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6th Annual Los Angeles Beer Week
September 20-28
Greater Los Angeles Area
http://www.labeerweek.com/

This 9-day beer celebration covers Los Angeles through Orange County, culminating in a beer fest on the last day in Downtown Los Angeles. During this period, virtually every restaurant, bar, gastropub, and any other craft beer establishment will host some sort of beer event. Literally hundreds of beer events will take place over 11 days in the Greater Los Angeles Area, so for an abridged list, visit the website linked above. Even the website cannot contain every single event! Check with your local favorite brewpub to find out how they will participate. For the purposes of condensing this list, I will not include any event that directly relates to LA Beer Week, as their website will list them all.

San Diego Restaurant Week
September 21-26
Various Restaurants, San Diego County
http://www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com/

For six full days, various restaurants all over San Diego County will participate in this special week, where they will offer special prix-fixe meals that highlight their unique cuisine. Use this chance to explore and discover new restaurants in the area!

Sip LBC – Long Beach Wine, Beer & Spirits Week
September 21-27
Various Restaurants, Long Beach
http://www.siplbc.com/

Various restaurants, bars, lounges, pubs, clubs, hotels, and more will have drink specials all this week in Long Beach.

2014 Taste of Arcadia
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 22
Los Angeles County Arboretum, Arcadia
http://arcadiacachamber.org/events/taste-of-arcadia/

The annual Taste of Arcadia returns TONIGHT, so for those planning to go, buy the $60 presale tickets now, or pay $70 at the door. More than 40 food vendors will serve samples, while over 30 other vendors will keep guests occupied between eats.

Authority Zero: Rise To The Fall Tour 2014
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 23, M15 Concert Bar & Grill, Corona http://www.m15concerts.com/events/authority-zero/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 25, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/authority-zero
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 26, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=2133

Authority Zero currently tours across the nation, and their tour strolls through Southern California this week. Tickets to these all-ages show range from $13 to $15.

Heart of Pacific Beach Restaurant Walk
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 24
Downtown Pacific Beach, San Diego
http://www.pacificbeach.org/

Experience the variety Pacific Beach has to offer at this all-inclusive restaurant walk this Wednesday night! For $20, all attendees will get to sample food from 19 local restaurants, as well as craft beer sampling. Anyone can come and join in on the feasting, but only those 21 and over may receive beer tasters.

Meeting Of The Guilds – Tap Takeover
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 26
Mohawk Bend, Echo Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/553556321437833/

Three Californian brewers’ guilds unite to take over the taps of Mohawk Bend in Echo Park this Thursday night. Come celebrate LA Beer Weer in style by indulging on all sorts of beers.

Feast of San Gennaro
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 26-28
Hollywood & Highland, West Hollywood
http://feastofla.org/

Hosted by Adam Carolla and Jimmy Kimmel, the Feast of San Gennaro makes its annual return this weekend just south of Hollywood & Highland. This street festival celebrates Italian culture in America, and will feature Italian food, desserts, drinks, music, entertainment, and more. Admission costs $5, while parking will vary.

19th Annual Redondo Beach Lobster Fest
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 26
12:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 27
12:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 28
Seaside Lagoon, Redondo Beach
http://lobsterfestival.com/

Three weekend lobster fests in a row! Following Long Beach and Los Angeles, Redondo Beach now has a Lobster Fest going on this weekend, which will have lots of fresh lobster for guests to eat. In addition, guests can enjoy dancing, games, rides, music, arts & crafts, and more. The $15 admission includes parking and entry into the fest, while all food comes separate, so anyone wanting to eat will have to bring extra cash. Purchase presale tickets online to save $2, or search their website for additional meal packages, such as surf & turf and more.

6th Annual Surf City Surf Dog Weekend
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 26
9:00 am – 12:30 pm, September 27
8:00 am – 2:30 pm, September 28
Huntington Dog Beach, Huntington Beach
http://surfcitysurfdog.com/

Catch a weekend of surfing and dogs this weekend in Huntington Beach. On Friday, visit the Shorebreak Hotel for an opening reception and a dog fashion show. On Saturday, participate in a dog yoga class in the morning, spectate various dog contests, and visit the Canine Expo at The Strand on 5th. The expo lasts until Sunday, when the Surfing Dog contest also takes place. Events vary in price, so check the website for a price for each individual event.

