Posts Tagged ‘The Toasters’

Los Angeles Restaurant Week
January 13-27
Various locations

This dining event showcases the best in food Los Angeles has to offer. All participating restaurants will feature prix-fixe menus for locals and visitors alike. Lunches range from $15-25, while dinners range from $25-45.

13th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week
January 15-22
Participating restaurants in San Diego

Select restaurants throughout San Diego County will offer prix-fixe meal deals during this 7-day period. Lunches range from $10 to $20, while dinners range from $25 to $45.

11th Annual Newport Beach Restaurant Week
January 16-29
Participating restaurants in Newport Beach

This 14-day period of restaurant specials takes place at participating restaurants in Newport Beach. Many restaurants will serve special prix-fixe three-course meals ranging from as low as $10 to as high as $40, or more for a few select locations.

14th Annual STARS of Santa Barbara
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm, January 18
Leica Store & Gallery, West Hollywood

Enjoy some wines and a silent auction in West Hollywood this Wednesday night. General admission costs $95, starts at 7pm, and includes unlimited wine and appetizer tastings while supplies last. VIP admission costs $195, starts at 6pm, and also includes a private dinner and wine tasting. No one under 21 may attend.

Women’s Beer Forum
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, January 18
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock

$24 gets you a flight of four beers from various breweries. Judging by historical posts about this event, it appears that men may not participate in this.

Deschutes Tap Takeover
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, January 18
Far Bar, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles

This Wednesday night, Little Tokyo’s Far Bar will have a bunch of beers on tap from Deschutes Brewery. This event has no admission fee – simply show up and enjoy a cold one or two.

Riot LA: Alternative Comedy Festival
January 19-22
Various locations, Los Angeles

A series of comedy shows will take place across Los Angeles this weekend. Each individual show has its own ticket prices, while Riot LA offers package deals starting at $50.

4th Annual San Diego Caffeine Crawl
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 20
9:00 am – 4:30 pm, January 21
10:00 am – 2:30 pm, January 22
Various locations, San Diego County

Coffee lovers meet up this week at various locations in San Diego County. Like a pub crawl, attendees will select one of four routes, and explore a handful of coffee shops in select neighborhoods based on the route. Some routes may even include coffee beer!

1st Annual Pasadena Half Marathon & 5K
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, January 20
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 21
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, January 22
Rose Bowl, Pasadena

Pasadena gets their own half marathon this weekend. A health & fitness expo will take place at the Pasadena Convention Center on Friday and Saturday, free to attend to the public. The half marathon and 5k will take place on Sunday morning at the Rose Bowl. Many streets around the area will close to vehicular traffic on Sunday, so check the website to see if any of the closures will affect your day.

The Toasters: Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 20, Union Club, Arlington Heights, Los Angeles
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 22, The Casbah, Middletown, San Diego

Ska band The Toasters currently tour across the nation, and that tour visits Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age limits vary with each show, so click on a show’s link for information.

Pancakes & Booze Art Show
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 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 Aggrolites @ The Echo
8:30 pm – 12:30 am, January 20
The Echo, Echo Park

The Aggrolites wrap up their winter tour this Friday night in Echo Park. Tickets to this show cost $13.50 presale or $16.50 at the door. No one under 18 may enter.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, January 21
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach

For $10 admission gain access to a plethora of tiki-themed vendors in Sunset Beach this Saturday afternoon. Admission comes with a $10 voucher for food & drink, so technically you get in for free!

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up – Temecula Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, January 21
Promenade Temecula, Temecula

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

Brews & Bros Craft Beer Festival 2017
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 21
Cable Airport, Upland

Celebrate Last Name Brewery’s 14th anniversary with lots of beer this Saturday. This beer festival will have over 80 beers to sample, plus cider, wine, craft soda, gourmet food, live music, games, and more. General admission costs $50, starts at 1pm, and comes with a souvenir glass and unlimited beer pours while supplies last. VIP admission costs $65, starts at 12pm, and also includes a bottle opener, preferred parking, and access to rare beers.

