Posts Tagged ‘Left Alone’

Game of Thrones Trivia Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 18
Bottle Logic Brewing, Anaheim

Put your Game of Thrones knowledge to the test this Monday night at the Bottle Logic Brewing tasting room in Anaheim. They will have two trivia sessions: 5pm and 7:30pm. Each session can accommodate up to 30 teams with a maximum of six people per team. Registration costs nothing, but they will not accept walk-ins.

San Diego Craft Beer Job Fair
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 19
SILO in Makers Quarter, San Diego

Looking for a job in the craft beer industry? Don your business outfit and bring a bunch of résumés to SILO in Makers Quarter in San Diego this Tuesday evening to meet dozens of employers in the industry at this FREE job fair.

5th Annual Taste of South Pasadena
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 19
Canoe House, South Pasadena

Sample the local flavor of South Pasadena this Tuesday evening. This tasting consists of two events: a wine tasting portion, and a restaurant crawl. The wine tasting costs $20 to attend and takes place at the Canoe House from 5pm to 7pm. The restaurant crawl takes place from 6pm to 9pm, and costs $35 for adults or $15 for those under 21, and provides unlimited food samples while supplies last.

The Big Cheese – Grilled Cheese Festival & Competition
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 19
Provisions Market, Orange

For $60, you get to watch master chefs make grilled cheese sandwiches!

Rancid: Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 19, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 21, The Observatory, Santa Ana

In addition to performing at Coachella, legendary punk band Rancid will headline two other shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows differ, so click on a show’s link for pricing details.

City Tavern Culver City’s 5th Anniversary Celebration
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 20
City Tavern, Culver City

City Tavern’s Culver City location turns five years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have food and drink specials this Wednesday night.

2016 Taste of Point Loma
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, April 20
Portuguese Club, Point Loma, San Diego

Sample specialties from local Point Loma restaurants this Wednesday night. For $25, guests gain access to free shuttles that will take them from various places around Point Loma so that guests can reach all the restaurants in time.

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 20
Public Beer Wine Shop, Long Beach

Free to attend, the organizers of this event will provide paper and markers for guests to draw on and display their creative minds.

Mad Caddies: Live in Santa Barbara
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 20
Velvet Jones, Santa Barbara

The Mad Caddies will headline one show in Santa Barbara this week. The cover for this show costs $20. No one under 21 may enter.

Newport Beach Film Festival
April 21-28
Multiple venues, Newport Beach

Dozens of independent films will air this week in Newport Beach. Check out the website for a schedule of all the films that you may watch, as well as the prices for each.

Valiant Brewing’s 3rd Anniversary Celebration
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 21
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 22
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 23
Valiant Brewing, Orange

Valiant opened their doors to the public three years ago, and to celebrate, they will have three days of beer tasting at their tasting room in Orange. This year, they have nixed the admission fee, so now you may pay as you go. First you must buy the glass for $5, then buy drink tickets afterwards. Each day they will have different beers available, so check their website for a schedule of the beers that they will have and when.

Tustin Union Market’s Spring Launch Party
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 21
Tustin Union Market, Tustin

Enjoy complimentary beer or wine as well as delicious hors d’oeuvres from the local eateries at Tustin Union Market this Thursday evening. They will also have live bands performing all night.

27th Annual America’s Family Pet Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 22-24
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa

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.

2016 South Bay Home & Garden Show
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 22
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 23
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 24
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach

This free and all-ages expo will showcase the latest in home improvement, remodeling, interior-design, decorating, landscaping, and more. Parking starts at $5, but parking the neighborhood east of Alamitos can bypass any parking fees.

Cerritos Spring Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 22
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 23
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 24
Cerritos Sports Complex, Cerritos

Enjoy a local spring carnival this weekend, free to attend for all ages. Visitors will find rides, games, live entertainment, food, drinks, treats, and more.

Left Alone @ Union Nightclub
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 22
Union Nightclub, Los Angeles

Enjoy a night of skacore in Los Angeles this Friday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $12.

Lower Class Brats: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 22, Club Los Globos, Silverlake
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, April 23, Til-Two Club, Normal Heights, San Diego

Legendary punk band Lower Class Brats will headline two shows in Southern California this weekend. Each of these shows have different ticket prices and age limits, so check each show’s link for details.