Brewers Karaoke
8:00 pm – 1:30 am, September 26
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/180591

LA Beer Week needed one of these. Free to attend, brewers from breweries around Los Angeles County will grace Alex’s Bar with their presence and their attempted singing vocals. Come for the beer, stay for the karaoke. No one under 21 may enter. Guests should park on Orizaba or the neighborhood across the street.

Captain Wheels Benefit Show
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 26
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://gonzopresents.com/event/182739

Get your weekly Friday fill of punk rock at this benefit show in Pomona this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $5 presale or $8 at the door. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking around the area, and can avoid paying to park in the adjacent parking lot.

Centerfield Ska Night 5
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 29
Centerfield Sports Bar, Huntington Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/743572279033355/

Enjoy a FREE ska show this Friday night in Orange County with some fun local ska bands. No one under 21 may enter.

15th Annual Cruisin’ For A Cure Car Show
7:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 27
OC Fair & Events Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.cruisinforacure.com/

This all-ages charity car show returns to the OC Fair this Saturday morning. Admission costs $15, and includes free prostate testing for men. Parking costs $7 for general and $10 for preferred parking.

2014 Long Beach Comic & Horror Con
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 27
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 28
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachcomiccon.com/

Come to the Long Beach Comic Con this weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center. Fans of comic books, pop culture, cartoons, media, anime/manga, and more will find lots to do, see, and buy at this expo. Taking place the weekend after Halloween, expect to see tie-ins with Halloween, as this expo will feature a Horror theme. Saturday costs $30, while Sunday costs $20. Downtown Long Beach contains very few free parking, so either park in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Ave, or take public transportation from elsewhere.

13th Annual Irvine Global Village Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 27
Bill Barber Park, Irvine
http://www.cityofirvine.org/globalvillage/default.asp

This international cultural festival occurs this Saturday in Irvine at Bill Barber Park. Free to park and enter for all ages, this multicultural fest features international cuisine, live entertainment, a kids village with crafts & activities, cultural & religious exhibits, and an international marketplace.

33rd Annual Adams Avenue Street Fair
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 27-28
Adams Avenue between 32nd & 35th Street, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/Adams-Avenue-Street-Fair.html

This FREE and all-ages music festival takes place over two days this weekend on Adams Avenue in Normal Heights, between the 805 and 15 freeways. Ten blocks will close to traffic to make way for over 90 music acts on seven stages and over 350 vendor booths. Guests should take public transportation to Adams Avenue, as traffic will remain heavily congested all weekend, and parking will not exist in high numbers here.

8th Annual International Chocolate Salon
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 27
The Pasadena Center, Pasadena
http://www.lachocolatesalon.com/

Chocolate lovers will want to attend the International Chocolate Salon this Sunday afternoon in Pasadena for an all-you-can-eat chocolate bonanza. Admission costs $20 presale and $25 at the door, while children can get in for $10.

2014 Long Beach Folk Revival Festival
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 27
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.folkrevivalfestival.com/

This all-ages event will showcase over 20 folk and roots music acts. Other highlights include the Port of Long Beach Kids Pumpkin Patch, Polly’s Pies pie-eating contest, and the LB Beard Advocates mustache/beard contest. Local craft breweries and a variety of food trucks will serve food & drinks to attendees. Tickets cost $15 presale or $20 at the door.

Ales & Tails – Pet Adoption Fair
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 27
Alosta Brewing, Covina
http://www.facebook.com/events/851302718237525/

Free to attend, Alosta Brewing will host a pet adoption fair this Saturday at their tasting room in Covina.

The Crazy Last Will of Dr. Mad
3:30 pm – 10:30 pm, September 27
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 28
The Glass House, Pomona
http://realescapegame.com/ladrmad/

Join teams of six and put your brains together to solve an extremely challenging puzzle. Use your intuition, street smarts, and logic to solve the puzzles and discover the complete solution. Registration to this all-ages event costs $25 presale or $30 at the door.

2014 Fullerton Uncorked
5:00 pm – 8:30 pm, September 27
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://www.fullertonuncorked.com/

At this food & wine tasting, find food samples from local restaurants, dozens of wine & craft beer tastings, live music, raffle prizes, and more. Tickets to this event cost $62 presale or $65 at the door, and include unlimited food and drinks while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Ultimate Flight Night V
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 27
38 Degrees, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/920646391285827/

Filed under LA Beer Week events, 38 Degrees will receive some rare and highly sought-after beers this Saturday to serve as flights to customers.

