Posts Tagged ‘South Central Skankers’

57th Annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 22
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 23-24
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, May 25
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.

Fiesta Hermosa
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 23-25
Downtown Hermosa Beach
http://fiestahermosa.net/

Fiesta Hermosa returns to the streets of Downtown Hermosa Beach this weekend. Free to park and attend, this street fair will have food, drinks, music, arts & crafts, games, rides, vendors, and more. You cannot park AT the event – for those driving, you must park at the Northrop Grumman Building at Marine & Aviation in Redondo Beach, and a free shuttle will carry you to and from the fest and parking lot.

Refused – Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 25, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/Refused
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 26, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood http://www.theroxy.com/event/820931-refused-west-hollywood/

One of the most influential bands in the history of punk rock embark on a cross-country tour starting this week in Southern California. Tickets to these all-ages shows have sold out long ago, but you may still find them on after-market sites.

Deschutes Tap Takeover @ Blue Palms
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 27
Blue Palms Brewhouse, Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/680406415439158/

Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery will take over the taps at Blue Palms this Wednesday night. Stop on by and check out the vast beer portfolio of Deschutes.

Neon Retro Arcade Community Fundraiser
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 28
Neon Retro Arcade, Pasadena
http://www.facebook.com/events/790598064381316/

Get your gaming on in Pasadena this Thursday, and 50% of admission and gift card sales will go towards charity.

King Harbor & Telegraph Brewing Tap Takeover
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 28
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1638473266376509/

Both King Harbor Brewing and Telegraph Brewing will split the taps at Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach this Thursday night, which will include the two breweries’ collaboration brew.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon – San Diego
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 29
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 30
6:00 am – 2:30 pm, May 31
San Diego Convention Center/Balboa Park/Petco Park, San Diego
http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/san-diego/

A full weekend of running festivities will take place in San Diego this week. On Friday and Saturday, a health & fitness expo will take place at the San Diego Convention Center. On Saturday morning, a 5K run will take place near Balboa Park. Finally, on Sunday morning, the main marathon and half marathon will take place. Participation in each event varies depending on the event and age of participant, so check the website for pricing information.

2015 Orange County Home & Garden Show
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 29
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 30
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 31
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.homeshowconsultants.com/

This all-ages expo will showcase the latest in home improvement, remodeling, interior-design, decorating, landscaping, and more. Admission costs $8, but print the coupon below to enter for free.

Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 29
6:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 30
6:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 31
Lake Skinner Recreation Area, Winchester
http://www.tvbwf.com/

Taste wines and fly in hot-air balloons during this three-day festival out in the Temecula Valley. In addition, enjoy live music, local food, craft beer, and other forms of entertainment. Admission varies from $5 up to $50, so see the website for more details.

Brea SummerFest 2015
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 29
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 30
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 31
St. Angela Merici School, Brea
http://www.summerfestbrea.org/

Brea brings all of the elements of a state fair into one weekend with their annual SummerFest. Find food, rides, live entertainment, games, vendors, and more at this weekend-long fair for the entire family. Guests may enter and park for free – please adhere all signs for parking and entering the fest.

South Central Skankers: Live in Long Beach
7:30 pm – 1:30 am, May 29
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1603880946495736/

Rock out to some great local bands this Friday night in Long Beach. Tickets to this show cost $8 presale or $10 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Strung Out – Live at House of Blues
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, May 29, House of Blues, West Hollywood http://www.houseofblues.com/losangeles/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=09004E490BA463F4
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 30, House of Blues, San Diego http://www.houseofblues.com/sandiego/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=0A004E50711B0D76

Punk band Strung Out will headline two shows in Southern California this week. Tickets to these all-ages shows vary in price, so check the links above for prices.

Barb Wire Dolls & A Pretty Mess @ The Vu Bar
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, May 29
The Vu Bar, Santa Clarita
http://www.facebook.com/events/867823049949990/

Enjoy some live punk rock music in Santa Clarita this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $5 if entering before 9pm, or $7 afterwards. No one under 21 may enter.

Idea Fest Long Beach 2015
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 30
Orizaba Park, Long Beach
http://www.ideafestlb.org/

At this free and all-ages event, gain entertainment through education with workshops, classes, demos, arts & crafts, seminars, exhibits, and more. The content covers a wide variety of topics, so check out the website to see what the event will cover.

Cismontane Brewing 5th Anniversary Party
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 30
Cismontane Brewing, Rancho Santa Margarita
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/5th-anniversary-party-tickets-16459240030

Cismontane turns five years old this year, and to celebrate, they will have a beer tasting event at their tasting room in Rancho Santa Margarita this Saturday afternoon. Admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door, and includes eight 9oz pours (72 ounces!) and a t-shirt. Cismontane will also have events for Friday and Sunday, so check their social media feeds for more information.

