Posts Tagged ‘Yeastie Boys’

Bell’s Brewery Tap Takeovers
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 24, Pie Dog, Fullerton http://www.facebook.com/events/705932302839040/
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 25, Meat Up BBQ, Placentia http://www.facebook.com/meatUpBBQ/photos/a.645749405516015.1073741829.645725588851730/784668281624126/
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, February 26, Naja’s Place, Redondo Beach http://www.facebook.com/events/371903702981576/
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 27, Alpine Village, Torrance http://www.facebook.com/events/1441370076153213/

Bell’s Brewery will have their beers at a handful of Southern California locations this week. Check out where they will have their beers, and enjoy a cold one.

Taking Back Sunday – 2015 Spring Tour
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 25, Riverside Municipal Auditorium, Riverside http://concerts.livenation.com/event/0B004D67F5D632A3
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 26, House of Blues, San Diego http://www.houseofblues.com/sandiego/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=0A004D67D3C02439&oid=0
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 27, Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood http://www.thehollywoodpalladium.com/events/taking-back-sunday-letlive-the-menzingers/
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 28, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/Taking-Back-Sunday

Taking Back Sunday’s Spring tour will swing through Southern California this week with these four shows. Each show has its own ticket price, so click on a link above for more details about that show.

San Luis Obispo Craft Beer Fest
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, February 27
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 28
Alex Madonna Expo Center, San Luis Obispo
http://www.slo-beer-fest.com/

Get sudsy in San Luis Obispo this weekend and enjoy dozens of beers from dozens of breweries. Friday night consists of a pre-party with beer and blues music. Saturday will contain the full brewery lineup. Saturday-only tickets have sold out, but Friday’s event costs $30 while a two-day pass costs $75.

Yeastie Boys @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 27
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/637282176401135/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at the World Famous Doll Hut in Anaheim this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $6. No one under 21 may enter.

Color In Motion 5k – San Diego
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, February 28
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
http://colorinmotion5k.com/San_Diego

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

37th Annual LA Chinatown Firecracker 5/10K Run
7:30 am – 4:00 pm, February 28
6:00 am – 12:00 pm, March 1
Chinatown, Los Angeles
http://www.firecracker10k.org/

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.

Atlas Race SoCal 2015
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 28 – March 1
Vail Lake Resort, Temecula
http://www.atlasrace.com/racepage-socal.html

Test your might at this unforgiving obstacle course this weekend in Temecula. Participate in a standard obstacle course that lasts about four miles, or take part in a longer obstacle course lasting about eight miles. Registration prices vary depending on the event and time, starting at $85.

2015 Long Beach Comic Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 28
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 1
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://longbeachcomicexpo.com/

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.

Open That Barrel Night
11:00 am – 12:00 am, February 28
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://www.facebook.com/events/424118834417866/

Enjoy some live music, rare barrel-aged beers, and one-off beers this Saturday at the Hangar 24 tasting room in Redlands.

Barrel & Stave Tap Takeover
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 28
The Brew House, San Juan Capistrano
http://www.facebook.com/events/1650892148471998/

The Brew House in San Juan Capistrano will tap dozens of oaked & barrel-aged beers matured in everything from chardonnay & port barrels to oak chip & bourbon casks this Saturday for your drinking pleasure. This event costs $45 to attend and includes ten 3oz beer tasters, a souvenir glass, and one meal ticket for the visiting food truck.

Punk Fest 2015
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 28
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/320160751501554/

Over a dozen local punk rock bands will perform at this all-day concert this Saturday at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. Tickets to this show cost $15 presale or $20 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Litmus Green @ House of Tacos
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 28
House of Tacos, Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/632181126885945/

Enjoy a local punk rock show in Hollywood this Saturday night. The cover for this all-ages show costs $12.

Monster Squad @ SCLA Apparel
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 28
SCLA Apparel, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1486227114993885/

Follow no rules at this punk show in South Central LA this Saturday night. The cover for this all-ages show costs $13.

Say Hello To Sunshine 10 Year Anniversary Show
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 28
Glass House, Pomona
http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/743913-finch-pomona/

Finch will headline this one-off show, not part of any tour, this Saturday night at the Glass House in Pomona. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25.

Orange County Restaurant Week
March 1-7
Various restaurants in Orange County
http://www.orangecountyrestaurantweek.com/

For one week, numerous restaurants in Orange County will offer prix-fixe multi-course meals, ranging from $10-20 for lunch and $20-40 for dinner.

Get Happy – Old Pasadena Happy Hour Week
March 1-14
Participating locations, Old Pasadena
http://www.oldpasadena.org/happyhourweek/

Enjoy extended Happy Hour food & drink specials at participating locations in Old Pasadena during this two-week period.

Party For The Planet
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 1
Big Red Sun, Santa Monica
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/party-for-the-planet-tickets-15678157792

With a very vague and ambiguous description, this event has music, art, food, drinks, raffles, and more. It costs $20 to enter. The event page lists no other details, such as age limit, parking, content, and more.

2015 Vegan Street Fair
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 1
Weddington St & Bakman Ave, North Hollywood
http://www.veganstreetfair.com/

The vegans have their day in North Hollywood this Sunday afternoon. This event takes place on the streets of North Hollywood, closing the intersection of Weddington St & Bakman Ave to traffic. Dozens of vendors will set up booths in this event, serving up vegan food samples to all visitors. Visitors must purchase $8 booklets containing 12 tickets that they can redeem for food samples.

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Punk rock shows come and go, especially in Orange County where the punk scene represents a significant fraction of the population compared to the rest of Southern California. However, none truly could measure up to the scope of Narcoleptic Youth and The Voids co-headlining a show at the Doll Hut this past Saturday. Narcoleptic Youth already has a strong following, but The Voids walk on a different level. As a band that has largely retired, they rarely play shows, so when they actually can get all members of the band together for a show, fans everywhere ensure that they can travel to the show.

Opening the night, we have Bad Ass, a badass band. Although I had never seen this gang of six perform live before, I had heard so many great things about them, and they surely lived up to the expectations. Their use of two vocalists give off an impression of dueling vocals, similar to that of X (the band). Who ever thought that punk rock would involve a kazoo? Somehow, Bad Ass managed to incorporate a kazoo into their set, which worked out well to my confusion!

Next, we have the Broken Patron Saints. I first saw these guys right here at the Doll Hut. Just like that first time I saw them, their vocalist has a gritty voice, similar to that of Cheap Sex, while the instrumentals sound like The Misfits. Superimposed together, you have an odd combination of catchy & grim music, along with someone yelling at you. Though that may sound like a bad idea, it actually worked out to give them their own identity that sets them apart from all the other punk bands out there.

