Posts Tagged ‘Mirror Image Studios’

Anti-Nowhere League – On Tour
8:00 pm – 1:30 am, May 20
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://www.gonzopresents.com/event/164791

Anti-Nowhere League leaves California this week on their tour, so do not miss out! Tickets to this show in Pomona this Tuesday night cost $16. No one under 21 may attend. Guests can find plenty of free street parking in the area, and can avoid paying to park in any of the lots.

Barrel-Aged Mrs. Stoutfire Event
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 21
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/592595884181227/

Beachwood Brewing and The Bruery collaborated last year to create Mrs. Stoutfire, and the barrel-aged version of it has ripened to perfection. Taste it and other rare Bruery beers, including Grey Monday, this Wednesday night at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach. Beachwood BBQ will also have some food specials that they will only serve on this night.

Angelic Upstarts – On Tour
8:00 pm – 1:30 am, May 21, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona http://www.gonzopresents.com/event/164793
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 22, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/angelic-upstarts
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 26, 333 Live, Los Angeles http://www.showsincalifornia.com/Shows/Event/22049

Old school punk band Angelic Upstarts will tour through California this week, head up to Las Vegas for Punk Rock Bowling, then return after the weekend for more shows. The listed shows only barely cover what they will do in the next week, so check them out on Facebook for information regarding their upcoming shows.

56th Annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 23
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 24-25
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, May 26
Village Green, Garden Grove
http://strawberryfestival.org/

This free annual all-ages city fair features rides, games, vendors, food, contests, live entertainment, a parade, and more. Despite its name, the festival does not liberally give out strawberries or sell it – it just uses strawberries as its theme. Guests may go on rides with all-day wristbands, which cost $30 each, or just $25 on Friday. New this year, a 5k will take place Saturday morning in the area. Registration has already closed, so just plan to avoid driving around this area in the morning.

O.C. Crust Stock Vol. 2
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 23
5:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 24
Mirror Image Studios, Anaheim
http://cruststock.blog.com/2014/03/19/qu/

Check out some local crust punk bands this weekend at Mirror Image Studios in Anaheim. Tickets to this all-ages concert cost $13 for one day or $22 for both days.

The Adicts – On Tour
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 23-24
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/the-adicts-night-one
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/the-adicts-night-two

Legendary punk band The Adicts go on tour this week, starting with a two-night concert in Orange County. Tickets to this weekend’s all-ages shows at The Observatory in Orange County cost $25.

6th Annual Children Today 5k/10k Run/Walk
6:30 am – 11:00 am, May 24
Marina Green Park, Long Beach
http://www.runchildrentoday.com/

Run a 5k or 10k for charity this Saturday morning in Long Beach, as the path takes runners along the bike path on the beach. All runners receive a t-shirt and goodie bad with their admission, which costs $35 presale or $40 at the event. All nearby parking lots charge for parking, but you can park in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Ave for free.

Long Beach Fine Art Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 24-25
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 26
Marina Green Park, Long Beach
http://www.westcoastartists.com/shows/lgb1.html

This FREE and all-ages event takes place at the Marina Green near Shoreline Village in Long Beach. This event features art from local designers, plus gourmet food trucks ready to serve delicious eats all weekend. Visitors may purchase any of the works from participating designers. Visitors will find paid parking at the park’s parking lot. Visitors may also park for free in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue.

Bottle Share #13
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 24
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/1401674980112548/

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

3rd Annual Latin Jazz & Blues Festival
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 24
Houghton Park, Long Beach
http://www.insidedistrict9.com/latin_jazz_fest

Bring out the family to this free and all-ages music festival this Saturday in Long Beach, and enjoy live music, food, arts & crafts, vendors, and more.