Punk Rock Luau Summer Kick off
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 30
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/823861134357334/

Enjoy a full day of local punk rock music at the World Famous Doll Hut in Anaheim this Saturday. The cover for this show costs only $5. No one under 21 may enter.

2015 Long Beach Bike Fest
1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 30
The Pike, Long Beach
http://downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/Bike-Fest-of-Long-Beach

Enjoy a family-fun day filled with bike activities, vendors, and exhibits at the finish line of the Tour of Long Beach, located at The Pike right next to the Laugh Factory. This free all-ages event will feature bike exhibits, live entertainment, a bike valet, rides, games, vendors, food, a mini beer fest hosted by Beachwood BBQ, and more. The mini beer fest has no admission fee, but costs $20 for ten 5oz beer tastings. In addition to beers from Beachwood Brewing, other local breweries will make an appearance too.

Pepper Tree Brewery’s 1st Annual “A Taste of Summer”
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 30
Pepper Tree Brewery, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/1400310550290402/

Check out this small brewery as they provide two beers for the public to taste for FREE.

10th Annual Los Angeles Wine Fest
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 30
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 31
Raleigh Studios, Hollywood
http://www.lawinefest.com/

Want to sample up to over 500 wines, brews, and spirits from around the world? Head to LA Wine Fest this weekend, where you will find plenty of good drinks, cooking demos, live entertainment, seminars, food trucks, boutiques, merchandise, and more. Ticket prices vary depending on how you choose to attend, with a general admission ticket starting at $70. This fest takes place outdoors with limited shade, so prepare for a day in the sun. Bring cash for the parking lot across the street, unless you get lucky and find street parking.

Spring 2015 Balboa Island Wine Walk
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 30
Balboa Island, Newport Beach
http://www.facebook.com/BalboaIslandWineWalk

Put on your walking shoes and bring your sense of fashion to Balboa Island this Saturday afternoon. At this event, attendees will receive a souvenir wine glass that they can take to various participating businesses on Balboa Island (map provided at event) to sip on wine and explore the businesses of Balboa Island. During this self-guided tour, check out the various shopping specials and food specials while you sip the day away. General admission costs $40 presale or $45 on the day of the event and includes ten wine tastings. VIP admission costs $75 and includes a VIP entrance, exclusive wines, a goodie bag, and access to a post-event party.

4th Craft Beer + Bites @ SILO: New Brewery Edition
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 30
SILO in Makers Quarter, San Diego
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/craft-beer-bites-new-brewery-edition-tickets-16526036821

This mini beer fest takes place close to Downtown San Diego this Saturday evening. For $25 presale or $30 at the door, attendees get treated to ten pairings of tapas and craft beer. In addition, attendees will find outdoor games (bocce ball, beanbag toss, glorified Jenga, and more) and local designers/makers. Attendees may even bring their pets as well! No one under 21 may attend.

3rd Annual Local Brews & Local Grooves
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 30
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.houseofblues.com/anaheim/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=09004E62A0312F2E

Sample beers from 20 breweries while enjoying the sounds of local musicians at this food & beer event this Saturday evening at House of Blues in Downtown Disney in Anaheim. Admission costs $12, while the tasting wristband costs $15 and come with five taste tickets, good towards food or beer.

Rocket From The Crypt @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 30
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/Rocket-From-the-Crypt

Catch Rocket From The Crypt, The Bronx, and more at this all-ages punk rock show at The Observatory in Santa Ana this Saturday night. Tickets cost $20.

Teenage Bottlerocket – On Tour
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 30, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/teenage-bottlerocket
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 31, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=2406

Teenage Bottlerocket currently tours across the country, and that tour will swing through Southern California this and next week. Tickets to these all-ages shows cost $12 each.

CicLAvia
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 31
Old Town Pasadena
http://www.ciclavia.org/

Much of Colorado Blvd and surrounding streets in Pasadena will close to bikers this Sunday afternoon. Cars may not enter the designated areas during this time – only bikers and pedestrians may roam the streets.

5th Annual Taste of the Eastside
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 31
Los Angeles River Center & Gardens, Los Angeles
http://tasteoftheeastside.com/

Sample the best of East LA’s restaurants this Sunday evening. At this all-ages tasting, guests can receive unlimited food samples from all of the 20+ participating vendors. Admission comes in three levels and varies depending on when you purchase it, starting at $50 and rising up to $100 – check the website for pricing details.

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Now that Spring has officially started, get ready for all the ska shows in Southern California. A day after the fun ska show, we now encounter the heavier skacore show, headlined by Voodoo Glow Skulls. This all-ages show that took place this past Sunday night in Long Beach drew out a huge crowd early on, with a line out the door that lasted even during the first opening band’s performance. Logically, this show started earlier than a regular show because of the Sunday night thing. Still, the timing of this show did not deter any of the fans from showing their undying love for these bands.

