Posts Tagged ‘Circle One’

Jacob’s Birthday – Free Show
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 16
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Enjoy a free show headlined by The Maxies this Wednesday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. No one under 21 may enter.

Chinatown After Dark
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 17
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles

Chinatown enters the Night Market field this Thursday night, as Chinatown transforms into an outdoor nighttime market filled with live entertainment, vendors, food, and more. Free for all ages, guests should park east of Spring St and/or north of College St.

Rock Rock Rocksteady Go
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, April 17
The Airliner, Los Angeles

Get your skanking on this Thursday night at The Airliner in Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $3 before 9:30pm and $5 afterwards. No one under 18 may enter. Guests should park in the neighborhood across the street from the venue.

WonderCon 2014
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 18
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 19
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 20
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim

Comic book fans and film buffs rejoice! The annual WonderCon returns to the Anaheim Convention Center this weekend. At this weekend-long convention, find plenty of comic books, action figures, DVDs, and more for sale, and check out all of the autograph sessions of artists, writers, actors, and more. In addition, do some people-watching as the countless fans cosplay as their favorite fictional characters. The Saturday pass has already sold out, but adults can attend Friday for $25, or Sunday for $15. Teenagers 13-17 and military get in for a discounted price, while children 12 and under enter free with a paid adult’s admission. Bring plenty of cash for parking and vendors, as guests may not likely use credit cards to purchase anything here.

K-Town Night Market
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 18
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 19
Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools, Los Angeles

Experience Korean nightlife this weekend at the annual Koreatown Night Market! Free to attend for all ages, this event celebrates Korean culture by immersing visitors into the night market experience similar to that of South Korea. Over 40 food vendors and 11 food trucks will serve up delicious Korean delectables, while visitors can check out the live entertainment, art exhibits, and vendor village in this outdoor market. Visitors can find $5 parking at nearby parking lots around the venue.

Decry @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 18
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Take in your weekly dosage of punk rock this Friday night at the World Famous Doll Hut in Anaheim, as Decry headlines this small show. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

2014 Cambodian New Year Celebration
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 19
El Dorado Park, Long Beach

Celebrate Cambodian New Year this Saturday in Long Beach with traditional & modern performances, live music, arts & crafts, games, food, vendors, and more. Tickets plus parking to this all-ages festival cost $30 presale and $40 at the gate.

Downtown Burbank Fine Arts Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 19-20
San Fernando Blvd b/t Magnolia & Olive, Downtown Burbank

Check out hundreds of artists, street painters, sidewalk chalk artists, and more this weekend in Downtown Burbank. Completely free to attend for all ages, guests can exhibit the many art on display, create their own art with sidewalk chalk or other artists allowing guests to interact, or purchase art to take home.

2014 Taste of Hillcrest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 19
5th & Robinson, Hillcrest, San Diego

Savor the flavors of all the amazing eateries in Hillcrest this Saturday afternoon. Over 40 restaurants will offer delicious samples to guests, while a handful of local breweries will provide beer tasters for guests. Admission costs $30 presale and $35 on the day of the event. Admission includes 50 taster tickets, and each location accepts different amounts of tickets. Guests can move at their own pace, and select which locations to spend their tickets at.

7th Annual CityBeat Festival of Beers
2:00 pm – 5:30 pm, April 19
Lafayette Hotel, San Diego

Looking to get your beer on this weekend? Head to the San Diego CityBeat Festival of Beers, where guests receive UNLIMITED pours from over 50 breweries plus the souvenir taster cup. Guests may purchase food at an additional cost. General admission costs $40. No one under 21 may enter.

4th Annual Brokechella
3:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 19
cARTel: Collaborative Arts LA, Downtown Los Angeles

Cannot afford to dump money on Coachella? Check out Brokechella, a miniature version of the money-guzzling concert, this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles. Expose yourself to the variety of local art and music at this intimate experience, and keep your wallet happy too. Admission to this event costs $10 presale and $20 at the door.