2014 Vista Village Strawberry Festival
7:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 25
Historic Downtown Vista
http://vistastrawberryfest.com/

At this free festival, guests of all-ages can experience a plethora of activities all day in Vista, formerly the Strawberry Capital of the World. The day starts with a 5K run, and when the run ends, the main festival begins. The multitude of activities include a beer garden, pie-eating contests, cooking contest, golf/putting contest, homebrew contest, video contest, strawberry costume contest, demos, live entertainment, car show, rides, games, food, and so much more. Visit the website for a full schedule and list of activities, plus directions on where to park.

Spring 2014 Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival – Long Beach
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 25
Marine Stadium, Long Beach
http://patchworkshow.com/craft-fair-locations/long-beach-events/

This semi-annual arts & crafts fair consists of a series of Sunday fests at multiple locations. As with any typical arts & crafts fair, Patchwork will feature many traditional forms of art and merchandise, but also mixes in alternative art – thinking outside the box, or Rebel Art. Featuring clothing, accessories, home goods, jewelry, pet items, and more, this FREE fest caters to a wide & diverse crowd. Food trucks will serve guests during the fest. Always remember to carry cash, since most vendors only accept cash. The surrounding neighborhoods contain plenty of free street parking.

Propagandhi @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 25
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/propagandhi

Propagandhi will tour through Australia next week, but before they do that, they will play an all-ages show in Orange County. Tickets to their show this Sunday night cost $20.

The Slackers @ The Constellation Room
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 25
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/the-slackers-2014

The Slackers make an Orange County appearance at this small show this Sunday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $22.

City of Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and Kids Run
5:30 am – 11:30 am, May 26
Laguna Hills Mall, Laguna Hills
http://www.lagunahillshalfmarathon.com/

Celebrate this Memorial Day with a run down in sunny Orange County. Register for any of various distances, and head to the starting line by 7am for the race start. Registration fees vary based on the distance, with the half marathon costing $75.

Run or Dye – Los Angeles
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, May 26
Irwindale Speedway, Irwindale
http://www.runordye.com/locations/Los-Angeles

Color runs have surged in popularity recently. This all-ages run takes place this Saturday morning at the Irwindale Speedway in Irwindale. As with any color run, runners should wear all white to absorb the most color by the end of the run. Registration costs $52 per person in a team, or $57 for an individual, and the race starts at 9am. Take warning: thousands of runners all start at one time. Do not get caught in traffic & parking nightmare – arrive at least an hour early.

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Most music genres nowadays receive their names based on what it sounds like. When a style or genre of music defines an area or gets defined by an area, typically the genre will incorporate the geographical name in it. With the case of Nardcore, this style of hardcore punk originated in Oxnard, CA, and one of the original bands that started it all headlined a small show last Saturday in Orange County. Age shows no wear & tear on Ill Repute as they confidently played a set to a rather small turnout. For an old-school band like Ill Repute to still play shows means something to today’s millenials who do not have much time to experience original Nardcore.

South Bay hardcore punk band Short Temper opened the night with their aggressive set. Short Temper truly lives up to their name, not because of the vocalist’s height, but because of the anger felt by their music. If you ever need music to get your blood and adrenaline pumping, look no further than Short Temper.

After taking quite some time to set up, South Orange County band The Bananarchists finally started their set. At first, they look like such nice kids, and no one would expect them to play the music they do. But once the music drops, their image sheds away to reveal the raw hardcore nature of this band. The organizer of this show even came out in a punk banana costume and ran amok in the pit. All in all, The Bananarchists played a fun set truncated by them taking longer than usual to set up.

If you ask the owners of most music venues why they do not allow punk rock bands to play there, they will likely point towards Child Abduction. The most offensive band ever comes out of Long Beach, and if you look up scumbag in the dictionary, it will post a picture of Child Abduction next to the definition. Nothing pleasant ever occurs around these guys, especially when their buddy Bob the Clown showed up to trash the place. Throwing confetti and shooting silly string all over the place, Child Abduction thoroughly left a mess in the venue after their set. Thanks to these guys, most venues will not want a punk rock show to ever happen there.