Eagle Rock Brewery 7th Anniversary Party
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, January 21
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock

Eagle Rock Brewery turns seven this weekend, and to celebrate, the brewery will celebrate in style right at home at the tasting room. Guests pay $25 presale or $30 at the door to receive five drinks and a souvenir glass for this occasion. In addition, a handful of food trucks will stop by to serve the masses. No one under 21 may attend.

The Rookery 4th Anniversary Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 21
The Rookery, Pomona

The Rookery in Downtown Pomona turns four this weekend, and to celebrate, they will have dozens of rare brews on tap throughout the weekend. Simply show up, enjoy the rare brews, and pay as you go. The Rookery will offer 4oz pours of these brews as well for those who want to treat this like a beer tasting event. Expect mostly heavy and strong beers at this one – The Rookery does not slouch when it comes to beer selection. The Rookery has a full-service kitchen with their full menu available all day. Guests can find free parking around Downtown Pomona, and can avoid paying to park in metered lots.

2017 Los Angeles Uncorked Wine Festival
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, January 21
Union Station, Los Angeles

Enjoy a wine festival with over 60 different wines, food trucks, live music, and more. General admission costs $60 and starts at 6pm, while VIP admission costs $70 and starts at 5pm. All attendees receive unlimited wine tastings while supplies last. Food comes at a separate cost, so bring cash for food. No one under 21 may attend.

2nd Annual Ladyface Ale Invitational
11:30 am – 4:30 pm, January 22
Ladyface Alehouse & Brasserie, Agoura Hills

Lady Alehouse celebrates their seventh anniversary this weekend with lots of beer, both in-house and from guest breweries. Admission costs $40 presale or $45 at the door, and gets you a souvenir glass and 20 beer tasters. Ladyface Alehouse will serve food at an additional cost to attendees. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual San Diego Comic Fest
9:00 am – 11:00 pm, February 12-13
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 14-15
Town & Country Resort & Convention Center, Mission Valley, San Diego

Much smaller and more intimate than the San Diego Comic Con, this weekend expo will feature artists, writers, actors, models, screenings, speakers, autograph sessions, merchandise, apparel, accessories, and more. Admission on Friday or Saturday costs $25 for adults, $12.50 for students, and free for children. Admission for Sunday costs $15 for adults, $7.50 for students, and still free for children. Parking costs $4 per vehicle per day.

Discover The Dinosaurs – Long Beach
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, February 13-15
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach

Bring your friends and family to this dinosaur exhibit at the Long Beach Convention Center this weekend. Check out all the dinosaur exhibits or participate in arts & crafts, while children can play in the inflatables section. Admission ranges from $18 to $25 – see the website for pricing details.

Bottle Share @ The Rookery
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 17
The Rookery, Pomona

Share your favorite craft beer with other craft beer enthusiasts at this bottle share this Wednesday night in Downtown Pomona. Bring in a 750ml bottle of craft beer and order at least $10 of food in order to participate. Guests can find plenty of free parking in the area, and can avoid paying for parking entirely.

Bottle Logic Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 18
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach

Bottle Logic Brewing will take over the taps at Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach this Thursday night. This event has no admission fee – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

2016 Big Spring Home & Garden Show
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, February 19
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, February 20
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 21
Fairplex, Pomona

This free and all-ages expo will showcase the latest in home improvement, remodeling, interior-design, decorating, landscaping, and more. Bring cash for parking, which costs between $5 to $10.

San Diego Winter Brew Fest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 19-20
Hall of Champions, Balboa Park, San Diego

This winter beer festival returns to Balboa Park this weekend for TWO beer tasting events. General admission to this winter beer festival starts at 7pm and costs $40 presale or $50 at the door. Pay $10 more to enter the festival an hour earlier at 6pm. No one under 21 may enter.

The Chocolate & Art Show (Experience)
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 19-21
KGB Studios, Los Angeles

This chocolate and art show returns for another installment this weekend for $15 per person. If you plan to attend, do not carry high expectations.

Breasts: An Explorative Exhibit
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 19-21
Oddville: A Creative Space, Downtown Los Angeles

An art gallery featuring breasts will open to the public this weekend in Downtown LA. The cover for this art gallery costs $10 before 9pm or $20 afterwards. No one under 18 may enter. Visitors may not bring cameras into or take cell phone photos in the art gallery.

