Posts Tagged ‘Old Firm Casuals’

Oi everyone,
Due to a tight schedule this week, this post will contain reviews for two shows instead of the usual one.

Last Friday night, the Lower Class Brats headlined this stomper of a show at The Observatory in Santa Ana. For just $10, this show featured an outstanding lineup of five hard-hitting bands that pumped up the room from the get-go. As a major venue, they would not allow me to bring in my main camera since I do not write for a major publication, so I had to settle with my old camera for this show.

Our good neighbors from Orange County, The Bananarchists, opened the night. Remember these kids from a few months ago? Back then, they played at a small venue that could only hold so many people. Now at The Observatory, this venue provided the band with a much richer, bolder sound. This made them sound much better than they did at that one show. I also noticed that their lineup changed, as I only recognized their vocalist. Regardless, they still look like a nice group of kids, so I hope they get some good gigs in their near future.

Up next we get a surprise from the bay area, as Kicker came to visit Orange County. How else can I describe them other than a British crust punk band? Sure they only started as a band not too many years ago, but they sound like they have played since the dawn of punk rock itself. With a hard crust punk sound paired with their vocalist’s British accent, they sure satiated many of the rowdy kids in the audience.

This show basically had three headlining acts, and the first of them, the Old Firm Casuals, would start up next. For those unfamiliar with the Old Firm Casuals, their vocalist, Lars Frederiksen, came to fame as a member of Rancid. Much of the Old Firm Casuals songs may feel reminiscent of some older Rancid songs as well as Lars’ side project with The Bastards, yet at the same time will feel like a brand new experience. Going to an Old Firm Casuals show will surely please punk rock fans of new and old.

Some may argue that the night’s true headliners did not play last. When you put things into perspective, JFA does hold more of a legacy than any of the other bands in the night. All other bands acknowledged the significance of JFA playing at this show, yet JFA only went second-to-last. This truly tested the energy of the crowd, as it appeared that the entire room expended all of their adrenaline into this one set. This did not happen without meaning – JFA always delivers a brutal performance not fit for the faint of heart. Check out a JFA show soon and experience why so many punk rock bands and fans regard them as legends.

Lars Frederiksen called the Lower Class Brats‘ vocalist “the skinniest man in punk rock.” When you can rock out in skinny jeans like that, I guess that comes off as more of a compliment than an insult. But anyways, Lower Class Brats got off to a welcoming start as the crowd roared for their appearance through the dark stage. Once the lights turned on, the entire room turned into a living pit. Their set included new songs as well as fan favorites, such as Just Like Clockwork, Psycho, Ultra Violence, Addicted To Oi, New Seditionaries, and more. Something about their catchy music seems to persist in the heads of many punk rock fans. Their music plus their natural knack for entertaining combine for one heck of a show that will leave people talking.

That wraps up the Friday night show. On to the next show!

This past Saturday night, legendary punk rock band T.S.O.L. played their only Southern California show this year at Characters Sports Bar in Pomona. This show cost $15 to get in to, and only originally featured three bands. At one point, the venue booked a fourth band that would end up opening the night. In fact, that band never really identified themselves, so now I present to you: mysterious unnamed punk rock band!

Moving on to the official lineup, we begin the night with Destruction Made Simple. The first punk rock show I attended back in the early 2000’s featured not only T.S.O.L., but also Destruction Made Simple, so this show made me go full circle. Age has not deteriorated Destruction Made Simple – with time, they continue to hone in their sound and develop new music to adapt to the new times. Sure they still can blast out that original Los Angeles hardcore punk sound, but new music from these guys now carry undertones of ska and reggae. This show also marked the first time I heard them perform a cover song with Astro Zombies, albeit I do not know why the set list says Ramones right before it when The Misfits actually performed this song.

Pushing on through the night, we come up to the Bedlam Knives. I will admit that I had not heard of them prior to this show. However, upon learning about this band’s bio, I knew I had recognized the vocalist from elsewhere – he performed with The Generators, a band that I had not seen in years. The Bedlam Knives consists of members from multiple bands, and those previous bands’ music reflects in the way that the Bedlam Knives sound. I would not go on record of calling them fully punk rock – instead, they sound like a mix of east coast punk and west coast rock ‘n roll. To understand their sound, I suggest attending one of their shows in the near future to hear this unique combination.

As time ticked away and the crowd anxiously awaited for T.S.O.L., the room filled with more and more people, pushing the blob ever closer to the stage until my legs touched the stage. Once the music started, a full pit could not get going due to the tight space available. Nonetheless, the crowd eventually turned into a living pit, and rocked this little bar from the front to the back. T.S.O.L. mainly stuck with classic songs for this show, including fan favorites like Code Blue, Superficial Love, and Abolish Government \ Silent Majority. For a small show, they played no encore – they simply played the duration of their set list, then bid their farewells.

