Posts Tagged ‘Evacuate’

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 6
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/1477882672453686/

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.

3rd Annual LUCKYRICE Feast
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 7
Create Nightclub, Hollywood
http://luckyrice.com/upcoming-events

Join in on this night of Asian-style food tastings and cocktail sips this Thursday night in Hollywood. General admission costs $88 and starts at 8pm, while early admission costs $150 and starts at 7pm. All attendees receive unlimited food and cocktail tastings while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

“Pick It Up” Ska Show
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 7
The Airliner, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/872958562731712/

Skank with some local ska bands this Thursday night in Northeast Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $3 before 9:30, or $5 afterwards. No one under 18 may attend.

Festival De eSKAndalo
3:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 8
Chavas Cafe, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/730867356975128/

Lots of local ska bands will play at this all-ages all-day show this Friday in Downtown Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $7 before 6pm, or $10 afterwards. The venue will have food and drinks for sale.

3rd Annual Ribs, Pigs, & Watermelons – Beer Festival & Pro BBQ Competition
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 8
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, August 9
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 10
Huntington Beach State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://www.rpwbbq.com/

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

Brew at the Zoo
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 8
Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles
http://lazoo.org/brew/

This craft beer fest at the Los Angeles Zoo will allow you to drink while exhibiting the animals. Also expect to see comedians, DJs, bands, vendors, and more. Admission costs $45 presale, and includes fourteen 4.5oz beer tasters and entry into the park to look at the animals.

Hardcore Punk Night @ The Screaming Chicken
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 8
The Screaming Chicken Saloon, San Bernardino
http://www.facebook.com/events/396165370521239/

Get crazy at this hardcore punk show this Friday night out in Devore. The cover for this show costs $5 before 8pm, or $8 afterwards. No one under 21 may enter.

The Last Gang @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 8
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/662029183889458/

Check out these great local bands at the Doll Hut this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may attend.

Club Beat On The Brat
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 8
Los Angeles Brewing Company, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/684808591605567/

Enjoy some local rock bands this Friday night at Los Angeles Brewing Company in Downtown Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $3 before 10pm, or $5 afterwards. No one under 21 may attend.

Nisei Week – Japanese Festival
August 9-17
Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.niseiweek.org/

Participate in any of a variety of events celebrating Japanese culture during this nine-day period based out of Little Tokyo in Downtown Los Angeles. Numerous events will occur at Little Tokyo or the Japanese American National Museum on the north side of Little Tokyo. Check the website for a full list of events, which include some eating competitions, the free family festival, and a car show.

Wet N Wild 5K
6:00 am – 12:00 pm, August 9
La Mirada Regional Aquatic Center, La Mirada
http://wetnwild5k.com/

Put your running skills to the wet mettle at this soaked 5k run this Saturday morning in La Mirada. Unlike a normal 5k run, this fun run will subject runners to wading through a “river” that goes up to the runner’s waist. Registration for this run costs $40 per individual, or $35 per individual on a team of five or more participants. Registration on race day will cost $5 per individual regardless.

7th Annual Surf Guitar Convention & Festival
8:00 am – 8:00 pm, August 9
The Starting Gate, Los Alamitos
http://surfguitar101.com/convention/HOME.html

Come see lots of surf music bands perform at this benefit show. This all-day all-ages show costs $30 to attend.

9th Annual Cardiff Dog Days of Summer
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 9
Cardiff Town Center, Cardiff
http://www.cardiffdogdaysofsummer.com/

Want a little exercise, socialization, and bonding with your dog? Come enjoy dog contests, custom pet products and animal adoptions. Vendors will display the latest dog products and much more. San Diego County’s largest dog-centric event draws thousands attendees from all over San Diego to see over 200 vendors, dog contests, live music, food, an agility course, a doggie photo booth, doggie crafts and a large silent auction. Completely free to attend for all ages, attendees should park at or near Encinitas City Hall and take the free shuttle.

2014 Reptile Super Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 9
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 10
Fairplex, Pomona
http://reptilesupershow.com/

Check out all things reptiles and amphibians at this weekend expo at the Fairplex in Pomona. Open to all ages, attendees will find reptiles, amphibians, turtles, supplies, cages, lights, supplements, educational workshops, and more. Admission costs $14 for adults and $9 for children 12 and under – check the website for a printable coupon good for $1 off admission. Parking costs $10 per vehicle – guests must enter through blue gate 9, located on White Avenue south of Arrow Hwy.

Summer Sun & Art Fest
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 9
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 10
The Pike, Downtown Long Beach
http://laydbackproductions.com/?page_id=26

This weekend, guests of all ages can find fine arts, contemporary crafts, handcrafted items, entertainment, delectable edibles, unique offerings, and more all at The Pike in Downtown Long Beach, completely free to attend.

30th Annual Philippine Cultural Arts Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 9-10
Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.samahanphilippinedance.com/

At this FREE and all-ages festival, enjoy cultural entertainment in the form of food, drinks, desserts, music, dance, art, live entertainment, demos, and more.

