play any instruments. As a result, Gritos Enfadosos has no official lead vocalist, since all of them contribute equally. Halfway through their 20-minute set, a girl from the audience joined them on stage, and she provided vocals for a few of the songs. Just like the guys, she also screamed her head off singing into the mic. For these guys, adding some instrumental variety can help them go far in the music industry.

Hailing from the San Gabriel Valley came Blank Expressions playing second in the night. This female-fronted punk rock band garnered a lot of attention from the audience, which anyone would expect in a genre dominated by males. When you think about who listens to punk rock, without a doubt, guys outnumber the gals on this one. Whenever a female-fronted punk rock band does roll around, I make it a priority to attend their show. After a few songs into the Blank Expressions set, I started to pick up hints of other genres. Blank Expressions did not play traditional punk rock, but they added a hint of pop and a dash of folk music. Some could call their music nu-punk, since their sound does not resemble many other existing bands. Blank Expressions exhibited their experience in the music industry at this show, and they proved that they will not disappear any time soon, which means you can catch them performing again very soon, as soon as in a week and a half.

The last of the night’s openers, Hollywood Hate, started their set to an eager crowd. The audience could not wait to get down and dirty for their favorite underground punk rock band. Playing a strong 30-minute set, Hollywood Hate’s relentlessly fast punk rock music stirred up the crowd into a frenzy in the pit. Perhaps the crowd expended too much energy during the set, as the crowd started wide, then fizzled down to one or two guys when Hollywood Hate had about ten minutes left in their set to go. At this point, the children present got into it in the pit. With the bulk of the pit gone, the little ones could mess around to their hearts’ content within the bubble of their own pit. Hollywood Hate always plays a solid set wherever they go, and they delivered another killer performance to Baldwin Park on this night.

The first sub-headliner of the night, Destruction Made Simple, took to the stage next. In the photos below, you may notice guitarist Andy sitting down. The band had played an East LA backyard show the week prior, and at some point in the night, Andy sprained his ankle. Destruction Made Simple still delivered a badass show, and in fact, this may have improved Andy’s live performance, since this prevents him from bouncing around the entire time and roots him in place so he can focus 100% of his efforts on the guitar. The crowd may have taken notice too, as the pit raged on during the entire set and never let up. From start to finish, Destruction Made Simple’s street punk set pounded out hard and fast sounds, enough to resuscitate even zombies. They still bear the power and stamina that they possessed all the way back in 2000 when they first started in the San Gabriel Valley. Due to Andy’s injury, the band will not play any shows until late July, so keep an eye out for an announcement on their Facebook page when the time approaches.

Once the next sub-headliner, Yeastie Boys, entered the room, the party immediately started, despite the band still needing some tune-ups required to perform. This clown-themed punk rock band from Costa Mesa travels with clown get-ups, toys, dancers, and more as they rock out with their original songs plus various covers of songs throughout time. Once they got started, the crowd erupted into a room-wide pit, complete with all the toys the band members had thrown around earlier, such as beach balls, balloons, confetti, tape rollers, party poppers, inflatables, and more. While everyone in the pit enjoyed the festivities, the little ones had exhausted much of their energy by now, as some of them had fallen asleep on the side of the room. True to their core, the parents stayed in the room all night for their love of punk rock (and of the last band).

While the night’s headliner, D.I., continued to set up, vocalist Casey Royer delighted the crowd with his trademark random conversations on the mic. No one could really understand what he spoke about or why, but everyone went along with it anyways. The audience really should learn to manage their energy a lot better, as D.I. did not receive as large a pit as Yeastie Boys got. If you have attended a D.I. show within the past year, you would not miss much at this show. D.I. always plays a tremendous show of classic punk rock, but their set list has remained largely stagnant in many of their shows in the past year. Although predictable, everyone loved all the songs D.I. played, and sang along to almost every song. I ended up on the receiving end of a boot to my chest/rib after getting pushed down in the pit, and I saw another guy intentionally kick me too! He did not just run into me – he wound up his leg and swung right for me. With this, D.I. proves that punk rock never died.

You can catch plenty of great punk rock shows in the upcoming weeks! Check out my blog every Monday for a post containing all of the week’s upcoming events. You may also directly contact me on Twitter or Facebook asking about future events.