Once the next band, Yeastie Boys, entered the room, the party immediately started, despite the band still needing some tune-ups required to perform. This clown-themed punk rock band from Costa Mesa travels with clown get-ups, toys, dancers, and more as they rock out with their original songs plus some covers of songs throughout time. Once they got started, the crowd erupted into a room-wide pit, complete with all the toys the band members had thrown around earlier, such as beach balls, balloons, confetti, tape rollers, party poppers, inflatables, and more. The physicality of the pit proved too much for me, and I only managed four photos before I got hit so heavily that I had to remove myself from the front of the stage.

As the first of the night’s headliners set up, I waited in anticipation for The Voids, a band that rarely ever performs together anymore due to the band members’ real life priorities. Those who have listened to The Voids will likely recognize a female on the vocals, but most could not picture a face to the music. Seeing The Voids for the first time truly reminded that you cannot judge a book by its cover. Unlike virtually every other female-fronted punk rock band I have seen, The Voids’ vocalist, Adri, does not have that ugly punk rock look about her when she performs. When most punk rock bands perform, they take on a certain look that makes them unappealing to non-punk rock fans. The Voids break that mold with Adri, who maintains her womanly composure during the band’s performance. Photos cannot capture her true look – you must attend one of their shows to witness this magnificent band in action.

Finally we get to the final headliner of the night, Narcoleptic Youth. No surprises exist as to why they have the greatest fans – no other bands can imitate their unrivaled fast-paced hardcore punk sound. At times, you would think that vocalist Joey raps during their songs, which many of them have to do with the vices of today’s society. As they have a new album coming out, their set contained a solid mix of old and new songs, with plenty of fan favorites such as Mini Van Soccer Mom, Is This Punk, McAnarchy, Busted Condom, and Bitch Needs A Muzzle. This set also contained a few covers, such as Falling Out by D.I. and Numbers and Easy Way Out by The Adicts. Narcoleptic Youth has quickly become one of my favorite live bands, and after seeing a Narcoleptic Youth performance, you may want more of them too.

Check out all of the bands’ Facebook pages, as they all have shows coming up very soon. Also pay attention to events at the Doll Hut, as they have shows going on every week.

US Open of Surfing
July 25 – August 3
Huntington Beach, south of the pier
http://www.usopenofsurfing.com/

This week-long competition takes place on the shore south of Huntington Beach Pier. Come see professional and amateur surfers compete to take a spot for the ASP World Tour. Visitors will also find skateboarding demos and live music all week. Completely free to attend, this weekend will see thousands of spectators on the beach for the US Open. Expect heavy traffic all week. Try to find parking in the neighborhoods, but prepare to walk a long distance if choosing to park in neighborhoods, since the neighborhoods closer to the beach will remain full all week.

Mocha Machine Release
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 29
Beachwood Brewing, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/301957456641933/

Dark-beer fans rejoice – Beachwood Brewing will release Mocha Machine this Tuesday. Enjoy this coffee porter on draft at Beachwood Brewing, or buy bottles to take elsewhere to enjoy.

8Kalacas @ House of Blues Sunset – Free Show
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, July 29
House of Blues, West Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/584327058347467/

Catch a FREE ska show this Tuesday night in West Hollywood. Click the link above for more information on how to obtain free tickets. No one under 18 may attend the show.

2014 International Surf Festival
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, July 30
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 31
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 1
6:45 am – 10:00 pm, August 2
7:30 am – 3:00 pm, August 3
Various beaches, Hermosa/Manhattan/Redondo Beach
http://www.surffestival.org/

Celebrate beach life with the 2014 International Surf Festival that spans five days starting Wednesday morning. The festival comes chock-full of events and activities – see the website for a complete schedule. Actual surfing competitions start Saturday morning, while visitors can catch other activities on all the other times, such as beach volleyball, lifeguard demos, beach runs, and more.

Ska Revival Tour
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 30
Dipiazzas, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/534823763289848/

This collective group of ska bands from across the country will stop by Long Beach on their tour this Wednesday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10.

GOGO13 @ Irvine Regional Park
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 31
Irvine Regional Park, Orange
http://ocparks.com/

Various parks around Orange County will host FREE and all-ages concerts this summer. This Thursday night, see local ska band GOGO13 perform an unforgettable set. Food trucks will arrive to keep guests fed too.

61st Annual Kids Fishing Rodeo
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, August 1
Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, Long Beach
http://www.alfredosbeachclub.com/seafest-fishing.html

This FREE kids’ fishing contest will provide a safe environment for kids to learn how to fish, about fishing equipment, and about the environment. All participants must supply their own rod and reel – the event will provide bait and tackle.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 1
Various locations
Long Beach: http://firstfridayslongbeach.com/
Venice: http://www.abbotkinney1stfridays.com/

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).

The Rusty Monk: 1st Anniversary Art Show
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 1
The Rusty Monk, Uptown Whittier
http://therustymonk.com/specials/

Celebrate The Rusty Monk’s 1st anniversary this Friday night with an art show, special dinner menu, special beer tappings, glass giveaways, and more.

66th Annual La Habra Corn Festival
5:30 pm – 11:00 pm, August 1
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, August 2
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 3
El Centro Park, La Habra
http://lahabracornfestival.com/

This city fair celebrates corn with food, rides, games, drinks, vendors, merchandise, raffles, entertainment, and more. This fair will have a parade on Saturday afternoon too. Free to attend for all ages, visitors can also participate in a corn-eating contest, cutest baby contest, dog costume contest, apple pie contest, and more.

Whitekaps @ Little Louie’s Hemet
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 1
Little Louie’s, Hemet
http://www.facebook.com/events/1576292429263101/

Local punk bands will play a show this Friday night in Hemet. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

Wet Hot Skamerican Summer
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 1
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/767171716692671/

A bunch of great local ska bands will play an all-ages show this Friday night at the House of Blues in Downtown Disney in Anaheim. You can obtain free tickets by directly contacting any of the bands via their Facebook page. Guests can park for free for up to five hours with the wristband from this show, so plan your arrival accordingly.

Punk Night @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 1
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/321817831310162/

Enjoy some local punk/ska music this Friday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may attend.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 1
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/176399

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. No one under 21 may enter.

The Dirty Little Secrets @ Whisky A Go Go
11:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 1
Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/1439050033046394/

The sexy vixens from the Dirty Little Secrets return this Friday night for a raunchy show at the Whisky. This bar requires a variable cover charge. When entering, mention that you want to see the Dirty Little Secrets.

25th Annual Clairemont Family Day
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 2
South Clairemont Park, San Diego
http://www.clairemontfamilyday.com/

Bring the entire family over to the park this Saturday for a FREE fair at the park. This fair will feature a pancake breakfast, arts & crafts, live entertainment, food, drinks, games, rides, a car show, and more. Visitors can swim for FREE in the park’s pool from 12pm until 3pm.