2nd Annual ScareLA
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 9-10
LA Mart, Los Angeles
http://scarela.com/

Welcome to Southern California’s premier Halloween convention. At this weekend event, get a glimpse at all things Halloween, preview this year’s top costumes, and get info on the world’s scariest haunted houses or mazes. Check out over a hundred Halloween vendors, makeup artists, scare demos, costume demos, and more. Visitors may also want to wear their costume to this expo to “practice” for Halloween! The price of admission varies based on the day of attendance, and any of the extras included with admission. General admission (no extra goodies) costs $30 on Saturday and $25 on Sunday. See the website for a full breakdown of prices.

Mitsuwa Summer Festival
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 9-10
Mitsuwa Marketplace, Torrance
http://www.mitsuwa.com/ai1ec_event/mitsuwa-summer-events/

Come experience Japanese culture over the weekend! Completely FREE to attend for all ages, visitors will find games, arts, crafts, food, music, dance, karaoke, and more. Mitsuwa Marketplace will remain open for regular business during this time as well.

27th Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival
11:00 am – 10:30 pm, August 9-10
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachjazzfestival.com/

Soak in the sun with classy R&B and jazz music this weekend in Long Beach. Discover the best in local music under the sun in the park by the beach, and check out the local food and art also available at this all-ages fest. Admission varies based on attendance method, with rates starting at $50. Parking in nearby lots and structures cost $10 per vehicle – consider parking in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue to circumvent parking fees.

5th Annual Los Angeles Craft Beer Crawl
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 9
Casey’s Irish Pub, Downtown Los Angeles
http://213nightlife.com/lacraftbeercrawl

All attendees of this pub crawl through Downtown Los Angeles will see over 100 different craft beers across seven different locations. General admission costs $59 and starts at 3pm, while early admission begins at 1pm, but has already sold out. The pub crawl has no set route – you may visit the locations in any order you like, and spend as much time at any particular venue as you like. All locations will open to the public at 7pm that day, but you can still stay at any of the locations as long as you like.

The Full Pint 7th Anniversary Celebration
1:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 9
Toronado, North Park, San Diego
http://thefullpint.com/events/the-full-pint-7th-anniversary-august-9-2014/

This beer fest will bring out the big guns, as The Full Pint brings out all the rare beers that attendees can handle. A VIP session starts at 1pm, but has already sold out. General admission starts at 4pm and costs $10 to enter – from there, attendees will pay for beer as they go, and each beer will vary in price.

Chinatown Summer Nights
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 9
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://chinatownsummernights.com/

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

Art Crawl Experience
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 9
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
http://www.downtownanaheim.com/artcrawlexperience

Downtown Anahiem will see a variety of activities and exhibits this Saturday night. Visitors can expect to find tons of art exhibits, live music, food, food trucks, drinks, yoga, dance, and more. Visitors may park for free in the parking structure located at S Clementine Street and W Oak Street.

Moon Crisis: Masquerade
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 9
Rothick Art Haus, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/494238860706200/

As part of their ongoing celebration of the 2014 reboot of the Sailor Moon franchise, Moon Crisis will host another FREE all-ages art show this Saturday night in Anaheim. This time, the showing will have a masquerade theme, encouraging visitors to dress for the occasion.

Radioactive Chicken Heads @ Comic Book Hideout
7:00 pm – 12:00 am August 9
Comic Book Hideout, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/690168837718172/

The Radioactive Chicken Heads will headline an all-ages show this Saturday night in Fullerton. The cover for this show costs only $2!

Suburban Legends @ M15 Corona
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 9
M15 Concert Bar & Grill, Corona
http://www.m15concerts.com/events/suburban-legends-2/

SoCal ska bands invade Corona this Saturday night, as Suburban Legends embark on their tour through the Southwest. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

Narcoleptic Youth @ 13th Frame Lounge
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 9
13th Frame Lounge, La Habra
http://www.facebook.com/events/1451511035088519/

Enjoy true OC punk this Saturday night in La Habra. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

Free Punk Rock Show in La Crescenta
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 9
The Crest, La Crescenta
http://www.facebook.com/events/1494090130824553/

Enjoy a FREE punk rock show this Saturday night out in La Crescenta. No one under 21 may enter.

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show
5:00 am – 2:00 pm, August 10
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.pomonaswapmeet.com/

See thousands of original and restored classic cars at the Fairplex this Sunday morning. Many of the vendors will also sell automotive accessories, parts, and more as well. This all-ages show cost $10 to enter, while children 10 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Parking costs $10 per vehicle – guests must enter via gate 17 on Fairplex Drive, directly off the 10 freeway.

Taste of Ecuador Food Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 10
Olvera Street, Los Angeles
http://www.lafoodfestivals.com/

Dozens of food vendors will serve up delicious Ecuadorian eats along Olvera Street this Sunday afternoon. Free to attend for all ages, visitors can simply pay for the food that they want without the worry of paying to enter.