L.A. Foodie’s Float Trip
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 19
Angel City Brewery, Los Angeles

L.A. Foodie returns with another beercentric event at Angel City Brewery this Saturday evening. For just $9 per person, attendees get treated to three ice cream & beer floats and pick the flavors of each of them. In addition, attendees also get to munch on sweet treats, such as cookies and mini cupcakes, while supplies last. Regular patrons to Angel City Brewery can still order beer normally at the counter, and order food from the food trucks that will serve during this time. Street parking meters around here go free after 4pm or 6pm, depending on the street, so search around for parking. Take note that Brokechella will go on this same time not far from here, which will clutter up the parking in this area.

Circle One @ The Overtime
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 19
Overtime Bar & Grill, Carson

Hardcore punk band Circle One headlines a small show this Saturday night in Carson. The cover for this show costs $7, or $10 for two people. No one under 21 may enter.

Radioactive Chicken Heads @ 13th Frame Lounge
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 19
La Habra Bowl, La Habra

This Saturday gets a little weird when Radioactive Chicken Heads headline this all-ages show in La Habra. Come get clucky with them and some other fun openers for just $5.

Mary Jane’s Pre-Birthday Party
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 19
Que’s Bar & Grill, Rosemead

Ring in 4/20 with some hardcore punk for your ears. The cover for this show costs $2 before 9:30pm and $3 afterwards. No one under 21 may attend.

Mike V’s Birthday Show
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 19
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles

Enjoy a fun punk show this Saturday night at Cafe NELA, northeast of Downtown Los Angeles. The event does not specify a cover charge, so have cash available for whatever they charge. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking around the area.

Get Happy – Old Pasadena Happy Hour Week
March 1-15
Participating locations, Old Pasadena

Enjoy extended Happy Hour food & drink specials at participating locations in Old Pasadena during this two-week period.

Orange County Cocktail Week
March 2-8
Participating locations, Orange County

Enjoy cocktails, appetizers, and pairings at participating locations all week for $20.14 per person.

Stone Brewing: Pairing Dinner @ 38 Degrees
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 5
38 Degrees, Alhambra

Enjoy a five-course dinner paired with five different special cask beers from Stone Brewing Co. this Wednesday night at 38 Degrees in Alhambra. For $55 per person (gratuity not included), guests get treated to five courses, five select cask beers to pair with each dish, and a meet & greet with brewers from Stone. No one under 21 may attend.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 5
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana

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.

Ska Night @ The Airliner
7:30 pm – 2:00 am, March 6
The Airliner, Los Angeles

Get your skanking on this Thursday night at The Airliner in Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $3 before 9:30pm and $5 afterwards. No one under 18 may enter. Guests should park in the neighborhood across from the venue.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 7
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).

Stomper 98 – Live in Los Angeles
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 7
The Down And Out, Los Angeles

Catch some European punk rock bands plus Old Firm Casuals and more this Friday night in Downtown Los Angeles. Entry to this show costs $12 presale and $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Dirty Eyes LP Release
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 7
The Viper Room, West Hollywood

Catch a good ol’ rock show this Friday night at The Viper Room in West Hollywood. Entry to this show costs just $10.

Naked Aggression @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:30 pm – 12:30 am, March 7
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Punk rock legends Naked Aggression will headline this local show this Friday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $6. No one under 21 may enter.

Circle One: Free Show in Lomita
8:30 pm – 12:30 am, March 7
The Firehouse, Lomita

A taste of nardcore comes to the South Bay this Friday night, as Circle One headlines this FREE show at The Firehouse in Lomita. No one under 21 may enter.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 7
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.

2014 Festival of Colors – Los Angeles
10:30 am – 8:00 pm, March 8
Excelsior High School, Norwalk

Want to get covered in color without the necessity of moving for five kilometers? Check out the annual Festival of Colors this Saturday. As simply a celebration of color, guests will enjoy live music the entire time, all while mingling and showing off colors. Color throwing occurs every two hours starting at noon. Admission costs $5, and guests can purchase colors at the festival.

Hurt Night: A Night of Art, Imagery, and Music
5:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 8
Ink’d Chronicles and Characters Sports Bar, Downtown Pomona

Immerse yourself in this two-part event covering Downtown Pomona this Saturday evening. At Ink’d Chronicles from 5pm to 9pm, check out a free and all-ages art show with tons of skateboard art and memorabilia. At Characters Sports Bar starting at 8pm, catch the 21+ after-party with a handful of punk rock bands for just $5 before 10pm and $7 afterwards.