2014 Lucas Oil Long Beach Sprint Nationals
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 2-3
Marine Stadium, Long Beach
http://www.scscracing.com/

Powerboat racers from across the country will congregate in Long Beach this weekend for this annual competition. Admission costs $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

21st Annual Long Beach Crawfish Festival
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 2
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 3
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachcrawfishfestival.com/

Indulge in crawfish, beignets, drinks, and other New Orleans eats this weekend in Long Beach. In addition to all the food, attendees will find a TV lounge, dance contests, live music, souvenir photos, and more. Entry to this all-ages festival cost $13 presale and $15 at the gate for adults, while kids 12 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Adding a two-pound crawfish feast will cost $28 presale and $38 at the gate. Adding a three-pound crawfish feast will cost $35 presale and $48 at the gate. The parking lots across the street charge for use – park for free in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue.

HARD Summer Music Festival
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 2-3
Whittier Narrows Recreation Area, South El Monte
http://www.hardsummer.com/

Electronic Dance Music (EDM) has always remained a popular genre in our recent history. Since the early 1990’s, people have jammed and danced to EDM through various forms, such as rave, techno, trance, dubstep, and more. Due to this genre’s lack of lyrics, EDM sounds the same to everyone around the world. This international appeal reaches every corner in the world, especially at Electric Daisy Carnival. This weekend, Los Angeles will see its own EDM concert with Hard Summer, a two-day outdoor concert taking place at the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area in South El Monte. Tickets start at $85 for one-day general admission, and go up as high as $270 for a two-day VIP pass. No one under 18 may attend.

Bicycle Drive-In
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 2
7th & Pine, Long Beach
http://summerandmusic.com/event/bicycle-drive-in/

Ride your bikes to this FREE all-ages event and enjoy an evening of film and music. Visitors may bring blankets, chairs, and picnics to set up to enjoy the movies and/or music.

Yeastie Boys @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 2
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1521778111376388/

Get crazy this Saturday night at this local punk show at the Doll Hut. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

OC Fair Fun Run 5K
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, August 3
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocfair5k.com/

The OC Fair hosts a 5K at the fairgrounds this Sunday morning. Registration costs $40 presale and $45 on the day of the race, if any spots remain. Children ages 6-12 register for $25 presale and $30 on the day of the race, if any spots remain. Online registration closes this Thursday. All participants receive a goodie bag, which includes a T-shirt, a medal for participating, and one admission into the OC Fair.

Lakewood Family Sunday Funday Ride
9:30 am – 1:00 pm, August 3
Del Valle Park, Lakewood
http://la-bike.org/events/lakewood-family-sunday-funday-ride-0

Bring out your family for a bike ride around Lakewood and Long Beach. The course runs up to 18 miles, but participants may choose to ride for a lesser duration.

18th Annual Chula Vista Lemon Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 3
Third Avenue Village, Chula Vista
http://thirdavenuevillage.com/18th-annual-lemon-festival-scheduled-august-3-2014/

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.

2nd Annual North Pacific Beach Sip ‘N Stroll
11:30 am – 4:30 pm, August 3
Cass St, Pacific Beach, San Diego
http://www.sipnstrollpb.com/

Discover all the local shops and restaurants in North Pacific beach at this free street fair this Sunday afternoon. Cass St will close to traffic to allow visitors to roam the street and check out all of the booths, vendors, food, drinks, merchandise, games, rides, and more.

6th Annual Taste of La Mesa
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 9
La Mesa Community Center, La Mesa
http://lamesachamber.chambermaster.com/directory/jsp/events/EventPage.jsp?ccid=460&eventid=411

Sample food from the local restaurants of La Mesa tonight at the La Mesa Community Center. Admission to this event costs $35 presale or $45 at the door, and includes unlimited food samples while supplies last. All drinks come at a separate cost.

2014 Taste of Point Loma
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, June 10
Brigantine, Point Loma, San Diego
http://www.showclix.com/event/TasteofPointLoma

This Tuesday evening, sample the local flavor of Point Loma at the 2014 Taste of Point Loma. For $25 per person, visitors can receive unlimited food samples from the participating restaurants while supplies last. Students, cyclists, and active military personnel receive a $10 discount off admission.

Jay Tea @ Bridgetown DIY
5:30 pm – 11:30 pm, June 12
Bridgetown DIY, La Puente
http://www.facebook.com/events/1398789480397498/

Enjoy local ska music this Thursday night in La Puente. The cover for this all-ages show costs $7.

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

E3 After Party at the CIA
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 12
California Institute of Abnormalarts, Burbank
http://www.facebook.com/events/1433106693615670/

Catch Radioactive Chicken Heads, Mega Ran, Space Boyfriend, and Wizwars at this crazy weeknight show in Burbank this Thursday night. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival
9:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 13
7:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 14
7:00 am – 9:00 pm, June 15
Cucamonga Guasti Regional Park, Ontario
http://huckfinn.com/

One of the west coast’s biggest all-ages bluegrass festivals returns this weekend in Ontario. The bluegrass music will go on all weekend so no one will miss a beat. In addition, attendees will find activities, contests, camping, raft-building, fishing, pedal boating, a playground, a zero-depth water play park, and a swim lagoon with water slides. Ticket prices vary depending on the attendee’s age, and how many days each attendee will visit the show. Single-day adult tickets cost $25 to $35, while a three-day pass costs $85. Children enter for $10 each, or $30 for all three days.

A Wilhelm Scream – On Tour
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 13, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/a-wilhelm-scream
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 14, The Lyric Theater, Hancock Park, Los Angeles http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/542013

A Wilhelm Scream currently tours through North America, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Tickets to both of these all-ages shows cost $15 each.

Battalion of Saints @ Loaded Hollywood
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 13
Loaded Hollywood, Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/1438745039698391/

Hollywood punks! Get your punk rock on this Friday night with Battalion of Saints, Yeastie Boys, and more. The cover to this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Naughty Nostalgia with the Dirty Little Secrets
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 13
Malones Bar & Grill, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/247405428793959/

Check out this lovely burlesque show with a nostalgia theme. Relive your childhood as an adult this Friday night in Santa Ana. The venue charges a cover, so have cash available for that.

Angry Samoans @ Mission Tobacco Lounge
9:00 pm – 12:30 am, June 13
Mission Tobacco Lounge, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/1420905398178400/

Riverside punks! Get your punk rock on this Friday night as the Angry Samoans headline this small show. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Centerfield Ska Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 13
Centerfield Sports Bar, Huntington Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/630150720413289/

Enjoy a FREE ska show this Friday night in Orange County with some fun local ska bands. No one under 21 may enter.

Manic Hispanic @ Alex’s Bar
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, June 13
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/172290

Long Beach punks! Get your punk rock on this Friday night as the Manic Hispanic headline this epic show. Tickets to this show cost $13 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

The Business – On Tour
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 13, The Down & Out, Downtown Los Angeles http://www.facebook.com/events/544141875701935/
8:00 pm – 1:30 am, June 14, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona http://gonzopresents.com/event/172365

Legendary punk band The Business returns to Southern California this week to play some shows. Tickets to the Friday show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. Tickets to the Saturday show cost $13 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may attend either show.