29th Annual Children’s Festival of the Arts
12:00 pm – 4:30 pm, August 10
Paramount Studios, Hollywood
http://www.hollywoodartscouncil.org/

Bring out the family to this FREE art day in Hollywood this Sunday afternoon. Children will enjoy all the activities involving art, dance, music, face painting, characters, and more.

Blue Palms Brewhouse 6th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 10
Blue Palms Brewhouse, Los Angeles
http://bluepalmsbrewhouse.com/6.html

Blue Palms Brewhouse turns six this week, and would like to invite you to join in on the festivities! Admission costs $65, and comes with twenty 3oz beer tasters, a souvenir glass, and food while it lasts.

30th Annual Hillcrest CityFest
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 10
5th & University, Hillcrest, San Diego
http://fabuloushillcrest.com/events/hillcrest-cityfest/

Have fun at this street fair in Hillcrest this Sunday with games, activities, vendors, live music, food, a beer garden, and more. Free to attend for all ages, visitors should park at the San Diego School District Building on the east side of Hillcrest.

CMRCC Craft Beer Fest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 10
Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club, Carmel Mountain Ranch, San Diego
http://clubcmr.wordpress.com/2014/07/26/craft-beer-fest-tickets/

This quaint little country/golf club will hold a beer festival this Sunday that currently only features five breweries. Admission costs $40 and provides 15 4oz beer tasters, plus full access to five different food stations. For an additional $30, gain access to an all-inclusive round of golf. When purchasing tickets, use the promo code beerme to take $5 off the ticket price.

Cruise the Pike Classic Car Show
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 10
The Pike, Downtown Long Beach
http://laydbackproductions.com/?page_id=4234

Come on down to The Pike this Sunday afternoon and enjoy art and cars on the grassy knoll! Spectators of all ages can attend for free. Anyone interested in showcasing their classic car in this show must register their vehicle for $15 prior to the event or $20 on the day of.

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Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 8
Ben & Jerry’s, Worldwide
http://www.benjerry.com/scoop-shops/free-cone-day

Get a FREE ice cream cone this Tuesday at any participating Ben & Jerry’s store.

Roar in The Shore
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 9
Legends, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

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

21st Annual Wild & Crazy Taco Night
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, April 10
Share Our Selves, Costa Mesa
http://www.shareourselves.org/events/

25 of Orange County’s finest chefs will gather to prepare their most unusual and unique taco. Come witness history in the making, as chefs strive to reinvent the wheel by crafting the new generation of tacos. VIP hour starts at 4:30pm and costs $150, while general admission starts at 5:30pm and costs $70.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 10
Downtown Los Angeles
http://downtownartwalk.org/

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.

Tecate Light Thunder Thursday
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, April 10
Pine & Broadway, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/Tecate-Thunder-Thursday?id=64693

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

40th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
7:00 am – 9:00 pm, April 11-12
7:00 am – 5:30 pm, April 13
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.gplb.com/

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

Santa Monica Global Festival
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, April 11-13
3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica
http://www.global-festival.com/

Santa Monica will bustle with activity this weekend at this free and all-ages festival that celebrates the cultures of the world. Catch live entertainment all weekend, plus lots of worldly foods to try and vendors to shop from.

2013 Spring Citrus Fair
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 11
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 12
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 13
La Habra Chamber of Commerce, La Habra
http://www.citrusfair.com/

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

The Virus, Evacuate, The Bad Engrish, and More – On Tour
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 11, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/the-virus
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 12, Los Globos, Silverlake http://thevirus.brownpapertickets.com/

Catch original punk rock bands The Virus, Evacuate, The Bad Engrish, and more this weekend in Southern California. This Friday night at The Observatory in Santa Ana, tickets to this all-ages show cost $15. The venue has a limited parking lot, so arrive early to park for free. Arrive too late, and end up parking at a lot down the street for $10. This Saturday night at Los Globos in Silverlake, tickets to this all-ages show cost $13. Guests should park in the neighborhood down Vendome St.

Special Class of 99 Reunion Show
8:00 pm – 2:00 pm, April 11
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1379875255620201/

Relive the best of 90’s punk rock at this show this Friday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $6. No one under 21 may attend.

The LAST Grilled Cheese Invitational
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 12
Los Angeles Center Studios, Los Angeles
http://grilledcheeseinvitational.com/

You heard right – the Grilled Cheese Invitational will occur this weekend for the last time ever. Entry to this event costs $15, which allows you to watch people eat, drink, yell, cook, and more. Regular guests must still pay for grilled cheeses.

Punk Night @ Friar Tucks
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 12
Friar Tucks, Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/events/596250813791083/

Catch a FREE show at Friar Tucks this Saturday night in Pomona. No one under 21 may enter.

Yeastie Boys @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, April 12
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/505069746270273/

Get crazy this Saturday night at The World Famous Doll Hut with the Yeastie Boys and more. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may attend.