Neon Dash – Los Angeles
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 27
StubHub Center, Carson
http://www.neondash.com/locations/losangeles/

Run, jog, or walk your way through a brightly lit course at night with the Neon Dash 5k. This all-ages fun run combines the spectrum of a color run with the brilliance of a glow run with specially formulated glow-in-the-dark glow. Throughout the 5k course, live music will pump up the runners while course staff and volunteers will spray participants with the magical glow to give them that special something that lights them up in the night. Following the run, all participants can stay for the after party that goes on all night. Registration costs $60 and includes an event t-shirt. As a color run, all participants should wear white during the race to absorb the most color possible, and have spare clothes to change into when going home. Parking will range from $5 to $10, but since spectators can enter for free, feel free to bring friends & family to watch the run. Note that the race will start at 8pm, and with thousands of participants, I highly suggest arriving at least an hour early to circumvent traffic.

Naked Aggression in Baldwin Park
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 27
American Legion Post 241, Baldwin Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/515505631913638/

A handful of local punk rock bands will head to Baldwin Park this Saturday to play one heck of a show. The cover for this all-ages show cost $8.

Isolated Victims @ Comic Book Hideout
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 27
Comic Book Hideout, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/1461314514121949/

Ska, punk, and hardcore collide at this all-ages show this Saturday night in Fullerton. The cover for this show costs $5.

La Infinita – CD Release Show
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 27
Dipiazzas, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/433270740145676/

Enjoy a night of ska punk in Long Beach this Saturday night. The cover for this all-ages show costs $7.

FEAR & T.S.O.L. @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 27
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/fear-tsol

Punk rock legends FEAR and T.S.O.L. will headline a show at The O this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $20. Arrive early and park for free at the venue’s parking lot. Arrive later, and end up parking at a parking lot down the street for $10.

16th Annual Wiggle Waggle Walk
7:30 am – 1:00 pm, September 28
Brookside Park, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenahumane.org/site/TR?fr_id=1160&pg=entry

Join hundreds of dog lovers as they all walk with their dogs this Sunday morning in Pasadena. Walk along with your dog, or join a team and walk together. After the walk, stick around for a pet expo, complete with vendors, pet adoptions, pet services, food, drinks, arts & crafts, and more.

11th Annual Orange County Children’s Book Festival
9:30 am – 4:30 pm, September 28
Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa
http://kidsbookfestival.com/

This FREE all-ages fair caters to families as it presents thousands of children’s book available to read or buy. The fair will also host multiple stages complete with family-friendly entertainment.

6th Annual Orange County Accordion Festival + The Samuel Adams Oktoberfest Experience
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 28
Orange County Market Place, Costa Mesa
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/samuel-adams-octoberfest-experience-the-big-squeeze-tickets-12791187787

Sam Adams hosts an Oktoberfest event this Sunday in Costa Mesa, full of random shenanigans. Admission costs $25 presale or $35 at the door, and comes with four 12oz beer pours, a bratwurst, and a pretzel. Typical Oktoberfest entertainment will take place, such as a stein-holding contest, accordion musicians, and more. Attendees gain access to a variety of gourmet food trucks, plus the Orange County Market Place that takes place there every weekend.

30th Annual Abbot Kinney Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 28
Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice
http://abbotkinney.org/

This free all-ages street fair showcases the best of local businesses in food, drinks, merchandise, apparel, accessories, art, crafts, local music, and more. Abbot Kinney will close to traffic to allow the thousands of visitors to freely roam the streets and explore all the vendors.

Whittier ARTcrawl Fest
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 28
Greenleaf Avenue, Uptown Whittier
http://www.uptowncrawlers.com/

At this FREE and all-ages art walk, find art, music, food, entertainment, and more. For those 21 or over, join in on a Tasting Crawl, where visitors can receive food & drink specials at participating restaurants.

Strong Ales & Jerky
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 28
The Factory, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1561632414058446/

Enjoy FREE jerky samples this Sunday afternoon at The Factory in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach. In addition, The Factory will have a handful of strong ales on tap for you to try.

Gaslight Anthem & Against Me! @ Hollywood Palladium
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 28
Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood
http://www.thehollywoodpalladium.com/events/the-gaslight-anthem/

Gaslight Anthem and Against Me! will perform at the Palladium this Sunday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost about $50.

