Posts Tagged ‘Wartorn’

Legendary hardcore punk band MDC currently tours throughout the US and Australia, and that tour came through Southern California this past weekend, and will return again next week. As one of the most influential hardcore punk bands from the early 1980’s, MDC helped pave the way for today’s hardcore punk, thrash, and metal bands. Not only has their lineup changed drastically since inception, but the MDC acronym has changed throughout time too. You can bet that their ability to rock has not changed, as they show no signs that age will get them down with this intense and barbaric show in a tiny venue.

Local punk band Vindictive opened the night to an already packed house. For most of their set, their vocalist sounded muffled through the mic, so I could not hear them at their clearest. This did not stop the pit from already starting. As an all-ages show, the kids came out in full force this early, starting the pit and dragging the crowd into it with them. Vindictive’s hardcore sound fueled the pit’s momentum quite nicely, setting a positive pace for the rest of the night.

LA thrash punk band SMD joined us on stage next. Now with the real heavy music starting to settle in, the crowd all gathered as tightly as possible around the stage. Does anyone know what SMD stands for? They never revealed it that night, but true fans may know its true meaning. They may even follow the MDC model by altering the acronym over time. With the night turning into more of a metal show with each band, the crowd would eventually shift towards the metal side, with all the punk kids gradually leaving and the metalhead adults coming forward.

For an out-of-town band, Worthless Eaters sure put up a good show. This grindcore band from Portland, Oregon truly delivered a typical death metal sound, with the altered screaming and incessant instrumentals. As the punk kids dispersed from the pit, Worthless Eaters tested the true wherewithal of the crowd to see if they can handle the physicality of a metal pit. Although I give props to the regular people in the pit, they did not stand a chance against bigger guys. This weeding out of the weak from the strong benefited everyone by forming a tougher pit wall of people.

Another out-of-town band, Wartorn, got more involved with the crowd by performing practically in the pit. This hardcore crust punk band from Wisconsin utilized two different vocals for layers of lyrics. Combining styles from Poison The Well and Curl Up And Die, the lead vocalist provided the audible lyrics, while a guitarist at the back provided the death metal voice. Wartorn does a stellar job at blending different styles of music to create their own sound, so check them out while they still tour. And yes, they do have a female bassist.

The death metal sound would start to calm down once Opposition Rising set up on stage. Comprised of former members of hardcore punk band Toxic Narcotic, Opposition Rising badly wanted the entire room to rise up and destroy everything. By sending the pit to the back of the room, they aimed to generate a venue-wide pit, rather than the small area in front of the stage. Whether or not the crowd jumped into the pit, Opposition Rising still delivered a killer set with their politically charged messages and furious bouts of anger. They set the room up perfectly for the headlining band coming up next.

Leaving nothing behind, MDC stomped onto the stage to a tense and eager crowd. Famously known as Millions of Dead Cops, MDC now runs under the acronym Multi-Death Corporation, as MDC changes the acronym’s meaning with every new album release. Instead of dealing with greetings and introductions, MDC preferred to jump straight into the music, as they brought a long set list to go through. MDC did not even follow the set list straight through – they jumped around the set list, leaving everyone guessing the next song. MDC also managed to finish what Opposition Rising started with a venue-wide mosh pit. As a punk show with lots of metalheads, this pit lies far from the average punk show pit, as this pit involved lots of fists and elbows. One guy left halfway through the set with a blood-covered face. He eventually returned to the pit, as he simply did not want to miss out on the legend known as MDC.

Miss this MDC show? You can catch them again next week at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach. Pay close attention to Alex’s Bar next week, as they have three consecutive days of punk rock there.

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The Dead Ships, Death Hymn Number 9, and Death Valley Girls @ The Roxy
8:30 pm – 2:00 am, August 7
The Roxy, West Hollywood
http://grimygoods.com/2013/07/24/grimy-goods-presents-the-dead-ships-death-hymn-number-9-death-valley-girls-at-the-roxy-aug-7/

Famous Deads come to The Roxy this Wednesday night for a wold night of rock & roll and partying, as The Dead Ships, Death Hymn No. 9, and Death Valley Girls play this show. In addition, adult film star April O’Neil will DJ between sets. As a motorcycle themed show, any guest riding a motorcycle will not only enjoy free parking, but will enter the show for just $3. All other guests can enter for $5.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 8
Downtown Los Angeles
http://downtownartwalk.org/

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

2013 D23 Expo
9:00 am – 8:00 pm, August 9-10
9:00 am – 6:30 pm, August 11
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://d23.com/d23-expo/

The world’s largest Disney expo returns this weekend to the Anaheim Convention Center. Situated just across the street from the Disneyland Resort, tens of thousands of Disney fans from around the world travel here to find all things Disney here, from merchandise vendors to autograph sessions to costume contests and more. Attendees may also catch a sneak preview at Disney’s new upcoming animated movie, Frozen. One-day admission for non-D23 members costs $57 for adults and $47 for children 12 and under. A weekend pass for non-D23 members costs $166 for adults and $136 for children 12 and under. I HIGHLY recommend early arrival – with so many people trying to get in, expect to wait in long lines if arriving mid-day. Parking will cost a pretty penny – consider getting dropped off, or park in the neighborhoods to the west.