The line to enter Dipiazzas, the venue, appeared to take a long time to get through, moving as slow as two people entering per song. By the time I entered, the first band, The Pocketeers, had reached the final song in their set. I would have enjoyed their set too, which sounded like the early days of Against All Authority. Thankfully, the guys still allowed me to snap a few photos of them, and even handed some CD’s to me. I hope to fully check out their music sometime soon.

The next of the night’s opener, Niño Zombi, quickly got set up and wasted no time going right into their music. Despite the name of their band, they look like such nice guys, matching their musical style. Although I expected some sort of ska-metal hybrid, Niño Zombi plays a solid ska-punk set. Some of their songs reminded me of the fast-paced style of Los Kung-Fu Monkeys, while at the same time resembling the mellow style of Sublime. The name Niño Zombi crops up quite often in Southern California shows, and I wonder why I have never seen these guys before. Fortunately, I can finally say that I have gone to a Niño Zombi show, and that I want to see these guys in action again.

Following Niño Zombi, a significant amount of time passed until South Central Skankers got set up on stage. Once all set up, they jumped right into their set, rousing the crowd into a skanking frenzy in the little space available. For this particular show, South Central Skankers omitted a handful of their faster songs from their 45-minute set, opting to play mostly mellow songs to build up the energy in the room for Voodoo Glow Skulls. They still threw in the occasional fast song just to see if the audience could react fast enough to keep up with the motion of the dance floor. After seeing these guys again after a long while since last year, I wonder what they have planned for Cinco de Mayo weekend?

The audience anxiously awaited the arrival of the Voodoo Glow Skulls, a name synonymous with the skacore genre. Since the late 1980’s, this worldwide phenomenon amazes crowds internationally with their unique hardcore ska sound and their multilingual songs. Showing no signs of age, Voodoo Glow Skulls still can rock the stage harder than many of today’s mainstream bands. They got off to a strong start, playing with a new 70-minute set involving new and classic songs. Fans skanked, moshed, danced, and sang along to the favorites, which included Shoot The Moon, Insubordination, Charlie Brown, El Coo Cooi, and Band Geek Mafia. Much of the audience started to lose their energy halfway through the set, as I noticed not as many people in the pit. Too bad for them, as much of the second half included the popular songs. At the end of their set, Voodoo Glow Skulls announced that they would take a break from shows to focus on recording a new album, following a show in Chile next month. This means to keep an eye on their Facebook page for details about this album!

For a night of only four bands, everyone had tons of fun. The nature of the music lends very well to simply having a good time, versus the punk rock shows where everyone harbors hatred towards any moving thing. All of the bands that played at this show have a Facebook page, so give them a Like and check out their music and upcoming shows!

Middle Class Rejects Backyard Party with The Rikk Agnew Band
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 27
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=86623

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
http://www.facebook.com/events/234852666703750/

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
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/164261

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
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/584637?date=993930

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
http://www.facebook.com/events/517761111678916/

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
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/lower-class-brats

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
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Musician-Expo-g27108t0.gc

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
http://www.facebook.com/events/528167223970333/

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
http://ramenyokochous.com/

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
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/581128

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
http://www.seaportvillage.com/entertainment/busker-festival

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
http://www.facebook.com/events/365909750216606/

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
http://www.facebook.com/events/289441704537166/

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)
http://www.facebook.com/events/134952280008392/

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
http://www.facebook.com/events/574400579311185/

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
http://gonzopresents.com/event/166432

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
http://www.caskeylees.com/Vintage/Vintage.html

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
http://www.eatlbc.com/

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.

Barbie And The Hookers in Downtown Los Angeles
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 9
Five Star Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1420219944860511/

Catch this local music show this Wednesday night in Downtown Los Angeles. Guys get in for $3, while gals get in free all night.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 10
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 barely exists in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here prior.

The Heavenly Hog Fall Pig Out
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 11
La Valencia Hotel, La Jolla
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/447873

At this Fall pairing dinner, eight of San Diego’s top chefs commune to deconstruct a pig into seven parts, plus a wild card. Each chef will then pair a part to a beverage of his/her choice. You can partake in this exciting dinner for $125, which should more than cover the costs of the whole hogs and the drinks.

Art Night Pasadena
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 11
Old Town Pasadena, Pasadena
http://www.artnightpasadena.org/

This free festival celebrates local art with art exhibits, live music, entertainment, and more as Pasadena’s local artists open up their studios to the public. For free street parking, check Corson Street.

Big Orange Book Festival
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 11
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 12
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 13
Chapman University, Orange
http://bigorangebookfestival.com/

Free to attend for all ages, this two-day book festival takes place at Chapman University in Orange this weekend. Come see hundreds of books, writers, live entertainment, food, speakers, and more.

