Posts Tagged ‘Hollywood Hate’

Hawaiian-Themed Beer Dinner
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, April 23
The Grill at Torrey Pines, San Diego
http://lodgetorreypines.com/beer/

Saint Archer Brewing Company will pair their beers with various Hawaiian dishes from The Grill at Torrey Pines this Wednesday night. The $80 admission includes food, beer pairings, valet parking, tax, and gratuity. No one under 21 may attend.

Build Your Own Poutine Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 24
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/519045501538785/

Beachwood BBQ throws a special food night every month or two, each with a different type of food, such as chili or ribs. This time, they feature the ever-popular Build Your Own Poutine Night. Pick the base, cheese, gravy, meat, and more, and pair it with a nice craft beer or two. No reservations required – simply show up, and order!

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – Last Thursdays @ One Eyed Gypsy
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 24
One Eyed Gypsy, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1386938648252407/

Get your fill of burlesque every last Thursday of the month at One Eyed Gypsy in Downtown Los Angeles, for free! Guests can park on the street for free after 8pm. No one under 21 may enter.

The Aggrolites – Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 24, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/the-aggrolites
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 25, Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach http://www.bellyup.com/event/the-aggrolites-2/

Catch The Aggrolites as they headline two shows in Southern California this weekend. Tickets to the all-ages show at The Observatory in Santa Ana this Thursday night cost $5. Tickets to the 21 & up show at Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach this Friday night cost $18 presale or $20 at the door.

25th Annual America’s Family Pet Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 25-27
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://petexpooc.org/

Pet lovers will want to check out this pet expo at the OC Fair & Event Center this weekend. Open to all ages, attendees will find lots of pet resources, including food, merchandise, demos, exhibits, shows, pet adoptions, and more. General admission costs $13, but guests may NOT bring pets.

San Diego Magazine’s Best of North County Party
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, April 25
Park Hyatt Aviara, Carlsbad
http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-Diego-Magazine/February-2014/Best-of-North-County-Party/

Samples food from North San Diego County’s top restaurants and chefs, and sip on wines and beers from the area’s breweries and wineries at this tasting gala this Friday night. Admission to this event costs $75 per person, or $65 each when purchasing five or more in a single transaction.

Luicidal @ Blacklight District Lounge
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, April 25
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1376213179331242/

Catch Luicidal as they headline a local punk show this Friday night in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.

Johnny Madcap & The Distractions – 7″ Record Release Party
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 25
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/289511227880471/

Enjoy a local rock show this Friday night at Cafe NELA northeast of Downtown Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $7. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free parking on the street.

The Return of The Dips
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, April 25
The Vu Bar & Lounge, Newhall
http://www.facebook.com/events/1421426601443917/

Punk rock hits Newhall this Friday night, with The Dips returning to the stage after a long wait. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

19th Annual Uptown Whittier Spring Antique Street Faire
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 26
Greenleaf Avenue, Uptown Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/2014-spring-fair-arts-artisans-antiques-family-fair/

Check out over 90 vendors selling collectibles, jewelry, art, furniture, glassware, and more at this street fair this Saturday. Free to attend for all ages, guests will find many rare merchandise from local businesses and home vendors. Guests can dine at any of the local establishments, which will remain open under their normal business hours. Guests can park for free on the street in adjacent neighborhoods.

31st Annual Encinitas Street Fair
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 26-27
South Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas
http://www.encinitas101.com/events/annual-aprilstreetfair/

This FREE street fair takes place this weekend in Encinitas. Featuring 450 unique food, arts & crafts vendors, five music stages, rides & games, and a beer garden hosted by Stone Brewing and Port Brewing, people of all ages will enjoy this street fair. Due to the compact nature of this area, parking can get extremely difficult to locate. Arrive early, or take public transportation to arrive safely.

Green Prize Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 26
Bixby Park, Long Beach
http://www.greenprizefestival.com/

Celebrate Earth Day this Saturday in Long Beach. At this free all-ages community festival down by the beach, visitors will find demos by local farms & chefs, live entertainment, local artists, green & eco-friendly services, speakers, arts & crafts, food from local restaurants, delis, food trucks, and more.

Spring 2014 Brewery Art Walk
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 26-27
Brewery Art Association, Los Angeles
http://breweryartwalk.com/

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.