26th Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival
5:00 pm – 10:30 pm, August 9
11:00 am – 10:30 pm, August 10-11
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachjazzfestival.com/

Soak in the sun with classy R&B and jazz music this weekend in Long Beach. Discover the best in local music under the sun in the park by the beach, and check out the local food and art also available at this all-ages fest. Admission varies based on attendance method, with rates starting at $55. Parking in nearby lots and structures cost $10 per vehicle – consider parking in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue to circumvent parking fees.

Brew at the Zoo
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 9
Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles
http://lazoo.org/brew/

This craft beer fest at the Los Angeles Zoo will allow you to drink while exhibiting the animals. Also expect to see comedians, DJs, bands, vendors, and more. Admission costs $45 presale, and includes fourteen 4.5oz beer tasters and entry into the park to look at the animals.

MDC, Opposition Rising, Wartorn, and more @ The Other Place
7:00 pm – 1:30 am, August 9
The Other Place, Anaheim
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/417230

Legendary hardcore punk band Millions of Dead Cops (MDC) currently tour throughout the US and Australia, and that tour comes through Southern California this weekend and again in two weeks. Catch them and a handful of other great local punk bands this Friday night at The Other Place. This all-ages show cost $9 to get in, and comes with a full bar for guests 21 and over.

Surf Guitar Convention & Festival
8:00 am – 8:00 pm, August 10
The Starting Gate, Los Alamitos
http://surfguitar101.com/convention/HOME.html

Come see lots of surf music bands perform this benefit show. This all-day all-ages show costs $30 to attend.

8th Annual Cardiff Dog Days of Summer
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 10
Cardiff Town Center, Cardiff
http://www.cardiffdogdaysofsummer.com/

Want a little exercise, socialization, and bonding with your dog? Come enjoy dog contests, custom pet products and animal adoptions. Vendors will display the latest dog products and much more. San Diego County’s largest dog-centric event draws thousands attendees from all over San Diego to see over 200 vendors, dog contests, live music, food, an agility course, a doggie photo booth, doggie crafts and a large silent auction. Completely free to attend for all ages, attendees should park at or near Encinitas City Hall and take the free shuttle.

81st Annual Great Sand Sculpture Contest
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 10-11
Granada Launch Ramp, Long Beach
http://lbsandcastle.com/

This contest to build a unique and fascinating sand sculpture takes place over two days this weekend. Most of the building will take place on Saturday, with Sunday allocated mainly to spectators. All participants will get featured in local media, such as The Press Telegram. Interested individuals and/or teams may register for FREE, and all participants and spectators will find vendors, live music, food, and a kids’ area on both days.

2013 Reptile Super Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 10
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 11
Fairplex, Pomona
http://reptilesupershow.com/

Check out all things reptiles and amphibians at this weekend expo at the Fairplex in Pomona. Open to all ages, attendees will find reptiles, amphibians, turtles, supplies, cages, lights, supplements, educational workshops, and more. Admission costs $14 for adults and $9 for children 12 and under. Parking costs $10 per vehicle – guests must enter through blue gate 9, located on White Avenue south of Arrow Hwy.

Summer Sun & Art Fest
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 10
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 11
The Pike, Downtown Long Beach
http://laydbackproductions.com/?page_id=26

This weekend, guests of all ages can find juried fine arts, contemporary crafts, handcrafted items, entertainment, delectable edibles, unique offerings, and more all at The Pike in Downtown Long Beach, completely free to attend.

2013 South Bay Food Fest
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 10
StubHub Center, Carson
http://supergourmetfoodtruckjam.weebly.com/

Check out over 25 of Southern California’s top gourmet food trucks all in one location, accompanied by live music and plenty of kids’ activities. This all-ages fest costs $10 presale and $12 at the door, and includes free parking. All food comes at cost, so bring plenty of cash to munch on food all day.

Mitsuwa Summer Festival
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, August 10-11
Mitsuwa Marketplace, Torrance
http://mitsuwa.com/event/eevent.php?e=36

Come experience Japanese culture over the weekend! Completely FREE to attend for all ages, visitors will find games, arts, crafts, food, music, dance, karaoke, and more. Mitsuwa Marketplace will remain open for regular business during this time as well.