Robert Rampage Memorial – Punk Rock Show
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 13
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/521655721273850/

Decry headlines a small show this Friday night in Northeast Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

2014 Torch Run
8:30 am – 2:00 pm, June 14
Shoreline Aquatic (Lighthouse) Park, Long Beach
http://www.torchrunonline.org/

Run in a torch relay and raise money for the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center. This run actually operates on a donation basis, so the organizers simply ask for a donation to the cause from participants. Guests can park in the Aquarium parking structure for a small fee, or park in or near downtown and take the free bus down to the aquarium.

39th Annual Big Irish Fair & Music Fest
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 14-15
El Dorado Park, Long Beach
http://www.irishfair.org/

Orange County’s largest Irish Fair finds a new home in Long Beach this weekend. This family-friendly fair brings Irish culture to one location, where attendees can see over a thousands Irish dancers, dozens of live bands, bagpipe demos, a shepherding show, athletic competitions, cultural reenactments, a parade, and more. Guests should bring cash if they want to purchase any food, drinks, merchandise, accessories, or any other Irish goodie. I suggest avoiding American food, and trying the Irish food that you would not find elsewhere. Admission varies depending on how you want to attend, with general admission costing $15 presale, and discounts available for seniors and students.

22nd Annual Pasadena Chalk Art Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 14-15
Paseo Colorado, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenachalkfestival.com/

Watch hundreds of artists create massive works of art on the sidewalks, plus enjoy a classic car show on Father’s Day! Completely free to attend for all ages, attendees will also find live music, arts & crafts, merchandise vendors, food trucks, and more.

7th Annual Chili At The Beach
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 14
Downtown Huntington Beach
http://www.hbdowntown.com/chili-at-the-beach.html

Got a craving for heat? Satisfy that craving this Saturday in sunny Surf City, as the streets close to traffic for the annual Huntington Beach Chili Cook Off & Salsa Tasting. Free to attend for all ages, this all-in-one street fair covers a massive portion of Downtown Huntington Beach, filled with arts & crafts, food, drinks, merchandise, a kids’ zone, music, and lots of chili and salsa tastings. In order to taste the chili and salsa, guests must purchase tasting tickets for $10 presale or $15 on the day of the fest. As this area gets extremely crowded on this day, I suggest carpooling, taking public transportation, or parking far and walking to downtown.

2nd Annual Make Music Downey
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 14
Downtown Downey
http://www.makemusicdowney.org/

This free and all-ages outdoor event will feature over 70 music acts, food trucks, arts & crafts, merchandise vendors, and more.

5th Annual San Diego Oysterfest
11:00 am – 7:30 pm, June 14
Embarcadero Marina Park North, San Diego
http://www.oysterfestsd.com/

More of a music fest than an oyster fest, this all-day festival in San Diego combines live music, oysters, and beer into one crazy festival. As you enjoy the live music, you can purchase fresh oysters from around the world to snack on, then buy some brews to wash it all down. General admission costs $27.50 but does NOT include food or drinks. No one under 21 may enter.

Santa Monica Wine Festival
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 14
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://drinkeatplay.com/winefest/

Sample wines from over 50 wineries on the pier this Sunday evening. General admission costs $50 and starts at 6pm, while VIP admission costs $60 and starts at 5pm. Food comes at a separate cost here. Both admissions include access to Pacific Park, the mini amusement park on the pier. Bring extra cash for parking. Dress for chilly weather, as this takes place at night near the ocean.

Chinatown Summer Nights
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 14
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.chinatownla.com/calendar.php?eventId=275

Have a fun time this summer at Chinatownin Downtown Los Angeles. Free to attend for all ages, this nighttime festival brings together food, music, art, and beer in a multicultural setting. Expect to see food trucks, merchandise, arts & crafts, live music, live DJ’s, a dance floor, a beer garden hosted by Eagle Rock Brewery, and more. Guests can find free street parking on Spring St and the side streets connected to Spring, including College St.

Fan Alley: Sci-Fi, Comics, Art, and More
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 14
A Little Known Shop, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1470042139877689/

At this free and all-ages event, visitors will find arts & crafts themed to comics and sci-fi that they can purchase to take home. In addition, visitors can take part in a cosplay contest, where the winning costume designer receives a special prize. A few food trucks will stop by to keep visitors fed as well.

Gutterball Fest II
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 14
13th Frame Lounge, La Habra
http://www.facebook.com/events/1417081988562545/

Check out this loaded punk rock lineup that will play this Saturday night in La Habra. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

Narcoleptic Youth @ The Alamo Riverside
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 14
The Alamo, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/494009570698630/

Narcoleptic Youth headlines a FREE all-ages show in Riverside this Saturday night.

1984 “Dehumanization” 30th Anniversary
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 14
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/crucifix

Do not miss this rare chance to see some very old school punk rock bands perform this Saturday night in Orange County. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $18.

Circus Jerks @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 14
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/619394901487405/

OC punks! Get your punk rock on this Saturday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 15
2nd & Sycamore, Santa Ana
http://patchworkshow.com/craft-fair-locations/santa-ana-events/

This semi-annual arts & crafts fair consists of a series of Sunday fests at four different locationsz. As with any typical arts & crafts fair, Patchwork will feature many traditional forms of art and merchandise, but also mixes in alternative art – thinking outside the box, or Rebel Art. Those who have attended Renegade Craft Fair will view Patchwork as a hybrid of that and a traditional art fair. Featuring clothing, accessories, home goods, jewelry, pet items, and more, this FREE fest caters to a wide & diverse crowd. Food trucks will serve guests during the fest. Always remember to carry cash, since most vendors only accept cash. Guests should park in the neighborhood south of the festival.

Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 8
Ben & Jerry’s, Worldwide
http://www.benjerry.com/scoop-shops/free-cone-day

Get a FREE ice cream cone this Tuesday at any participating Ben & Jerry’s store.

Roar in The Shore
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 9
Legends, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

Completely free to attend, guests can view race cars on displays, and receive racer autographs.

21st Annual Wild & Crazy Taco Night
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, April 10
Share Our Selves, Costa Mesa
http://www.shareourselves.org/events/

25 of Orange County’s finest chefs will gather to prepare their most unusual and unique taco. Come witness history in the making, as chefs strive to reinvent the wheel by crafting the new generation of tacos. VIP hour starts at 4:30pm and costs $150, while general admission starts at 5:30pm and costs $70.

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

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

Tecate Light Thunder Thursday
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, April 10
Pine & Broadway, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/Tecate-Thunder-Thursday?id=64693

Completely free to attend for all ages, guests can catch motorcycle shows, race cars on display, racer autographs, a rock wall, live music, and more. Guests can find free parking for up to two hours in the structures east of Pine and north of 3rd.