OC Music Awards
7:30 pm – 12:00 am, March 8
City National Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim

The OC Music Awards honors the best of rising bands from Orange County, and gives them needed exposure to rise further. The actual awards show begins at 8pm and lasts two hours, followed by an after-party. Tickets to attend cost $40 plus Ticketmaster fees.

40th Annual Festival of the Kite
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 9
Redondo Pier, Redondo Beach

Free to attend for all ages, kite flyers from all over will gather to all fly kites in unison. Participants can win prizes for highest flying, best handmade, youngest kite flyer, and more. Other activities include a yo-yo competition, a hot dog eating competition, and plenty of merchandise vendors.

Punk Rock & Tacos II
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 9
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Enjoy some local punk rock bands at this FREE show all day this Sunday at the World Famous Doll Hut in Anaheim. Guests can purchase tacos from 3pm to 9pm. No one under 21 may attend.

Old school met new school, as Gitbam Records hosted their first annual Punktoberfest this past Friday night. Featuring a handful of veteran bands from decades past, this show brought together Southern California’s favorite punk bands for a night of chaos and intensity. For just $10, anyone could enter this show, located at Los Globos in Silverlake west of Los Angeles.

Mr. Whiskers, a street punk band from the San Fernando Valley, opened up the night. When you hear Mr. Whiskers, you may picture stereotypical teenagers in a garage making loud angry music. Sometimes, you just need some angry music to get your blood flowing, and Mr. Whiskers delivered that, evident by the handful of guys already duking it out in the pit.

From Boyle Heights came Corrupted Youth, a hardcore punk band that played second in the night. Strongly sounding like The Casualties, Corrupted Youth has cemented quite a reputation for themselves locally, as vocalist Nacho often hosts shows and promotes other shows. Aside from this contribution to local punk rock, they can rock out hard on their own, as the pit has grown substantially this early in the night.

The anticipation quickly rose as everyone approached the stage for the next band, Wasted Ones. Featuring members of the original Wasted Youth, fans of the original band desired to see Wasted Youth in their return to glory. Although not the official band, they still delivered a killer performance and got the entire room up and slamming around to no end.

The night of old school punk continued with Circle One playing next. This local 80’s punk band still has the vision after all these years. Coincidentally, I last saw Circle One at this exact stage a few months ago – I guess you could say I have gone full circle!

We now move into the headliners of the night, starting with Narcoleptic Youth. As the face of OC hardcore punk, more than just locals would recognize their trademark music style, as vocalist Joey has the skills necessary to rap when he works the mic. The pit got bigger and bigger throughout the night, and it grew the most during Narcoleptic Youth’s set. We would soon find out if the venue could contain such a large pit.

The second of the night’s headliners, Naked Aggression, would end up taking the spot as the night’s chaotic catalyst. Naked Aggression never allows the energy of the audience to decline at all during their set. They maintain an escalating presence the moment they hit the stage. That presence, may have escalated too quickly, as during the set, a fight erupted in the middle of the pit that sequentially saw security removing roughly half of the entire audience from the venue. How sad that they had to miss the second half of Naked Aggression and D.I., essentially half of the headlining acts.

At last, the night’s final headliner set up on stage to a lighter audience than it appeared an hour prior. Regardless, D.I. never looked back as they ventured forth into their set. Their set has not deviated from any of their shows from the past year, which includes songs like On The Western Front, Prison Riot, Amoeba, Johnny’s Got A Problem, Richard Hung Himself, and Guns. Of course, what would D.I. do without vocalist Casey Royer’s random ramblings between songs?

Who needs words when photos can describe it all? I have seen all these bands before, so I do not have much to say about them by now. Trust in me that these local bands truly rock and represent the punk rock scene very well. If you want to start finding more great local punk rock shows, follow these bands around to other shows, and check out where they play, as well as what else they like. You may discover something great that you never knew existed.

