Posts Tagged ‘The Crowd’

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:30 pm – 12:00 am, February 3
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.

Long Beach Coin, Stamp, & Sports Collectible Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, February 4-6
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach

This show brings tens of thousands of collectors worldwide to share, buy, sell, and trade their collectibles. Complete with seminars, workshops, press conferences, vendor booths, auctions, and more, this all-ages expo will delight anyone interested in collecting valuable goods. Admission costs $8, with discounts available for seniors and children. Use promo code MEDIA for free passes. Parking at the convention center costs $10.

City Tavern DTLA’s 2nd Birthday Celebration
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 4
City Tavern, Downtown Los Angeles

City Tavern’s Downtown LA location turns two years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have food and drink specials this Thursday night.

College & Food Truck Night
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 4
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach

This Thursday night, the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach will open later than usual. They will have discounted admission for college students, and the aquarium will have gourmet food trucks parked outside to feed visitors.

Hyper Local Pint Nite
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 4
The Rookery, Pomona

This Thursday night, The Rookery in Pomona will have four select local craft beers on tap for $4.

El Segundo Brewing’s Dankbowl 2016
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, February 5-7
El Segundo Brewing, El Segundo

El Segundo Brewing will have special events this weekend that coincide with the big game. On Friday, they will bring back their Power Plant Triple IPA. On Saturday, they will have a lineup of Double IPA’s on tap. On Sunday, they will have a viewing party for the big game.

Ballast Point Tap Takeover
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 5
Board & Brew, Anaheim Hills

This Friday evening, find Ballast Point’s fruit-inspired brews on tap at Board & Brew in Anaheim Hills.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 5
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).

Taste of Night Market
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, February 5-6
The Barker Hangar, Santa Monica

The organizers of the inaugural 626 Night Market brings their successful night market to Santa Monica this weekend. As a spinoff of the 626 Night Market, this event will focus on the food and drink aspects, with tastings available from dozens of Asian-themed vendors. General admission starts at 6pm while VIP admission starts at 5pm. Prices start at $65 and go up to $95.

Luicidal @ The World Famous Doll Hut
7:30 pm – 12:30 pm, February 5
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

The Gears and The Angry Samoans: Live in SoCal
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 5, The Garage, Ventura
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 6, The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Local punk rock bands The Gears and The Angry Samoans will perform at these two shows this week in Southern California. The cover for each of these shows cost $10. No one under 21 may enter.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 5
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.

Super Kids Saturday 5K & Fun Run
7:30 am – 12:00 pm, February 6
Granada Beach, Long Beach

Participate in a 5K run this Saturday morning and raise money for charity. Registration costs $30.

Geeks In Love Craft Faire
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 6-7
Whimsic Alley, Burbank

Check out this FREE and all-ages arts & craft fair this weekend in Burbank, which follows a love and Valentine’s Day theme.

Hello Kitty Cafe Truck – Irvine Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, February 6
Irvine Spectrum, Irvine

SoCal Hello Kitty fans will not want to miss this rare opportunity to experience the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck. This Saturday, visitors to the truck will enjoy macarons, minicakes, and other Hello Kitty treats not found anywhere else.

Los Angeles Cookie Con & Sweets Show
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 6
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 7
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles

Got a sweet tooth? You will not want to miss this event featuring all things sweet. General admission costs $17, and includes access to unlimited treats while supplies last. Celebrity chefs will also make an appearance for anyone wanting photos or autographs.

2nd Annual San Gabriel Lunar New Year Festival
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, February 6
San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, San Gabriel

Celebrate the upcoming lunar new year with this FREE and all-ages festival in San Gabriel this Saturday afternoon. Visitors will find music, dance, art, food trucks, a beer & wine garden, tea garden, live calligraphy, fortune telling, and more.

12th Annual Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 6
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach

The Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival features a Homemade Chocolate Dessert Contest, the return of the Cake Walk, and various Pie-Eating Contests, in addition to the restaurants up and down 2nd Street sampling their chocolate goodies.m Completely free to attend, guests may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10 on the day of the fest in front of Chase Bank. Guests may use these tickets to exchange for various eats & drinks from participating businesses in Belmont Shore.