The Descendents @ Fox Theater
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 28
Fox Theater, Pomona
http://www.foxpomona.com/detail.php?id=338

Legendary punk band Descendents will headline a show in Pomona this Sunday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $30.

Welcome to the start of Q2 – the quarter that throws things into place. Business builds up during this time, and with it, plenty of events and shows come up in preparation for the busy eventful summer. Southern Californians got a taste of that last week, as Mustard Plug traveled to the west coast for a brief tour, ending at Dipiazza’s in Long Beach. Mustard Plug rarely plays shows outside of their home state of Michigan, so whenever they travel, the locals make it a priority to travel to their show. This particular final show of the mini west coast tour featured a slew of other great local bands as well.

Opening the night, we catch a glimpse of The Last Gang, with rock star Brenna Red at the forefront. I have not seen Brenna in action in almost two years, so seeing her in this new band felt refreshing. Their bio claims that they play punk rock, but at this show, they sounded more like hardcore with a hint of pop, almost as if Civet met The Bombpops. They have an active show schedule around Southern California, so check them out when they play at a show near you.

Up next, we get to The Pocketeers. Making up for the show I missed them at two weeks ago, I finally get to see these kids perform up close. I call them kids not as an insult, but seriously: look how young they appear. Anyways, upon listening to their set, they bear a strong resemblance to Do It With Malice. The Pocketeers play a solid skacore sound with instrumentals and catchy lyrics that will stick in your head for weeks. They play so hard that their guitarist cut open his fingers during the middle of their set. If you want to dance while slamming into people, The Pocketeers will feed your ears with the right stuff.

Another Orange County skacore band, Not A Chance, came up next. Since the last show I saw them at last year, their sound has not altered much – they still sound like the early days of Against All Authority. Their set list now includes a few new songs, but for the most part, they played the same set list, which also includes a cover of Bad Touch. Regardless, a Not A Chance show also lends for a good time, as seen by the very little kids (looked under 10) dancing to the music, in lieu of a circle pit. Why make this an all-ages show if the very little ones cannot enjoy it?

Playing right in the middle of the night, we have Isolated Victims. Much like Not A Chance, I also have not seen these guys in almost a year. They opened up their set strong and fast, stirring up a pit within the first minute. They did not start with their trumpet player on stage – he jumped on for the few songs that required his presence. Isolated Victims played a solid set that kept the fans on their feet and moving the entire time.

The Los Angeles skacore bands continued with La Pobreska. For a band that started within the past decade, La Pobreska sure has a huge following. They performed a balance of English and Spanish songs during their set, all while juggling the few in the audience yelling out blurbs between songs. Something about their performance gives them a professional look about them, as if they have performed on bigger stages for a long time now. This makes me want to see more of them soon.

After a setup time lasting twice as long as the previous bands, Left Alone got started as the night’s sub-headliner. As one of the more well-known ska-punk bands from the South Bay, Left Alone drew a huge crowd of fans and troublemakers. Of course, what kind of punk show does not have troublemakers? This pit contained guys purposely seeking to tackle other people, and it even escalated to one guy getting thrown out of the venue. The nature of the music causes that, yet Left Alone simply plays their music fast and fun. In fact, they even utilize an organ and a slap bass to mix up genres. Their set contained a handful of classic songs, and they ended their set with the crowd favorite, Dead Red Roses.

It all came full circle, as Mustard Plug returned to play at Dipiazza’s, just like they did last year. Playing a rather packed set list, Mustard Plug ensured to play lots of fan favorites, playing nearly every recognizable song amongst all the fans present. The crowd must have spent all of their energy during Left Alone, as Mustard Plug did not get much of a pit during their set. With the exception of the first few songs, the crowd remained fairly docile the entire time. As for their set list, they made a few changes from what I saw: “Shakin” = Mendoza, and they did not play anything with Vodka in it, moving straight from Life Is Too Short to Thigh High Nylons. Where last year they covered Waiting Room, Mustard Plug covered Roots Radicals this time. The rest of the set list included tons of known songs, such as Skank By Numbers, Mr. Smiley, Brain On Ska, Lolita, and ending the set with Beer Song.

Miss out on Mustard Plug? They may return to the west coast by next year, so stay tuned to their Facebook page for updates. In fact, give a Like to the Facebook pages of all the bands that performed at this show. They all did a great job, and deserve a great turnout at their next shows.

