Posts Tagged ‘New Year’s Day’

Ska-Xing Day
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 26
The Observatory, Santa Ana

Time to skank! Get all ska’d out with Starpool, The Aggrolites, and more at this all-ages show at The Observatory in Santa Ana. Tickets to this show cost $15.

OFF! Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 27, The Observatory, Santa Ana
8:30 pm – 12:30 am, December 28, The Casbah, Middletown, San Diego

Cap off your 2016 with some punk rock this week with OFF! and these two shows that they will headline. The age limit and ticket prices vary with each show, so click on a show’s link for details.

MDB Holiday Benefit Show
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 28
4th Street Vine, Long Beach

Enjoy a complimentary music benefit show this Wednesday night in Long Beach.

The Final Ska Show of the Year
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 30
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana

Get your skanking on at this skacore show this Friday night at The Observatory in Santa Ana. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

7th Annual Crash In the New Year
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 31
The Rinks, Huntington Beach

If you ever wanted to try roller derby, you have a chance this Saturday in Huntington Beach. Registration costs $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Anyone may participate, but should bring their own clothing and gear.

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. Please party responsibly and commute safely. Minimize your time on the road if possible. Some examples of events taking place on this night:

Punk Rock New Year’s Eve
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 31
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles

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

Ska Luau V
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 30
House of Blues, Anaheim

Time to skank! Get all ska’d out with Suburban Legends, Failed To Victory, the Magnolia Polynesian Dance Troupe, and more at this all-ages show at the House of Blues at Downtown Disney in Anaheim. Tickets cost $12.50 presale or $15 at the door. Guests may park for free for up to five hours with the venue’s wristband as validation, so time arrival accordingly.

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.

Dinner @ Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
Dinner @ The Factory, Long Beach
Party @ Grand Park, Los Angeles
Party @ Angel City Brewery, Los Angeles
Party @ Good Beer Company, Santa Ana
Party @ Downtown Long Beach

The Aggrolites @ Alex’s Bar
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 31
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach

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.

2015 New Year’s Race + Health & Fitness Expo
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, January 2
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 3
Downtown Los Angeles

Kick off the new year with this fun run lasting your choice of 5k, 10k, or a half marathon. Registration varies depending on age and the course, but all participants receive with registration a medal, a shirt or sweater, admission to the expo & fair, a goodie bag, post-race recovery foods, and more. A health & fitness expo will take place at the Biltmore Hotel on Friday and Saturday afternoon, and all race participants can attend that expo. The race starts on 7th Street and goes up to around Grand Park and Chinatown, while half marathon runners will run through Dodger Stadium. This event WILL close off multiple streets in Downtown Los Angeles, something that rarely occurs, so you definitely will not want to miss this sight.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 2
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).

La Pobreska @ White Oak Music & Arts
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 2
White Oak Music & Arts, Van Nuys

Check out this skacore show this Friday night in Van Nuys. The show listing does not specify a cover charge or age limit, so arrive with caution.

Doll Hut Reopening Anniversary Weekend
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 2
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, January 3-4
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

A year ago, the Doll Hut reopened their doors to the public. This weekend, they celebrate a year back in business with a couple of shows, starting with a free punk show on Friday night. No one under 21 may enter.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 2
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.

Ska Punk Fest 2015
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 3
13th Frame Lounge, La Habra

Skank all day and all night at Ska Punk Fest this Saturday in La Habra. The cover for this show costs $7 for those under 21, and $5 for those of legal drinking age.

The Casualties & The Bad Engrish
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 3, Jewel’s Catch One, Arlington Heights, Los Angeles
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, January 4, The Observatory, Santa Ana,

Famous punk band The Casualties will headline two shows in Southern California this weekend. Tickets to these all-ages shows cost $10 for the Saturday show in LA, or $5 presale or $10 on the day of the show for OC.

Skate Punk Fest 2015
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, January 4
The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood

Skate Punk Fest returns! Rock out with JFA, Pulley, and more at this intense all-ages show at The Roxy in West Hollywood. Tickets to this show cost $15.

Most people celebrate New Year’s Eve at a club or party and ring in the new year with lots of people, champagne, and elevator music. Punk rock fans ring in a new year with a rowdy punk rock show. This past Tuesday night, Cafe NELA hosted a small punk rock show in Los Angeles to ring in the new year, hosted by The Gears. Normally some may question a local show at a dive bar in East LA, as the loud neighborhood hip hop music audible from the street may indicate otherwise. Once everyone made it into the bar, all attendees got into the New Year’s Eve spirit with celebrations and joy, all while adhering to the unwritten rules of the circle pit.

Local band Los Issues opened the night, starting slightly early and playing a 30-minute set. This small band with no online presence plays with more of a rock sound than punk, with heavier riffs and lower tempo than punk rock’s faster pace. Their mellow music helped to warm us up for the bands to come.

Attendees got treated to a rock & roll set from Downtown LA band Brainspoon. Having endured in the music industry for almost a decade, Brainspoon has left their mark on the local music scene. Playing heavy rock & roll music with punk rock undertones, they cross genres together and make them fit snug enough to appease an array of music fans. Any fan of rock music in general would love to watch a set from Brainspoon.

Something did not appear right as Kat Arthur & Her Hellkats started their set. It may have something to do with their vocalist appearing discombobulated, intoxicated, or under some sort of influence. This apparently did not affect their ability to play a full set, so the show continued with their 30-minute rock & roll set. Although this group has performed music for many years, they have no official website nor do they utilize social media. During this set, Blank Expressions‘ vocalist Rita crashed the party, which caught the band’s attention. They brought her on stage to participate in their song Equalizer. After that song, the band ended their set without warning.

The Gears started to play their set at about 11:50, enough to squeeze in three songs prior to the midnight countdown. Once through their first three songs, vocalist Axxel thanked everyone for attending, and led the countdown to midnight, followed not with hugs & kisses, but with jumping around in the pit. After all, punk rock fans hardly live life like everyone else, preferring to set their own rules. With the countdown out of the way, The Gears continued their 45-minute set, playing lots of their old hits like Baby Run Around, but also including new songs, such as Punk Rock Rules The World from their upcoming album. Keep an eye out for their album drop in the next few months – Like their Facebook page linked at the top of this post to follow their updates.

Lastly, Decry started to set up on stage. However, they lacked a band member that had yet to show up, so they could only set up the stage while waiting for him. He finally showed up about 15 minutes after they should have started, and they immediately jumped right into their set. Unfortunately, because of their late start, they could not play their entire set, and only had no more than 20 minutes to play before the venue would pull the plug. They still got to play a handful of songs, including Sonic Reducer. They will play another show again as early as next month, so hopefully they get to play a full set at their next gig.

How did you spend your New Year’s Eve? Did you stay at home? Did you go out for dinner? Did you go to a house party? Did you go to a party at a business/venue? Did you go to a concert? No matter how you spent your New Year’s Eve, reading this means you survived that night, whether you went on the road or not. Celebrate occasions how you want, but celebrate responsibly. So many great things await you this year, and you do not want something as reckless as a drunk driver to take that all away from you.