Long Beach Mardi Gras
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, February 6-7
Shoreline Village, Long Beach

Shoreline Village plays host this weekend to a myriad of music, art, activities, entertainment, dance, parades, and more. The actual parade starts at 2pm at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Completely free to attend for all ages, all guests can get involved with the festivities, from the dancing to the games and more. Dress up to get even more involved!

Gamer Bowl, a Gam3rCon event
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 6-7
Tenth Avenue Arts Center, San Diego

This weekend, check out a free and all-ages event featuring video games, board games, prizes, and other activities.

2016 Bock Fest
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 6
The Olympic Collection, West Los Angeles

A unique beer fest of its kind, this winter fest celebrates the tasty brews of wintertime in a premiere setting. Primarily brewed in cold seasons, bocks originate in Germany, where the Germans love to brew beer full of flavor and alcohol while minimizing the alcoholic taste. These strong lagers appear darker than most beers, ranging from pale yellow like a pilsner to dark brown like a brown ale. Although this fest focuses on bocks and other German beers, many other microbrews will serve their amazing craft beers as well, such as Lagunitas, Fireman’s Brew, Weihenstephan, Affligem, and more. Local food businesses, such as Pink’s Hot Dogs, will serve food to those wanting to eat between or during beers. For $55 admission, attendees receive three hours of UNLIMITED beer pours starting at 2pm, plus a souvenir glass to take home. Upgrading to the $95 VIP admission allows entry an hour earlier for more entertainment and drinks.

4th Annual Lunar New Year Celebration
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 6
Westfield Santa Anita, Arcadia

Enjoy a free and all-ages Lunar New Year celebration this Saturday in Arcadia with live entertainment, arts & crafts, games, specials, and more.

8th Annual Los Angeles Ska Wars
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 6
Plaza de la Raza, Los Angeles

Ska fans get their day this Saturday in East Los Angeles. This all-ages ska/punk/reggae festival features over 25 bands and takes place outdoors, rain or shine, across two stages at Lincoln Park, headlined by legendary ska band The Toasters. Tickets to this festival cost $24 presale and $30 at the door.

Top Acid 1st Anniversary Show
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 6
Top Acid, Santa Ana

Top Acid turns a year old this weekend, and they will have a free and all-ages music show featuring local bands to celebrate.

The Crowd @ Fitzgerald’s HB
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 6
Fitzgerald’s, Huntington Beach

Catch a local punk show this Saturday night in Huntington Beach. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Storytime with the Dirty Little Secrets Burlesque
8:30 pm – 11:30 pm, February 6
Malone’s, Santa Ana

Enjoy a raunchy burlesque show in Santa Ana this Saturday night. No one under 21 may enter. Bring cash for the cover charge.

D.I. @ Spike’s Bar & Billiards
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, February 6
Spike’s Bar & Billiards, Rosemead

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Saturday night in Rosemead. The cover for this show costs $13. No one under 21 may enter.

6th Annual Lunar New Year Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 7
Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena

Celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year at this family-friendly festival this Saturday in Pasadena. Visitors can expect to find arts & crafts, live entertainment, demos, galleries, food, and more. Admission to the museum costs $10, while children 11 and under can enter for free with a paid adult’s admission.

Bad Cop Bad Cop @ Characters Sports Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 7
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona

Check out some local punk rock bands this Sunday night at Characters Sports Bar in Pomona. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking in the area and can avoid paying to park in the adjacent lot.

Ritual Brewing’s 3rd Anniversary Celebration Week
November 16-21
Ritual Brewing, Redlands

Ritual Brewing turns three years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have festivities at their tasting room in Redlands all week long. The week will culminate with a beer festival this Saturday from 12pm to 4:30. General admission costs $30 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $40 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive an anniversary glass and unlimited beer pours while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend this event.

12th Annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival
November 16-22
Various locations, San Diego

All week, check out all things food & wine all over San Diego County. From wine tastings to cooking classes to seminars to food sampling, if it has to do with food or drinks, it will happen during this time. On Saturday, experience the grand finale with a massive food & wine tasting festival at Embarcadero Marina Park North in Downtown San Diego. General admission to this festival costs $135 and starts at 12pm, while early admission costs $165 and starts at 11am.

