Posts Tagged ‘Live Music’

Beautiful California: a state unlike any other. From the luscious weather to the so-called California Girls, California almost represents a unique country of its own. As one of the major metropolitan states of this nation, California has one of the largest populations of virtually all demographics, but especially young adults. As society can guess, young adults sure love their hard beverages, and California has no shortage of festivals featuring hard beverages. Practically every week of the year, a festival occurs that features either craft beer, wine, or cocktails/spirits. When adults think festivals that include alcohol, they immediately think about what other activities and forms of entertainment to expect at the events. The days of simple tasting events have long gone by the wayside, and now people expect to find more than just drinking at such festivals. Typical events may include some games or live music, plus some some of food either included with admission or at a separate cost. The more these events feature, the more they feel like they bit off more than they could chew. Some events promise everything yet deliver underwhelming content, while some events promise the best of a few specialties and deliver all they can to satiate the attendees, such as at the 2nd Annual Driftwood Festival.

The Driftwood Festival returned for its second year running this past Saturday. Taking place at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, this festival combines craft beer, drinks, food, and country music all in one location. With over a hundred different beers and other beverages to sip on, attendees had a plethora of options to get their buzz on. With so much to do in so little time, one would expect to try to rush around to see everything before the event ended. The beer stopped pouring at 4pm, while the entertainment continued onward until 10pm. While it would appear that this would draw in two different types of crowds, every attendee appeared to appreciate everything this festival had to offer. Driftwood represents the ideal country music fan festival, complete with the music, barbecue food, and craft drinks. The venue’s location did mean that travelers would have to plan to pay to park near here, or at least take the shuttle, as the festival this time charged attendees to take the shuttle to a higher-capacity parking area.

Although I did not attend the previous year’s festival, I knew that the organizers behind this event teamed up with the organizers behind OC Brew Ha Ha. As such, they handled the festival operations quite well as they always do with their events. Speaking of which, the annual OC Brew Ho Ho returns in less than a month from now, so if you like good beer and appreciate a well-organized event, you owe it to yourself and your friends to check out that event when it rolls into town in December each year.

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The Misfits (FB / TW) performing Where Eagles Dare at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. Filmed on November 16, 2013.

The Orange County Brew Ha Ha returns for its eighth iteration this Saturday at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado. Benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, this craft beer festival will feature over 90 different breweries, over 200 different beers, many food trucks, seminars from beer experts, live entertainment, and more. General admission costs $45 and begins at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $60 and begins at 12pm. All beers will cease pouring at 4pm, leaving the final hour to sober up and find food.

  • REMEMBER to bring PHOTO ID! Amazingly, many guests think they can enter without showing it to the front security.
  • Look up directions before arriving – cell phones receive no signal as you approach the park.
  • Basic toll-free directions: Get to the 55 freeway, exit Chapman Avenue, then drive east until you reach the lake, where a sign should point out when to turn left into the park.
  • Bring cash for parking in case they charge for parking. Because of the park’s location, I do not recommend riding a bike or walking, although you may get dropped off.
  • Food come at a separate cost, so anyone wanting to eat should arrive with extra cash. Click here for a list of attending restaurants and food trucks.
  • If you see that it has no signal, just turn off your cell phone during the fest. Smartphones can enter Airplane Mode instead.
  • Though the park contains many trees, consider applying sunscreen, and have extra sunscreen available. Security will not confiscate sunscreen from you.
  • For prolonged drinking, start with lighter beers and work your way to stronger beers. Click here for a list of attending breweries.
  • Try to hold on to your beer glass – guests receive no replacement for lost or broken glasses.
  • All beers stop pouring at 4pm. An extra grace hour will allow guests time to sober up and find food before leaving.
  • Oak Canyon Park only has two exits: one back towards Orange, the other through the mountains leading of Rancho Santa Margarita. Police WILL patrol both roads leaving the park!

Check out these pictures from last year’s OC Brew Ha Ha:

The Dickies (FB) performing Paranoid at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. Filmed on November 16, 2013.