Starpool: Live in Riverside
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 19
Romano’s Concert Lounge, Riverside

Get your skanking on this Friday night in Riverside with Starpool and more. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Symbol Six @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 19
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

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

Pliny The Younger Day
February 20
Select beer locations in California

The most overhyped beer in brewing history makes its way to Southern California this weekend to many locations. Check with your local craft beer establishment to see if they have Pliny The Younger available. Click here for a brief list of places that will have it.

38th Annual LA Chinatown Firecracker 5/10K Run
7:30 am – 4:00 pm, February 20
6:00 am – 12:00 pm, February 21
Chinatown, Los Angeles

Start off the new (Chinese) year right with this 5/10K Run/Bike race this weekend in Chinatown. The bike race takes place on Saturday, while the run takes place on Sunday. All races cost $40 to enter. Various festivities will also take place in the Chinatown Central Plaza for most of the day.

2016 Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 20-21
Del Mar Fairgrounds Wyland Center, Del Mar

Find all things gluten-free and allergen-friendly at this expo in San Diego County this weekend. Admission starts at $15 with $10 parking, and grants access to the entire expo floor, full of vendors, seminars, free goodies, and more.

2016 Pomona Gold & Treasure Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 20
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 21
Fairplex, Pomona

This show brings hundreds of collectors worldwide to share, buy, sell, and trade their gold and other rarities. Complete with seminars, workshops, press conferences, vendor booths, auctions, and more, this all-ages expo will delight anyone interested in collecting valuable goods. Admission to this all-ages event costs $5 per day.

Southern California Pet Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 20
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 21
Fairplex, Pomona

This FREE all-ages expo for all things pet-related takes place this weekend at its new location at the Fairplex in Pomona. Open to all types of pets (with proof of vaccination), visitors can experience agility demos, prize giveaways, pet adoptions, free grooming, training sessions, and more. Bring cash for parking, which will cost between $5 to $10 per vehicle.

2016 Long Beach Comic Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 20
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 21
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach

Comic fans rejoice! The Long Beach Comic Expo returns for its annual installment at the Long Beach Convention Center this Saturday. Admission costs $30 for Saturday, $20 for Sunday, or $45 for both days, giving guests all-day entry to the all-ages expo, where they can find plenty of merchandise, vendors, workshops, seminars, comic book signings/autographs, and more. Expect hundreds of cosplayers, as both exhibitors and attendees will dress up as their favorite fictional character. The convention center will sell food to hungry guests, but you can also check out the other great restaurants nearby if you get hungry, plus the bike fest going on across the street. Convention Center parking costs $10, so I suggest taking carpooling, taking public transportation, or parking in the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Ave and walking to the Convention Center.

Noble Ale Works 5th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 20
Noble Ale Works, Anaheim

Noble Ale Works celebrates their fifth anniversary this weekend, and to commemorate, they will throw a beer fest at their brewery just like last year. General admission costs $40 and provides three hours (starting at 1pm) of over 30 different brews, unlimited pours, live music, food trucks, a souvenir glass, and more. For $10 more, enter an hour early to get a head-start on the day. No one under 21 may attend this event.

Cupid’s Undie Run
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 20, Belasco Theather, Downtown Los Angeles
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 20, Moonshine Flats, Downtown San Diego

Enjoy Valentine’s Day by running about a mile in your skivvies at this fun run in West Hollywood. Registration for this run costs $55 per participant, and anyone interested can also register as a team. For full rules and regulations, please see the official website linked above. No one under 21 may participate.

2nd Annual Air + Style Los Angeles
1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, February 20-21
Exposition Park, Los Angeles

Music and snowboarding collide at this extreme sports event this weekend in Los Angeles. Tickets to this concert start at $75 and go up depending on your mode of attendance.

3rd Annual Pub Crawl “The Twelve Pints of Christmas (in February)”
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, February 20
East Village Tavern, Downtown San Diego

Join in on a pub crawl this Saturday evening in Downtown San Diego and explore five different locations while you get drunk with friends and/or complete strangers. All participants must pay for their own drinks.