Shattered Faith @ Alex’s Bar
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, April 12
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/168890

Long Beach gets its punk rock night this weekend, as Alex’s Bar hosts Shattered Faith and more. The cover for this show costs $7. No one under 21 may enter. Guests should park in the neighborhood across the street from the venue, or up Orizaba Ave.

2014 Los Angeles Avocado Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 13
Olvera Street, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.lafoodfestivals.com/

Dozens of food vendors will serve up delicious avocado eats along Olvera Street this Sunday afternoon. Free to attend for all ages, visitors can simply pay for the food that they want without the worry of paying to enter.

2014 College Area Taste
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 13
College Area Business District, San Diego
http://www.collegeareabid.com/

Over 25 local restaurants will participate in this afternoon food fest in the College Area Business District near San Diego State. Presale tickets cost $25, while tickets at the gate will cost $30, and will cover all the samples that guests will receive.

Newport Beach Restaurant Week
January 17-26
Participating restaurants in Newport Beach
http://www.newportbeachdining.com/newport-beach-restaurant-week/default.aspx

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.

10th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week
January 19-24
Participating restaurants in San Diego
http://sandiegorestaurantweek.com/

Select restaurants throughout San Diego County will offer prix-fixe meal deals during this 6-day period. Lunches range from $10 to $20, while dinners range from $25 to $45.

Downtown Long Beach Pepper Week
January 20-26
Participating restaurants in Downtown Long Beach
http://www.downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/Downtown-Long-Beach-Pepper-Week?id=65896

Pepper lovers will want to check out Downtown Long Beach this week, as over a dozen restaurants will serve special pepper courses/plates.

Los Angeles Restaurant Week
January 20-31
Various locations
http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week

This dining event showcases the best in food Los Angeles has to offer. All participating restaurants will feature prix-fixe menus for locals and visitors alike. Lunches range from $15-25, while dinners range from $25-45.

Epic Brewing – Meet & Greet @ Beachwood BBQ
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 21
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/379834922154061/

Meet the team from Epic Brewing Company, and enjoy some of their uncommon beers this Tuesday night at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach.

2014 OC Music Awards Showcase Series Night 3
7:30 pm – 11:30 pm, January 21
Detroit Bar, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/232123006956288/

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.

False Confession @ Billy O’s in Ventura
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 23
Billy O’s Restaurant & Saloon, Ventura
http://www.facebook.com/events/699792706711057/

Catch False Confession, RF7, Anti-You, and The Loads at this punk rock show this Thursday night. Admission costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

The Adolescents & Pulley @ Borderline Bar & Grill
7:30 pm – 1:30 am, January 24
Borderline Bar & Grill, Thousand Oaks
http://www.borderlinebarandgrill.com/view_event.php?recordID=140

Big names in punk rock come to Thousand Oaks this Friday night, as The Adolescents and Pulley co-headline this small show. Tickets to this show cost $13 presale and $15 at the door. No one under 18 may enter.

Alex’s Bar 14th Anniversary Party
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 24 http://www.alexsbar.com/event/158224
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 25 http://www.alexsbar.com/event/158365
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach

Alex’s Bar in Long Beach celebrates their 14th anniversary this week with some mixed back-to-back shows, featuring punk rock bands such as Final Conflict, Bl’Ast, Swingin’ Utters, and more between Friday and Saturday nights. Tickets to either night costs $15 presale and $17 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

Into The Wild – Black Star Canyon
8:00 am – 11:00 am, January 25
Black Star Canyon, Silverado, Irvine
http://www.intothewildoctrailrun.com/

Seeking a challenging run through the wilderness? Check out Into The Wild, a 9.2k course running through trails of rocks, dirt, and more uneven ground. Registration costs $40 presale, and $45 on the day of the race.

Los Angeles Fitness Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 25-26
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.thefitexpo.com/la.asp

Experience everything related to fitness at this expo coming this weekend. Single day admission costs $20, while the weekend combo only costs $30. All attendees receive access the entire exhibit floor, competitions, seminars, demos, autograph sessions, free samples, and more.

Monterey Park 2014 Lunar New Year Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, January 25-26
Garvey Avenue between Garfield & Alhambra, Downtown Monterey Park
http://www.ci.monterey-park.ca.us/index.aspx?page=817

Celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year at this free all-ages festival in Downtown Monterey Park. Visitors will find food, drinks, arts & crafts, specialty merchandise, live entertainment, rides, games, and more. This festival sees tens of thousands of visitors annually, so plan your arrival and commute accordingly.

Blackmarket Bakery’s 1st Anniversary Party
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, January 25
Blackmarket Bakery, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/683216481700803/

Celebrate a year with Blackmarket Bakery as they throw a party for their customers, free to the public. Enjoy free samples, receive 15% off all breads & pastries, check out the new line of products, and more all this Saturday afternoon.