Dine LBC – Long Beach Restaurant Week
April 23 – May 1
Participating restaurants, Long Beach

First came Eat LBC, then we had Dien Out Long Beach. Now we have Dine LBC, another Long Beach Restaurant Week. During this 9-day period, participating restaurants throughout Long Beach will have various food and drink specials. Some of these restaurants may require reservations, while others allow you to walk in and dine with the specials. Check the website for a list of participating restaurants.

3rd Annual San Diego Shaka Fest
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 23
Crown Point Park Mission Bay, San Diego

Bring your friends and family out to this all-ages athletics & Hawaiian cultural festival this Saturday in San Diego. This event combines a traditional cultural festival with some athletic activities and competitions, featuring rowing, obstacle courses, yoga, and more activities along with the festival’s food, drinks, music, arts & crafts, vendors, and more.

2016 Cambodian New Year Celebration
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 23
El Dorado Park, Long Beach

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

33rd Annual Encinitas Street Fair
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 23-24
South Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas

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.

Wild West Steam Fest
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 23
Heritage Museum of Orange County, Santa Ana

Steampunk meets the wild west at this all-ages festival this Saturday in Santa Ana. Dress to impress, and enjoy activities such as live music, costume contests, reenactments, arts & crafts, seminars, museum tours, and more. The festival runs until 6pm, and a concert starts at 7pm. Admission costs $30 for the festival, $20 for the concert, $35 for both, or $45 for VIP, which includes goodies and a seat at the concert.

8th Annual Hippy Killer Hoedown
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 23
Farmers Fairgrounds, Perris

At this all-ages kustom kulture festival, see all sorts of cars, hot rods, customs, motorcycles, vans, live music, and more. Admission to this event costs $10.

CitySolve Urban Race Long Beach
11:00 am – 3:30 pm, April 23
Alfredo’s Beach Club, Long Beach

Participate in a city-wide scavenger hunt this Saturday for a chance to win $300. Registration costs $50 per person, and a team may contain two to four participants.

Spring Pop Up Shop
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 23
BOLD LA, Downtown Los Angeles

Check out this popup event in Downtown LA this Saturday afternoon featuring dozens of local artists and designers. Free to attend for all ages, visitors will find art, accessories, apparel, and many other household items for sale.

Wicks Brewing Co. 3rd Anniversary Celebration
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, April 23
Wicks Brewing Co., Riverside

Wicks Brewing Co. opened their doors to the public three years ago, and to celebrate their anniversary this weekend, they will have an all-day party at their tasting room in Riverside. This event has no cover charge – simply show up and enjoy their anniversary ale, other special brews, and live music throughout the day.

Brunch at Farm Lot 59 with Restauration
11:30 am – 1:30 pm, April 23
Farm Lot 59, Long Beach

Enjoy brunch at a local urban farm this Saturday early afternoon. Reservations cost $50 for adults or $15 for children.

4th Annual Pasadena Brewfest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 23
T. Boyles Tavern, Pasadena

Enjoy local beer at this beer tasting event this Saturday afternoon in Pasadena. General admission costs $15 presale or $20 at the door, and include ten drink tickets plus a souvenir glass. Hungry guests can order food off of the restaurant’s menu.

6th Annual San Clemente Micro-Brew Fest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 23
Left Coast Brewing Company, San Clemente

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. General admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door, and starts at 1pm. Early entry costs $45, and starts at 12pm. All attendees will receive 12 4oz beer pours.

9th Annual CityBeat Festival of Beers
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 23
Lafayette Hotel, San Diego

Looking to get your beer on this weekend? Head to the San Diego CityBeat Festival of Beers, where guests receive UNLIMITED pours from over 50 breweries plus the souvenir taster cup. Guests may purchase food at an additional cost. General admission costs $45 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $55 and starts at 1pm. No one under 21 may enter.

7th Annual AutoCon Los Angeles
1:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 23
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles

See all things cars at AutoCon this Saturday at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Downtown LA. 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 $20 presale or $25 at the door. Bring cash for parking as well, which will cost between $15 to $20 per vehicle.

Beer Sessions at OB Warehouse
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm, April 23
OB Warehouse, Ocean Beach, San Diego

Attend this beer seminar in San Diego this Saturday to learn a brief history of beer while tasting some brews as well. Registration costs $38 per person. No one under 21 may attend.