Meet The Brewer: Artifex Brewing @ The Factory Gastrobar
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 18
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach

Artifex Brewing will travel up from San Clemente to Long Beach this Wednesday evening for a tap takeover, beer pairing, and meet & greet with the brewer. This night has no admission fee – simply show up, and pay as you go.

Meatloaf Wednesday
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 18
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach

Following the success of their ribs, mac & cheese, and poutine special events, Beachwood BBQ will now hold a Meatloaf night this Wednesday. Choose from multiple different meat types, and enjoy it as a meal or as a flight paired with craft beers.

Beaujolais Nouveau Day
November 19

Every year on the third Thursday of November, wine enthusiasts worldwide celebrate the arrival of this passionate wine with fireworks, music, festivals, and more. Check in with your favorite local restaurant, bar, or winery to see if they will participate in the celebration of this glorious wine.

Belgium Beers Tap Takeover
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 19
Alpine Village, Torrance

Alpine Village will tap a bunch of Belgian beers this Thursday night for your enjoyment. This event has no admission fee – simply show up, and pay for beers as you go.

2015 Los Angeles Auto Show
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, November 20-29
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles

Check out the newest and latest cars, trucks, exotics, and more. General admission costs $12 on weekdays or $15 on weekends.

Progressive International Motorcycle Show – Long Beach
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, November 20
9:30 am – 8:00 pm, November 21
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 22
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach

See all-things motorcycles this weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center. Admission varies, with a one-day adult general admission costing $15.

Pairing Is Caring 2
7:00 pm – 10:30 pm, November 20
Monk Space, Los Angeles

Enjoy a night of food, beer, and wine in Koreatown this Friday night. General admission costs $50 and starts at 7:30, while VIP admission costs $65, starts at 7pm, and includes access to a VIP lounge. All attendees receive unlimited food, beer, and wine while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Escape From The Time Travel Lab
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 20
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, November 21-22
Edm Hall, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles

Put your brain to the test at this real-life escape game. Participants of this event have 90 minutes to solve multiple puzzles of varying difficulty, and combine the solutions to unlock additional puzzles, which will eventually lead to the final solution that will solve the entire game. Each session can only have up to 11 participants, and teamwork will get your group through the puzzle to the final answer. Registration costs $26 per person.

Pancakes & Booze Art Show
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, November 20-21
Lot 613, Los Angeles

For just a $5 cover, guests get treated to unlimited pancakes and many artists from across the country showcasing their works. Guests can also witness body painting, stencil art, art battles, sculptures, graffiti, and more. Guests can park on the street for free, or park in the adjacent parking lot for $5. No one under 21 may enter.

The Color Run 5k – Orange County
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, November 21
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach

The color run that started it all returns to Huntington State Beach this Saturday morning. This fun run takes the racing out of a 5k or 10k, and places participants in a running course where they will get showered with bright colors. All runners should wear white for this run, as they run through the course and absorb all the colors flying through the air. Registration for this color run costs $50 per solo participant, or $45 per person if registering as a team of four or more. Waves of runners will start at 9am and launch every few minutes following that for up to two hours, so do not fret about getting there on time.

Bubble Run – Lake Elsinore
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, November 21
Diamond Stadium, Lake Elsinore

Tired of the same 5k run everywhere? If you have had your fill of color runs and glow runs, try your hand at the Bubble Run. Participants wear all white and run through colored foam bogs in this 5k race around the Sleep Train Amphitheater. Registration costs $40, and all levels of runners may participate. Space will fill up fast, so register early, and try to carpool to this event.

2015 Designer Con
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, November 21
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 22
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena

This design event takes place this weekend in Pasadena. What started as an expo for designer toys and collectables has evolved into including apparel and accessories. Designer Con now features toys, apparel, art, crafts, and more, ranging from fine, traditional, modern, urban, and contemporary. Presale tickets cost $5, tickets at the door cost $7, while arrivals after 3pm cost nothing.

30th Annual Elves’ Faire
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 21
Pasadena Waldorf School, Altadena

This FREE and all-ages fair will allow visitors to enjoy medieval activities, games, live music, food, entertainment, and more.

Hermosa Beach Holiday Sidewalk Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, November 21
Downtown Hermosa Beach

Check out this free and all-ages event this Saturday in Downtown Hermosa Beach. Visitors will find arts & crafts, live entertainment, music, dancing, games, sidewalk sales, food & drink specials, and more.

