Posts Tagged ‘Skate’

Many great music shows have gone on in the past few weeks in Southern California, covering all sorts of genres, age ranges, and price ranges. Last Friday night, a free all-ages show took place at Inkonsiderate Board Shop in Riverside. Originally planned for Back To The Grind, this show got moved to a new location, and with it, one band dropped out for another local band. This show still saw a huge turnout, considering no age limits or cover charge to attend. This location also attracted quite a number of skaters, as ramps and pipes decorated the area around the music area.

An hour and fifteen minutes after the first band should have started, Pubic Zirconians finally got under way. This local punk band from Riverside plays, as their name suggests, dirty filthy songs about sex and money. They performed a solid, energetic set, enough to get the crowd in motion.

Up next, we get a different change of pace in the form of Stay Wild. This band from Apple Valley sounds a lot like a post-hardcore band than a hardcore punk band, based on their instrumental style and lyrics with a message. A huge difference exists between what punk bands say and what post-hardcore bands say. Punk bands will generally say lots of curse words, and talk about sex, money, drugs, and/or alcohol. Post-hardcore bands will say meaningful things with morals and calls to action. As I have not gone to a post-hardcore show in quite a while, seeing Stay Wild felt refreshing to re-embrace a genre that I occasionally listen to.

Touring all the way from Seattle, Waywards came on next. Along their way down here from Seattle, they played at shows regularly, from Portland to Fresno, all while enjoying the sights and taking in this slight vacation. Despite this pseudo vacation, they still know how to rock, albeit with a different style of punk than Southern Californians might recognize. Their gritty tone sets them apart, an instrumental vibe not heard often in Southern California.

At last, Slow Children riled up the crowd for their headlining performance. Everyone squeezed in for this last reprieve, leaving little room to do much else. This set consisted mainly of songs from their current album, Prevalent Emotional Distress, starting with Mind Of My Own and Velvet Gloves before moving on to some of their newer songs. As always, these guys rock hard and represent the genre like no other band of their generation. These guys will go far, and their tours, such as an upcoming west coast tour this Fall, will only help to spread their legacy.

Slow Children has another show coming up in Southern California! Make sure you head on over to check out this show with an epic lineup consisting of Narcoleptic Youth, Destruction Made Simple, and more!

After a minor mishap at an East LA backyard show, street punk band Destruction Made Simple decided to take a short break to allow guitarist Andy’s ankle to heal. After playing one more show following that night, Destruction Made Simple returned to the studio to work on their new material, set to release any week now. As they have finished recording and worked on finishing the album up, Destruction Made Simple returns to the stage this Saturday night at Los Globos Nightclub in Silverlake near Los Angeles. As one of the bands playing this LA Summer Skate Punk Fest, expect tons of energy and intensity for an all-ages show with nine bands already on the lineup, including a small skate park set up in the back of the venue. This show runs from 4pm to 10pm this Saturday, and costs $15 to enter.

Love Destruction Made Simple? Then show it! I have two (2) Destruction Made Simple patches to give away at any of their shows. To qualify, you must possess your own Facebook and Twitter account, and a smartphone with the respective apps that you can log on to. On both social networks, you must like/follow both Destruction Made Simple and me. See the links below for easy access:
Facebook: Destruction Made Simple, One Punk Army
Twitter: @DMSROGUE, @OnePunkArmy
Once you have liked both Facebook pages and followed both Twitter accounts, use your smartphone to show me that you have done so by finding me at any upcoming Destruction Made Simple show. I may not make it to every show, so feel free to tweet me to inquire, but I can tell you right now to expect me at this Saturday’s show. In the meantime, click here to listen to a new track from their upcoming album!

LA Restaurant Week
July 15-26
Greater Los Angeles Area
http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week

Hundreds of restaurants in the Greater Los Angeles Area will participate in this 12-day feast. All participating restaurants will offer either discounts on select items, or prix-fixe menus.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, July 17-18
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

This “Taste of Belmont Shore” occurs during the summer months annually from May through August on the third Wednesday and the Thursday immediately after. Attendees may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10, and redeem these tickets for food & drink samples from various restaurants along 2nd Street. Buy tickets presale now at Olives Gourmet, La Strada, We Olive, Mail Boxes etc. & Sweet Jill’s, or purchase tickets in front of CHASE BANK during the event.

Beachwood Fried Chicken Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 18
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/558784350851857/

Beachwood BBQ continues their run of special monthly dinner nights with fried chicken this Thursday night. Choose from two kinds of fried chicken, which comes with mashed potatoes & gravy, green beans, and a biscuit. No reservations required, so show up whenever you like.

The Aquabats @ House of Blues San Diego
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 18
House of Blues, San Diego
http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=81392

Have a ball with The Aquabats at this all-ages show this Thursday night. Tickets cost $18 presale and $20 at the door.

2013 Nudestock
July 19-21
Glen Eden Nudist Resort, Corona
http://gleneden.com/2013/06/nudestock-2013/

As a members-only event, they have released very limited information about this even. However, I have included the link for those interested in attending next year.

Belmont Shore Summer Sidewalk Sale
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 19-21
Along 2nd Street, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

Various shops in Belmont Shore will offer sales on their items. Many shops will also place their items out on the sidewalk for people to browse as they walk by.

US Open of Surfing
July 20-28
Huntington Beach, south of the pier
http://www.usopenofsurfing.com/

This week-long competition takes place on the shore south of Huntington Beach Pier. Come see professional and amateur surfers compete to take a spot for the ASP World Tour. Visitors will also find skateboarding demos and live music all week. Completely free to attend, this weekend will see thousands of spectators on the beach for the US Open. Expect heavy traffic all week. Try to find parking in the neighborhoods, but prepare to walk a long distance if choosing to park in neighborhoods, since the neighborhoods closer to the beach will remain full all week.

