Posts Tagged ‘Thursday’

For most music fans, if their favorite band or artist rolls into town for a show or performance, they will make an effort to go see that show. Some music acts occur quite often, while others rarely occur in a given area. For example, Social Distortion used to play so many shows in Southern California that local fans started to attend those shows less often. On the other hand, artists not from the west coast would rarely perform in California, so whenever they came into town, fans immediately flocked to see them. In extreme cases, some bands break up or some artists take an indefinite hiatus. So when a band reunites for some more shows, you can bet that fans will want to catch this act one last time until they disappear for good. This sparked the reason for me attending Coachella in 2012 when both At The Drive-In and Refused reunited around the same time. This also sparked the reason for me to jump at the opportunity to see my favorite band back in action after many years of missing them, Thursday.

Legendary post-hardcore band Thursday announced late in 2011 that the band had disbanded, approximately a day after Thrice announced their hiatus on Twitter. Prior to this announcement, I had not seen Thursday live since 2006, so of course my heart sank upon hearing the news. Many years later at the start of 2017, the Thursday Twitter account started to bustle with activity, followed with the announcement of a reunion tour. I acquired my ticket to see them again in Los Angeles, and that show wrapped up last Tuesday night at The Wiltern in Koreatown. This tour will continue onward across the nation, culminating with the end of their tour in New York at the end of this month. What Thursday will do following this tour remains ambiguous, but personally I hope they have a few more tours or shows left until they retire the band for good.

As the banner above indicates, a couple of bands open for Thursday during the tour. From now until the end of the tour, Cities Aviv will open the show. For the show in Los Angeles, we had indie rock band Wax Idols opening, as they opened for shows during the first half of the Thursday tour. UK rock band Basement played second in the show, followed by LA’s own post-hardcore band Touché Amoré, both popular in their own right. While every band had its fair share of fans in the crowd, obviously everyone present awaited the arrival of Thursday to the stage. For that hour and a half, the entire room went ballistic as the nostalgia hit from a band prevalent during much of the teenage and young adult years of all the fans present. Despite an all-ages show, since Thursday had their primetime in the mid-2000’s, most of the audience consisted of fans from the mid-20’s to mid-40’s. Everyone got their hit of nostalgia and got to relive their youthful years during this show. Hopefully this paves the way for other legendary bands to reunite soon and play some shows.

Sigur Rós: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 10, Fox Theater, Pomona
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 13-15, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Downtown Los Angeles

Legendary post-rock band Sigur Rós currently tours across the world, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary by date, so check with the venue for ticket prices.

Thursday: Live at The Wiltern
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 11
The Wiltern, Koreatown

Legendary post-hardcore band Thursday makes their triumphant return to SoCal this week. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $30.

Subhumans: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 11, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 12, The Observatory, Santa Ana

Legendary punk rock band Subhumans will headline two shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary by location, so check with the venue for prices.

2017 San Diego Road Runner Sports Adventure Run
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 13
Road Runner Sports, Kearny Mesa, San Diego

Participate in a FREE, 60-minute scavenger-like fun run filled with giveaways, raffle prizes, music, and a FREE beer garden. Your Adventure starts when you arrive early to collect your supplies and try cool new products from Adventure Run sponsors for free.When the run starts, hit the road and collect as many raffle tickets from as many checkpoints as possible in 60 minutes, then rush back for a chance to win over $3,000 in raffle prizes.

Orange Coast Magazine’s Best Restaurants Celebration
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm, April 13
PIRCH, Costa Mesa

Sample food, treats, drinks, and more from some of Orange County’s top restaurants this Thursday night in Costa Mesa. Admission costs $60 and provides unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. Guests can park for free here. No one under 21 may attend.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 13
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.

Road Trip To Hell Burlesque Show
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 13
Harvelle’s, Downtown Long Beach

Enjoy a sizzling burlesque show this Thursday night in Downtown Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Hanadoki Con 2017
11:00 am – 2:00 am, April 14
10:00 am – 2:00 am, April 15
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 16
Town & Country Resort, Mission Valley, San Diego

Basically, a Japanese pop culture convention. Come see all things anime, manga, and cosplay at this three-day convention taking place this week in San Diego. Registration varies in price, starting at $20.

Easter Spectacular by Anime Academia
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 14
Tewinkle Park, Costa Mesa

Free to attend for all ages, enjoy Easter-themed games, raffles, prizes, treats, and more this Friday afternoon in Costa Mesa.

3rd Annual Ventura County Spring Fair
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 14
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 15
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 16
Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura

The Ventura County Fair will open for just a weekend this week. The $6 admission gets you in to the fairgrounds this weekend and includes a coupon good for $5 off admission for the actual fair that will return later this year.