6th Annual Broke LA
3:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 23
Imperial Arts Studio, Downtown Los Angeles

Cannot afford to dump money on Coachella? Check out Broke LA, a miniature version of the money-guzzling concert, this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles. Expose yourself to the variety of local art and music at this intimate experience, and keep your wallet happy too. Admission to this event costs $20 presale or $25 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

Color Fun Fest 5K Los Angeles
3:30 pm – 9:30 pm, April 23
Irwindale Speedway, Irwindale

Subject yourself to another color run at this color 5k this Saturday in Irwindale. This event features two running events: one during the day, and one at night. Registration for this run costs $25 presale or $60 on the day of the event, if any tickets remain.

Laughs By Volume 3: A Craft Beer & Comedy Show
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 23
HNYPT, Downtown Los Angeles

A beer fest and comedy show merge into one this Sunday afternoon in Downtown LA, featuring over 40 different beers and six comedians. Admission costs $25 presale or $30 at the door, and includes a souvenir glass and unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Ales & Artisans Craft Festival
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 23
Inland Empire Brewing Company, Riverside

Inland Empire Brewing Company will host a free vendor popup event this Saturday evening. They will have a handful of local arts & crafts vendors, as well as live music, mobile food vendors, and lots of beer.

Rolling Burger Barns: Free Burgers
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 23
Rolling Burger Barns, Arcadia

Rolling Burger Barns now has a permanent brick & mortar location in Arcadia, and to celebrate its opening, they will give out FREE burgers this Wednesday evening while supplies last. First come, first served!

South Coast Roller Derby Double Header
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 23
Laguna Hills Community Center, Laguna Hills

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Laguna Hills. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $8 presale or $10 at the door.

4th Annual Feast of Thrones
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 23
Whimsic Alley, Burbank

Participate in a Game of Thrones themed dinner this Saturday night in Burbank. Reservations cost $70 per person. No one under 18 may attend.

Newport Beach Beerfest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 23
Newport Dunes Waterfront, Newport Beach

If you want to get drunk in Newport Beach this Saturday night, do it here at this beer tasting event. General admission costs $40 presale or $50 at the door, and starts at 7pm. VIP admission costs $55 presale or $65 at the door, starts at 6pm, and includes access to a VIP area with exclusive beers.

The Maxies – Record Release Show
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 23
Out Of The Park Pizza, Anaheim

The Maxies have a new album coming out, and to celebrate, they will headline a FREE all-ages ska show this Saturday night at Out Of The Park Pizza in Anaheim Hills.

The Angry Samoans @ Bar 1650
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 23
Bar 1650, Corona

Go crazy at this local punk show this Saturday night in Corona. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

The Dickies: Live in Rosemead
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, April 23
Spike’s Bar & Billiards, Rosemead

Rock out to some punk rock bands this Saturday night in Rosemead. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque: Music Video Mania
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 23
Malone’s, Santa Ana

The lovely ladies of the Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque will pay tribute to the late great music videos of the 80’s and 90’s this Saturday night in Santa Ana. Bring cash to pay for the cover charge, which will range from $5 to $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Pasadena Restaurant Week
April 24-29
Various restaurants, Pasadena

Between April 24 and 29, 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.

6th Annual Kite Festival
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 24
Ascot Hills Park, El Sereno, Los Angeles

Enjoy a free and all-ages kite festival in East LA this Sunday afternoon. The first 500 kids in attendance will receive a free kite and a commemorative medal.

Spring 2016 Brentwood Art Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 24
San Vicente Blvd b/t Barrington & Bundy

Check out a free and all-ages art festival this Sunday afternoon in Brentwood, complete with art, food trucks, music, shopping, a kids zone, and more.

2016 Taste of Huntington Beach
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 24
Huntington Beach Sports Complex, Huntington Beach

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 $70 and starts at 12pm, while VIP costs $90 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 Long Beach Zine Fest
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 24
Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach

Art lovers rejoice – Long Beach gets their own Zone Fest this Sunday afternoon. This free and all-ages event will feature hundreds of local and/or independent authors and publishers sharing their magazines, comics, and other DIY material. Workshops and speakers will engage attendees with more material.

7th Annual Bikes Boards and Brews
12:00 pm – 4:30 pm, April 24
Catamaran Resort Hotel, Pacific Beach, San Diego

Enjoy local beer, gourmet bites, and a magnificent view of the bay at this beer tasting event this Saturday afternoon in Pacific Beach. VIP admission costs $35 and starts at 12pm, while general admission costs $30 and starts at 1pm. Prices go up $5 at the door. All admission comes with ten beer tasters. For $5 extra, display your vintage or custom bike for other guests to view.