Taste of Autumn Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 21
Shark Club, Costa Mesa

An autumn beer tasting event will take place at the Shark Club in Costa Mesa this Saturday over two sessions. General admission costs $40 and runs 1pm to 4pm or 7pm to 10pm. VIP admission costs $50 and starts an hour earlier than general admission. All attendees receive unlimited beer tastings while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Hops & Hounds: Packinghouse Brewing’s 5th Anniversary
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 21
Packinghouse Brewing, Riverside

Packinghouse Brewing turns five years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have a free celebration at their tasting room in Riverside this Saturday. Throughout the day, Packinghouse will have live music, special beer releases, and mobile food vendors. A portion of the day’s sales will go towards the American Cancer Society.

Old Town Seal Beach Main Street Chili Cookoff Crawl
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 21
Main Street, Seal Beach

Around a dozen Seal Beach restaurants will participate in a chili cookoff this Saturday afternoon. Visitors of all ages can purchase a wristband for $10, which will allow them to sample as much chili as they like from participating restaurants up and down Main Street. The Hennessey’s Grill parking lot will function as the hub, where visitors can purchase wristbands, observe raffle prizes, and vote for their favorite chili.

Orange County’s 3rd Annual Beard & Moustache Competition
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 21
The Rinks, Irvine

Movember participants, listen up! Show off your wicked facial hair at this competition for all things hairy this Friday night in Huntington Beach, featuring a handful of categories to enter into to win cash prizes. In addition to the fabulous styles, visitors will find food, a full bar, live music, vendors, and more. Registration costs $15, while spectators may enter for $5.

The Crowd @ Alex’s Bar
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, November 21
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach

Rock out to some local old-school punk rock bands this Saturday night in Long Beach. Tickets to this show cost $8 presale or $10 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

25th Annual Encinitas Fall Street Fair
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 22
South Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas

This FREE street fair takes place this Sunday in Encinitas. Featuring 450 unique food, arts & crafts vendors, five music stages, rides & games, and a beer garden hosted by Stone Brewing and Port Brewing, people of all ages will enjoy this street fair. Due to the compact nature of this area, parking can get extremely difficult to locate. Arrive early, or take public transportation to arrive safely.

23rd Annual Arroyo Arts Collective Discovery Tour
9:30 am – 5:00 pm, November 22
Southwest Museum, Mount Washington

This Sunday, check out homes and studios of artists and craftspeople around Highland Park, Eagle Rock, and surrounding areas. This self-guided tour costs $10 presale or $15 on the day of the event, and allows access to art purchasing, building tours, and more. While strolling, check out some of the great places to grab a bite or sip, such as Fusion Burgers, Donut Friend, The Oinkster, and more.

Artisanal LA: West Elm Holiday Pop-Up
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 22
West Elm, Beverly Grove

Head over to West Elm in Beverly Grove this Sunday for a small popup of Artisanal LA. Free to attend for all ages, this popup gives visitors a sample of Artisanal LA’s semiannual event at The Reef. Visitors will find a handful of local artisanal food vendors plus some local arts & crafts vendors.

Beer & Pie with Firestone Walker
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, November 22
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach

Enjoy some handmade pies and Firestone Walker brews this Sunday afternoon at Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and pay for food and drinks as you go.

When such a legendary musician celebrates an important occasion, you can expect many other big names in the industry to show up and support. Last Friday, The Adolescents bassist Steve Soto turned 50 years old, and in celebratory punk rock fashion, he participated in a two-night punk rock show at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach. As one of the most influential bands in punk rock history, punk rock fans worldwide recognize The Adolescents and would never pass up a chance to see them in action. For this special occasion for Steve Soto, many bands that he had a significant impact on over time have joined together to play this weekend of punk rock, and many more band members came to support and enjoy the music. Individuals from bands such as Hari Kari, Death Hymn Number 9, Agent Orange, and Bad Religion all made an appearance throughout the night, and I believe many more bands also showed up that I did not spot. This post in particular will focus on Friday night’s show.