Viernes 13: Live in Riverside
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 14
The Concert Lounge, Riverside

Get your skanking on at this skacore show in Riverside this Friday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10 presale or $15 at the door.

Tiger Army with T.S.O.L. & Gamblers Mark
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 14
The Observatory, North Park, San Diego

Legendary psychobilly band Tiger Army currently tours across the world, and that tour swings through Southern California this week and next week. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $30.

Wanderlust 108
7:30 am – 3:30 pm, April 15
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego

Join in on this yoga meetup this Saturday at Liberty Station in San Diego. Admission costs $49, and includes entry into a 5k run, yoga, and meditation. Attendees should bring their own yoga mat, plus sunscreen if they want to share.

VRLA Expo 2017
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 15
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles

See the latest in virtual reality gadgets at this VR expo at the LA Convention Center this Saturday afternoon. General admission to this all-ages expo costs $40, or $30 for students.

Easter Scrimmage: Bunnies vs. Chicks
10:30 am – 12:30 pm, April 15
Laguna Hills Community Center, Laguna Hills

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday morning in Laguna Hills. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $10 presale or $15 at the door.

13th Annual Vintage Fashion Show and Tea
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 15
Heritage Square Museum, Los Angeles

See beautiful costumes and vintage gowns this Saturday in Los Angeles. Following the fashion show, visitors can participate in an afternoon tea buffet, check out the museum, browse the fashion vendors, and more. Presale tickets cost $30 for adults or $15 for children.

First Class Pizza • Woodbury’s 10 Year Anniversary
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, April 15
First Class Pizza • Woodbury, Irvine

Irvine’s First Class Pizza • Woodbury turns ten years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have some rare beers on tap this Saturday, as well as specialty food items for sale. This event has no admission fee – simply show up, and pay as you go.

Zotcade 2017 Gaming Festival
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, April 15-16
UCI Student Center, Irvine

A free and all-ages video games event takes place on the UCI campus this weekend. While free to attend, parking and gaming tournament fees will apply. This event will have a few gaming-related vendors and panels as well.

17th Annual Taste of Hillcrest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 15
5th & Robinson, Hillcrest, San Diego

Savor the flavors of all the amazing eateries in Hillcrest this Saturday afternoon. Over 40 restaurants will offer delicious samples to guests, while a handful of local breweries will provide beer tasters for guests. Admission costs $30 presale or $35 on the day of the event. Admission includes 50 taster tickets, and each location accepts different amounts of tickets. Guests can move at their own pace, and select which locations to spend their tickets at.

7th Annual Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 15
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego

This gourmet food and craft beer festival returns to Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego this Saturday. This 21 & up event will feature numerous breweries serving up unlimited samples of their beers, and a handful of local chefs and restaurants serving their delicious creations. VIP admission costs $90 presale or $100 at the gate, comes with a t-shirt, and allows entry at 12pm. General admission costs $60 presale or $65 at the gate, and starts at 1:30pm. With free parking, local bands, and a vast area with plenty of seating, this fest has all grounds covered.

Long Beach Craft Beer & Oyster Festival
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 15
Shoreline Aquatic Park, Long Beach

Sample oysters and craft beers this Saturday afternoon in Long Beach down by the water. General admission costs $35 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $45, starts at 12pm, and includes a mimosa bar. All attendees receive unlimited beer samples until 4pm, and a souvenir cup. Admission does NOT include food – all attendees must still pay for food. No one under 21 may attend.

San Diego Wing Fest 2017
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 15
Jolt’n Joes, Downtown San Diego (warning: autoplay)

If you love chicken wings, check out the all-ages Wing Fest in San Diego this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $30 presale or $40 at the door and starts at 3pm. VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 2pm. Admission includes unlimited food samples while supplies last, but does not include drinks – attendees must pay for drinks. Participation in a wing-eating contest costs $35 to register.

Night Nation Run – San Diego
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 15
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar

People always seem to want to find any way possible to make running less boring. Introducing Night Nation Run, a glow run that now involves EDM. Run a course complete with lights, glow sticks, lasers, EDM, and more. Registration costs $30 presale or $60 once presale registration runs out, and includes a t-shirt, a glow necklace, a goodie bag, and access to the after-party with more EDM.

2017 Long Beach Onesie Pub Crawl
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 15
Clancy’s, Downtown Long Beach

Drunk people in tacky onesies get schwifty with each other this Saturday night in Downtown Long Beach. $10 gets you a wristband good for participating venues, where you will receive specials on drinks all night. Participants must find their own way to get from venue to venue. No one under 21 may attend.

DC Fallout: Live in Fullerton
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 15
Slide Bar, Downtown Fullerton

Rock out to a FREE show this Saturday night in Downtown Fullerton. No one under 21 may enter.

April 16

Happy Easter! Spend today with loved ones~

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.