Now that all the kids had performed, the adults could finally show the kids how punk rock works, starting with No More Saints. This South Orange County band relives early 80’s hardcore punk by taking it back to their roots growing up, and using that music as a foundation to what they play. These guys play for the fun of it and does not seek fame & fortune, as any punk band should. Check these guys out soon, as these guys will come very close to the early days of punk rock.

Now playing much later than originally scheduled, Slow Children set up quick to get their brief set going. Slow Children wasted little time with their set, playing with minimal downtime between songs. This venue allows for easier listening to the lyrics, as the acoustics allowed the audience to clearly hear vocalist Nate’s words. With a strong sound of their own that resembles a combination of A Wilhelm Scream and Strike Anywhere, I foresee great things for Slow Children, and I hope they get their big break this year.

With a casual demeanor, Ill Repute calmly set up on stage while eager fans could not contain themselves on the floor. Once Ill Repute got started, everyone on the floor dropped all manners and slammed into the nearest body hoping to inflict bodily harm. Ill Repute took their time between songs and chatted with the audience during the downtime. Luckily, this allowed the audience to slightly calm down instead of turning the venue into a war zone. Ill Repute played twice as long a set as all the other bands did, so the lucky fans who retained their energy for Ill Repute could slam dance to their heart’s content, or until their body could take no more.

Orange County does not get enough Nardcore, so when a band does come around, every punk rock fan should make it a priority to attend that show. Check out all of the bands’ Facebook pages and Like them to see where they will play next.

Ska Luau IV
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 30
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=84120

Time to skank! TONIGHT, get all ska’d out with Starpool, Suburban Legends, Save The Swim Team, CodeName: Rocky, and the Magnolia Polynesian Dance Troupe. Tickets cost $12.50 presale and $15 at the door.

Various New Year’s Eve Dinners/Parties
Nighttime, December 31

Anywhere you go on New Year’s Eve, you will find a dinner or party of some sort. See below for a VERY brief list of what to expect. Please party responsibly and commute safely. Minimize your time on the road if possible.

Party @ Wild Goose Tavern, Costa Mesa
Dinner @ The Cellar, Fullerton
Party @ Downtown Long Beach
Dinner @ The Factory, Long Beach
Party @ Angel City Brewery, Los Angeles
Dinner @ Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
Party @ Stone Brewing World Bistro, Escondido
Dinner @ Hopscotch Tavern, Fullerton
Party @ The Factory, Long Beach

The Aggrolites @ Alex’s Bar
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 31
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/154507

Ring in the new year with The Aggrolites at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach. Admission costs $20 presale and $25 at the door. No one under 21 may enter. Guests should park in the neighborhood across the street from Alex’s Bar or on Orizaba Avenue.

Punk Rock New Year’s Eve
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 31
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/563526740390302/

Spend New Year’s Eve with local punk rock bands at this low-cost gig in Los Angeles featuring The Gear, Decry, and more. Entry to this show costs only $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 1
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/433621610071892/

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.

Reel Big Fish with The Pietasters, Suburban Legends*, Mighty Mongo and The Maxies @ House of Blues Anaheim
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 2, House of Blues, West Hollywood http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=84834
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 3, House of Blues, Anaheim http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=84826
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, January 4, House of Blues, San Diego http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=84825

Get your skanking on this week as Reel Big Fish starts their US tour at the House of Blues. Ticket prices vary by the venue, so click on each link for more information.
* = Suburban Legends will not play at the Anaheim show.

Poison Idea, Dissesion, Out Of Tune – Southern California Tour
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 2, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona http://holdmyticket.com/event/158322
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 3, Brick By Brick, San Diego http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/522673
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 4, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/poison-idea
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 5, Loaded, Hollywood http://www.facebook.com/events/609665915760314/

Poison Idea will briefly tour through Southern California this weekend. Each show has its own ticket price and age restrictions, so click on each link for more information, then go rock out with Poison Idea!