LA Weekly’s The Essentials
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 20
California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles

Mix & mingle with other rich people as you munch on delicate food and drink samples curated by some of Los Angeles’ most hip places to hang out at. General admission costs $70 and starts at 6pm, while VIP admission costs $105 and starts at 5pm. All attendees receive unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

5th Annual Winter Wine Classic
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, February 20
Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort, Santa Barbara

Attend this wine tasting event this Saturday night in Santa Barbara with unlimited wine samples & appetizers, and a souvenir wine glass. General admission costs $90 and starts at 6:30pm while VIP admission costs $110 and starts at 5:30pm. No one under 21 may attend.

The Toasters: Live in Los Angeles
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 20
The Airliner Nightclub, Los Angeles

Ska band The Toasters will headline a show in Los Angeles this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $10 before 8pm or $15 afterwards. No one under 18 may enter.

The First Ever Skacademy Awards
7:30 pm – 1:30 am, February 20
Out Of The Park Pizza, Anaheim

Southern Californian ska bands have banded together to throw the first ever awards show dedicated to the booming SoCal ska scene. Free to attend for all ages, various awards will go out to select bands, and a handful of ska bands will perform a set as well.

Punk Rock Karaoke
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, February 20
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach

Sing your favorite punk rock hits accompanied by a live band this Saturday night at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach. Tickets to this event cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

The Toasters: Live in Fullerton
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 21
Slide Bar, Fullerton

Ska band The Toasters will headline a FREE show in Fullerton this Sunday night. No one under 21 may enter.

Chinese Cuisine Festival (SGV Chinese Restaurant Week)
February 6-15
Participating businesses in the San Gabriel Valley

Explore the best of Chinese cuisine in the San Gabriel Valley during this week-long period of meal specials. Participating businesses will have various specials ranging from discounts to prix-fixe meals, so check the website for a list of participating businesses and see what each has to offer.

The Toasters: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 9, Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 10, Slide Bar, Fullerton

Famous ska band The Toasters will headline two shows tonight and tomorrow in Southern California. The cover for the Long Beach show tonight costs $8, while the Fullerton show tomorrow night costs nothing. No one under 21 may enter either show.

Savor Santa Ana
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 12
East End, Downtown Santa Ana

Santa Ana gets their very own strolling tasting event this Thursday night! Folks who have attend any Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor will already know the drill. To participate, simply show up, buy a booklet of 12 tickets for $10, and redeem those tickets at participating restaurants in Downtown Santa Ana for yummy samples. In addition, the weekly Downtown Santa Ana farmer’s market will also take place, allowing visitors to browse those wares as well.

Cismontane Brewing – Tap Takeover @ The Factory
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 12
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach

The fine folks from Orange County’s Cismontane Brewing will take over the taps at The Factory in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach. Come on down this Thursday night to enjoy some crafty brews.

Business & Beer @ El Segundo Brewing
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, February 12
El Segundo Brewing, El Segundo

This monthly networking event for small business owners visits a South Bay brewery every second Thursday of the month. This week, they will hit up El Segundo Brewing in El Segundo. If you have involvement with a small business, love craft beer, or both, then stop by this Thursday night.

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

This free monthly event takes place over many blocks in Downtown Los Angeles. Many galleries will open late, and some parking lots will contain more art, vendors, food trucks, entertainment, and more. Unless you know business owners, free parking barely exists in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here prior.

Cro-Mags – West Coast Tour
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 12, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 13, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 14, Los Globos, Silverlake

New York hardcore punk band Cro-Mags embark on a west coast tour starting this week in Southern California. The three Southern California shows all have different ticket prices and age limits, so click on a show’s link above for more information.

San Diego Lunar New Year Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 13
10:00 am – 11:00 pm, February 14
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, February 15
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at this festival all weekend at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. This all-ages festival will feature many traditional music and dance performances, fashion shows, merchandise vendors, and plenty of food & drinks. Admission costs $5 for adults or $4 for children, with family packages available as well.