30th Annual Mission Federal ArtWalk
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 26-27
Little Italy, San Diego
http://www.missionfederalartwalk.org/

Free to the public, this art walk takes up 17 blocks of Little Italy filled with over 350 artists. All throughout the fest, guests can discover music and dance performances, and plenty of kids’ activities.

Spring 2014 Artisanal LA
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 26-27
LA Mart, Los Angeles
http://artisanalla.com/

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. If buying presale, use promo code ebfan to save 30% off the presale price! 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.

Bootlegger’s Brewery 6th Anniversary Music & Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 26
Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton
http://bootleggersbrewery.eventbrite.com/

Celebrate Bootlegger’s Brewery’s 6th anniversary at their music & beer fest this Saturday in Fullerton. The $40 admission includes unlimited beer tasters, a souvenir glass, over 30 brews including rares and limited brews, food trucks, live music, access to the venue’s art gallery, a bull ride, bocce ball, dunk tank, and more. No one under 21 may attend.

Adams Avenue Unplugged 2014
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 26
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 27
Adams Avenue, San Diego
http://www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/Adams-Avenue-Unplugged.html

Completely free to the public, guests will spectate 180 live music acts throughout the day all in the various local businesses and multiple stages. The city will also offer free trolley service to transport guests from one end to the other.

4th Annual San Clemente Micro-Brew Fest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 26
Left Coast Brewing Company, San Clemente
http://business.scchamber.com/events/details/san-clemente-mixologist-competition-35

Enjoy an afternoon of beer and food in San Clemente this Saturday afternoon. This beer festival will contain 17 local breweries all serving their wonderful brews, and food from local non-profit groups. Admission costs $30 presale or $35 at the door, and comes with 12 4oz beer pours.

5th Annual AutoCon Los Angeles
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 26
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.autoconevents.com/event/details/autocon-los-angeles-2014/

See all things cars at AutoCon this Saturday at the Fairplex in Pomona. Attendees will find hundreds of classic & customs cars, a huge vendor village, demos, food trucks, import models, and more. General admission to this all-ages convention cost $15. Bring cash for parking as well, which will cost between $5 and $15 per vehicle.

St. Georgie Venereal’s B-Day Bash
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 26
13th Frame Lounge, La Habra
http://www.facebook.com/events/205353709675698/

Enjoy a FREE all-ages punk rock show this Saturday night with Broken Patron Saints, High Gain Fury, Carpit, and more.

The Dickies, The Queers, and More @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 26
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/dickies-queers

Big names in punk rock invade The Observatory this Saturday night, as The Dickies and The Queers headline this all-ages show. Tickets to this show cost $10. The venue has limited free parking, so arrive early to secure a parking spot. Arrive too late, and end up parking in a lot down the street for $10.

Hollywood Hate @ Cafe NELA
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 26
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/629952480414198/

Get all punk rock out with Hollywood Hate this Saturday night in Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs only $5. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking around the area.

Punk Show @ Jack’s Bar & Grill
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, April 26
Jack’s Bar & Grill, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/483601818433837/

Catch some great local punk rock bands this Saturday night in Riverside. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Pasadena Restaurant Week
Business hours, April 27 – May 2
Various restaurants, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com/

Between April 27 and May 2, 45 different restaurants in Pasadena will offer prix-fixe lunches and/or dinners. In addition, some locations will offer other discounts, prizes, and more. See the full list of participating restaurants by clicking the link to the website above.

25th Annual San Diego Earth Fair
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 27
Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.earthdayweb.org/EarthFair.html

This FREE and all-ages Earth Day celebration takes place this Sunday at Balboa Park in San Diego. Bring the family out to enjoy this fair with art galleries, “green” food, arts & crafts, vendors, a parade, and more.

2014 Taste of Huntington Beach
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 27
Huntington Beach Sports Complex, Huntington Beach
http://www.tastehb.com/

Sample the flavors of Huntington Beach’s local restaurants this Sunday at their food fest. Admission includes unlimited food samples and wine & beer tasters. General admission costs $65 and starts at 12pm, while VIP costs $85 and starts at 11am. VIP comes with complimentary champagne, extra hors d-oeuvres, free raffle entries, and free goodies. For both admissions, designated drivers will save $5, which only means they cannot receive any wine or beer.

2nd Annual Atwater Village Beer, Wine, & Food Festival
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 27
55 Degree Wine, Atwater Village
http://www.atwatervillagefestival.com/

Check out local breweries, local vendors, food & drinks, live music, and more this Sunday at Atwater Village. VIP tickets cost $50 presale or $60 at the door, starts at 12pm, receives unlimited beer tasters and a free goodie bag. General admission costs $40 presale or $50 at the door, and comes with 15 tasters. Designated driver tickets cost $20 presale or $25 at the door.