2013 That Dam Mud Run – Los Angeles
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 12
Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area, Irwindale
https://efc.webconnex.com/tdmr2013

Tackle a three-mile obstacle course full of dirt, mud, and more this Saturday at a dam. Following the mud run, enjoy yourself with great company and live music at the beer garden (beer sold separately). Registration costs $79 for adults and $25 for children, and include a commemorative t-shirt. Participants should wear comfortable clothing to move in that they do not mind getting dirty, or plan to throw away after this run. Remember to bring extra clothes to change into and plenty of towels for after the run.

4th Annual Santee Car Show & BBQ Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 12
Santee Trolley Square, Santee
http://www.santeecarshow.com/

This Saturday, come and check out over 200 hot rods, classic cars, motorcycles and muscle cars all available for your viewing pleasure, absolutely free of charge. This all-ages event allows visitors to gaze upon all of the classic cars and browse through the hundreds of food vendors and merchandise booths. Live music, a beer garden, and a carnival area will keep everyone entertained all day.

For LA By LA – The GMO Show
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 12
McLogan Supply Co., Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/636760283008625/

This all-ages art event raises awareness of GMO’s in today’s food industry. For $5 entry, see lots of local artists, vendors, food trucks, and more, as we learn about GMO’s, its effect on the industry, and most importantly, its effect on humans.

Corgi Fall Beach Day
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 12
Huntington Dog Beach, Huntington Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/196822827148503/

Corgi lovers and Corgi owners unite this Saturday afternoon for a dog day at the beach, free to attend and for all ages. Share your love of this wonderful breed by showing off your adorable companion or by showing love for someone else’s adorable companion.

8th Annual Pasadena Artwalk
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 12
Colorado & El Molino, Pasadena
http://www.playhousedistrict.org/calendar-of-events/artwalk/

This free all-ages 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.

Fall 2013 Brewery Art Walk
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 12-13
Brewery Art Association, Los Angeles
http://breweryartwalk.com/

This FREE semiannual art walk features hundreds of residents artists showcasing their finest work. Guests may even purchase art they like from the artists. Free to park and enter for all ages, the facility even includes an in-house restaurant, so bring your friends and family to look at some great art.

Fall 2013 Artisanal LA
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 12-13
LA Mart, Los Angeles
http://artisanalla.com/

Find the latest trends in food, drinks, fashion, accessories, and more at this designer fair this weekend. See dozens of artists, chefs, bakers, designers, and more from across the world showcasing their goods and selling their wonderful products. Admission to this all-ages event costs $12 presale and $15 at the door. Parking at the venue costs $15 per vehicle, but visitors can either search for other parking lots or street meters, or take public transportation to save on commute costs.

Orange County Japan Fair
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 12
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 13
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://cjapan-usa.com/

Immerse yourself in Japanese culture this weekend at the OC Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. Visitors will find lots of ramen, sake tastings, live entertainment, arts & crafts, activities, other food & drinks, vendors, and more. Admission costs $5 for one day or $8 for two days, and parking costs $7 per vehicle.

Zombie Fest
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 12
The Vex, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/618867528165137/

Go nuts at this death metal show this Saturday afternoon in East LA. This all-ages show costs $10. Guests should park in the alley behind the building, but avoid parking too far into the alley, or those arriving afterwards may block the path.

Treatoberfest
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 12
Angel City Brewery, Downtown Los Angeles
http://treatoberfest-efbevent.eventbrite.com/

Celebrate Halloween early as only adults should celebrate! Don your best Halloween costume, and go trick-or-treating among Los Angeles’ top dessert providers. General admission costs $15, and includes three 4oz beer pours from Angel City Brewery, unlimited food & dessert samples, and $20 Uber ride service gift card for new signups. VIP costs $40, includes all of the general admission goodies, plus a goodie bag, an LA Foodie t-shirt, a fashionable wristband, and Angel City Brewery goodies. Food trucks will serve food outside at a separate cost. Guests can find parking throughout the Arts District, as meters run up to 6pm on most of the streets.

Circle One in Ventura
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 12
Zoey’s, Ventura
http://www.facebook.com/events/323417231129100/

Catch a local punk show in Ventura this Saturday evening. This all-ages show only costs $7 to enter.

Five Iron Frenzy @ The Glass House
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 12
The Glass House, Pomona
http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/368145-five-iron-frenzy-pomona/

Pomona gets a dosage of ska this Saturday night, as Five Iron Frenzy headlines a show with Suburban Legends, Rebel Revive, and CodeName: Rocky. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25. Guests can find plenty of free parking around the area, but pay attention to the signs, as some lots require a parking fee.