4th Annual Atwater Village Beer, Wine, & Food Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 24
Link N Hops, Atwater Village

Check out local breweries, local vendors, food & drinks, live music, and more this Sunday at Atwater Village. VIP tickets cost $45 presale or $50 at the door, starts at 12pm, receives unlimited beer tasters and a free goodie bag. General admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door, and comes with 15 tasters. Designated driver tickets cost $20 presale or $25 at the door.

Bottle Share @ Monrovia Homebrew Shop
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, April 24
Monrovia Homebrew Shop, Monrovia

Share a beer or two at this free bottle share in Monrovia this Sunday afternoon. Guests should bring a 22oz bomber or two 12oz bottles to share with others.

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.

Long Beach Restaurant Week
March 30 – April 5
Participating locations, Long Beach

Long Beach finally gets their own restaurant week to celebrate the entire city, after decades of “Tastes” of just communities within Long Beach. Participating locations throughout Long Beach during this week will provide lunch and dinner specials, so refer to the website for a full list of locations and their specials.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 2
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana

Get your fill of burlesque every first Wednesday of the month at The Copper Door in Downtown Santa Ana, for free! Guests can park on the street for free after 8pm. No one under 21 may enter.

Taste of Leucadia: Food For Thought
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, April 3
Leucadia 101 Main Street, Encinitas

Sample the local flavors of Leucadia this Thursday evening at the Taste of Leucadia. For $20 presale or $25 on the day of the event, visitors get treated to unlimited food samples from all the participating restaurants. For an additional $10, guests can receive ten beer/wine tastings from select locations. The organizers have provided a shuttle that runs to and from city hall to alleviate the parking situation.

MONKEY @ Dipiazzas
7:00 pm – 12:30 am, April 3
Dipiazzas, Long Beach

Enjoy an all-ages ska show featuring local bands this Thursday night at Dipiazzas in Long Beach. Tickets to this show cost only $5. Guests can find plenty of free parking around the area.

Dead Anthem Records Hardcore Punk Night
7:30 pm – 1:30 am, April 3
The Airliner, Los Angeles

Hardcore punk takes over The Airliner northeast of Los Angeles this Thursday night. Get into this show for only $3. No one under 18 may enter. Guests should park in the neighborhood across the street from the venue.

2014 Formula Drift
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 4
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 5
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach

Taking place a week prior to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the Formula Drift competition utilizes the sharpest turns of the track to put on a show that everyone can enjoy. Feel the excitement as drivers throw on their best drifting performance while narrowly dodging massive wipeouts. Guests may also visit a vendor village, receive autographs from drivers, see the pits up close and personal, and more. Tickets vary in price, but general admission to the Saturday main event costs $40 plus fees up to $10. Parking at the convention center costs $10, so plan to carpool, take public transportation, or park in the neighborhood to the east to alleviate that parking fee.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 4
Various locations
Long Beach:

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

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 4
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach

Occurring on every month’s first Friday, this 60’s night at Alex’s Bar will play all vinyl music of motown, northern soul, boogaloo, 60’s pop, and more. Feel free to dress up too, as the bar staff will hold costume contests and dance contests.

The Co-Dependents @ The Juke Joint
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, April 4
The Juke Joint, Anaheim

Catch Orange County legends The Co-Dependents as they headline a FREE show this Friday night at The Juke Joint in Anaheim. No one under 21 may enter.

Hangar 24 Palmero Release Celebration
11:00 am – 12:00 am, April 5
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands

Hangar 24 Brewery will release Palmero, the next of their yearly seasonal brews, this weekend. To celebrate, the tasting room will have Palmero available for pints, flights, and growler fills starting this Saturday. In addition, guests can enjoy live local music all day, and munch on some tacos later on.

2nd Annual Slater’s 50/50 Backyard Brew Fest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 5
Slater’s 50/50, Lake Forest

Enjoy an afternoon of unlimited beer pours from over 25 local breweries and free samples of Slater’s 50/50’s epic eats. Tickets to this 21 & up only event cost $30, while designated driver tickets (food only) cost $10. Admission includes free parking, and typically little to no traffic thanks to this area’s geography.