Punk Rock & Tacos IV
1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 27
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1412652488993448/

Local punk bands will play for FREE this Sunday all day at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. No one under 21 may enter.

Los Angeles Mac And Cheeze Takedown
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 27
The Bootleg Theater, Los Angeles
http://thetakedowns.com/los-angeles-mac-and-cheeze/

Enter your Mac & Cheese to compete to win prizes, or just attend and stuff yourself full of mac & cheese! If you have a mac & cheese dish worthy of recognition, enter it into this mac & cheese contest this Sunday afternoon. If you would rather eat other people’s mac, buy tickets for $15 per person, then show up and chow down!

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2013 International Surf Festival
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, July 31
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 1
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 2
6:45 am – 10:00 pm, August 3
7:30 am – 3:00 pm, August 4
Various beaches, Hermosa/Manhattan/Redondo Beach
http://www.surffestival.org/

Celebrate beach life with the 2013 International Surf Festival that spans five days starting Wednesday morning. The festival comes chock-full of events and activities – see the website for a complete schedule. Actual surfing competitions start Saturday morning, while visitors can catch other activities on all the other times, such as beach volleyball, lifeguard demos, beach runs, and more.

Hopscotch Inaugural Pairing Dinner
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 31
Hopscotch Tavern, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/187137448117796/

Indulge in a five-course dinner complete with drink pairings this Wednesday night at Hopscotch Tavern in Downtown Fullerton. Interested guests must RSVP by phone, and provided payment information for the $85 ticket fee, plus a 20% non-refundable deposit. Guests can find plenty of free parking options nearby, so avoid parking at street meters. No one under 21 may attend this dinner.

The Dirty Little Secrets – Girls On Film
9:00 pm – 10:30 pm, July 31
One-Eyed Gypsy, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/189536131208458/

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

X Games 2013 – Los Angeles
11:00 am – 10:30 pm, August 1
12:00 pm – 1:30 am, August 2
11:00 am – 10:30 pm, August 3
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 4
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://xgames.espn.go.com/events/2013/los-angeles/schedule/

This year’s X Games marks the last Los Angeles games indefinitely, as X Games has gone global. Admission to X Games varies depending on the event, but all of the LA Convention Center, Staples Center, and LA Live will turn into a massive festival and expo for all things extreme sports. After the competitions end each day, stick around for live music from bands such as AWOLNATION and Pepper.

2013 International Quilt Festival – Long Beach
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 1
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 2-3
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, August 4
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.quilts.com/home/shows/viewer.php?page=SummerFestival

See all things quilts this weekend in Long Beach at the International Quilt Festival. This expo showcases anything connected to the quilting industry, and showcases everything for the quilting hobbyist. A full weekend pass costs $25, while a one-day admission costs $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. Children 10 and under get in free with paid adult or senior admission. Parking at the convention center ranges from $5 to $10, so have cash available for parking. Otherwise, attendees can park in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue.

Rx Bandits @ The Glass House
7:30 pm – 11:30 pm, August 1
The Glass House, Pomona
http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/269865-rx-bandits-pomona/

Ska band Rx Bandits ends their tour by returning to Southern California this week, stopping by the Glass House this Thursday night. This all-ages show has already sold out, but you may still find some after-market tickets available.

60th Annual Kids Fishing Rodeo
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, August 2
Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, Long Beach
http://www.alfredosbeachclub.com/seafest-fishing.html

This FREE kids’ fishing contest will provide a safe environment for kids to learn how to fish, about fishing equipment, and about the environment. All participants must supply their own rod and reel – the event will provide bait and tackle.

Wilmore 9 Summer Festival
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 2
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, August 3-4
Pine Avenue b/t 6th & 8th, Long Beach
http://www.wilmore9.com/

The Wilmore 9 Festival debuts in Long Beach this weekend. This festival of music, film, and art will celebrate the best of the arts, from the local community all the way to international headliners. In addition to the arts, Wilmore 9 will throw everything imaginable to attendees, such as skateboarding, comedy, food trucks, a beer & wine garden, hands-on activities, dodge ball, kick ball, and more. Tickets to this all-ages festival range from $10 all the way to $70, depending on the method of attendance.