Bottle Share #11
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 25
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/1442653839286395/

Brew your own beer? Got an interesting craft beer to share? Bring it to 38 Degrees’ monthly bottle share event, taking place this Saturday afternoon, and discover other great beers too. Free to attend, guests should bring approximately 40-50 ounce’s worth of beer. The restaurant has its own free parking lot.

Downtown Sounds
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 25
Center Street Promenade, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/612598072121343/

This FREE and ALL-AGES event takes place on Center Street in Downtown Anaheim. Over a dozen local bands will play their music, while Anaheim Brewery will host beer tents to serve guests.

Skate Punk Fest 2014
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 25
The Glass House, Pomona
http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/423811-angry-samoans-jfa-pomona/

An all-star lineup of SoCal punk rock will tear up Pomona this Saturday night, as Angry Samoans, JFA, Naked Aggression, Narcoleptic Youth, Whitekaps, and Destruction Made Simple all will play under one roof. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15. Plenty of free parking exists in the area, so avoid paying for parking if possible.

CH3 @ Royal Dive Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 25
Royal Dive Bar, Oceanside
http://www.facebook.com/events/1410641622510040/

Enjoy some local punk rock in Oceanside this Saturday night. Entry costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Bl’Ast!, Final Conflict, Systematic Abuse & Evacuate @ Brick By Brick
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 25
Brick By Brick, San Diego
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/542234

San Diego gets a dose of original hardcore punk this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $12 presale and $15 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

Eagle Rock Brewery 4th Anniversary Party
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, January 26
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock
http://eaglerockbrewery.com/events/4-year-anniversary-celebration

Eagle Rock Brewery turns four this weekend, and to celebrate, the brewery will celebrate in style right at home at the tasting room. Guests pay $20 to receive four drinks and a souvenir glass for this occasion. In addition, a handful of food trucks will stop by to serve the masses.

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.

LA Restaurant Week
July 15-26
Greater Los Angeles Area
http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week

Hundreds of restaurants in the Greater Los Angeles Area will participate in this 12-day feast. All participating restaurants will offer either discounts on select items, or prix-fixe menus.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, July 17-18
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

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.

Beachwood Fried Chicken Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 18
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/558784350851857/

Beachwood BBQ continues their run of special monthly dinner nights with fried chicken this Thursday night. Choose from two kinds of fried chicken, which comes with mashed potatoes & gravy, green beans, and a biscuit. No reservations required, so show up whenever you like.

The Aquabats @ House of Blues San Diego
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 18
House of Blues, San Diego
http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=81392

Have a ball with The Aquabats at this all-ages show this Thursday night. Tickets cost $18 presale and $20 at the door.

2013 Nudestock
July 19-21
Glen Eden Nudist Resort, Corona
http://gleneden.com/2013/06/nudestock-2013/

As a members-only event, they have released very limited information about this even. However, I have included the link for those interested in attending next year.

Belmont Shore Summer Sidewalk Sale
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 19-21
Along 2nd Street, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

Various shops in Belmont Shore will offer sales on their items. Many shops will also place their items out on the sidewalk for people to browse as they walk by.

US Open of Surfing
July 20-28
Huntington Beach, south of the pier
http://www.usopenofsurfing.com/

This week-long competition takes place on the shore south of Huntington Beach Pier. Come see professional and amateur surfers compete to take a spot for the ASP World Tour. Visitors will also find skateboarding demos and live music all week. Completely free to attend, this weekend will see thousands of spectators on the beach for the US Open. Expect heavy traffic all week. Try to find parking in the neighborhoods, but prepare to walk a long distance if choosing to park in neighborhoods, since the neighborhoods closer to the beach will remain full all week.

65th Annual Catalina Ski Race
8:00 am – 3:00 pm, July 20
The Queen Mary, Long Beach
http://www.catalinaskirace.net/

Over 70 water ski teams from around the world will race from The Queen Mary to Avalon and back this Saturday morning. Spanning a total of 62 miles round trip, this open sea race takes approximately one to two hours for most teams to complete, but the nature of the unpredictable ocean draws in the large audience that attends every year from around the world. The deadline to participate has already passed, but spectators may visit for free, so if you like what you see, bookmark this event for next year!

35th Annual Ho’olaule’a Hawaiian Festival
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 20-21
Alondra Park, Gardena
http://www.hiccsc.org/

This free and all-ages cultural fest at the park will feature various music and dance acts. Local vendors will sell food and merchandise too. Visitors must park in the parking structure facing Redondo Beach Blvd and enter the park’s back entrance.

Run or Dye – Los Angeles Empire
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, July 20
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.runordye.com/locations/San-Bernardino-2013

Color runs have surged in popularity recently. This all-ages run takes place this Saturday morning at the Fairplex in Pomona. As with any color run, runners should wear all white to absorb the most color by the end of the run. Registration costs $50 per person in a team, or $55 for an individual, 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.