40th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
7:00 am – 9:00 pm, April 11-12
7:00 am – 5:30 pm, April 13
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.gplb.com/

Catch all the excitement of the races all weekend in beautiful Downtown Long Beach, as the streets transform into a speed zone. Open to all ages, racing events take place throughout the day, so attendees can catch a race at most times of the day. Consult the website to further read about the race schedule, but know that the celebrity race takes place in the early afternoon on Saturday, and the grand prix takes place Sunday afternoon. Ticket prices vary by type, but a general admission weekend pass costs $70. The massive area that the grand prix covers features multiple entrances, so visitors do not need to seek out any particular entrance – just the entrance most convenient to them. All visitors must mind the increased traffic in & around Long Beach during this weekend, plus the multiple street closures. Preferably, public transportation remains the same price, so visitors should look into that option. As the races take place entirely outdoors, attendees should prepare for the excess heat with sunblock and plenty of hydration. Most if not all of the vendors accept cash only, but attendees can still access businesses in Shoreline Village, which will accept cards.

Santa Monica Global Festival
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, April 11-13
3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica
http://www.global-festival.com/

Santa Monica will bustle with activity this weekend at this free and all-ages festival that celebrates the cultures of the world. Catch live entertainment all weekend, plus lots of worldly foods to try and vendors to shop from.

2013 Spring Citrus Fair
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 11
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 12
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 13
La Habra Chamber of Commerce, La Habra
http://www.citrusfair.com/

This little city fair takes place all weekend starting Thursday evening. Open to all ages, guests can experience rides, games, food, merchandise, stage shows, and more. The fair requires no admission, though any sort of participation will require a cost.

The Virus, Evacuate, The Bad Engrish, and More – On Tour
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 11, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/the-virus
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 12, Los Globos, Silverlake http://thevirus.brownpapertickets.com/

Catch original punk rock bands The Virus, Evacuate, The Bad Engrish, and more this weekend in Southern California. This Friday night at The Observatory in Santa Ana, tickets to this all-ages show cost $15. The venue has a limited parking lot, so arrive early to park for free. Arrive too late, and end up parking at a lot down the street for $10. This Saturday night at Los Globos in Silverlake, tickets to this all-ages show cost $13. Guests should park in the neighborhood down Vendome St.

Special Class of 99 Reunion Show
8:00 pm – 2:00 pm, April 11
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1379875255620201/

Relive the best of 90’s punk rock at this show this Friday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $6. No one under 21 may attend.

The LAST Grilled Cheese Invitational
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 12
Los Angeles Center Studios, Los Angeles
http://grilledcheeseinvitational.com/

You heard right – the Grilled Cheese Invitational will occur this weekend for the last time ever. Entry to this event costs $15, which allows you to watch people eat, drink, yell, cook, and more. Regular guests must still pay for grilled cheeses.

Punk Night @ Friar Tucks
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 12
Friar Tucks, Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/events/596250813791083/

Catch a FREE show at Friar Tucks this Saturday night in Pomona. No one under 21 may enter.

Yeastie Boys @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, April 12
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/505069746270273/

Get crazy this Saturday night at The World Famous Doll Hut with the Yeastie Boys and more. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may attend.

Shattered Faith @ Alex’s Bar
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, April 12
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/168890

Long Beach gets its punk rock night this weekend, as Alex’s Bar hosts Shattered Faith and more. The cover for this show costs $7. No one under 21 may enter. Guests should park in the neighborhood across the street from the venue, or up Orizaba Ave.

2014 Los Angeles Avocado Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 13
Olvera Street, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.lafoodfestivals.com/

Dozens of food vendors will serve up delicious avocado eats along Olvera Street this Sunday afternoon. Free to attend for all ages, visitors can simply pay for the food that they want without the worry of paying to enter.

2014 College Area Taste
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 13
College Area Business District, San Diego
http://www.collegeareabid.com/

Over 25 local restaurants will participate in this afternoon food fest in the College Area Business District near San Diego State. Presale tickets cost $25, while tickets at the gate will cost $30, and will cover all the samples that guests will receive.

Ska Luau IV
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 30
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=84120

Time to skank! TONIGHT, get all ska’d out with Starpool, Suburban Legends, Save The Swim Team, CodeName: Rocky, and the Magnolia Polynesian Dance Troupe. Tickets cost $12.50 presale and $15 at the door.

Various New Year’s Eve Dinners/Parties
Nighttime, December 31

Anywhere you go on New Year’s Eve, you will find a dinner or party of some sort. See below for a VERY brief list of what to expect. Please party responsibly and commute safely. Minimize your time on the road if possible.

Party @ Wild Goose Tavern, Costa Mesa
Dinner @ The Cellar, Fullerton
Party @ Downtown Long Beach
Dinner @ The Factory, Long Beach
Party @ Angel City Brewery, Los Angeles
Dinner @ Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
Party @ Stone Brewing World Bistro, Escondido
Dinner @ Hopscotch Tavern, Fullerton
Party @ The Factory, Long Beach

The Aggrolites @ Alex’s Bar
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 31
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/154507

Ring in the new year with The Aggrolites at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach. Admission costs $20 presale and $25 at the door. No one under 21 may enter. Guests should park in the neighborhood across the street from Alex’s Bar or on Orizaba Avenue.

Punk Rock New Year’s Eve
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 31
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/563526740390302/

Spend New Year’s Eve with local punk rock bands at this low-cost gig in Los Angeles featuring The Gear, Decry, and more. Entry to this show costs only $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 1
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/433621610071892/

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.

Reel Big Fish with The Pietasters, Suburban Legends*, Mighty Mongo and The Maxies @ House of Blues Anaheim
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 2, House of Blues, West Hollywood http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=84834
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 3, House of Blues, Anaheim http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=84826
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, January 4, House of Blues, San Diego http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=84825

Get your skanking on this week as Reel Big Fish starts their US tour at the House of Blues. Ticket prices vary by the venue, so click on each link for more information.
* = Suburban Legends will not play at the Anaheim show.

Poison Idea, Dissesion, Out Of Tune – Southern California Tour
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 2, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona http://holdmyticket.com/event/158322
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 3, Brick By Brick, San Diego http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/522673
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 4, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/poison-idea
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 5, Loaded, Hollywood http://www.facebook.com/events/609665915760314/

Poison Idea will briefly tour through Southern California this weekend. Each show has its own ticket price and age restrictions, so click on each link for more information, then go rock out with Poison Idea!

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 3
Various locations
Long Beach: http://firstfridayslongbeach.com/
Venice: http://www.abbotkinney1stfridays.com/

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).