The Full Pint 6th Anniversary Celebration
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 10
38 Degrees Ale House & Grill, Alhambra
http://thefullpint.com/events/tfp6/

This beer fest will bring out the big guns, as The Full Pint brings out all the rare beers that attendees can handle. A VIP session starts at 5pm, but has already sold out. General admission starts at 7pm and costs $10 to enter – from there, attendees will pay for beer as they go, and each beer will vary in price. Downtown Alhambra provides plenty of options for free parking, so avoid paying for parking around here.

Art Crawl Experience
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 10
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
http://www.downtownanaheim.com/artcrawlexperience

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 – Girls On Film
10:00 pm – 11:30 pm, August 10
Malones Bar & Grill, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/218527238299591/

The sexy vixens from the Dirty Little Secrets return this Saturday night with their Girls On Film show. Catch them performing at 10:00 and 11:00 this night. No one under 21 may enter. This bar requires a variable cover charge. When entering, mention that you want to see the Dirty Little Secrets.

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show
5:00 am – 2:00 pm, August 11
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.pomonaswapmeet.com/

See thousands of original and restored classic cars at the Fairplex this Sunday morning. Many of the vendors will also sell automotive accessories, parts, and more as well. This all-ages show cost $10 to enter, while children 10 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Parking costs $10 per vehicle – guests must enter via gate 17 on Fairplex Drive, directly off the 10 freeway.

17th Annual Chula Vista Lemon Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 11
Third Avenue Village, Chula Vista
http://www.thirdavenuevillage.com/events/lemon-festival-0

This street fair in Chula Vista will have food, arts & crafts, live music, dance, entertainment, and lemons everywhere. Completely free to attend for all ages, visitors should park in the neighborhoods south of 3rd Avenue.

Blue Palms Brewhouse 5th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 11
Blue Palms Brewhouse, Los Angeles
http://bluepalmsbrewhouse.com/5.html

Blue Palms Brewhouse turns five this week, and would like to invite you to join in on the festivities! Admission costs $45 presale and $50 at the door, and comes with ten 5oz beer tasters, a souvenir glass, and food while it lasts. Attendees may purchase additional beer pours if desired.

2013 Ecuadorian Festival & Parade
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 12
Olvera Street, Los Angeles
http://www.festivals.com/viewevent.aspx?eventid=QFxVv8b6HcA%3D

The parade starts at 11am on Broadway & 8th St, goes north on Broadway until Temple St, then turns on Main St, ending at Olvera Street. The parade will have cars, dancers, drill teams, beauty queens, and other businesses. Olvera Street will have Ecuadorian food, arts & crafts, music, vendors, free health screenings, lots of free gifts, games, and a variety of products, services and information provided by all type of exhibitors.

29th Annual Hillcrest CityFest
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 11
5th & University, Hillcrest, San Diego
http://fabuloushillcrest.com/events/hillcrest-cityfest/

Have fun at this street fair in Hillcrest this Sunday with games, activities, vendors, live music, food, a beer garden, and more. Free to attend for all ages, visitors should park at the San Diego School District Building on the east side of Hillcrest.

Ballast Point 17th Anniversary Celebration
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 11
Maritime Museum, San Diego
http://www.ballastpoint.com/ballastpoint17anniversary/

Ballast Point Brewing turns 17 soon, and would like to invite you to come celebrate with them! At the San Diego Maritime Museum this Sunday afternoon, guests can find all things Ballast Point, as they enjoy their drinks aboard historic ships and submarines. Ballast Point will provide over 40 different beers, which will include rare beers and some unreleased beers. Live music will play on multiple stages throughout the venue. Local food vendors will also set up for guests that get hungry, although food comes at its own price. Admission to this one of a kind beer fest costs $40, which includes full admission to the museum, fifteen 3oz beer tasters, and a souvenir glass. No one under 21 may attend.

Cruise the Pike Classic Car Show
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 11
The Pike, Downtown Long Beach
http://laydbackproductions.com/?page_id=4234

Come on down to The Pike this Sunday afternoon and enjoy art and cars on the grassy knoll! Spectators of all ages can attend for free. Anyone interested in showcasing their classic car in this show must register their vehicle for $15 prior to the event or $20 on the day of.

Litmus Green, Rum Rebellion, Absinthe Rose, and more @ The Other Place
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 11
The Other Place, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/519830964730933/

Bring back the holidays with this international punk rock show, featuring folk punk, celtic punk, pirate punk, hardcore punk, and other off-punk bands. This all-ages show costs only $3 to enter for those 21 and over, and $6 for everyone else 20 and under.