2014 World Pillow Fight Day
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 5

Ever participate in a flash mob? No, not the kind of flash mob where everyone breaks out in dance. I speak of the infamous pillow fight flash mob. On April 6th, communities around the world will gather to unleash a fray feather-fueled frenzy on unsuspecting combatants. Due to the unorganized nature of a flash mob, no one can control what occurs, so anyone can join in, yet anything goes. Note that most locations take place in dense areas, so prepare to pay for parking. At the time, nobody has announced any Southern Californian events. Check the website for confirmed locations throughout the world.

2nd Annual VinDiego – San Diego Wine & Food Festival
12:00 pm – 7:30 pm, April 4
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 5
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego

VinDiego returns this year, bigger and better! On Friday, select small tastings and seminars will take place to allow guests to taste and learn about different wines. On Saturday afternoon at Liberty Station, enjoy tastings of over 75 different wines from California’s top wineries, and delicious eats from many of San Diego’s top restaurants and chefs. General admission presale costs $95 and allows entry at 4pm, while VIP admission costs $115 and allows entry at 3pm.

Uncasked: A Neighborhood Craft Beer Fest
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 5
Westfield UTC, San Diego

Sample local brews and taste delightful bites from local restaurants at this small beer fest this Saturday evening at the Westfield shopping center. For $20 presale or $25 at the door, guests will receive a souvenir glass, gift bag, beer guide, Westfield coupon book, and ten beer tickets. Attendees also may receive unlimited food samples from the resident restaurants within the festival.

Craft Beer + Bites @ SILO
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 5
SILO in Makers Quarter, San Diego

This mini beer fest takes place close to Downtown San Diego this Saturday evening. For $30 presale or $35 at the door, attendees get treated to ten pairings of tapas and craft beer. In addition, attendees will find outdoor games (bocce ball, beanbag toss, glorified Jenga, and more) and local designers/makers. Attendees may even bring their pets as well! No one under 21 may attend.

Rodents of Unusual Size 10-Year Anniversary Show
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 5
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Get your weekly fill of punk rock at the Doll Hut this Saturday night with some fun local bands. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Psychobilly Night @ O’Hearn’s in Lomita
8:30 pm – 12:30 am, April 5
O’Hearn’s Pub, Lomita

Catch some local psychobilly bands this Saturday night in the South Bay. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.

Jello Biafra & The Guantanamo School of Medicine @ Characters Sports Bar
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, April 5
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona

Punk rock icon Jello Biafra will headline a show with his band this Saturday night at Characters Sports Bar in Pomona. Tickets to this show cost $15. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking in the area, and can avoid paying for parking.

8th Annual Cambodian New Year Parade
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, April 6
Anaheim St, Long Beach

Catch a free public parade this Sunday morning in Cambodia Town in Long Beach that celebrates the Cambodian New Year. Arrive early to find adequate parking.

CicLAvia – Iconic Wilshire Boulevard
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 6
Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles

Wilshire Blvd from Downtown LA to Miracle Mile will close to bikers this Sunday. Cars may not enter the designated areas during this time – only bikers and pedestrians may roam the streets.

Mustard Plug, Left Alone, and More @ Dipiazzas
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 6
Dipiazzas, Long Beach

Ska-punk icons Mustard Plug and Left Alone will headline this packed show this Sunday night at Dipiazzas in Long Beach. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $8 presale and $10 at the door.

Beachwood BBQ 7th Anniversary Week
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 17-22
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach & Long Beach

Beachwood BBQ celebrates their seventh year in Seal Beach this week, and to commemorate, Beachwood Brewing releases Seven this week in bottles and at both locations on tap. When you visit either location, expect to find a plethora of seasonal beers on tap, plus an exciting menu full of exclusive items only found during this celebration.

NOFX & The Implants – On Tour
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 17, House of Blues, West Hollywood
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 18, House of Blues, Anaheim

Catch the NOFX tour as it swings through Southern California this week. Tickets to these all-ages show range from $26 to $29.

Bill Bartell Tribute w/ The Germs, Redd Kross, and more
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 19
The Echoplex, Los Angeles

Pay tribute to Pat Fear of White Flag at this tribute show this Thursday night, featuring The Germs, Redd Kross, and some local bands. Word has it that The Adolescents may play at this show too. Tickets to this show cost $14 presale and $16 at the door. No one under 18 may attend.

OC Ska/Punk Night
6:30 pm – 12:30 am, December 20
Mirror Image Studios, Anaheim

Some big names in ska and punk play a show in Orange County this Friday night, including a rare appearance by Union 13. Entry to this all-ages show costs $10 before 8pm and $12 afterwards.