OC Psycho Punk Show
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 3
Mirror Image Studios, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/224935657678082/

Support the local punk rock scene at this low-cost all-ages show this Friday night in Anaheim. Entry costs only $5, with no reentry allowed. The venue will have food & drinks for sale in the back.

2014 Miss California USA Pageant
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, January 3
10:30 am – 7:30 pm, January 4
Terrace Theater, Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.misscausapageant.com/

On Friday night, catch the Miss California USA & Miss California Teen USA Preliminary Competition. On Saturday at 10:30 am, see the Final Show Dress Rehearsal. At 4 pm, catch the Final Coronation Show. Ticket prices range from $60 to $80 for the competitions, while tickets to the dress rehearsal cost about $30.

Punk Rock Show @ The Airliner
7:00 pm – 1:30 am, January 3
The Airliner, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/719121948105527/

Check out lots of local punk rock bands at this show in Los Angeles this Friday night, including big names like Los Creepers and All Out Attak. The venue does not allow reentry, but they sell food & drinks there. Entry to this show costs only $3. No one under 18 may enter. Guests should park in the neighborhood across the street from the venue.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 3
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/157258

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.

At The Hop! Free Burlesque Show
9:30 pm – 1:30 am, January 3
Big’s Grill, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/246339095526208/

Come to this FREE burlesque tribute to 50’s Sock Hop this Friday night. No one under 21 may attend.

Free Punk Show + Music Video Shoot @ Blacklight District Lounge
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 4
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/614180781957754/

Check out a free punk rock show, and get a chance to get into a music video that one of the bands will shoot at this show. No one under 21 may attend.

Yeastie Boys @ Loaded Hollywood
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 4
Loaded, Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/228503813990499/

Rock out with Hollywood punk rock bands this Saturday night, as the Yeastie Boys headline this show with a handful of local bands. Entry to this show costs $5 with the flyer found on the linked site, or $7 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

On Father’s Day Eve this past weekend, legendary punk band Agent Orange headlined a show at The Juke Joint in Anaheim near their hometown. Although this show occurred mainly just for the heck of it, the bands on the night’s lineup catered well to the older crowd, as an unintentional nod to the punk rock fathers out there. As my friend Mike mentioned to me prior to the show, “bloodstains and seek and destroy define my childhood” and as a result, I encountered plenty of the elder crowd at this show. Surprisingly, I also encountered a significant amount of girls at this show, showing that punk rock appeals to more than just guys. One of the girls attended the show with her dad, further displaying how punk rock unifies friends and families.

The original lineup contained Splntr as an opener. However, Bombay Snakes opened the night instead with their street punk set. For an opening band, they played a solid set with very little downtime and a strong sound similar to Civet. I also love to see gals in bands, and this rad chick rocked out just as hard as the guys in the crowd. Should they play another show locally, I encourage you to attend their show to appreciate and support local music.

O.C.A. played on stage next following Bombay Snakes. They did not take long to set up, and once they got started, they did not allow much downtime. Instead, they jumped right into the fray with their punk rock set that combines street punk with hints of oi punk. Nothing too exciting occurred – just a good loud set with a small pit starting up to last the night.

The Yeastie Boys appeared to play during the night, an unexpected surprise since they did not appear on the original lineup. Just like with all their shows, Yeastie Boys brought anything possible to distract and annoy the crowd, including clown go-go dancers, balloons, and beach balls. As a punk rock cover band, they started their set with lesser known songs, then moved their way to more popular songs, such as Holiday In Cambodia and Kids Of The Black Hole. They generated a large crowd in the room, almost appearing larger than the crowd later in the night for Agent Orange. Despite the Juke Joint’s new hardwood flooring, Yeastie Boys kept the party to just the inflatables, foregoing the confetti, party poppers, and other loose decorations.

Moving on with the night, Longway started their set to a seemingly less crowded audience than the previous band. However, to my surprise, more girls had shown up by now for Longway’s set. In fact, for almost the entire duration of Longway’s set, the girls dominated the pit, and had to drag guys into the pit, including myself. I went along with it while listening to Longway’s punk rock set. Their set ended up lasting about ten minutes longer than the previous bands – this only allowed the girls to continue circling the pit for that much longer.

Agent Orange finally appeared with a rather lengthy set list, which they eventually trimmed down, removing the less popular songs. As a result, they skipped around quite a bit, and went out of order a few times. Because of this, I did not prepare myself for when they played Bloodstains, as it started immediately following another song. After The Last Goodbye, the set list indicated an encore, which they ended up not playing. This may have occurred for the better, as the venue filled to capacity once Agent Orange started their set. I lodged myself in a corner by the stage, and just stayed put due to the tight crowd. The pit finally gave way to all the big guys in the crowd, with the circle collapsing for a good ol’ push & shove mosh pit. For a venue this small, a pit would not have enough room for the slam dancing circle pit, but a mosh pit fits in just well here.

On this night, punk rock fans would have loved to stick around Orange County. In addition to this show, Rezurex headlined the OC Psycho Punk Fest not too far from the Juke Joint. However, another show in Santa Ana headlined by Narcoleptic Youth got canceled, so most people planning to attend that show ended up traveling to the Rezurex show. This week contains a handful of great local shows too. If you find yourself in or near Pasadena this Friday night, check out Old Towne Pub for a benefit show. In Orange County, the Observatory hosts two punk rock shows this weekend: A Wilhelm Scream with The Flatliners, and Nekromantix. Next week, expect some more great shows, including the return of Union 13 to Southern California!

Punk rock knows no boundaries! A night of good ol’ punk rock tore it up in Baldwin Park last Friday night, with D.I. headlining a show with Yeastie Boys, Destruction Made Simple, and more. In addition to the bands, a few merchandise vendors showed up to sell music-related paraphernalia, such as records or personal accessories. This all-ages show cost only $10, and unlike how I mentioned last week, the venue allowed ins-and-outs, meaning attendees could easily leave to buy food or drinks to bring back. Although they had a bar, they only served generic drinks, while a liquor store across the street sold a few craft beers that cost less than the venue relative to the drink portion. All of the night’s bands played a good hard set of punk rock, with no real surprises other than a good time rocking out to the night’s talent.

Gritos Enfadosos opened the night with their set of punk rock all in Spanish. As a local band with little exposure, they played a typical street punk set, sounding like a high school garage band. Surprisingly, all members of the band shared equal time on the mic, including the “stage hand” that did not play any instruments. As a result, Gritos Enfadosos has no official lead vocalist, since all of them contribute equally. Halfway through their 20-minute set, a girl from the audience joined them on stage, and she provided vocals for a few of the songs. Just like the guys, she also screamed her head off singing into the mic. For these guys, adding some instrumental variety can help them go far in the music industry.