Now that April has arrived expect to see tons of shows around the area coming up. Find your favorite bands on Facebook, and look through their pages, as the busy season has officially gone under way.


Middle Class Rejects Backyard Party with The Rikk Agnew Band
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 27
House of Blues, Anaheim

Some local punk bands hit up the House of Blues at Downtown Disney in Anaheim this Thursday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15. Guests can park for free for up to five hours, so plan your arrival accordingly.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – Last Thursdays @ One Eyed Gypsy
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 27
One Eyed Gypsy, Downtown Los Angeles

Get your fill of burlesque every last Thursday of the month at One Eyed Gypsy in Downtown Los Angeles, for free! Guests can park on the street for free after 8pm. No one under 21 may enter.

Death Hymn Number 9 @ Alex’s Bar
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, March 27
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach

Check out some funky rock music this Thursday night at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs only $5. No one under 21 may enter. Guests should park on Orizaba, or in the neighborhood across the street.

2nd Annual Bankers Hill Art & Craft Beer Festival
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 28
The Abbey, Bankers Hill, San Diego

Bankers Hill will host a beer and art festival this Friday night for the second year in a row. Tickets cost $30 presale and $35 at the door, and include ten 4oz beer pours plus unlimited food from participating local vendors while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

The Perverts – Final Show
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 28
Café NELA, Los Angeles

Check out some local punk rock bands for FREE this Friday night in Los Angeles. No one under 21 may enter.

Lower Class Brats, Old Firm Casuals, JFA, and More @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 28
The Observatory, Santa Ana

Some famous names in punk rock will perform this Friday night at The Observatory in Santa Ana. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10. Arrive early to find free parking in the venue’s parking lot. Arrive late, and pay $10 to park in a parking lot down the street.

Guitar Center Musician’s Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 29
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach

Check out tons of the latest music equipment, meet & greet with industry reps, and browse through many music vendors at this one-day music expo. Guitar Centers sell tickets to this all-ages expo for $5, or you may purchase tickets at the door for $10. Parking at the convention center costs $10, so you may opt to take public transportation, or park in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Ave.

2014 Hammerhead Release Party
11:00 am – 12:00 am, March 29
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands

Hangar 24 will release another strong beer from their Barrel Roll series this Saturday. Head over to the tasting room in Redlands, where you can order an 8oz pour of Hammerhead for $8, no admission fee required.

2014 Los Angeles Ramen Yokocho
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 29-30
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia

Guests can try different styles of ramen from all around the world at this all-ages ramen festival this weekend at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. Parking per vehicle costs $4, and entry to the festival costs $5 per adult, or free for children under 18. All ramen bowls within the festival cost $8 each.

Latitude 33 Brewing 2nd Anniversary Party
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 29
Latitude 33 Brewing, Vista

Latitude 33 Brewing celebrates two years of their tasting room this weekend, and to celebrate, they will invite local bands and foodtrucks to join in on the festivities as they tap many of their rare beers, plus their 2nd anniversary brew, Biere de Mars. Anniversary packages cost $25 and include a t-shirt & eight beer tasters. Guests may opt to visit the brewery like a normal visit: pay for beer and food at regular price.

2014 Spring Busker Festival
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 29-30
Seaport Village, San Diego

Basically, Circue du Soleil. This artful all-ages outdoor festival brings out performers of various entertainment trades (jugglers, contortionists, stilt-walkers, etc) to entertain visitors. Free to attend, guests should seek alternate methods of transportation to arrive here, such as carpooling or public transportation, as decent parking will likely take a long time to find.

Bottle Share #12
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 29
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra

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.

JFA, Naked Aggression, and More @ The Church on York
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 29
The Church on York, Eagle Rock

Punk rock fans will not want to miss this all-ages show this Saturday night in Eagle Rock, which features JFA, Naked Aggression, and more. Tickets to this show cost $12 presale and $15 at the door.

8Kalacas & South Central Skankers @ The Black Castle
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 29
The Black Castle, Los Angeles (Inglewood)

Enjoy some South Bay music at this show this Saturday night between Inglewood and Southgate. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

Bonecrusher @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 29
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

One of the most popular independent hardcore punk bands of this generation will headline a show this Saturday night in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs only $6. No one under 21 may attend.