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 3
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).

OC Psycho Punk Show
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 3
Mirror Image Studios, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/224935657678082/

Support the local punk rock scene at this low-cost all-ages show this Friday night in Anaheim. Entry costs only $5, with no reentry allowed. The venue will have food & drinks for sale in the back.

2014 Miss California USA Pageant
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, January 3
10:30 am – 7:30 pm, January 4
Terrace Theater, Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.misscausapageant.com/

On Friday night, catch the Miss California USA & Miss California Teen USA Preliminary Competition. On Saturday at 10:30 am, see the Final Show Dress Rehearsal. At 4 pm, catch the Final Coronation Show. Ticket prices range from $60 to $80 for the competitions, while tickets to the dress rehearsal cost about $30.

Punk Rock Show @ The Airliner
7:00 pm – 1:30 am, January 3
The Airliner, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/719121948105527/

Check out lots of local punk rock bands at this show in Los Angeles this Friday night, including big names like Los Creepers and All Out Attak. The venue does not allow reentry, but they sell food & drinks there. Entry to this show costs only $3. No one under 18 may enter. Guests should park in the neighborhood across the street from the venue.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 3
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/157258

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.

At The Hop! Free Burlesque Show
9:30 pm – 1:30 am, January 3
Big’s Grill, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/246339095526208/

Come to this FREE burlesque tribute to 50’s Sock Hop this Friday night. No one under 21 may attend.

Free Punk Show + Music Video Shoot @ Blacklight District Lounge
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 4
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/614180781957754/

Check out a free punk rock show, and get a chance to get into a music video that one of the bands will shoot at this show. No one under 21 may attend.

Yeastie Boys @ Loaded Hollywood
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 4
Loaded, Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/228503813990499/

Rock out with Hollywood punk rock bands this Saturday night, as the Yeastie Boys headline this show with a handful of local bands. Entry to this show costs $5 with the flyer found on the linked site, or $7 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Beachwood BBQ 7th Anniversary Week
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 17-22
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach & Long Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

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 http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=83620
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 18, House of Blues, Anaheim http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=83706

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
http://www.theecho.com/event/433483-bill-bartell-tribute-germs-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
http://www.facebook.com/events/1410780025825569/

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
http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=84118

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
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/us-bombs

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
http://angelcitybrewery.com/events/angel-city-gifts-bazaar/

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
http://www.facebook.com/events/282558758524244/

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
http://www.naplesca.com/

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
http://www.slabratoryclothing.com/events.html

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
http://www.gonzopresents.com/event/157291

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
http://www.facebook.com/events/395442437253140/

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
http://www.theecho.com/event/423903-youth-brigade-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.

After a rough day of shopping during Black Friday sales, why not release some aggression and stress at a punk rock show? Lots of shows took place last Friday night, but no other shows featured as many acts as the O.C. Psycho Punk Fest #2. With 19 bands scheduled to perform at this all-ages concert, this follow-up show that cost $7 proved the best deal for that Black Friday, compared to other shows costing significantly more. Sure this show did not see the great number of people that other shows pulled that night, but everyone who did attend does not regret going to this show.

I arrived at the venue during Reverse Cowgirl‘s set, which contained a large amount of people in and around the pit already. For a small band out of Long Beach, they sure perform like more well-known bands. If quality bands like this start playing this early, this would set a precedent for the night.

Angels of Mischief originally had the stage to perform next. However, they never showed up. The crowd waited patiently for the next band, Beneath The Cellar. At this point, I realized that the headliners would perform earlier, leaving the end available for more openers. The quality of the music just kept rising with each passing band.

The first of the night’s headliners, Hard Fall Hearts, began playing next. This rockabilly band came all the way up to this venue from San Diego County. Along with the next band, they provided an unforgettable hour of rockabilly music.