When we think of Cinco de Mayo, we think of ska music, and those darn skanking kids that like to dance to that music. Two of Southern California’s premier ska bands, Voodoo Glow Skulls and Left Alone, went on tour last month, and that tour ended this past Saturday, coinciding with Cinco de Mayo weekend. Hosted by DiPiazza’s in Long Beach, this all-ages show only cost $13 to enter, and as always, comes with free parking. In addition to Voodoo Glow Skulls and Left Alone, four other local ska-punk bands graced the small stage in DiPiazza’s known as the Lava Lounge to leave Long Beach skanking all night.

First up in the night, Schizm took the stage… or at least tried to take the stage on time. This punk rock band from Southgate forgot to bring percussion stands, and as a result, they had to go find some, resulting in a 15-minute late start. Once they finally started, a sizable crowd had already gathered, presumably in anticipation of the great lineup of bands for the night, or in fact for the set of Schizm. Either way, for as short as a time period that they ended up with, they rocked a hard set. As the night’s only band without any correlation to ska, Schizm gave all that they could give – just pure energy in the form of hard fast music. Rarely does an opening band garner a tight pit, but the crowd loved the music, and raged hard during Schizm’s short set.

Isolated Victims acted as the ska warmup for the night once Schizm left. With a brass section featuring two trombones and no trumpet, Isolated Victims brought exactly what the crowd desired in a Latin-based ska band. They varied the types of songs in the set, including a few Spanish songs, and pacing between slow and fast songs. Isolated Victims played an entertaining set with no real surprises – just some good clean ska music.

Seeing them again for the second day in a row, South Central Skankers entered the stage third for the night. Compared to the previous night, they had added a trombone player to their set. The set list remained virtually alike, playing almost the same songs in a similar order from the previous night. They only made a few changes to the set based on the location and allotted time. South Central Skankers have mastered their craft of ska music, and delivered a perfect set on this night. No one could ask for anything better, save for the usual hecklers waiting for the headliner. Unlike Isolated Victims, they did not play anything too fast or hectic, so the pit remained smooth and mobile the entire time.

The last of the openers, Profesor Galactico, started his set next with his band. I originally conceived a band called Profesor Galactico, but later found out the name represented just one person. A step away from the night’s ska-punk theme, Profesor Galactico played a mostly mellow set comprised of indie, ska, and reggae. His music combines these genres plus funk, hip hop, hard rock, and other similar genres. As such, the pit remained still during the set, probably in anticipation that the headliners would go on next. They strived to play feel-good music, but perhaps they played to the wrong crowd, as many punks and rabble rousers had appeared in the audience by now. They still received a decent ovation for their performance, despite many people wanting the next band quick.

As the first headliner of the night, Left Alone started their set once lead vocalist Elvis made a grand entrance into the room. Once he set foot onto the stage, they immediately started playing, causing the audience to go nuts in this tiny venue. Left wasted little time during their set, stringing together song after song with little down time. Songs in their set included Wasted Time, I Hate Emo, The Sinner, and Every Night.

Once the final headliner set up, Voodoo Glow Skulls marched onto the stage and immediately started their set with Insubordination. From this point, chaos ensued in the pit, the tiny pit encased within this small venue. As with any Voodoo Glow Skulls show, lead vocalist Frank always enters with a Lucha Libre mask for at least the first song. From here, they continued to play a lengthy set, with songs like Charlie Brown, El Coo Cooi, Voodoo Anthem, Shoot The Moon, El Baile De Los Locos, and many more. They always end their set with Say Good Night followed by Band Geek Mafia. After these songs, security had left the pit area, but unknowingly did not pay attention to the band lingering on stage. Voodoo Glow Skulls went on to play a two-song encore, sans security to monitor the pit. Luckily, much of the crowd did not have so much energy by this point, so nothing too rowdy occurred.

This show’s flyer mentioned two other bands that could not make it to the show: Shoplifters and Niño Zombi. This makes the second night in a row that Niño Zombi did not show up to a show. Regardless, the bands that did play put on an excellent show that all of the attendees will not soon forget. Some of these bands have additional gigs coming up in the upcoming weekends, so follow them all to discover their next show location. Also check in here every week to discover other great shows or events to attend in Southern California!