Ghetto Ska Show
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 12
Shred Masters, San Bernardino
http://www.facebook.com/events/325351857598331/

Inland Empire gets a night of ska, as South Central Skankers headline a show in San Bernardino with Vidalta, 2 Tone Boners, Me Gusta Putas, Los Alkoliados, and Grito Rebelde. This all-ages show costs $10 before 9pm and $12 afterwards to enter.

Free Punk Show @ Blacklight District Lounge
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 12
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/590710764300813/

Rodents of Unusual Size, Rottbite, Malditas Drogas, Underground Alliance, and Foggy Nation play at this free show this Saturday night in Long Beach. No one under 21 may enter.

2013 Long Beach Marathon
6:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 13
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://runlongbeach.com/

The annual Long Beach Marathon takes place this Sunday. Please note the street closures for that day, and adjust your day accordingly.

4th Annual Redondo Beach Taste of the Pier
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, October 13
Redondo Beach Pier
http://www.redondopier.com/event/4th-annual-taste-of-the-pier/

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.

Upcoming Events: August 19-25, 2013

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Costa Mesa Restaurant Week
Now through August 23
Various locations, Costa Mesa
http://www.travelcostamesa.com/costa-mesa-restaurant-week/

The annual Costa Mesa Restaurant Week returns! Numerous restaurants in Costa Mesa will feature special prix fixe meals or other discounted items during this time. Many of these restaurants have amazing food, so I encourage you to check out at least one of the restaurants during this week.

24th Annual Taste of MainStreet – Encinitas
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, August 20
Main Street, Encinitas
http://www.encinitas101.com/events/annual-taste-of-mainstreet/

Sample food from 34 restaurants in Encinitas this Tuesday night. Douse your thirst at the 16 sip stops along the street as well. You can gain all-access to this for $35 presale, or just $25 for food-only. This taste tends to sell out each year, so purchase your tickets soon if you wish to attend.

Chef Karl’s Summer Boil
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 21
Handlery Hotel, San Diego
http://summerboil.bpt.me/

Put a taste of the south in your mouth at this all-ages summer’s end country boil. For $25, guests will see 3/4 lbs of crawfish, 1/2 lbs of shrimp, 1/2 lbs of spicy andouille sausage, steamed red potatoes, and corn on the cob thrown into a communal boil for a grand feast. In addition, Hess Brewing will provide one free beer to each guest 21 and over. Guests also receive access to the swimming pool at this venue and their Reef Lounge for those wanting to stay after the feast ends. Bring cash just in case they charge for parking.

Beer Nerd Exam Night – IPA
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 21
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/492124894211209/

Think you know your beer? Come taste-test some mystery beers to see if you know your IPA’s. Correctly guess three out of four beers to get entered into a drawing to win various Beachwood BBQ prizes. No purchase necessary and free to enter, no one under 21 may participate.

2013 Naples Island Street Fair
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 22
Naples Fountain, Naples Island, Long Beach
http://www.naplesislandbusiness.com/

Bring your family out to this free street fair on Naples Island this Thursday evening. Complete with food, music, and plenty of activities, all visitors will find plenty to do, including raffles, face painting, sidewalk sales, live music, and more. Visitors should park in the neighborhood north of 2nd Street, as the southern neighborhood will close off to traffic.

3rd Annual Essex Skyline Fashion Show
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 22
Essex Skyline, Santa Ana
http://expo4life.com/survivor-strut-3rd-annual-fashion-show/

At this fundraiser, attendees will see local designers showcase their work on models down the runway, all while munching on food & drink samples from local restaurants and bars. Attendees looking to take something home can browse through the boutique for apparel, or buy into a silent auction or raffle. Doors open at 6pm, and the fashion show starts at 7:30pm. Admission costs $50, and the first 100 guests to purchase admission receive a t-shirt and gift bag.

MDC, Duane Peters Gunfight, Dime Runner, and Project Shepherd @ Alex’s Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 22
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/141368

A weekend of punk rock comes to Alex’s Bar, starting with MDC this Thursday night. If you missed MDC a week and a half ago, you have another chance to catch them here. Tickets cost $8 presale and $10 at the door. No one under 21 may attend. Guests should park on Orizaba Ave, or anywhere in the neighborhood south of Anaheim St.

SRH Fest 2013 w/ Strung Out & Unwritten Law
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, Agusut 23, House of Blues, Anaheim http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=82199
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 24, House of Blues, San Diego http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=82260

Strung Out and Unwritten Law tag-team a set of shows this weekend in Southern California. This Friday night, they play an all-ages show at the House of Blues at Downtown Disney in Anaheim, which costs $17.50 presale and $20 on the day of the show. On Saturday night, they play a 21+ show at House of Blues in Downtown San Diego, which costs $15 presale and $20 on the day of the show.