Renegade Craft Fair
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 20-21
LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles
http://www.renegadecraft.com/losangeles

This free and all-ages fair at LA State Historic Park will have arts, crafts, music, foodtrucks, drinks, and more. Come see the alternative side of arts & crafts this weekend. Read my first and second recap from last year for more info.

Rumble On Pine
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 20
Pine & 7th, Long Beach
http://www.partyonpinelb.com/

This free and all-ages festival features a variety of things to do and see, such as a car show, BBQ, beer garden, full bar, pin-up pageants, arts & crafts, merchandise, children’s activities, and more. If you seek something to do with friends and/or family, check out this event in Long Beach.

TAPS Fish House & Brewery Craft Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, July 20
Taps Fish House, Corona
http://www.facebook.com/events/133397120187611/

Taps Fish House in Corona will host a craft beer festival at their Corona location this Saturday afternoon. Following the same setup as their fest in Brea back in April, $50 gets guests all-access to several different international food stations and a set number of tickets to receive beer. Keep in mind that guests have a limit on beer, but no limits on food; as a result, I suggest getting obtaining some beers first before heading to the food stations.

LA Summer Skate Punk Fest 2013
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 20
Los Globos, Los Angeles
http://shows.gitbam.com/

Catch a mega punk rock show complete with a small skate park in the back of the venue. This all-ages show costs $15 to enter, and will feature some great punk rock bands such as Smut Peddlers, Angry Samoans, Evacuate, Destruction Made Simple, and more.

Chinatown Summer Nights
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 20
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://chinatownsummernights.com/

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

The Haters 10 Year Anniversary Show
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 20
Tropics Lounge, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/434123680006349/

Orange County punks will want to check out this show, complete with ten SoCal bands. Attendees can receive free tacos while present, but no one may reenter after leaving once. No one under 21 may enter.

Guttermouth @ Alex’s Bar
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, July 20
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/138267

Catch Guttermouth headlining this small show at Alex’s Bar this Saturday night. Tickets cost $10 presale and $12 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

The Dirty Little Secrets – Girls On Film
9:30 pm – 11:00 pm, July 21
TRiP, Santa Monica
http://www.facebook.com/events/547026848690651/

Catch a sexy burlesque show this Sunday night in Downtown Santa Monica, dedicated to women on film. Have cash available for parking and a potential cover charge. No one under 21 may attend.

One does not simply waltz into a mosh pit and expect to not get hit. In most types of rock music, a live concert almost always involves some sort of a mosh pit. Depending on the genre, the mosh pit adopts different movements and actions. Harder genres like metal sees more unorganized movements with pushing, elbowing, and arm flailing. Modern hardcore involves a lot of jumping on or over people, as far as I have observed. Punk rock and ska involve a circle pit of either slam dancing or skanking, respectively. For now, we shall focus on slam dancing, and its importance to the history of punk rock. In the early years of punk rock, slam dancing merely involved moving, typically in a circle, and slamming into others in the pit. Those in the pit expected to get pushed around and even knocked down, only to get picked up, shrug it off, and continue slam dancing. True slam dancing has toned down significantly since those days, since most kids nowadays cannot take a solid hit without crying about it. However, a show in East LA last week aimed to celebrate the slam dance by booking bands prevalent in local street punk, the genre known for the most brutal slam dance pits.

The Slam Dance Fest wrapped up the end of May with a show originally containing 20 bands booked. This 7+ hour show at The Airliner in East LA brought street punk bands from all over Southern California to play this crazy show at a venue containing two stages – one on the main floor, and one upstairs. For an old building, the walls contained enough insulation to block out the sound between the two rooms. Although the bill contained 20 bands, only 11 bands ever played this show. The other nine bands (Testicle Difficulties, Short Temper, Child Abduction, Corrupted Youth, Underground Alliance, The Runts, The DiPS, Infirmities, and RF7) failed to adhere to the 18 & over rule by forgetting to bring ID’s. Looking back, this also prevented many of the bands’ fans from attending this show, as a lot of the kids did not have an ID, as I observed them all standing outside the venue as I entered. All the bands that played all played the loudest, angriest show they could muster up.

A band called Desastre opened the night, playing to a very light crowd. I actually had not arrived at the venue until the next band, so I completely missed Desastre.

I arrived at the venue during Slow Children‘s set. As I entered, I immediately recognized them from a show I attended back in February. They kept up the same energy as they did at that show. As the night had not truly started, they played to no more than ten people in the room. I still believe they deserve a larger audience, as they have a great sound, more than just a typical garage band.

Although the show’s organizer originally booked Hollywood Hate to play later in the night, no other band had arrived to set up for the next show, whereas Hollywood Hate had all already arrived at the venue. As a result, they decided to play following Slow Children. Much like the last show I saw them at, their set contained fast and angry songs designed to motivate the crowd into entering a berserker frenzy. Their reputation as a hard-hitting band preceded them, as I encountered many people from the last show at this one. After all, once you go to enough shows, you start to recognize other fans. However, once their set ended, their night would not – more on this in a bit.