First up, we have Rats In The Wall. As the night’s hardest band, they most resemble street punk at its hardest. Lead vocalist Eva commands a vast amount of energy on the stage, and lets it all out with her furious voice, especially when she starts to sound like a post-hardcore vocalist. In fact, I see a little bit of Punch in Rats In The Wall. If you have not seen a female screaming vocals, you definitely have to check out Rats In The Wall.

Next on stage, we see The Crowd set up. After last seeing them play with The Adolescents back in April, I had anticipated that they would already garner a large audience by now, which they easily accomplished. For a night of old school punk rock, true fans knew to arrive by now to see the night get better from here on out. The Crowd’s old school sound resembles that of other great old school bands, such as T.S.O.L. With unrelenting poise and style, The Crowd delighted the fans, and got their energy up and riled to set the mood for the rest of the night.

Up next, The Middle Class stepped up to the stage. As another original punk band that got started even prior to The Adolescents, seeing The Middle Class again brought back many memories of the good old days. After 36 years since inception, The Middle Class still brings the punk rock intensity original fans grew up to. With more of a classic sound, they did not play as fast as The Crowd, so The Middle Class did not see as large a pit as The Crowd saw. However, the entire room totally got into the music, and appreciated every second of The Middle Class’ performance.

By this point in the night, I had spotted members from a few local bands in the audience. Everyone anticipated The Adolescents by now, and virtually no one could contain their excitement. Of course, The Adolescents chose the one song to start with that would incite the crowd the greatest. Also, not one to sit out on his own birthday, Steve Soto joined in with the band too, although since they had started after midnight, they technically started to play the day after Steve Soto’s birthday. Once they strolled on stage, the entire audience rushed the stage, while the band had not even started to play. This initial surge had knocked down vocalist Tony Cadena, but this did not daunt him, as he kept singing while on the ground. Throughout the set, other band members made special appearances on stage, such as Agent Orange and Bad Religion. The initial set ended after 1:45am, when the bar had already made a last call. This did not allow The Adolescents to complete their encore, but they went on to play Sonic Reducer anyways.

Saturday night’s show took what transpired on Friday and elevated it to a new level. More fans showed up Saturday night, and more famous bands showed up to support. One would think that after a weekend full of punk rock shows, the fans would start to feel exhausted. I still do not understand how some people managed to attend every show in Long Beach this past weekend. Remember to check out this week’s shows from yesterday’s list of this week’s events, as plenty of punk rock shows will play out this weekend, with more to come in the upcoming weeks as well.

Upcoming Events: August 19-25, 2013

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Costa Mesa Restaurant Week
Now through August 23
Various locations, Costa Mesa

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 24, House of Blues, San Diego

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

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

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
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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!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

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

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

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

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.

You know what I love about punk rock? Punk rock appeals to a diverse crowd. Your nationality, gender, and age do not matter when you listen to punk rock. Kids already look funny at shows, so why bother looking at the color of their skin? Punk rock also reaches a greater audience thanks to no restrictions on age. Having originated in the 1960’s, today we accept that kids can even enjoy punk rock with their grandparents. But what bands would those grandparents listen to? I would bet that the purist in them would stick with the older bands versus any bands that started within the past decade. Logically, older bands paved the way for newer bands to get a jump in the punk rock world, so should all thank the older bands that stuck to their guns back in the day, and still stick to them today. When old school bands like The Adolescents still kick ass, you do everything in your power to make it to that show.

Last Saturday night, The Adolescents headlined a show with The Dickies, Shattered Faith, and The Crowd, all bands with quite a bit of history, at the House of Blues at Downtown Disney in Anaheim. For the low price of $19.50, punk rock fans of all ages could enjoy a show filled with the classics. One could spot a vast diversity among the fans present. Ages of fans present ranged from as low as possibly 6 to as high as possibly 66. Nothing extraordinary occurred the entire night – just an action-packed night filled with high energy and tons of fun.

The night started with The Crowd, playing to a small crowd ironically. They opened with a 30-minute set, but they took a few breaks between songs for some chatter with the audience. Despite the small audience at this time, The Crowd had already got the pit going. Recognize how much talent an opening band requires to get the pit started this early. Sure they may not have gimmicks like other bands, but The Crowd still put on a fun set, and got the night off to a good start.