SGMHS Summer Family Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 2
San Gabriel Mission High School, San Gabriel
http://www.facebook.com/events/609186219099417/

Catch a family-fun street fair this Friday night in the San Gabriel Valley. Costing just $5 for adults and free for kids 12 and under, this street fair will bring vendors, arts, crafts, kids’ activities, food trucks, live entertainment, a beer garden, and more.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 2
Various locations
Long Beach: http://firstfridayslongbeach.com/
Venice: http://www.abbotkinney1stfridays.com/

This monthly artwalk occurs on the first Friday of every month. Each location offers different activities, but most will contain food & drink specials, art exhibits & displays, street performers, and more. Venice and Long Beach have the two largest gatherings of all First Fridays. Other locations include Westchester, Fullerton, and City of Industry. Most First Fridays locations cost nothing to attend, while the local businesses uphold their standard rules (e.g. bars 21+ only).

65th Annual La Habra Corn Festival
5:30 pm – 11:00 pm, August 2
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, August 3
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 4
El Centro Park, La Habra
http://lahabracornfestival.com/

This city fair celebrates corn with food, rides, games, drinks, vendors, merchandise, raffles, entertainment, and more. This fair will have a parade on Saturday afternoon too. Free to attend for all ages, visitors can also participate in a corn-eating contest, cutest baby contest, dog costume contest, apple pie contest, and more.

Agent Orange in Baldwin Park
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 2
American Legion Post 241, Baldwin Park
http://www.poortownshows.com/event/141661

Legendary punk band Agent Orange will headline a night of punk rock in Baldwin Park this Friday night along with eight other bands, including Whitekaps. Entry to this all-ages show costs $10. Guests can park for free in the venue’s parking lot.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 2
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/141364

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.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque @ The Pike Bar
10:30 pm – 12:00 am, August 2
The Pike Bar & Grill, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/474048376023085/

The sexy ladies from the Dirty Little Secrets have a free treat for you this Friday night, and it involves a lot of debauchery and sensual music. Enjoy two free burlesque shows this Friday night at The Pike Bar in Long Beach. Guests can park for free in the surrounding neighborhoods. No one under 21 may enter.

Splash Dash 5K – Los Angeles
7:00 am – 12:00 pm, August 3
Fairplex, Pomona
http://splashdash5k.com/locations/ca-losangeles/

Most runners run outdoors on clear days. Few runners dare to run in the rain. Challenge yourself to run in invariably wet conditions this Saturday morning with the Splash Dash 5K, taking place at the Fairplex in Pomona. Unlike most other 5K runs of this nature, the Splash Dash does not fit into the category of a fun run, as this race actually grants awards to top finishers. Prepare to run a 5k course while getting pelted with water balloons, water guns, water slides, waterfalls, and more water-filled contraptions. Registration for the 5k costs $45 presale and $55 on the day of the race. Registration for the 1k costs $25 presale and $30 on the day of the race. All participants receive a t-shirt and access to the after-party, filled with music and treats. No one under the age of 5 may run in this race. As this race only features one start time, I suggest arriving at least an hour early to find parking and to prepare for the race. Bring cash for parking, which will range from $5 to $10. Wear whatever you feel comfortable running in, or wear a costume – you choose how to represent yourself. Bring a spare set of clothes and plenty of towels for the drive home.

24th Annual Clairemont Family Day
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 3
South Clairemont Park, San Diego
http://www.clairemontfamilyday.com/

Bring the entire family over to the park this Saturday for a FREE fair at the park. This fair will feature a pancake breakfast, arts & crafts, live entertainment, food, drinks, games, rides, a car show, and more. Visitors can swim for FREE in the park’s pool from 12pm until 3pm.

2013 Lucas Oil Long Beach Sprint Nationals
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 3-4
Marine Stadium, Long Beach
http://www.scscracing.com/

Powerboat racers from across the country will congregate in Long Beach this weekend for this annual competition. Admission costs $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

20th Annual Long Beach Crawfish Festival
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 3
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 4
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachcrawfishfestival.com/

Indulge in crawfish, beignets, drinks, and other New Orleans eats this weekend in Long Beach. In addition to all the food, attendees will find a TV lounge, dance contests, live music, souvenir photos, and more. Entry to this all-ages festival cost $13 presale and $15 at the gate for adults, while kids 12 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Adding a two-pound crawfish feast will cost $28 presale and $38 at the gate. Adding a three-pound crawfish feast will cost $35 presale and $48 at the gate. The parking lots across the street charge for use – park for free in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue.