Motorsoule, Cadillac Tramps, Heroines, Brass Knuckle Voodoo, and more @ Tiki Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 23
Tiki Bar, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/182319431946807/

Looking for some old school music? Check out this show this Friday night. Little information about this show has gone out, such as cover charge, age requirement, and parking.

Slab, One Less Zero, Rope In Hand @ Hi Brow Lounge
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 23
Hi Brow Lounge, Upland
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=590021677711071

One Less Zero returns from their half-year break to play at this fundraiser Friday night in Upland. With limited information available, bring some cash in case of parking and entry fees. They did not specify an age requirement either.

Steve Soto’s 50th Birthday Extravaganza
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, August 23-24
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
August 23: http://www.alexsbar.com/event/143136
August 24: http://www.alexsbar.com/event/143138

Steve Soto, guitarist for The Adolescents, celebrates his 50th birthday this weekend, and in celebratory punk rock fashion, he will host TWO nights of punk rock this weekend at Alex’s Bar. Both shows cost $13 presale and $15 at the door. No one under 21 may attend either show. On Friday, catch The Adolescents, The Middle Class, The Crowd, and Rats In The Wall. On Saturday, catch Manic Hispanic, CH3, Shattered Faith, and Transistor LB.

The Gears, Carnage Asada, Gypz, and Somos Mysteriosos @ El Corita
9:30 pm – 12:30 am, August 23
El Corita, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/177597319085757/

Check out this small all-ages classic punk rock show this Friday night in Northeast LA. This show only costs $5 to get in.

13th Annual Tiki Beach Festival
6:30 am – 5:30 pm, August 24-25
Granada Launch Ramp, Long Beach
http://alfredosbeachclub.com/tiki-festival.html

This Hawaiian & Islander festival takes place at Granada Beach this weekend from sunrise to sunset. Completely FREE to attend, you will find food, arts & crafts, vendors, games, music, dancers, hula hoop lessons, and more here.

Color In Motion 5k – San Diego
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, August 24
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
http://colorinmotion5k.com/San_Diego

After many weekends of other off-center 5k races, we now return to the style that started it all – the color 5k. Start your weekend off with an all-ages 5k run while getting color dusted in your face. Registration costs $50 per person, or $45 if registering with a team. All participants should wear white during the run to absorb and show off the most color. Participants should bring extra towels and spare clothes for the ride home.

8th Annual ArtWalk San Diego
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 24-25
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.artwalksandiego.org/ntc/

Check out the best in local art at this FREE all-ages art walk in Liberty Station this weekend. In addition to seeing art on display, visitors will likely see many artists creating artwork on the spot.

2013 Indonesian Festival
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, August 24
Consulate General of Republic of Indonesia, Los Angeles
http://indonesianfestivalla.com/

This free all-ages festival celebrates Indonesian culture with music, food, dance, activities, arts & crafts, and more.

Lost 80’s Live
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 24
Madhaus, Long Beach
http://cavemanpresents.com/

Check out this outdoor all-ages 80’s music festival this Saturday in Long Beach. General admission costs $35, while VIP tickets cost $75 and comes with access to a VIP bar with two drink tickets, a t-shirt, VIP seats, and meet & greet with the bands, which include original members from 80’s bands.

2nd Annual Mira Mesa Festival of Beers
1:00 pm – 5:30 pm, August 24
Mira Mesa Community Park, Mira Mesa
http://www.miramesabeerfest.com/

Sample lots of great beers this Saturday afternoon in Mira Mesa. General admission costs $25 presale and $30 at the gate, starts at 2pm, and comes with ten 4oz beer tasters. VIP admission costs $32 presale and $37 at the gate, starts at 1pm, comes with twelve 4oz beer tasters, and receive in-and-out privileges throughout the fest.

5th Annual San Diego Spirits Festival
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 24-25
The Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://www.sandiegospiritsfestival.com/

Immerse yourself into the wonderful world of spirits this weekend in San Diego. This year’s fest features three sections: cocktails, culinary, and culture., thus providing something to entice everyone. Attendees will also find live entertainment, bartender battles, chef demos, a fashion show, a burlesque show, and more. The all-inclusive admission costs $90, so attendees should arrive early to maximize their eating & drinking time. No one under 21 may attend.

JFA CD Release Show w. D.I., Amerikan Made, and more @ Gaslamp Restaurant & Bar
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 24
Gaslamp Restaurant & Bar, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/148485892018068/

This all-ages show this Saturday has so many bands that the show will start in the afternoon! For just $12 entry, you get treated to headliners JFA and D.I., along with many other great local punk rock bands such as Amerikan Made.