Single Hop – Downtown Santa Ana Beer Hop
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 13
The Good Beer Company, Santa Ana

Ring in Valentine’s Day with some craft beer in your life. This Friday night in Downtown Santa Ana, mix and mingle with many others at this unique beer tasting event. This event takes place across five locations in Downtown Santa Ana – guests start at The Good Beer Company, and from there can move on to C4 Deli, The Copper Door, 4th St. Market, and Native Son Alehouse in any order. Admission costs $20, and grants you a flight of craft beer at each location. Bring some cash for parking in Downtown Santa Ana, or park in neighborhoods a few blocks away for free. No one under 21 may participate.

Joyce Manor @ The Glass House
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 13-14
The Glass House, Pomona

Joyce Manor will headline not one, but TWO shows at the Glass House in Downtown Pomona this weekend. Tickets to these all-ages shows cost $16. Guests can find free parking around Downtown Pomona, and can avoid paying to park in certain lots.

Duane Peters Gunfight @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 13
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Get your weekly fill of punk rock at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this Friday night. Tickets for this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Insane Inflatable 5K Huntington Beach
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, February 14
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach

It appears that people will do anything to break the mundane cycle of 5k runs. Introducing the Insane Inflatable 5K, a 5k obstacle course that takes you through inflatable obstacles. You remember these things as a kid. Now endure them as you challenge yourself and others to get through over three miles of this stuff. Registration costs $64 online or $75 on the day of the event, and comes with an event t-shirt.

San Diego Travel & Adventure Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 14-15
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego

Interested in traveling and getting out to explore? Find all the information and resources you need and more this weekend at the Travel & Adventure Show. Presale admission costs $11 for one day, or $17 for both days.

Cupid’s Undie Run
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 14
The Abbey, West Hollywood

Enjoy Valentine’s Day by running about a mile in your skivvies at this fun run in West Hollywood. Registration for this run costs $55 per participant, and anyone interested can also register as a team. For full rules and regulations, please see the official website linked above. No one under 21 may participate.

6th Annual Brewbies Fest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 14
Bagby Beer Company, Oceanside

If you could not tell from the event name, this craft beer festival supports breast cancer research. Enjoy craft beer tastings from a multitude of breweries from across the nation during this four-hour tasting gala. General admission costs $40 presale or $50 at the door, and comes with a glass, a bracelet, and one raffle ticket. VIP admission costs $75, and throws in four additional raffle tickets plus access to a VIP lounge with exclusive beers. Absolutely no one under the age of 21 may enter.

Art Crawl Experience
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 14
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim

Downtown Anahiem will see a variety of activities and exhibits this Saturday night. Visitors can expect to find tons of art exhibits, live music, food, food trucks, drinks, yoga, dance, and more. Visitors may park for free in the parking structure located at S Clementine Street and W Oak Street.

The Dirty Little Secrets Burlesque Valentines Day Special
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 14
Villain’s Tavern, Downtown Los Angeles

Enjoy a Valentine’s themed burlesque show this Saturday night in Downtown Los Angeles. No one under 21 may attend.

1st Annual San Gabriel Lunar New Year Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 15
San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, San Gabriel

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

4th Annual LA Zine Fest
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 15
Homenetmen, Glassell Park

This free and all-ages expo will feature hundreds of local and/or independent authors and publishers sharing their magazines, comics, and other DIY material. Workshops and speakers will engage attendees with more material.

Ska Night @ Loaded Hollywood
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 15
Loaded Hollywood, Hollywood

Get your skanking on at this ska show this Sunday night in Hollywood, featuring the return of South Bay’s Just Like Before. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

In the past few years, we have seen many revivals and reunions of bands, musicians, or other music acts at a live show. Back in 2012, at least three acts reunite for the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival: Snoop Dogg & Dr. Dre, Refused, and At The Drive-In. This year’s Coachella will have Outkast reuniting. Apart from reunions, other bands or musicians have returned from varying hiatuses, such as Glassjaw and Destruction Made Simple. On the opposite end of the spectrum, some bands have either called it quits, like Just Like Before or Save The Swim Team, or some have split to pursue something else. Lastly, some acts just never perform in certain cities, states, regions, or countries, such as the Toy Dolls, who will break boundaries by performing at Coachella this year. Regardless of why some local citizens have never seen a particular act in person, many music acts never embellish the true concert experience because they either do not play in some areas, or their shows pose too much difficulty getting into, whether by selling out tickets or for other miscellaneous reasons. Over the past few years, I have made it a priority to attend shows of bands that I either have never seen or rarely see, which drives most of my decisions on what weekly shows to attend. For this year, I truly must see these five bands or musicians to satiate my music thirst. If I must travel or shell out ridiculous amounts of money, I may have to do so.