T.S.O.L. @ Characters Sports Bar
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 29
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona

Catch legendary punk rock band T.S.O.L. in their only Southern California show this year this Saturday night in Pomona. Tickets to this show cost $13 presale and $15 at the door. No one under 21 may attend. Guests can find plenty of free parking around the area, so avoid paying unnecessary parking fees.

Vintage Clothing & Textile Show
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 30
The Pickwick Gardens, Burbank

This expo features over 65 vendors selling their antique textiles, vintage clothes, accessories, and more for attendees to exhibit and purchase. Admission costs $7 per person and comes with free parking.

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.

Get Happy – Old Pasadena Happy Hour Week
March 1-15
Participating locations, Old Pasadena

Enjoy extended Happy Hour food & drink specials at participating locations in Old Pasadena during this two-week period.

Orange County Cocktail Week
March 2-8
Participating locations, Orange County

Enjoy cocktails, appetizers, and pairings at participating locations all week for $20.14 per person.

Stone Brewing: Pairing Dinner @ 38 Degrees
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 5
38 Degrees, Alhambra

Enjoy a five-course dinner paired with five different special cask beers from Stone Brewing Co. this Wednesday night at 38 Degrees in Alhambra. For $55 per person (gratuity not included), guests get treated to five courses, five select cask beers to pair with each dish, and a meet & greet with brewers from Stone. No one under 21 may attend.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 5
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.

Ska Night @ The Airliner
7:30 pm – 2:00 am, March 6
The Airliner, Los Angeles

Get your skanking on this Thursday night at The Airliner in Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $3 before 9:30pm and $5 afterwards. No one under 18 may enter. Guests should park in the neighborhood across from the venue.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 7
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).

Stomper 98 – Live in Los Angeles
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 7
The Down And Out, Los Angeles

Catch some European punk rock bands plus Old Firm Casuals and more this Friday night in Downtown Los Angeles. Entry to this show costs $12 presale and $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Dirty Eyes LP Release
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 7
The Viper Room, West Hollywood

Catch a good ol’ rock show this Friday night at The Viper Room in West Hollywood. Entry to this show costs just $10.

Naked Aggression @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:30 pm – 12:30 am, March 7
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Punk rock legends Naked Aggression will headline this local show this Friday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $6. No one under 21 may enter.

Circle One: Free Show in Lomita
8:30 pm – 12:30 am, March 7
The Firehouse, Lomita

A taste of nardcore comes to the South Bay this Friday night, as Circle One headlines this FREE show at The Firehouse in Lomita. No one under 21 may enter.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 7
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.

2014 Festival of Colors – Los Angeles
10:30 am – 8:00 pm, March 8
Excelsior High School, Norwalk

Want to get covered in color without the necessity of moving for five kilometers? Check out the annual Festival of Colors this Saturday. As simply a celebration of color, guests will enjoy live music the entire time, all while mingling and showing off colors. Color throwing occurs every two hours starting at noon. Admission costs $5, and guests can purchase colors at the festival.

Hurt Night: A Night of Art, Imagery, and Music
5:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 8
Ink’d Chronicles and Characters Sports Bar, Downtown Pomona

Immerse yourself in this two-part event covering Downtown Pomona this Saturday evening. At Ink’d Chronicles from 5pm to 9pm, check out a free and all-ages art show with tons of skateboard art and memorabilia. At Characters Sports Bar starting at 8pm, catch the 21+ after-party with a handful of punk rock bands for just $5 before 10pm and $7 afterwards.

OC Music Awards
7:30 pm – 12:00 am, March 8
City National Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim

The OC Music Awards honors the best of rising bands from Orange County, and gives them needed exposure to rise further. The actual awards show begins at 8pm and lasts two hours, followed by an after-party. Tickets to attend cost $40 plus Ticketmaster fees.

40th Annual Festival of the Kite
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 9
Redondo Pier, Redondo Beach

Free to attend for all ages, kite flyers from all over will gather to all fly kites in unison. Participants can win prizes for highest flying, best handmade, youngest kite flyer, and more. Other activities include a yo-yo competition, a hot dog eating competition, and plenty of merchandise vendors.

Punk Rock & Tacos II
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 9
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Enjoy some local punk rock bands at this FREE show all day this Sunday at the World Famous Doll Hut in Anaheim. Guests can purchase tacos from 3pm to 9pm. No one under 21 may attend.

FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout 2013 Release
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 11
Stone Brewing Co., Escondido

Meet the brewers from FiftyFifty Brewing, and check out a handful of special stouts released this year.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 12
Downtown Los Angeles

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 barely exists in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here prior.

Friday the 13th Punk & Metal Show
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 13
Burger Bistro’s, East Los Angeles

Get both punk and metal in your head at this all-ages show this Friday night in East LA. Admission costs $2 before 7pm, $3 before 9pm, and $4 afterwards. The venue has food and drinks for sale.