65th Annual Catalina Ski Race
8:00 am – 3:00 pm, July 20
The Queen Mary, Long Beach
http://www.catalinaskirace.net/

Over 70 water ski teams from around the world will race from The Queen Mary to Avalon and back this Saturday morning. Spanning a total of 62 miles round trip, this open sea race takes approximately one to two hours for most teams to complete, but the nature of the unpredictable ocean draws in the large audience that attends every year from around the world. The deadline to participate has already passed, but spectators may visit for free, so if you like what you see, bookmark this event for next year!

35th Annual Ho’olaule’a Hawaiian Festival
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 20-21
Alondra Park, Gardena
http://www.hiccsc.org/

This free and all-ages cultural fest at the park will feature various music and dance acts. Local vendors will sell food and merchandise too. Visitors must park in the parking structure facing Redondo Beach Blvd and enter the park’s back entrance.

Run or Dye – Los Angeles Empire
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, July 20
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.runordye.com/locations/San-Bernardino-2013

Color runs have surged in popularity recently. This all-ages run takes place this Saturday morning at the Fairplex in Pomona. As with any color run, runners should wear all white to absorb the most color by the end of the run. Registration costs $50 per person in a team, or $55 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.

Renegade Craft Fair
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 20-21
LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles
http://www.renegadecraft.com/losangeles

This free and all-ages fair at LA State Historic Park will have arts, crafts, music, foodtrucks, drinks, and more. Come see the alternative side of arts & crafts this weekend. Read my first and second recap from last year for more info.

Rumble On Pine
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 20
Pine & 7th, Long Beach
http://www.partyonpinelb.com/

This free and all-ages festival features a variety of things to do and see, such as a car show, BBQ, beer garden, full bar, pin-up pageants, arts & crafts, merchandise, children’s activities, and more. If you seek something to do with friends and/or family, check out this event in Long Beach.

TAPS Fish House & Brewery Craft Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, July 20
Taps Fish House, Corona
http://www.facebook.com/events/133397120187611/

Taps Fish House in Corona will host a craft beer festival at their Corona location this Saturday afternoon. Following the same setup as their fest in Brea back in April, $50 gets guests all-access to several different international food stations and a set number of tickets to receive beer. Keep in mind that guests have a limit on beer, but no limits on food; as a result, I suggest getting obtaining some beers first before heading to the food stations.

LA Summer Skate Punk Fest 2013
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 20
Los Globos, Los Angeles
http://shows.gitbam.com/

Catch a mega punk rock show complete with a small skate park in the back of the venue. This all-ages show costs $15 to enter, and will feature some great punk rock bands such as Smut Peddlers, Angry Samoans, Evacuate, Destruction Made Simple, and more.

Chinatown Summer Nights
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 20
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://chinatownsummernights.com/

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.

The Haters 10 Year Anniversary Show
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 20
Tropics Lounge, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/434123680006349/

Orange County punks will want to check out this show, complete with ten SoCal bands. Attendees can receive free tacos while present, but no one may reenter after leaving once. No one under 21 may enter.

Guttermouth @ Alex’s Bar
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, July 20
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/138267

Catch Guttermouth headlining this small show at Alex’s Bar this Saturday night. Tickets cost $10 presale and $12 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

The Dirty Little Secrets – Girls On Film
9:30 pm – 11:00 pm, July 21
TRiP, Santa Monica
http://www.facebook.com/events/547026848690651/

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

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 11
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.

7th Annual Pasadena Artwalk
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 13
Colorado & El Molino, Pasadena
http://www.playhousedistrict.org/calendar-of-events/artwalk/

This free event highlights Southern California’s aspiring artists looking to make an impact with their creations. Artwork will include paintings, sculptures, watercolors, photography, mixed media, ceramics, jewelry, drawings, printmaking, and more.

Shoreline Village Pirate Festival
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, October 13
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://www.shorelinevillage.com/archives/1395

Come mingle with pirates and enjoy sword fighting, pirate bands, treasure (scavenger) hunt, bullwhip tricks, costume contests, kids activities, and more all for free! Please adhere to the parking rules here.

Los Angeles Burning Man Decompression Arts and Music Festival
1:00 pm – 7:00 am [sic], October 13
LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles
http://laburningman.com/

Los Angeles’ version of Burning Man, this event starts in the afternoon and continues until morning the next day. Experience 18 nonstop hours of music, dance, rituals, live DJ’s, theme camps, art cars, green technology, puppetry, circus, marching bands, and more all in the name of FIRE. Entry starts at $20 and actually rises as the event progresses.

The Idiots, Carpit, Soto St., and Dirty Hammer @ Unit B Skate Park
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 13
Unit B Studio, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/416730328375230/

For an $8 cover, come enjoy a night of skateboarding and street punk rock music, open to all ages.

3rd Annual Redondo Beach Taste of the Pier
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, October 14
Redondo Beach Pier
http://www.redondopier.com/event/2nd-annual-taste-of-the-pier-2-2/

This food fest will include food tastings, bands, balloons, face painting, arts & crafts, and more. Enjoy a variety of small bites, live music, and fun while you tour the pier. Each restaurant will feature a different menu item and non-food retailers will offer other discounts and items in support of the Cancer Support Community and Redondo Beach Educational Foundation. Free to attend, tasting tickets cost $1 each.

2012 Old Pasadena Cultural Dance Festival
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 14
In front of Forever 21, Pasadena
http://www.oldpasadena.org/dancefestival/

This free festival celebrates music and dance from many different cultures. In addition to all the entertainment, numerous restaurants from the area will sell multicultural food. For free street parking, check Corson Street.