Barbie And The Hookers in Downtown Los Angeles
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 9
Five Star Bar, Downtown Los Angeles

Catch this local music show this Wednesday night in Downtown Los Angeles. Guys get in for $3, while gals get in free all night.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 10
Downtown Los Angeles

This free monthly event takes place over many blocks in Downtown Los Angeles. Many galleries will open late, and some parking lots will contain more art, vendors, food trucks, entertainment, and more. Unless you know business owners, free parking barely exists in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here prior.

The Heavenly Hog Fall Pig Out
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 11
La Valencia Hotel, La Jolla

At this Fall pairing dinner, eight of San Diego’s top chefs commune to deconstruct a pig into seven parts, plus a wild card. Each chef will then pair a part to a beverage of his/her choice. You can partake in this exciting dinner for $125, which should more than cover the costs of the whole hogs and the drinks.

Art Night Pasadena
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 11
Old Town Pasadena, Pasadena

This free festival celebrates local art with art exhibits, live music, entertainment, and more as Pasadena’s local artists open up their studios to the public. For free street parking, check Corson Street.

Big Orange Book Festival
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 11
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 12
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 13
Chapman University, Orange

Free to attend for all ages, this two-day book festival takes place at Chapman University in Orange this weekend. Come see hundreds of books, writers, live entertainment, food, speakers, and more.

2013 That Dam Mud Run – Los Angeles
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 12
Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area, Irwindale

Tackle a three-mile obstacle course full of dirt, mud, and more this Saturday at a dam. Following the mud run, enjoy yourself with great company and live music at the beer garden (beer sold separately). Registration costs $79 for adults and $25 for children, and include a commemorative t-shirt. Participants should wear comfortable clothing to move in that they do not mind getting dirty, or plan to throw away after this run. Remember to bring extra clothes to change into and plenty of towels for after the run.

4th Annual Santee Car Show & BBQ Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 12
Santee Trolley Square, Santee

This Saturday, come and check out over 200 hot rods, classic cars, motorcycles and muscle cars all available for your viewing pleasure, absolutely free of charge. This all-ages event allows visitors to gaze upon all of the classic cars and browse through the hundreds of food vendors and merchandise booths. Live music, a beer garden, and a carnival area will keep everyone entertained all day.

For LA By LA – The GMO Show
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 12
McLogan Supply Co., Los Angeles

This all-ages art event raises awareness of GMO’s in today’s food industry. For $5 entry, see lots of local artists, vendors, food trucks, and more, as we learn about GMO’s, its effect on the industry, and most importantly, its effect on humans.

Corgi Fall Beach Day
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 12
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.

8th Annual Pasadena Artwalk
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 12
Colorado & El Molino, Pasadena

This free all-ages event highlights Southern California’s aspiring artists looking to make an impact with their creations. Artwork will include paintings, sculptures, watercolors, photography, mixed media, ceramics, jewelry, drawings, printmaking, and more.

Fall 2013 Brewery Art Walk
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 12-13
Brewery Art Association, Los Angeles

This FREE semiannual art walk features hundreds of residents artists showcasing their finest work. Guests may even purchase art they like from the artists. Free to park and enter for all ages, the facility even includes an in-house restaurant, so bring your friends and family to look at some great art.

Fall 2013 Artisanal LA
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 12-13
LA Mart, Los Angeles

Find the latest trends in food, drinks, fashion, accessories, and more at this designer fair this weekend. See dozens of artists, chefs, bakers, designers, and more from across the world showcasing their goods and selling their wonderful products. Admission to this all-ages event costs $12 presale and $15 at the door. Parking at the venue costs $15 per vehicle, but visitors can either search for other parking lots or street meters, or take public transportation to save on commute costs.

Orange County Japan Fair
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 12
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 13
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa

Immerse yourself in Japanese culture this weekend at the OC Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. Visitors will find lots of ramen, sake tastings, live entertainment, arts & crafts, activities, other food & drinks, vendors, and more. Admission costs $5 for one day or $8 for two days, and parking costs $7 per vehicle.

Zombie Fest
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 12
The Vex, Los Angeles

Go nuts at this death metal show this Saturday afternoon in East LA. This all-ages show costs $10. Guests should park in the alley behind the building, but avoid parking too far into the alley, or those arriving afterwards may block the path.