Naughty Sauce Night
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 13
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra

One of my favorite Orange County rare beers gets tapped this Friday night at 38 Degrees in Alhambra. Join Noble Ale’s brewmaster Evan and enjoy the various rare beers on tap this Friday night. Guests can park for free in the parking lot behind the restaurant, or in the parking structure across the street.

Death By Stereo 20th Anniversary Show
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, December 13
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach

Do not miss this chance to see Death By Stereo this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $13 presale and $15 at the door. Guests should park on Orizaba St or in the neighborhood across the street. No one under 21 may attend.

The Angry Samoans in Ventura
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 13
Billy O’s, Ventura

Old school punk band The Angry Samoans return to the stage at this local show this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost only $10. No one under 21 may attend.

Run or Dye – San Diego
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, December 14
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego

Color runs have surged in popularity recently. Following the Color Run of last month, this all-ages run takes place this Saturday morning at Qualcomm Stadium. As with any color run, runners should wear all white to absorb the most color by the end of the run. Registration costs $57, 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.

Holiday Open House
10:00 am – 12:00 pm, December 14
Blackmarket Bakery, Costa Mesa

Welcome the holiday season with some baked goods samples, plus other giveaways, all at no cost to you!

4th Annual Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 14-15
LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles

Renegade LA returns for the second time this year at LA State Historic Park. This completely FREE (parking & entry) event featured numerous independent artists and vendors not just from California, but out of state, and some out of the country. For the holiday show, expect hands-on workshops and a beer garden, in addition to the food trucks and hundreds of crafters available.

Holiday on Adams Avenue
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, December 14
Kensington Park, San Diego

Visit Santa Claus, play in snow, enjoy arts & crafts booths, watch a movie, and more at the park at this family-friendly event this Saturday afternoon, all for free!

3rd Annual Holiday Concert & Santa on The Pier
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, December 14
Redondo Pier, Redondo Beach

Enjoy local music and visit Santa Claus on the pier at this free event on the pier this Saturday. Also catch Santa surfing at one point!

60th Annual Daisy Avenue Parade
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, December 14
Daisy Avenue, Long Beach

Unlike most parades that march through a commercial area, this parade rolls through a residential neighborhood, making for a quieter, calmer parade with an emphasis on visuals.

31st Annual Parade of 1000 Light Christmas Boat Parade
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, December 14
Shoreline Village, Long Beach

Bring out your family to witness an illuminating parade on the water this Saturday night.

51st Annual Marina Del Rey Holiday Boat Parade
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 14
Burton Chace Park, Marina Del Rey

Rain or shine, this boat parade will go on! The night begins with fireworks scheduled for 5:55 pm, immediately followed by the boat parade at 6pm.

The Adolescents & 7 Seconds @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:30 am, December 14
The Observatory, Santa Ana

Legendary punk bands The Adolescents and 7 Seconds co-headline a massive punk rock show this Saturday night at The Observatory. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $20. Arrive early enough to park at the venue’s parking lot for free. Arrive too late, and end up parking at a lot down the street for $10 per vehicle.

Rx Bandits Acoustic Set in Long Beach
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 14
Art Theatre, Long Beach

Rx Bandits will play an intimate acoustic set this Saturday night in Long Beach. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25. This show will definitely sell out, so act fast and buy a ticket today.

Free Punk Show in Long Beach
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 14
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach

Some local punk rock bands will play at this show this Saturday night for free. No one under 21 may enter.

Redwood Punk Rock Christmas Toy Drive
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 14
Redwood Bar, Downtown Los Angeles

Some of Southern California’s great punk bands play at this punk rock show and toy drive this Saturday night in Downtown Los Angeles. Admission to this show cost $12, or $8 if donating an unwrapped toy. No one under 21 may enter. Street parking meters go off at 8pm, so either find parking there or somewhere nearby.

The Old Firm Casuals @ Characters Sports Bar
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 14
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona

Rancid fans will definitely want to catch this show this Saturday night, as Lars Frederiksen of Rancid will headline a show with his current band, Old Firm Casuals. Admission to this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking around the venue.

Christmas Punk Fest 2013
5:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 15
Cobalt Café, Canoga Park

The Angry Samoans continue their weekend of shows at this local show in the valley. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10 presale and $11 at the door.

Death By Stereo @ Tiki Bar
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 15
Tiki Bar, Costa Mesa

Death By Stereo continues their celebratory weekend with this show at Tiki Bar this Sunday night. Tickets to this show cost $15. No one under 21 may attend.