FYF Fest
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 24-25
LA State Historic Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://fyffest.com/

Last year, FYF Fest raised the bar by including in the lineup Refused, one of the most revolutionary hardcore punk rock bands in history. This year, they have yet to announce something groundbreaking, but FYF Fest still remains a rock music lover’s ultimate fantasy. Featuring well-known bands such as the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Flag (comprised of former member of Black Flag), MGMT, Touché Amoré, Title Fight, Joyce Manor, and more, rock music lovers will definitely find something that interests them, as well as discover new music, leading to potentially new tastes of music. In addition to the music, FYF Fest will also feature local comedians for those looking for something different other than music. FYF Fest takes place the weekend prior to Labor Day weekend at LA State Historic Park, opens at 2pm, and closes at 12am on both days. Open to all ages, weekend passes start at $99, since single-day passes sold out a while ago. FYF Fest does not allow reentries, so take note of that when arriving. For more information, check out their website, which lists a great amount of information.

Orfila’s 20th Annual Grape Stomp
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 24
Orfila Vineyards & Winery, Escondido
http://www.orfila.com/winery-events/grape-stomp/

Celebrate this annual vineyard tradition this Saturday in Escondido. General admission costs $85 and includes dinner buffet, dancing & live music, wine tasting, tractor rides, grape stomping, and more. No one under 21 may attend.

The Long Table: A Playhouse District Food & Wine Celebration
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 24
(forner) Bistro 561, Pasadena
http://www.playhousedistrict.org/calendar-of-events/the-long-table/

Treat yourself to a multi-course dinner this Saturday prepared by some of Southern California’s renowned chefs. Diners can also sip on paired wines or beers during dinner. Attendance to this dinner costs $75 per person.

2nd Annual Brews, Blues, N’ BBQ Festival
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, August 24
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://www.fullertonarboretum.org/brews_and_blues.php

The Fullerton Arboretum hosts a festival for blues music, craft beers, and BBQ this Saturday night. The $40 admission includes a souvenir glass, ten 4-oz beer tasters, free parking, live blues music, and complimentary sodas and water. All BBQ and food comes at a separate cost. No one under 21 may attend.

11th Annual Chula Vista Wine & Food Festival
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 24
Otay Ranch Town Center, Chula Vista
http://www.facebook.com/events/228953777247025/

Treat yourself to a taste of over 20 restaurants from Chula Vista this Saturday night, and wash it all down with a fine selection of beer, wine, and spirits. Attendees will also find a silent auction, raffle prizes, live music, and more all in this outdoor setting. Admission to this tasting costs $50.

The Undertakers, Media Blitz, Rick Wilder, Decry, and more @ Dilettante
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 24
Dilettante, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/614271491937129/

See a bunch of local punk rock bands play at this fundraiser this Saturday night in Downtown Los Angeles. Entry to this all-ages fundraiser costs $10. Guests can park on the streets for free after 8pm.

OC Punx – Free Show
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 24
Good Ol’ Boys Saloon & Sports Bar, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/159572404232612/

Check out local OC punk bands at this free show this Saturday night. No one under 21 may enter.

Burlesque of Hollywood
11:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 24
M Bar, Hollywood
http://bobbieburlesque.wix.com/losangelesburlesque#!burlesqueofhollywood/cfvg

Ten of Los Angeles’ hottest burlesque acts will congregate to form this collaborative burlesque show this Saturday night in Hollywood. Admission costs $18 presale and $20 at the door. No one under 21 may attend. All guests must purchase a minimum of $10 of food or drinks.

9th Annual Leucadia Artwalk
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 25
West side of Hwy 101, Leucadia
http://www.leucadia101.com/Artwalk.php

Check out local artists on this leisurely art walk in sunny Leucadia this Sunday. Completely free to attend for all ages, many art galleries along Highway 101 will open all their doors to the public, and live music will play throughout the area. All the local businesses will remain open under normal business hours, so you can check out the best in local eats & drinks too.

Trump National Golf Club’s 5th Annual Wine & Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 25
Trump National Golf Club, Rancho Palos Verdes
http://www.trumpnationallosangeles.com/Default.aspx?p=DynamicModule&pageid=372108&ssid=286115&vnf=1

Have some wine and beer at one of Donald Trump’s golf clubs here in Southern California. The $50 admission comes with unlimited wine & beer and valet parking. Food trucks will keep patrons fed, and volunteers will sell raffle tickets.

7th Annual Charity Chili Cook Off
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 25
Hi-Time Wine Cellars, Costa Mesa
http://www.hitimewine.net/7th-Annual-Charity-Chili-Cook-Off.html

Don your best cowboy/cowgirl outfit and mosey on over to Hi-Time Wine Cellars this Sunday for their annual chili cook-off. At this pinnacle of chili fests, guests will find live music, beer, wine, spirits, and more. Presale admission costs $10, while admission with ten raffle/drink tickets cost $20. Act quick, as this event sells out every year!