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 12
Angel City Brewery, Downtown Los Angeles

Celebrate Halloween early as only adults should celebrate! Don your best Halloween costume, and go trick-or-treating among Los Angeles’ top dessert providers. General admission costs $15, and includes three 4oz beer pours from Angel City Brewery, unlimited food & dessert samples, and $20 Uber ride service gift card for new signups. VIP costs $40, includes all of the general admission goodies, plus a goodie bag, an LA Foodie t-shirt, a fashionable wristband, and Angel City Brewery goodies. Food trucks will serve food outside at a separate cost. Guests can find parking throughout the Arts District, as meters run up to 6pm on most of the streets.

Circle One in Ventura
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 12
Zoey’s, Ventura

Catch a local punk show in Ventura this Saturday evening. This all-ages show only costs $7 to enter.

Five Iron Frenzy @ The Glass House
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 12
The Glass House, Pomona

Pomona gets a dosage of ska this Saturday night, as Five Iron Frenzy headlines a show with Suburban Legends, Rebel Revive, and CodeName: Rocky. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25. Guests can find plenty of free parking around the area, but pay attention to the signs, as some lots require a parking fee.

Ghetto Ska Show
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 12
Shred Masters, San Bernardino

Inland Empire gets a night of ska, as South Central Skankers headline a show in San Bernardino with Vidalta, 2 Tone Boners, Me Gusta Putas, Los Alkoliados, and Grito Rebelde. This all-ages show costs $10 before 9pm and $12 afterwards to enter.

Free Punk Show @ Blacklight District Lounge
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 12
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach

Rodents of Unusual Size, Rottbite, Malditas Drogas, Underground Alliance, and Foggy Nation play at this free show this Saturday night in Long Beach. No one under 21 may enter.

2013 Long Beach Marathon
6:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 13
Shoreline Village, Long Beach

The annual Long Beach Marathon takes place this Sunday. Please note the street closures for that day, and adjust your day accordingly.

4th Annual Redondo Beach Taste of the Pier
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, October 13
Redondo Beach Pier

This food fest will include food tastings, bands, balloons, face painting, arts & crafts, and more. Enjoy a variety of small bites, live music, and fun while you tour the pier. Each restaurant will feature a different menu item and non-food retailers will offer other discounts and items in support of the Cancer Support Community and Redondo Beach Educational Foundation. Free to attend, tasting tickets cost $1 each.

Good raw street punk music lives on as the Smut Peddlers and Angry Samoans co-headlined a punk rock show at Los Globos in Silverlake west of Los Angeles this past Saturday night. Summertime marks a great time to check out live music shows, and this past Saturday held nothing back when it came to music shows, especially in Southern California. With other great shows going on, such as Guttermouth, one would definitely have a difficult time selecting a show to attend. With a lineup consisting of nine bands, this show at Los Globos would definitely give you your money’s worth.

Killroy mysteriously did not show up to perform on this night. Instead, Testicle Difficulties substituted in for Killroy. I originally would have seen these guys at Slam Dance Fest; however, they failed to bring I.D. for that 18+ show. Fitting in quite well with the slam dance and street punk crowd, Testicle Difficulties started off the night on the upstairs stage with their loud, ferocious set, easily attracting the attentions of everyone just entering. They brought a decent following, as they received many cheers from the crowd. Many attendees did not know what occurred to Killroy, but with Testicle Difficulties’ performance, we received just as much entertainment.

The first of the night’s two female-fronted bands, Drop Tank, opened up the downstairs stage. As a slight anomaly for the night, Drop Tank’s sound did not resemble the hard street punk that all the other bands played. Without any way to actually classify Drop Tank’s music, they played just straight up rock music with a punk twist. Imagine a cross between Slunt and Fiction Reform, and you get Drop Tank. Regardless of what they sound like, Drop Tank still did a great job entertaining the crowd and keeping them pumped up for all the music to come. Expect to see a lot of Drop Tank in the near future, as they have picked up quite a bit of momentum recently in playing shows.

Trekking back upstairs sees the return of another band I last saw at Slam Dance Fest, Hari Kari. At Slam Dance Fest, Hari Kari played a handful of cover songs. This time, they deviated far from that by playing their original hardcore punk music from the 1980’s. Vocalist Alma had not even entered the stage for their first song and a pit already got going. Bringing back the original songs shows how serious this show means to Hari Kari as well as the crowd, who explicitly reciprocated the love back to the band throughout their set. If Hari Kari keeps this up, they may headline a show very soon.