Hailing from the San Gabriel Valley came Blank Expressions playing second in the night. This female-fronted punk rock band garnered a lot of attention from the audience, which anyone would expect in a genre dominated by males. When you think about who listens to punk rock, without a doubt, guys outnumber the gals on this one. Whenever a female-fronted punk rock band does roll around, I make it a priority to attend their show. After a few songs into the Blank Expressions set, I started to pick up hints of other genres. Blank Expressions did not play traditional punk rock, but they added a hint of pop and a dash of folk music. Some could call their music nu-punk, since their sound does not resemble many other existing bands. Blank Expressions exhibited their experience in the music industry at this show, and they proved that they will not disappear any time soon, which means you can catch them performing again very soon, as soon as in a week and a half.

The last of the night’s openers, Hollywood Hate, started their set to an eager crowd. The audience could not wait to get down and dirty for their favorite underground punk rock band. Playing a strong 30-minute set, Hollywood Hate’s relentlessly fast punk rock music stirred up the crowd into a frenzy in the pit. Perhaps the crowd expended too much energy during the set, as the crowd started wide, then fizzled down to one or two guys when Hollywood Hate had about ten minutes left in their set to go. At this point, the children present got into it in the pit. With the bulk of the pit gone, the little ones could mess around to their hearts’ content within the bubble of their own pit. Hollywood Hate always plays a solid set wherever they go, and they delivered another killer performance to Baldwin Park on this night.

The first sub-headliner of the night, Destruction Made Simple, took to the stage next. In the photos below, you may notice guitarist Andy sitting down. The band had played an East LA backyard show the week prior, and at some point in the night, Andy sprained his ankle. Destruction Made Simple still delivered a badass show, and in fact, this may have improved Andy’s live performance, since this prevents him from bouncing around the entire time and roots him in place so he can focus 100% of his efforts on the guitar. The crowd may have taken notice too, as the pit raged on during the entire set and never let up. From start to finish, Destruction Made Simple’s street punk set pounded out hard and fast sounds, enough to resuscitate even zombies. They still bear the power and stamina that they possessed all the way back in 2000 when they first started in the San Gabriel Valley. Due to Andy’s injury, the band will not play any shows until late July, so keep an eye out for an announcement on their Facebook page when the time approaches.

Once the next sub-headliner, Yeastie Boys, entered the room, the party immediately started, despite the band still needing some tune-ups required to perform. This clown-themed punk rock band from Costa Mesa travels with clown get-ups, toys, dancers, and more as they rock out with their original songs plus various covers of songs throughout time. Once they got started, the crowd erupted into a room-wide pit, complete with all the toys the band members had thrown around earlier, such as beach balls, balloons, confetti, tape rollers, party poppers, inflatables, and more. While everyone in the pit enjoyed the festivities, the little ones had exhausted much of their energy by now, as some of them had fallen asleep on the side of the room. True to their core, the parents stayed in the room all night for their love of punk rock (and of the last band).

While the night’s headliner, D.I., continued to set up, vocalist Casey Royer delighted the crowd with his trademark random conversations on the mic. No one could really understand what he spoke about or why, but everyone went along with it anyways. The audience really should learn to manage their energy a lot better, as D.I. did not receive as large a pit as Yeastie Boys got. If you have attended a D.I. show within the past year, you would not miss much at this show. D.I. always plays a tremendous show of classic punk rock, but their set list has remained largely stagnant in many of their shows in the past year. Although predictable, everyone loved all the songs D.I. played, and sang along to almost every song. I ended up on the receiving end of a boot to my chest/rib after getting pushed down in the pit, and I saw another guy intentionally kick me too! He did not just run into me – he wound up his leg and swung right for me. With this, D.I. proves that punk rock never died.

You can catch plenty of great punk rock shows in the upcoming weeks! Check out my blog every Monday for a post containing all of the week’s upcoming events. You may also directly contact me on Twitter or Facebook asking about future events.

American Craft Beer Week
May 13-19
Nationwide
http://www.craftbeer.com/news-and-events/american-craft-beer-week

Celebrate the joy and passion of craft beer all week throughout the United States. All week long, thousands of restaurants, gastropubs, bars, pubs, breweries, and more will participate in ACBW with beer specials, food specials, special events, and more. Consult with your favorite local establishment and ask about their plans for ACBW.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, May 15-16
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

This “Taste of Belmont Shore” occurs during the summer months annually from May through August on the third Wednesday and the Thursday immediately after. Attendees may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10, and redeem these tickets for food & drink samples from various restaurants along 2nd Street. Buy tickets presale now at Olives Gourmet, La Strada, We Olive, Mail Boxes etc. & Sweet Jill’s, or purchase tickets in front of CHASE BANK during the event.

Bottle Share @ The Factory
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 15
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/466829150053763/

Share your favorite beer, and taste some other great beers at this monthly bottle share at The Factory Gastrobar in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach. No purchase necessary – simply bring in a bottle of craft beer of your choice, and share it with other craft beer enthusiasts. The restaurant will still serve the full menu for anyone hungry, and all burgers costs only $8 each after 8pm.

4th Annual Anatolian Cultures & Food Festival
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 16-19
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.anatolianfestival.org/

Celebrate Anatolian culture at this weekend-long festival at the OC Fair. Guests will experience food, art, exhibits, arts, crafts, performances, music, dance, and more. Ticket prices vary, with a one-day general admission costing $12.

Firestone Walker’s Finest Night
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 16
The Surly Goat, West Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/622324564463925/

Meet co-founder of Firestone Walker, Mr. Walker himself, and enjoy some of their finest, rarest barrel-aged beers at this beer tasting. Guests simply pay for the beer they would like to try.

Artopia Los Angeles
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 16
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.chinatownla.com/calendar.php?eventId=427

Join the party and celebrate the best of local Los Angeles talent with live music, drinks, food trucks, art, and more. Admission costs $15, with plenty of free street parking a block east of Chinatown near LA State Historic Park. All ages may attend, but only guests 21 and over may drink.

Valiant Brewing Beer & Cheese Pairing
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 17
Valiant Brewing, Orange
http://www.facebook.com/events/373318306109968/

Receive a flight of Valiant’s fine craft brews along with select gourmet cheeses to pair with each one. Each flight & pairing costs $15.

Orange County Greek Festival
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 17
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 18-19
St. John Greek Orthodox Church, Anaheim
http://ocgreekfest.com/

This annual Greek fair takes place this weekend between Buena Park and Anaheim. Free to attend (with ticket printed online) for all ages, attendees will find many merchandise vendors, plenty of food, drinks, live music, rides, games, and more. Waive the admission by printing the ticket, found on their website. Guests must park in the parking lot behind Sears at the Buena Park Mall, then take the free shuttle to and from the fair.