South Central Skankers CD Release Show
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 25
Yost Theater, Santa Ana
http://www.yosttheater.com/calendar/2013/south-central-skankers-cd-release/

South Central Skankers will release a new album soon, and this Sunday, they will bring only a hundred advance copies of it to sell at this ska show. They will headline this show, which features numerous other local ska bands, including Matamoska. Entry to this all-ages show cost $16 presale and $20 at the door. If you want to purchase an album for $10, you must e-mail them via their Facebook page to reserve a spot to purchase the album, which will also come with a CD release poster.

When we think of Cinco de Mayo, we think of ska music, and those darn skanking kids that like to dance to that music. Two of Southern California’s premier ska bands, Voodoo Glow Skulls and Left Alone, went on tour last month, and that tour ended this past Saturday, coinciding with Cinco de Mayo weekend. Hosted by DiPiazza’s in Long Beach, this all-ages show only cost $13 to enter, and as always, comes with free parking. In addition to Voodoo Glow Skulls and Left Alone, four other local ska-punk bands graced the small stage in DiPiazza’s known as the Lava Lounge to leave Long Beach skanking all night.

First up in the night, Schizm took the stage… or at least tried to take the stage on time. This punk rock band from Southgate forgot to bring percussion stands, and as a result, they had to go find some, resulting in a 15-minute late start. Once they finally started, a sizable crowd had already gathered, presumably in anticipation of the great lineup of bands for the night, or in fact for the set of Schizm. Either way, for as short as a time period that they ended up with, they rocked a hard set. As the night’s only band without any correlation to ska, Schizm gave all that they could give – just pure energy in the form of hard fast music. Rarely does an opening band garner a tight pit, but the crowd loved the music, and raged hard during Schizm’s short set.

Isolated Victims acted as the ska warmup for the night once Schizm left. With a brass section featuring two trombones and no trumpet, Isolated Victims brought exactly what the crowd desired in a Latin-based ska band. They varied the types of songs in the set, including a few Spanish songs, and pacing between slow and fast songs. Isolated Victims played an entertaining set with no real surprises – just some good clean ska music.

Seeing them again for the second day in a row, South Central Skankers entered the stage third for the night. Compared to the previous night, they had added a trombone player to their set. The set list remained virtually alike, playing almost the same songs in a similar order from the previous night. They only made a few changes to the set based on the location and allotted time. South Central Skankers have mastered their craft of ska music, and delivered a perfect set on this night. No one could ask for anything better, save for the usual hecklers waiting for the headliner. Unlike Isolated Victims, they did not play anything too fast or hectic, so the pit remained smooth and mobile the entire time.

The last of the openers, Profesor Galactico, started his set next with his band. I originally conceived a band called Profesor Galactico, but later found out the name represented just one person. A step away from the night’s ska-punk theme, Profesor Galactico played a mostly mellow set comprised of indie, ska, and reggae. His music combines these genres plus funk, hip hop, hard rock, and other similar genres. As such, the pit remained still during the set, probably in anticipation that the headliners would go on next. They strived to play feel-good music, but perhaps they played to the wrong crowd, as many punks and rabble rousers had appeared in the audience by now. They still received a decent ovation for their performance, despite many people wanting the next band quick.

As the first headliner of the night, Left Alone started their set once lead vocalist Elvis made a grand entrance into the room. Once he set foot onto the stage, they immediately started playing, causing the audience to go nuts in this tiny venue. Left wasted little time during their set, stringing together song after song with little down time. Songs in their set included Wasted Time, I Hate Emo, The Sinner, and Every Night.

Once the final headliner set up, Voodoo Glow Skulls marched onto the stage and immediately started their set with Insubordination. From this point, chaos ensued in the pit, the tiny pit encased within this small venue. As with any Voodoo Glow Skulls show, lead vocalist Frank always enters with a Lucha Libre mask for at least the first song. From here, they continued to play a lengthy set, with songs like Charlie Brown, El Coo Cooi, Voodoo Anthem, Shoot The Moon, El Baile De Los Locos, and many more. They always end their set with Say Good Night followed by Band Geek Mafia. After these songs, security had left the pit area, but unknowingly did not pay attention to the band lingering on stage. Voodoo Glow Skulls went on to play a two-song encore, sans security to monitor the pit. Luckily, much of the crowd did not have so much energy by this point, so nothing too rowdy occurred.

This show’s flyer mentioned two other bands that could not make it to the show: Shoplifters and Niño Zombi. This makes the second night in a row that Niño Zombi did not show up to a show. Regardless, the bands that did play put on an excellent show that all of the attendees will not soon forget. Some of these bands have additional gigs coming up in the upcoming weekends, so follow them all to discover their next show location. Also check in here every week to discover other great shows or events to attend in Southern California!

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!