The Vandals 18th Annual Christmas Formal
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 20
House of Blues, Anaheim

The Vandals headline their annual all-ages Christmas show at the House of Blues in Anaheim this Friday night. Tickets cost $16.50 presale and $18 at the door. Guests can park for free for up to five hours, so plan your arrival accordingly.

U.S. Bombs, The Grabbers. and Whitekaps @ The Observatory
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 20
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana

Get up-close and personal with these bands this Friday night in the Constellation Room at The Observatory in Santa Ana. Tickets to this all-ages show costs $15. Arrive early to park in the venue’s parking lot for free. Arrive too late, and end up parking at a lot down the street for $10 per vehicle.

Angel City Gifts Bazaar
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, December 21
Angel City Brewery, Downtown Los Angeles

Free to attend, visitors will find holiday merchants, food trucks, live music, and lots of beer.

Noise For Toys – Holiday Toy Drive Concert
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 21
Seaport Marina Hotel, Long Beach

Unwritten Law headlines this massive one-day indoor concert, where the organizers will donate a toy to a local charity for every ticket sold, which costs $15 each for this all-ages show.

67th Annual Naples Island Holiday Boat Parade
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 21
Naples Island Canals, Long Beach

This annual holiday boat parade returns to the canals in & around Naples Island this Saturday evening. Completely free to attend, immediate streets along the parade route begin closing to traffic at 5pm. Spectators get to see dozens of boats decorated with Christmas lights and props as they sail through the parade route. Large boats start at 6pm and sail entirely south of 2nd Street, while small boats start at 6:45pm and begin at Marine Stadium before following a route similar to the large boats.

Good Riddance @ Brick By Brick
7:30 pm – 1:30 am, December 21
Brick By Brick, San Diego

Catch Good Riddance, Pulley, and more at this show this Saturday night in San Diego. Tickets cost $15 presale and $20 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

The Blood @ Characters Sports Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 21
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona

Legendary British punk band The Blood come to Pomona this Saturday night to headline an epic show. Entry to this show costs only $8. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking nearby.

Free Punk Show @ Blacklight District Lounge
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 21
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach

Enjoy a free local punk rock show this Saturday in Long Beach. No one under 21 may enter.

Youth Brigade @ The Echo
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 22
The Echo, Los Angeles

A handful of punk legends hit up The Echo this Sunday night, as Youth Brigade headlines a show with U.S. Bombs, Pistol Grip, and more. Tickets to this all-ages show costs $16 presale and $18 at the door.

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!

Voodoo Glow Skulls, Union 13, Left Alone, Chencha Berrinches, Death March, and many more bands graced the South Bay with their music last night at Alpine Village in Torrance. For $13 entry, guests could listen to punk and ska bands from not only the main stage, but a side stage as well:

The original lineup cited multiple bands that I did not see or hear, but more bands than the original lineup played that night anyways. Non-headlining bands I watched included Bad Apples, Death March, and Chencha Berrinches.

The pit never stopped – since the side stage filled the gap between bands on the main stage, any moments of silence did not last very long.

We come now to the headlining bands of the night. Up first, Left Alone had their set list out in plain sight:

Although I do not listen to them much, the few songs I did recognize felt great because I could sing with the band.

Finally, Voodoo Glow Skulls took the stage. I have already described how they enter, and they did not make an exception here. Although I found myself front and center for Voodoo Glow Skulls at the beginning of their set, that did not last very long, as the pit slowly sucked me away from the stage, and I ended up in the pit for a majority of the set.

I really do want everyone to go to a Voodoo Glow Skulls show, as you cannot find a ska-core band of this degree anywhere else. Voodoo Glow Skulls sets the bar for what meets ska-core’s criteria. For those staying local this weekend, Voodoo Glow Skulls will play a show this Saturday night at The Observatory. You may have a busy weekend, but trust me – do not miss Voodoo Glow Skulls!

Costa Mesa Restaurant Week
Now through August 24
Various locations, Costa Mesa

The annual Costa Mesa Restaurant Week returns! Numerous restaurants in Costa Mesa will feature special prix fixe meals or other discounted items during this time. Many of these restaurants have amazing food, so I encourage you to check out at least one of the restaurants during this week.