The Rocketz played next on the main stage as the night’s second headliner. As another rockabilly band from San Diego, they perfectly followed up from Hard Fall Hearts, providing the sounds of that genre that everyone present had just heard. After this though, we would only get punk rock until the end of the night, which does not bother me.

Now moving into the “After Dark” bands, we start with Destruction Made Simple. As always, they brought the energy and intensity that they always bring to shows. At this particular show, they mainly played songs from their latest album, now available for listening online. They still ended with 21 Year Plan, like they always should.

The night’s third and final headliner started playing on the main stage. The Returners resembled some sort of horror punk band, similar to The Misfits. The crowd had started to slowly trickle down, but those who waited got The Returners’ full set and in person.

Rottbite originally had the stage next, but did not set up on time. Instead, 21 Skulls went on early. Sadly, a large chunk of the audience left after The Returners, resulting in less than 30 people in the venue. People would slowly start to leave towards the end of the night.

Corrupted Youth performed as the main stage’s final band of the night. Vocalist Nacho had had too much to drink prior to this night. Although he still could perform regularly, he mysteriously left the stage during their second-to-last song. Learned learned: do not drink without a large audience.

Rottbite finally showed up and played their set from the smaller stage. However, by now, no more than 20 people remained to watch the performance. In fact, I left after Rottbite’s set, not sticking around to see if Wife Beaters would ever go on.

Miss out on this show? The first O.C. Psycho Punk Fest took place roughly half a year ago. If the pattern holds up, we can expect a third show no sooner than May 2014. Make sure to Like all of the bands’ pages on Facebook to stay updated on their upcoming shows, which may include a O.C. Psycho Punk Fest #3!

Alkaline Trio @ House of Blues
6:30 pm – 11:30 pm, June 11 – House of Blues, West Hollywood http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=79576
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 12 – House of Blues, Anaheim http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=79931

Alkaline Trio currently tours with Bayside and Off With Their Heads, and you can catch them all this week at the House of Blues in West Hollywood and Downtown Disney in Anaheim. Tickets range from $24 to $28 depending on presale price and date, so check both links above to see the prices.

Crawfish Boil
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 13
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/514822155250870/

Love crawfish? Head over to Beachwood BBQ this Thursday night for their special Crawfish Boil. This dinner requires no reservations, so simply show up, order crawfish by the pound, and receive your crawfish with a baguette, corn, andouille sausage, and potatoes. Depending on the available taps, your server will recommend some beer pairings for your crawfish dinner.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 13
Downtown Los Angeles
http://downtownartwalk.org/

This free monthly event takes place over many blocks in Downtown Los Angeles. Many galleries will open late, and some parking lots will contain more art, vendors, food trucks, entertainment, and more. Unless you know business owners, free parking does not exist in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here before.

3rd Annual Sugar Rush Los Angeles
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 14
Aesthesia Studios, Culver City
http://www.sparkprogram.org/index.php/get_involved/sugar_rush/sugar-rush-los-angeles

Satisfy your sweet tooth at this dessert & cocktail reception this Friday night in Culver City. Treat yourself to delectable eats and desserts from high-end chefs, along with wine and champagne. Attendees can also bid in a silent auction for various items. The VIP reception starts at 6pm and costs $125 presale or $140 at the door. General admission starts at 7pm and costs $75 presale and $85 at the door.

38th Annual Big Irish Fair & Music Fest
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 15-16
Oak Canyon Park, Irvine
http://www.irishfair.org/

Orange County’s largest Irish Fair returns this weekend to Oak Canyon Park in Irvine out in the hills. This family-friendly fair brings Irish culture to one location, where attendees can see over a thousands Irish dancers, dozens of live bands, bagpipe demos, a shepherding show, athletic competitions, cultural reenactments, a parade, and more. Guests should bring cash if they want to purchase any food, drinks, merchandise, accessories, or any other Irish goodie. I suggest avoiding American food, and trying the Irish food that you would not find elsewhere. Admission varies depending on how you want to attend, with general admission costing $15 presale, and discounts available for seniors and students. Until 11:59pm this Thursday, you can purchase general admission tickets for only $8 using this link. Parking last year cost $7, so bring cash for parking too.