Coming back downstairs sees the return of Destruction Made Simple to the stage. Following a series of unfortunate events to some of their members, they have bit the bullet by jumping on stage to deliver this knockout of a show. With an album set to release any week now, Destruction Made Simple could not contain their excitement, and expelled all of their pent up energy out on the stage. Playing a mix of old and new songs, Destruction Made Simple ensured that a sizable pit would get going by the time vocalist Raul could even start rocking out. They all rocked out as hard as their bodies would allow them – guitarist Andy had just recovered from a broken ankle, while bassist Edgar’s ankle got ran over by a truck last week. Despite a few injuries, no one would ever suspect a thing, as the crowd fell into the motions of the music… sweet street punk music.

The night of stars continued with Evacuate playing next upstairs. True punk fans will recognize vocalist Mike Virus from The Virus and Cheap Sex, both incredibly intense hardcore bands from back in the day. He keeps up that intensity with Evacuate, still playing hardcore punk as we all know it. They played a set nearly identical to the set they played at Slam Dance Fest, only making a few song swaps and order changes. The release of a compilation album that Mike Virus helped create, Punk Aid, helped to fuel the boundless energy emanating from the stage. This energy would carry on for the remaining bands for the rest of the night.

The night gets more old-school with the return of False Confession playing downstairs. As one of the founding bands of the Nardcore movement, False Confession has a left a significant impact on the punk rock industry as we know it. Hardcore punk would not sound the same without Nardcore, so we thank the founding bands for their involvement in the shape of hardcore punk today. False Confession still has what they had 30 years ago – raw energy that translates well into the skate punk scene. As high profile as the bands come, the crowd knew they had to save up energy for the rest of the night.

The old school theme would resonate the rest of the night, as Circle One took to the upstairs stage. As another early 1980’s hardcore punk band, Circle One attracted a huge following to this show, as most of the crowd consisted of adults in their 30’s or higher at this point. Suffice to say, Circle One paved the foundation of hardcore punk when they started over 30 years ago, which gave way to today’s mainstream bands that claim to have started off during that era. Unfortunately those mainstream bands deviated so far from hardcore punk that they now play metal music, while the general public, ignorant to true hardcore punk, would refer to metal music as hardcore punk, which could not fall further from the truth. However, I digress – Circle One delivered a killer show that catered to everyone. In some ways, their music remind me of Institutionalized by Suicidal Tendencies with the way they speak during some songs. Not once did the energy falter, keeping the crowd amped up and craving more. The crowd would receive more, as the night had a few more bands to go.

Reaching the first of two headliners, we now approach Angry Samoans downstairs in the lounge. Words cannot accurately describe an Angry Samoans show – you honestly have to experience one for yourself. With 45 minutes to play, they tried to stock as many songs as they could into their allotted time, as evident by their set list. They switched it up at times too, allowing the drummer time on the mic and swapping with their vocalist. At multiple points during their set, a gal from the crowd would run up to the stage to pull up her top and show off her goodies to the crowd, much to the chagrin of the Angry Samoans. I spotted her doing so three times – she must have done it multiple times in the pit, as did a few other gals, as I later discovered. Once the set had ended, everyone bolted upstairs for the final act of the night.

At long last, the night’s headliner had arrived. The Smut Peddlers finalized stage preparations to an ovation that filled the entire floor. I barely could scrape by to secure a close spot, and eventually ended up nestled on a corner of the stage. So many people had crowded up here that the pit felt more like that of a massive concert, where the entire crowd moves but no actual moshing occurs. The Smut Peddlers had a great time playing their hits and interacting with the crowd. As we all know, bands that interact with the crowds score brownie points. Does a headlining band need to score brownie points? Not necessarily, but it helps to pump up the crowd and leave them asking for more, to which the Smut Peddlers happily obliged.

Missed out on this show? Most of these bands will play another show very soon! Like all of their pages on Facebook to find out where they play next. Get out there and explore new music – not only do you broaden your scope, but you also support local music by doing so.