Posts Tagged ‘Casualties’

Ska Luau V
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 30
House of Blues, Anaheim

Time to skank! Get all ska’d out with Suburban Legends, Failed To Victory, the Magnolia Polynesian Dance Troupe, and more at this all-ages show at the House of Blues at Downtown Disney in Anaheim. Tickets cost $12.50 presale or $15 at the door. Guests may park for free for up to five hours with the venue’s wristband as validation, so time arrival accordingly.

Various New Year’s Eve Dinners/Parties
Nighttime, December 31

Anywhere you go on New Year’s Eve, you will find a dinner or party of some sort. See below for a VERY brief list of what to expect. Please party responsibly and commute safely. Minimize your time on the road if possible.

Dinner @ Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
Dinner @ The Factory, Long Beach
Party @ Grand Park, Los Angeles
Party @ Angel City Brewery, Los Angeles
Party @ Good Beer Company, Santa Ana
Party @ Downtown Long Beach

The Aggrolites @ Alex’s Bar
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 31
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach

Ring in the new year with The Aggrolites at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach. Admission costs $20 presale and $25 at the door. No one under 21 may enter. Guests should park in the neighborhood across the street from Alex’s Bar or on Orizaba Avenue.

2015 New Year’s Race + Health & Fitness Expo
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, January 2
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 3
Downtown Los Angeles

Kick off the new year with this fun run lasting your choice of 5k, 10k, or a half marathon. Registration varies depending on age and the course, but all participants receive with registration a medal, a shirt or sweater, admission to the expo & fair, a goodie bag, post-race recovery foods, and more. A health & fitness expo will take place at the Biltmore Hotel on Friday and Saturday afternoon, and all race participants can attend that expo. The race starts on 7th Street and goes up to around Grand Park and Chinatown, while half marathon runners will run through Dodger Stadium. This event WILL close off multiple streets in Downtown Los Angeles, something that rarely occurs, so you definitely will not want to miss this sight.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 2
Various locations
Long Beach:

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).

La Pobreska @ White Oak Music & Arts
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 2
White Oak Music & Arts, Van Nuys

Check out this skacore show this Friday night in Van Nuys. The show listing does not specify a cover charge or age limit, so arrive with caution.

Doll Hut Reopening Anniversary Weekend
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 2
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, January 3-4
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

A year ago, the Doll Hut reopened their doors to the public. This weekend, they celebrate a year back in business with a couple of shows, starting with a free punk show on Friday night. No one under 21 may enter.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 2
Alex’s Bar, 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.

Ska Punk Fest 2015
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 3
13th Frame Lounge, La Habra

Skank all day and all night at Ska Punk Fest this Saturday in La Habra. The cover for this show costs $7 for those under 21, and $5 for those of legal drinking age.

The Casualties & The Bad Engrish
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 3, Jewel’s Catch One, Arlington Heights, Los Angeles
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, January 4, The Observatory, Santa Ana,

Famous punk band The Casualties will headline two shows in Southern California this weekend. Tickets to these all-ages shows cost $10 for the Saturday show in LA, or $5 presale or $10 on the day of the show for OC.

Skate Punk Fest 2015
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, January 4
The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood

Skate Punk Fest returns! Rock out with JFA, Pulley, and more at this intense all-ages show at The Roxy in West Hollywood. Tickets to this show cost $15.

The Tonight We Unite Tour wrapped up at The Observatory this past Sunday night. Bands on the bill include psychobilly band Nekromantix, legendary hardcore punk band The Casualties, punk band Down By Law, street punk band Lower Class Brats, Celtic punk band Flatfoot 56, and punk band The Sheds. Other local bands have made guest appearances during the tour, such as Narcoleptic Youth. On Sunday night, I had arrived just before Flatfoot 56, meaning I already missed The Sheds and Narcoleptic Youth.

The first band I got to see was Flatfoot 56. If you have heard any song from Dropkick Murphys, then this will sound very familiar. A punk rock station on Pandora Radio may occasionally play Brotherhood.

A neat scene occurred during their last song, when members from all the bands on the tour stormed the stage to “play” the final song with Flatfoot 56.

Up next was Lower Class Brats. I had been looking forward to seeing LCB, being one of the 90’s bands on the tour. Two of their popular songs, Who Writes Your Rules and Just Like Clockwork, received much praise from the crowd. They kept the the energy, while the pit maintained their own energy.

Following Lower Class Brats was Down By Law. At first, the crowd did not seem very enthused, while the pit only consisted of two girls. Eventually, the energy picked up, especially once they played their cover of I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles). As an added bonus, frontman Dave Smalley, formerly of All and Dag Nasty, played two songs from Dag Nasty at the end of their set.

With Down By Law complete, everyone geared themselves up for The Casualties. A Casualties show is no joke – this is one of the most intense shows one will witness. From the violent pits to the reckless stage dives to the security storming, this is not for the weak. For a majority of their show, I could not move – I had to succumb to the natural movement of the crowd.

Strangely but not surprisingly, many had left after The Casualties. After such a brutal show, I figure those who could not handle the crowd should not stick around for Nekromantix. Albeit they are not as intense as The Casualties, Nekromantix still brought on an unforgiving pit.

What an intense night. I had not even planned on going, but my night opened up, so I decided to try to get tickets. To my surprise, the show never sold out, despite what appeared as a full house. Being an all-ages venue, a handful of kids were scattered around the venue. A full bar was still available, and I saw many minors drinking. But hey, I was once young like them, so I am not in any position to judge. Next time a show this epic rolls around, I will be sure not to miss it.