D.I., Destruction Made Simple, Yeastie Boys, Hollywood Hate, Blank Expressions, Gritos Enfadosos @ American Legion, Baldwin Park
6:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 17
American Legion, Baldwin Park
http://www.poortownshows.com/event/135555

Rock out with local punk rock bands such as D.I., Destruction Made Simple, Yeastie Boys, and more this Friday night in Baldwin Park. This all-ages show costs $10 to attend and does not allow ins-and-outs, so eat hearty before arriving.

Sederra, Solution, Seven Year War, Warner Drive, & more @ House of Blues Anaheim
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 17
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/641423115872122/

Check out some local punk rock bands for FREE this Friday night. The show will hit capacity early, so for guaranteed tickets, click the event page linked above and send an email to the provided address to reserve your tickets. The show starts at 8pm, but not that parking with validation only lasts 5 hours, so expect to shell out a little extra cash for parking. No one under 18 may attend this show.

Hangar 24 AirFest & 5th Anniversary Celebration
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 18
Redlands Municipal Airport, Redlands
http://hangar24brewery.com/airfest.htm

Celebrate Hangar 24 Brewery’s 5th Anniversary with an all-day air show at the Redlands Municipal Airport, located just across the street from the tasting room. For just $5 presale and $8 at the door (free for kids 12 and under), guests gain entry into the airport, where they will witness aerial acrobatics, vintage planes on displays in the hangars, and fireworks shows at night. Live bands will play music all day, and food trucks will keep guests fed and full. Last but not least, Hangar 24 will unleash over 30 beers for consumption, including many rare and limited brews. Guests may park for free at any of the various parking lots of the airport, and a free shuttle service will run from Downtown Redlands too.

Beverly Hills Art Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 18-19
Beverly Gardens Park, Beverly Hills
http://www.beverlyhills.org/exploring/beverlyhillsartshow/artshowinformation/

Free to attend for all ages, this fair features art from across the nation, showcasing their work for the public to exhibit. Many food trucks will open for business here, and adults can visit and beer and wine garden within the fair. Guests may park for free in nearby parking structures – consult the website for a map of those structures.

North Park Festival of the Arts + The Art of Whisky Tasting + Craft Beer Block
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 18
University Ave & 30th Street, San Diego
http://northparkfestivalofarts.com/

This Saturday, San Diego’s North Park hosts a grand street festival comprised of more festivals within the festival! At this all-day festival, guests will experience six stages of live music, live DJ’s, food, food trucks, drinks, dancing, art, and more. Within the festival, guests 21 and over can participate in two different drink tastings. For $25 presale and $30 at the door, guests can attend either a whisky tasting or enter the craft beer block. Whisky tastings take place at the Seven Grand Bar, last one hour each, and start at 1pm, 2:30pm, and 4pm. The Craft Beer Block runs all day, and comes with twelve 4oz beer pours from any of 25 participating breweries. Any guest may park for free all day in the parking structure located at 29th & University.

Orange County Beer Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 18
Irvine Lake, Irvine
http://orangecountybeerfest.com/

The annual Orange County Beer Fest returns this Saturday to Irvine Lake, just like the past few years. Dozens of microbreweries will gather here and pour all the beers that the guests can drink for the duration of the event. General admission costs $40 and starts at 3pm, while early bird admission costs $50 and starts at 2pm. Some bands will play music throughout the fest, while food trucks will serve their delicious eats, sold separately. Bring extra cash for parking, which can go as high as $10. Arrive early, since only one road leads to Irvine Lake, meaning heavy traffic will occur closer to the start of the fest. The fest takes place entirely outdoors, so apply sunscreen prior. No one under 21 may enter.

Hepcat, The Aggrolites, DJ Boss Harmz @ House of Blues Anaheim
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 18
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=79577

For $20 presale and $22 at the door, check out this all-ages ska show featuring Hepcat, The Aggrolites, and DJ Boss Harmz this Saturday night at House of Blues in Downtown Disney in Anaheim.

19th Annual Balboa Island Artwalk
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 19
Balboa Island, Newport Beach
http://www.balboaislandartwalk.info/Artwalk/Balboa_Island_Artwalk.html

Check out the best in local art at this free & all-ages art festival on the island this Sunday. Attendees can view paintings, jewelry, glass, sculptures, photography, and more. Local bands will play music throughout the day all over the island.

Venice Beach Food Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 19
Venice Beach Boardwalk, Venice Beach
http://venicebeachfoodfest.com/

$35 gets you all-you-can-eat food down on the boardwalk! Local chefs and food trucks will gather to serve their wonderful food to all attendees, and attendees can continue to check out all of the local shops on the Boardwalk. Prepare for a lot of walking if attempting to locate street parking in the neighborhoods, as you will likely end up parking a handful of blocks away from the beach on this day.

Taste of Hawthorne
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 19
Hawthorne Municipal Airport, Hawthorne
http://www.tasteofhawthorne.com/

Get a taste of the local flavor of Hawthorne this Sunday, as the Hawthorne Airport hosts this food fest for all ages. Expect over 40 participating food vendors, live music, beer & wine gardens, food trucks, and other activities to keep guests occupied. Check the website for a map of free parking. Allegedly free to attend, guests simply pay for food as they go.

20th Annual Sicilian Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 19
Little Italy, San Diego
http://sicilianfesta.com/

Immerse yourself in Italian culture at this free and all-ages festival this Sunday in San Diego. Guests can eat authentic Italian food while enjoying live music, dance performances, rides, games, and more. Arrive early too look for free street parking.

15th Annual Taiwanese American Heritage Week Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 19
Barnes Park, Monterey Park
http://www.tahwla.org/

At this free festival for all ages, guests will celebrate Taiwanese culture with live music, dance performances, food, games, raffles, merchandise vendors, art exhibits, and more.

Hola Mexico Festival: The Greatest BBQ
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 19
La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, Los Angeles
http://holamexicofest.com/english/evento3.html

Feast on a BBQ from some of LA’s top chefs, sip on some wines from some of Mexico’s top vineyards, or some tequilas, beers, or mezcales, and indulge on artisan chocolates. Admission to this all-ages feast costs $40.

The Rancho Country Beerfest Ho-down
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 19
Rancho Las Lomas, Silverado
http://therancho.brownpapertickets.com/

This country music festival takes place out in the wilderness this Sunday afternoon. For $40 admission, attendees can enjoy live country music, a variety of beers and other beverages, outdoor BBQ, line dancing, and more. Admission includes access to the zoo, food, and five beer tasters. Parking costs $10 per vehicle, so consider carpooling. No one under 21 may attend.

CRUSH
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 19
18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica
http://18thstreet.org/events/crush-artisanal-wine-art-food-tasting-event

Check out this artisan wine, art, and food fest this Sunday afternoon in Santa Monica. General admission costs $45 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $55 and starts at 1pm. Admission includes unlimited tastings of wine & food, plus tours of the resident artists’ studios. VIP admission includes a few extra unnamed perks. For long-term parking, try parking the in the neighborhood across the freeway by taking 17th Street over.