The 9th Annual BuskerFest returned to the East Village Arts District of Downtown Long Beach this past Saturday night. Traditional busks consisted of various bands from all over performing on “stages” set up on flatbed trucks with minimal electrical equipment, busking for wooden nickels.  This primarily serves as a launching pad for musicians, gaining what usually represents their first major gig with a substantial crowd in the thousands. This gave a more traditional, old-time feel to the music, and provided guests a glimpse of how these types of bands used to “busk” many decades ago. Free to attend, fans of music enjoyed what they heard and supported in the form of wooden nickels that guests could purchase to “tip” the bands as they busk. The band with the most wooden nickels at the end of the night won a grand prize from the organizers. In addition to all the live music, guests found a beer garden and various food vendors, while volunteers staffed a bike valet at the eastern entrance. New this year, the organizers behind BuskerFest extended the area of BuskerFest to include a stretch of Linden Avenue. In previous years, the area had ended just prior to Linden Avenue to allow vehicles to pass. This year, they closed Linden Avenue from 1st Street to Broadway to make room for more stages and booths.

Beautiful California: a state unlike any other. From the luscious weather to the so-called California Girls, California almost represents a unique country of its own. As one of the major metropolitan states of this nation, California has one of the largest populations of virtually all demographics, but especially young adults. As society can guess, young adults sure love their hard beverages, and California has no shortage of festivals featuring hard beverages. Practically every week of the year, a festival occurs that features either craft beer, wine, or cocktails/spirits. When adults think festivals that include alcohol, they immediately think about what other activities and forms of entertainment to expect at the events. The days of simple tasting events have long gone by the wayside, and now people expect to find more than just drinking at such festivals. Typical events may include some games or live music, plus some some of food either included with admission or at a separate cost. The more these events feature, the more they feel like they bit off more than they could chew. Some events promise everything yet deliver underwhelming content, while some events promise the best of a few specialties and deliver all they can to satiate the attendees, such as at the 3rd Annual Beer X San Diego Beer & Music Festival.

The Beer X San Diego Beer & Music Festival returned for its third year running this past Saturday. Taking place at Waterfront Park in Downtown San Diego, this festival combines craft beer, drinks, food, and reggae music all in one location. With over a hundred different beers and other beverages to sip on, attendees had a plethora of options to get their buzz on. With so much to do in so little time, one would expect to try to rush around to see everything before the event ended. The beer stopped pouring at 4pm, while the entertainment continued to 10pm. This created an unpleasant crowding effect by the 3pm hour, as the people who attended primarily for the entertainment instead of the craft drinks continued to arrive even after 3pm. At this time, all the beer booths had ridiculously long lines, and almost everyone in those lines no longer cared about the beer pouring – they simply wanted to get drunk. This created a culture divide with the attendees of this event: those who care about the quality of the drinks, and those who attended for the entertainment that cared less for the drinks. Anyone who arrived early enough certainly got to enjoy any drink without needing to wait in lines, and could take time to discover the different types of drinks. However, as time passed, the type of attendees present quickly became apparent that no one cared for the drinks.

Although I did not attend the previous years, I believe that this event marked the first time the organizers teamed up with the organizers behind OC Brew Ha Ha. As such, I would expect that they would handle the festival quite well as they always do with their events. However, prior to entering, I clearly saw faults that Brew Ha Ha would never commit, such as having an inefficient entrance and laying out the booths in confusing spots. Nevertheless, I believe that the genre of music had a large effect on the people who showed up. Consider that the entrance still had a massive line in the final hour of drinks, and that the reggae culture eventually overtook the craft side of the festival. In the meantime, check out Beer X on Facebook and Twitter for future updates, and for news about upcoming events.

D.I. performing Guns at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. Filmed on November 16, 2013.

D.I. performing Johnny’s Got A Problem at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. Filmed on November 16, 2013.

D.I. performing Amoeba at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. Filmed on November 16, 2013.

Glassjaw (FB) performing Two Tabs of Mescaline at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. Filmed on November 2, 2013.