Taste of Downtown Long Beach
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 22-23
Pine Avenue & Broadway, Long Beach

The final Taste of Downtown Long Beach will conclude this week with its finale at Pine Avenue and Broadway. The Taste of Downtown Long Beach follows the same format as Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor – booklets of 12 tickets cost $10, and each participating restaurant or bar will consume varying amounts of tickets. Beachwood BBQ will host a beer garden inside the parking lot.

Cruisin’ the Island
5:00 pm – 8:30 pm, August 23
2nd Street, Naples Island, Long Beach

Think of this as the Naples version of the Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor. Free admission and parking, while ticket booklets of 12 cost $10. Buying two booklets provides you with a raffle entry to win a $500 credit towards a cruise. Most of the Naples Island restaurants will participate, allowing you to sample food that otherwise could not participate in Stroll & Savor.

Ribs For your Pleasure
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 23
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach

On this glorious night, Beachwood BBQ will serve SIX different types of ribs a la carte: pork, beef, lamb, antelope, venison, and wild boar. Meat-lovers will not want to miss this.

Voodoo Glow Skulls – Record Release Party
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 23
Alpine Village, Torrance

Voodoo Glow Skulls, Left Alone, Chencha Berrinches, La Pobreska, Rompe Cabezas and Death March ft. Skinhead Rob from the Transplants will all perform on this night at Alpine Village. If you have not seen Voodoo Glow Skulls live, you must go to this show.

Decadence – A Celebration of the Senses
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 24
Fairmont Hotel, Newport Beach
Discounted tickets (expires Wednesday)

This festival for the senses will feature 30 local restaurants, live music & DJs, local dance performers, signature cocktails, and more. $30 all-inclusive admission, free parking.

2012 Los Angeles Guitar Festival
8:00 pm, August 24
7:00 pm, August 25
Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center

This festival will feature many types of musicians, live performances, music vendors, and more. Ticket prices range from $30 to $125. Fans of music will not want to miss this gala.

Taste of Brews – Long Beach
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 25
Lighthouse Park, Long Beach

The PREMIER beer fest for Long Beach, Taste of Brews brings the best in craft beer to Lighthouse Park behind the Aquarium of the Pacific this Saturday. General admission begins at 1pm, while early entry (VIP) begins at 12pm. Parking gets complicated, as one cannot simply park right at the venue. The nearby parking structure will only allow parking for aquarium guests. The actual parking structure for this event lies across Shoreline Drive, next to Avia Hotel. For those who do not want to pay for parking, the next closest free parking stretches out to the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Avenue. I parked in a neighborhood last year, but walking in the heat drained me by the time I reached the fest area.

SoCal Tomato Battle
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 25
Irvine Lake, Irvine

Looking for a messy time? Expect to see hundreds of thousands of tomatoes flung at unwilling people at this all-out tomato fight. Live music, costume contests, a beer garden, and more await you at Irvine Lake this Saturday.

4th Annual Busker Fest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 25
East Village Arts District, Long Beach

Buskerfest returns to Long Beach this Saturday. Like the Long Beach Funk Fest, various bands will perform on buskers in the East Village Arts Districts, with the headliners playing on the main stage. Free to attend, fans of music will surely want to come here.

Brews, Blues, N’ BBQ Festival
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, August 25
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton

The Fullerton Arboretum hosts a festival for Blues music, craft beers, and BBQ this Saturday night. The $40 admission includes a souvenir glass, ten 4-oz beer tasters, free parking, live blues music, and complimentary sodas and water. All BBQ and food comes separate.

Punk Rock Pillow Fight
7:30 pm – 10:30 pm, August 25
Chinatown, Los Angeles

Essentially a glorified pillow fight, this event marks night three – the final day of Punk Rock Pillow Fight at this location. Free to participate, kids usually fight first while the adults come out to play when it gets dark. I may get to DJ the fights, so come check it (me) out!

Trump National Golf Club’s 4th Annual Wine & Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 26
Trump National Golf Club, Rancho Palos Verdes

Have some wine and beer at one of Donald Trump’s golf clubs here in Southern California. The $50 admission comes with unlimited wine & beer and valet parking. Food trucks will keep patrons fed, and volunteers will sell raffle tickets.

Los Angeles Fried Chicken Fest
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 26
The Coop Pop-Up, Beverly Hills

Ever wanted to try fried chicken prepared by nine of LA’s top chefs? Now you have a chance at the LA Fried Chicken Fest! In addition to the best fried chicken you will ever have, craft beers and cocktails will keep you hydrated.