Posts Tagged ‘Ska’

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.

Reel Big Fish performing Sell Out at the 4th Annual OC Brew Ha Ha in Silverado, CA. Filmed on September 7, 2013.

Reel Big Fish performing Beer at the 4th Annual OC Brew Ha Ha in Silverado, CA. Filmed on September 7, 2013.

Save Ferris performing Come On Eileen at the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa, CA. Filmed on July 27, 2013.

Voodoo Glow Skulls performing Voodoo Anthem at Dipiazza’s in Long Beach, CA. Filmed on May 4, 2013.

Voodoo Glow Skulls performing Charlie Brown at Dipiazza’s in Long Beach, CA. Filmed on May 4, 2013.

Voodoo Glow Skulls performing Insubordination at Dipiazza’s in Long Beach, CA. Filmed on May 4, 2013.

Mustard Plug performing Beer (Song) at Dipiazzas in Long Beach, CA. Filmed on February 28, 2013.

To commemorate the release to their latest album, The Mad Caddies went on tour starting last week that runs throughout North America, and that tour started off in Southern California. While some shows will see larger crowds than others, the Mad Caddies generally draws in their true fans, making for a fun show with devoted fans in attendance. I attended the show at M15 in Corona last Friday night, which originally had three other bands playing prior to Mad Caddies. However, two of the bands, Slow Children and Skunkdub, mysteriously dropped out of the lineup, and I really wanted to see Slow Children too. Instead, two bands got replaced by one, the band that opened the night.

Speaking of the opening band, enter Penetrators. They made it clear that their band name does not contain the word “The” to prevent confusion. Calling them punk seems a bit of a stretch, since they have a very poppy sound to them. At times, their music would remind me of The Misfits, but the overall pop feeling killed any similarity to The Misfits.

Deviating further away from the last band’s genre, we have The Infamous They. This band out of Temecula does not label themselves as any particular genre. Instead, they mix up genres and end up sounding like a lounge rock band. This amalgam of sounds makes them fit the role of an opening band perfectly, which does not resonate well with anyone who wants to grow big.

After a 30-minute setup, the Mad Caddies finally entered the room to adoring fans. Their set list has remained somewhat identical to their previous shows, with songs 2-8, 10-12, 14, and 16-19 in the same order as other shows they have played. For the other spots, the Mad Caddies have added in some songs from their new album, Dirty Rice. The room remained relatively calm the entire time aside from the pit, as much of the audience behaved and stayed put, rather than bounce around frantically. They did a great job of transitioning between songs, not leaving too much downtime between groups of songs. This set included lots of fan favorites, like Leavin’, Tired Bones, State of Mind, Monkeys, Drinkin’ For 11, and more. Although they could not play all of the fan favorites like Souls For Sale or Silence, they still generated limitless energy from the crowd, and attracted a handful of people to this show.

  1. Shot In The Dark
  2. Backyard
  3. Leavin’
  4. Without You
  5. Tired Bones
  6. Mary Melody
  7. Lay Your Head Down
  8. State Of Mind
  9. Down And Out
  10. Monkeys
  11. Weird Beard
  12. Dub (instrumental)
  13. Brand New Scar
  14. Coyote
  15. Shoot Out The Lights
  16. Drinkin’ For 11
  17. Contraband
  18. No Hope
  19. Distress

The Mad Caddies currently tour across North America, so check out their Facebook page for a list of upcoming tour dates, and remember to give their page a Like so that you can stay up-to-date with all things Caddies.

Mustard Plug performing Skank By Numbers at Dipiazzas in Long Beach, CA. Filmed on February 28, 2013.