HARD Summer Music Festival
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 3-4
LA State Historic Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.hardsummer.com/

Electronic Dance Music (EDM) has always remained a popular genre in our recent history. Since the early 1990’s, people have jammed and danced to EDM through various forms, such as rave, techno, trance, dubstep, and more. Due to this genre’s lack of lyrics, EDM sounds the same to everyone around the world. This international appeal reaches every corner in the world, especially at Electric Daisy Carnival. This weekend, Los Angeles will see its own EDM concert with Hard Summer, a two-day outdoor concert taking place at LA State Historic Park in Downtown Los Angeles. Complete with some of the more recognizable EDM artists, such as Flux Pavilion, Justice, and Bassnectar, Hard Summer will also feature some rappers, like 2 Chainz. Hard Summer runs from 12pm to 12am on August 3rd and 4th. Tickets start at $85 for one-day general admission, and go up as high as $270 for a two-day VIP pass. No one under 18 may attend.

Downtown Riverside Summer Street Jam
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 3
University Avenue b/t Orange & Lemon, Riverside
http://www.riversidedowntown.org/2013/07/23/summer-street-jam/

Check out this FREE all-ages outdoor music festival on the streets of Downtown Riverside this Saturday afternoon. The actual event does not serve food, but visitors can stop at any of the local businesses to dine at. The music lineup contains some punk, ska, and reggae bands, including The Aggrolites.

The All Stars Tour 2013 with Every Time I Die
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 2-3
August 2: House of Blues, West Hollywood http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=81169
August 3: The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/all-stars-tour

Rip your hair out to intense post-hardcore music this weekend with Every Time I Die and more. Tickets to these all-ages shows cost $22.50; tickets to the House of Blues show cost $25 if purchased on the day of the show.

BrewFest Encinitas 2013
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 3
MiraCosta College, Encinitas
http://www.brewfestencinitas.com/

San Diego loves their beer, and they keep rolling out beer fests to celebrate their love for beer! BrewFest Encinitas 2013 will feature 15 breweries, a few food trucks, free parking, live entertainment, and more. General admission costs $40 and comes with a souvenir glass and 10 beer tasters. VIP admission costs $75 and allows access to a VIP area, complete with exclusive beer and food. Always remember – when going to a beer fest, bring your ID! No one under 21 may attend.

626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 3
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 4
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.626nightmarket.com/

The largest Asian night market in America moves to Santa Anita Park this weekend. This flea market of sorts will host tons of vendors selling Asian wares, merchandise, apparel, appliances, food, drinks, and more. Admission costs $2 before 6pm, and $3 afterwards. Guests may now park here for free during the event.

The Gears @ The Vex LA
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 3
The Vex, Los Angeles
http://www.voiceplaces.com/los-angeles/the-stains-the-gears-symbol-six-hollywood-hate-the-screws-why-things-burn-2117337-e

Catch punk bands The Gears, The Stains, Hollywood Hate, Symbol Six, The Screws, and Why Things Burn this Saturday night at The Vex in Los Angeles, just a few miles east of Downtown. Entry to this all-ages show costs $10. Guests can find parking behind the building, but avoid parking too deep, as you may get blocked in by other cars.

Naked Aggression @ The Social Bar Lounge
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 3
The Social Bar Lounge, Hacienda Heights
http://www.facebook.com/events/1390125667866083/

Catch punk bands Naked Aggression, The Voids, Urban Decay, Corrupted Youth, and Baldwin Park Disasters this Saturday in Hacienda Heights. Entry to this show costs $10. No one under 21 may attend this show.

OC Fair Fun Run 5K
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, August 4
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocfair5k.com/

The OC Fair hosts a 5K at the fairgrounds this Sunday morning. Registration costs $40 presale and $45 on the day of the race, if any spots remain. Children ages 6-12 register for $25 presale and $30 on the day of the race, if any spots remain. Online registration closes this Thursday. All participants receive a goodie bag, which includes a T-shirt, a medal for participating, and one admission into the OC Fair.

Summer Cement Craft Block
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 4
Birch Theater, North Park, San Diego
http://www.sandiegonorthparkcraftmafia.com/SCS/SCS-summer.html

This free all-ages event will host over 50 local arts & crafts vendors for visitors to peruse through.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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