Age of Fear opened the upstairs stage. This new local band played their first show only a month prior, so they never even officially made it onto the show’s lineup until very recently. They ended up playing a rather short set because the lead vocalist broke a guitar string. Their music sounds like a mix of street punk and anarchy punk, with lots of loud and angry hits. This upstairs stage contained significantly more space to move around in compared to the downstairs stage, so Age of Fear actually managed to incite a pit, albeit a small one.

As mentioned above, the night would not end for some of Hollywood Hate’s members. A rare treat for LA, Last Round Up played next in the downstairs stage. Although they arrived shorthanded, they received assistance in the form of Chris and Suzy from Hollywood Hate, filling in on bass and drums, respectively. Last Round Up carries the similar loud, fast, and angry sound of Hollywood Hate, but with their own personal take on the music, which ends up slightly catchy as long as you can wrap your head around the slam dancing going on in the tiny space in front of a small stage. With the night finally in full motion, bands now played back to back alternating between the stages.

Once I stepped upstairs for the next band, I knew I had gotten more than my money’s worth when I witnessed familiar faces that I had not seen in a decade. Much like with my recent discovery of the return of Destruction Made Simple, I pumped myself up for the first All Out Attak show since my high school days. This rad female-fronted metal-punk band from Wilmington used to rock backyards back in the day with other local bands like Just Like Before. After that, they just disappeared from the local music scene. However, they recently made a comeback starting in March, and I now know that I can relive my teenage punk youth vicariously through All Out Attak. As a Slam Dance Fest, All Out Attak truly represents an icon in slam dancing, as they play fast and loud enough that large pits may not even keep up. Their set list included plenty of older songs, and since I listened to their CD so much in high school and college, I sang along to some of the songs. “Screams” vocalist Vanessa saw me and allowed me some mic time on some of their songs. I may have killed my voice during the set, but how often can you rock out with a significant band that you had not seen in years?

Whomever the organizers planned to play downstairs at this time did not show up, and neither did the subsequent bands for the downstairs stage. This allowed for some downtime until Evacuate could start their set. If the vocalist looks familiar, recall the famous bands The Virus and Cheap Sex. Take their lead vocalist, and place him in a new local band called Evacuate. The intensity in the room slowly escalated throughout the set, starting from a minor pit and evolving into a full-blown violent mess. Evacuate even had to stop mid-song because of the massive fight that erupted in the room. I had not witnessed a full stop to a song since T.S.O.L. at Musink when they stopped after people started recording a fight on their phones. Regardless, Evacuate played a hard and furious set, enough to please all punk fans, and especially The Virus and Cheap Sex fans.

Continuing upstairs, Decry made a rare appearance in Los Angeles to play at Slam Dance Fest. As one of the oldest bands to play this night, much of the crowd consisted of adults by now, as opposed to teenagers and young adults. The crowd did seem to whittle down following Evacuate – a shame, since Decry has stuck around the punk rock industry since the 1980’s and deserves everyone’s attention. Decry plays music like a UK punk band. Imagine a band like One Way System, then tone down the screams, and you have Decry. As the last of the night’s main headliners, only the sub-headliners and small font bands remained.

The downstairs stage now had a band fully set up, so Hari Kari wasted no time getting started with their set, as they started well after midnight. Hari Kari mainly played cover songs, a strange behavior for a band with so much history. As another band that started in the 1980’s, Hari Kari could have played an entire set of original songs, so playing a set of mainly cover songs struck me as peculiar. However, because they started so late, Hari Kari had to cut their set shorter than normal. The rest of the bands following Hari Kari would also have to greatly cut their sets due to time constraints.

As the last band to grace the upstairs stage, Civil Disgust played to a nearly empty room, as most of the crowd had left following Evacuate and Decry. Because they started so late in the night, Civil Disgust only had time for a few songs, so they picked their fastest, most offensive songs to give the crowd something to remember. Civil Disgust plays old school punk rock music, reminding us all about the glory days of punk rock when fans accepted slam dancing and never got butt-hurt about getting pushed. Sadly, they only played for no more than ten minutes, which would occur to the next band as well.

The UNDead Kennedys closed out the night with their tribute set to the Dead Kennedys. They would have played a handful of popular Dead Kennedys songs, but because they started after 1:30am, the venue only allowed them to play two songs. The UNDead Kennedys resemble a band for entertainment and amusement rather than slam dancing, so they appeared out of place for Slam Dance Fest. That did not prevent the remaining member of the crowd from attempting to slam dance in this small downstairs area.

Missed this epic night of punk rock? You can still catch a weekend full of punk rock and rockabilly at the 2013 Ink-N-Iron Fest this weekend in Long Beach. This weekend contains plenty of local punk rock shows, including the Full Eight Fest. Keep an eye out for my Upcoming Events post next Monday, as the following week contains lots of punk rock shows as well.