2013 Pasadena Chalk Art Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 15-16
Paseo Colorado, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenachalkfestival.com/

Watch hundreds of artists create massive works of art on the sidewalks, plus enjoy a classic car show on Father’s Day! Completely free to attend for all ages, attendees will also find live music, arts & crafts, merchandise vendors, food trucks, and more.

4th Annual San Diego Oysterfest
10:30 am – 7:30 pm, June 15
Embarcadero Marina Park North, San Diego
http://www.oysterfestsd.com/

More of a music fest than an oyster fest, this all-day festival in San Diego combines live music, oysters, and beer into one crazy festival. As you enjoy the live music, you can purchase fresh oysters from around the world to snack on, then buy some brews to wash it all down. General admission costs $25 but does NOT include food or drinks. No one under 21 may enter.

6th Annual Chili At The Beach
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 15
Downtown Huntington Beach
http://www.hbdowntown.com/CHILI_AT_THE_BEACH.html

Got a craving for heat? Satisfy that craving this Saturday in sunny Surf City, as the streets close to traffic for the annual Huntington Beach Chili Cook Off & Salsa Tasting. Free to attend for all ages, this all-in-one street fair covers a massive portion of Downtown Huntington Beach, filled with arts & crafts, food, drinks, merchandise, a kids’ zone, music, and lots of chili and salsa tastings. In order to taste the chili and salsa, guests must purchase tasting tickets for $10 presale or $15 on the day of the fest. As this area gets extremely crowded on this day, I suggest carpooling, taking public transportation, or parking far and walking to downtown.

OC Psycho Punk Fest
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 15
Mirror Image Studios, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/528020443903619/

Check out this all-ages punk rock & psychobilly show in Anaheim this Saturday night, featuring 19 bands on two stages. Entry to this show cost $10. This venue does not allow ins & outs, so eat hearty and hydrate well before attending.

Chinatown Summer Nights
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 15
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.chinatownla.com/calendar.php?eventId=424

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

Narcoleptic Youth @ Unit B Studio
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 15
Unit B Studio, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/630788496936699/

Slam dance, bike, and skateboard to your heart’s content at this punk rock show headlined by Narcoleptic Youth this Saturday night. Admission to this all-ages show cost $10.

Harmful If Swallowed – CD Release Party
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 15
The Roxy Theater, Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/237293713079822/

Local punk bands will play at The Roxy this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10 presale and $12 at the door.

Agent Orange, Longway, O.C.A., Splntr @ Juke Joint
8:00 pm – 1:30 am, June 15
The Juke Joint, Anaheim
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/390538

Punk rock legend Agent Orange returns to Orange County to headline this show at the Juke Joint. Admission to this show costs $8 presale and $10 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

2013 Big Bite Bacon Fest
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm, June 16
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://www.bigbitebaconfest.com/

Get your pork on this Father’s Day Sunday down in San Diego. Pig out on bacon eats & treats from some of San Diego’s finest chefs and restaurants, and for the adults, sample brews from San Diego’s multitude of micro breweries. As you munch and sip your way through the fest, test your mettle at pig pong, pork ladder toss, bacon bags, dunk a swine, and more games. General admission costs $55 and allows all-access into the Big Bite Bacon Fest and the San Diego County Fair. Upgrade to VIP for $25 more to enter an hour earlier, receive a goodie bag, and gain access to a VIP lounge with a private tasting. Parking costs $10, so bring cash for that. This festival takes place outdoors, so dress appropriately, and apply sunscreen.

The Dirty Little Secrets – Girls On Film
9:30 pm – 11:00 pm, June 16
TRiP, Santa Monica
http://www.facebook.com/events/381445518642245/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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