Shattered Faith played following The Crowd. Just like The Crowd, Shattered Faith played for 30 minutes. Unlike The Crowd, Shattered Faith did not waste any time during their set. They played back-to-back songs nonstop for all 30 minutes. They must have had some important songs to play to go on for that long. After a few songs, the audience had grown substantially, a drastic change from when The Crowd played. Now caught on the side of the pit, I had lost focus on the band, including the gender-ambiguous fellow on stage-left. However, I have to admit – I like the lead vocalist’s outfit.

The Dickies entered the stage next, and the lead vocalist immediately greeted the audience with a sight of his package under his tights. This highly animated band played a 45-minute set, and also did not waste a lot of that time mucking around. But when you look at the band members, you get the feeling that these guys do not muck around. Thanks to their crazy antics, I rarely paid attention to the pit, so I got slammed into often. The Dickies do not just stand there and play their music – in a similar vein to The Adicts, The Dickies utilize props in their show. A female stage hand assisted in handling the props and switching hats, even right in the middle of songs. Some of the more attention-grabbing props included a blow-up sex doll and a penis hand-puppet. They love to entertain as much as they play music, so if you want to see an entertaining show that rocks, seek out The Dickies soon.

I actually spotted Steve Soto of The Adolescents on stage during The Dickies’ set, which made me glad since he did not play at last year’s free show. Opening their set with Kids Of The Black Hole, as custom goes with any headlining band, the entire audience rushed forward when the music dropped. I expected the pit to expand and swallow much of the rushing group, but the mob persevered and stood tight, leaving the pit with a smaller space to move than during The Dickies’ set. Adolescents frontman Tony Cadena utilized as much time as he could for their set, going back-to-back for all of their songs, including LA Girl. During any logical breaks, he spoke about getting active with the staff in high schools, as he actively teaches as a career. Their set lasted for about an hour, with their most popular song Amoeba dropping towards the end. It appeared that much of the audience had burned all of their energy out, as the pit fizzled out by the end of Amoeba. I know I had exhausted all of my energy by then, which could only mean I had a fantastic time.

Expect lots of great punk rock shows in the upcoming months! Visit my blog every week to read about upcoming shows that you may want to visit.

Private Barrel Tasting
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, March 27
Cismontane Brewing, Rancho Santa Margarita

Taste beers from Cismontane’s private barrel collection for the low price of $25 per person. Cismontane will only sell 20 tickets, so act fast! You may purchase tickets at their tasting room in Rancho Santa Margarita.

Tiger Army, Old Man Markley, Stellar Corpses @ House of Blues San Diego
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 28
House of Blues, San Diego

Psychobilly/punk band Tiger Army headlines a show this Thursday night in San Diego as part of their mini tour. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25.

WonderCon 2013
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 29
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, March 30
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 31
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim

Get your nerd on at WonderCon this weekend. Check out comic books, DVDs, action figures, artwork, signings/autographs, lots of cosplay, and more all weekend. Ticket prices for this all-ages expo vary depending on the preferred attendance method; for example, attending on Friday or Saturday for one day costs $20, while attending on Sunday only costs $10. If you want to avoid the parking fee, you can find free street parking in the neighborhood west of West Street.

2013 Hammerhead Release Party
10:30 am – 10:30 pm, March 30
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.

Halftoberfest – Hangar 24 Tap Takeover
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 30
KnB Wine Cellars, San Diego

Hangar 24 Brewery takes over the taps at KnB this Saturday with a mini Oktoberfest-style celebration. Featuring beers like Casked Chocolate Porter, Hammerhead 2012 & 2013, Pugachev’s Cobra 2012, Ichigo Highway (Bruery collab), and many beers from their Local Fields series from the past year, beer lovers will not want to miss this opportunity to try rare beers. Free to attend, guests can also participate in stein-holding contests, and order brats with homemade sauerkraut & beer mustard.

Frank Ruffino Benefit Show
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 30
The Observatory, Santa Ana

Frank Ruffino of China White needs a new liver, so naturally they will host a benefit show, raffle, and auction in a grand manner. Performing bands include China White (a short music set by all original members with Mike Drake of HB Outsiders filling in for Frank Ruffino), Cadillac Tramps, The Stitches, The Crowd, HFL, The Galway Hooker Band, Anarchy Taco, and Aggroculture U.S. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

Vintage Clothing & Textile Show
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 31
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.