5. The Toasters

As one of the first bands of third-wave ska, The Toasters ring a bell around the world. This international ska phenomenon defined today’s ska culture, from the musical styles to the fashion that everyone now recognizes when attending a ska show/concert. More often than not, when you view a ska video, the video will have The Toasters playing the background. Their iconic music lays out the foundation for ska today, and anyone even remotely into ska must go to see The Toasters sooner than later.

4. Polar Bear Club

The post-hardcore industry used to revolve around the vocalist’s ability to scream as defined by the old screamo genre. Although deriving from hardcore punk, post-hardcore took on an identity of its own not too long after hardcore punk’s peaking popularity in the early 80’s. Since then, the genre has evolved to encompass the musical style rather than the vocals, so a handful of today’s post-hardcore bands fit into the genre yet do not emphasize the screaming parts, such as Polar Bear Club. As a mixture of punk rock and post-hardcore, Polar Bear Club follows a melodic hardcore model, striving on instrumental prowess to portray emotions rather than a vocalist bleeding their lungs out. Their popularity outnumbers the small venues that they play at often, leading to sold-out shows whenever they announce something. The next time Polar Bear Club swings by your area, do not dawdle – get on the bus and go buy a ticket fast.

3. Billy Talent

Whereas Polar Bear Club’s attraction lies in their instrumental capabilities, Billy Talent delivers the full package. This melodic punk rock band from Canada has transformed their music greatly since inception in the early 1990’s. What started as an independent indie rock band has slowly progressed into a punk rock band, and eventually into the melodic post-hardcore band that fans recognize them as today. Once Billy Talent hit mainstream success in the early 2000’s, the history books tells the rest of the tale. Billy Talent tour across the world extensively, hitting up as many countries as possible to delight fans everywhere. I have yet to see a show that does not sell out within a few days of the initial announcement. When Billy Talent books a show in your area, everyone buys tickets, even if they have no intention of going. Should Billy Talent play in your area this year, I suggest you do the same and buy tickets instantly.

2. Geoff Rickly (Thursday/United Nations)

In a shocking turn of events, my favorite band falls to the number two spot on this list! At least…. what remains of my favorite band has fallen to number two. Having broken up in November 2011, Thursday has greatly influenced the post-hardcore scene during their run as a band, and generally receives credit as the band that forever changed the face of post-hardcore. Since discovering Thursday, I have seen them exactly three times all prior to attending college, before I truly understood the emotion and passion behind the music. Once I understood the lyrics and messages, Thursday had already broken up. Now frontman Geoff Rickly has moved on to perform with supergroup United Nations along with Daryl Palumbo of Glassjaw and Head Automatica. Regardless of which act he performs with, I would never pass up an opportunity to see Rickly perform live again. If Thursday reunites this year… I can kiss my savings goodbye.

1. Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat/Fugazi)

We all saw this coming in this list, and every punk rock fan will tell you: It will never happen. Despite all the fake posters and flyers from last year, Minor Threat will NEVER reunite. Minor Threat’s frontman Ian MacKaye (the man, the myth, the legend) sees no point in reuniting Minor Threat, and by now, he has moved on to other things in his personal life. Sure he went on to form Fugazi, another amazing band in its own right, but ask punk rock fans around the world for the one show they truly want to see, and you will hear Minor Threat over all other bands by a landslide. Some fans that I have spoken to at shows in my area have pledged that they would spend thousands of dollars to see a Minor Threat show one more time. If it has to come down to it, believe me – I will spend that much money too to see Minor Threat live.