When most Americans like to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with lots of drinking and Mariachi music, they stray away from the traditional purpose of Cinco de Mayo, and instead celebrate it the American way. Historians will tell anyone that properly celebrating Cinco de Mayo involves listening to ska music, particularly the Latin-influenced kind. Since Cinco de Mayo fell on a weekend this year, many local bands took it upon themselves to play Cinco de Mayo tribute shows, starting with Friday the 3rd. Down in Orange County, eight local ska and punk rock bands played a small all-ages Cinco de Mayo show last Friday night, resulting in a long six-hour show filled with music and very small down time. To fit all eight bands in the allotted time, the venue gave bands no more than 15 minutes to set up following the previous band. Consider this, and that the venue allowed no in-and-outs, plus no food or drinks available (contrary to the advertisement), meant many tired fans by the end of the night. Admission started at $10, but at some point, admission had increased, as one fellow later in the night admitted to paying $12 to enter.

Local band PSA kicked off the night with their ska-core set. This group of kids has yet to create any sort of foundation, as they carry no official recordings or merchandise. At the moment, they only play small gigs locally. They sound most like very old Falling Sickness with their quick riffs and ska-like chords. This early in the night, no more than 20 people had shown up; however, a few crowd members displayed significant enthusiasm, meaning PSA brought their close friends in, which I later found out got in free.

Damaged came on next, replacing Niño Zombi on the lineup. Imagine some very offensive backyard punk rock music, and you have Damaged. This local punk rock band from La Habra did not hesitate to piss off the crowd with all the F-bombs thrown around the entire set. They purposely wanted to anger everyone to stir up the pit this early. Although they succeeded in generating a pit, the pit contained no more than four boys circling around acting tough. Damaged took an extra five minutes to set up, and ended their set after 20 minutes. This gave the next band five free minutes to set up for their set.

Once Damaged ended their set early and left their mark on the crowd, Corrupted Youth started their set right on time. A street punk band from Los Angeles, these guys do more than just play shows – they organize shows too. They also play some good fast hardcore punk music, resembling The Casualties in their music. Although they still took breaks between songs, their gaps did not last as long as the previous bands, who felt the need to talk between songs. Corrupted Youth just took a quick breather before entering the next song. This 30-minute set of carnage set off the night, as the pit started going hard from this point on.

Not A Chance played next with their ska-core set. Their music carries the fast element of Falling Sickness, but they sound more like older Against All Authority. Having just seen them less than a month ago, I already had high expectations for them, and this set did not disappoint. The energy never faded, and they stringed together all their songs as best as they could, minimizing down time. They play a handful of original songs, and they also cover Bloodhound Gang and Ol’ Dirty Bastard at one point in their set. I can see Not A Chance going far – they just need their big break.

The night truly picked up when the next band entered the stage. Does the face look familiar? Original punk rock fans will recognize the lead vocalist as Mike Virus from The Virus and Cheap Sex. He now heads another band called Evacuate, which carries similar hardcore and street punk music that Mike sang for in his previous bands. For a moment, I wondered why they chose to play this small show, and why they did not headline this show. Regardless, after having thought I would never see Cheap Sex again, I rejoiced by joining in with the pit, which had escalated significantly by now. Evacuate played a 45-minute set, well over their allotted time slot, but who cares when everyone had fun?

South Central Skankers, the first of the night’s three headliners, took to the stage next. One of the true Latin-based ska bands, South Central Skankers played one of the smoothest sets I had ever heard. True to their name, they got the entire room skanking in a wide circle. During their set, they threw out free CD’s and t-shirts as well. They really know how to take care of their fans, and played the right songs to get them moving, including a sing-along song. Most of the crowd had attended this show just for South Central Skankers, evident by the thinner crowd presence for the next bands.

The second headliner marked the final hardcore/street punk band of the night. Narcoleptic Youth drew out all the punk fans in the crowd, who in turn essentially pushed all the ska people aside so they could mosh in the pit. They did not fail to meet expectations – just some good old street punk would get anyone up on their feet and moving. Thankfully, most of the night’s crowd attended the show for South Central Skankers, and most of them left after that set. This cleared out lots of room in front of the stage, allowing for a wider pit. As I had not seen these guys since last year, I most looked forward to watching Narcoleptic Youth on this night.

Last but not least, Matamoska filled up the stage. Another Latin-based Californian ska band, Matamoska bases their style around the punk rock side rather than the smoother side, creating a Latin ska-punk sound for their band. Matamoska often plays with South Central Skankers, as Matamoska’s keyboardist also played for the South Central Skankers set. In return, some of South Central Skankers’ brass players came out to play with Matamoska during one of their songs. Crossovers never get old, and this act added some extra fun to a long and tiring night.

Ska shows occurred all Cinco de Mayo weekend all over Southern California. Although I could not attend them all, I certainly hope you did to check out the ska scene here in California. Shows will keep coming too, so always check back weekly to discover a show near you!