Huntington Beach, Ca – What’s a better way to spend a Saturday then listening to some Punk music and tasting some 100+ specialty crafted beers from all over the region? That is exactly how I spent my Saturday at the Punk’n’Brew at SeaLegs live down on Bolsa Chica State Beach presented by Fat Mike & 95.5 KLOS. Among all the brewers in attendance you of course had the go to local brewers like Stone Brewing, Sierra Nevada, Lagunita’s, Hangar 24 and Ballast Point but my personal favorite was Ska Brewing’s True Blond Ale. Also on tap for everyone’s tasting pleasure was NOFX & Stone Brewing’s collaboration, Punk In Drublic which is a hoppy lager sure to tickle your beer tastebuds.
The stage was set up on the beach and even though it was warm out, you had the cool sea breeze which made it just right. You could hear the ocean waves hitting the sand while you were drinking some beer and waiting for the bands to start.
First to go on was the bi-coastal band Faulkner, consisting of Lucas Asher, Eric Scullin, Dimitri Farougias & Christian Hogan, with their indie punk/new wave sound that really surprised me on how well it sounded. I was able to grab them back stage for a few minutes to find out a little more about the band and the new album. To hear all the details from the guys themselves, check out the interview here.
Orange County locals Ignite, consisting of Zoli Teglas, Brett Rasmussen, Brian Balchack, Kevin Kilkenny & Craig Anderson, would hit the stage next with their truer hardcore punk sound. Zoli talked to the crowd about how he rescues Peligans and that he really loves those fuckin birds. The band played their own version of Sunday Bloody Sunday and the crowd started a circle pit in the sand.
Next up for our ear pleasure was old schoolers D.I., consisting of Casey Royer, Clinton Calton, Eddie Tatar & Joe Tatar. This band has been apart of the punk scene since 1983 and have toured extensively and still have what it takes to get the crowds going. Casey would come out and joke about doing group skinny dip after the show before going into their new song, “Surf Punks In The USA”.
Due to unforeseeable car trouble Leonard Graves Phillips – vocals, was not able to make it , but Punk Rock Alum’s The Dickies knew the show must go on and went on to perform with help from the singers of the other bands there, Fat Mike of NOFX, in his pretty pink dress, would be the first. The Dickies have been around for 40 years now, having just finished their 40th Anniversary Tour, and we all hope they will be around for 40 more.
The next band to come on would almost shut the show down when the audience rushed the front of the stage and knocked down the barriers. Hailing from Simi Valley, Ca, Strung Out consists of Jason Cruz, Rob Ramos, Chris Aiken, Jake Kiley & Jordan Burns. The would get the crowd all rowdy and start the crowd surfing. This rowdy crowd would end up pushing so hard on the barricades in front of the stage that they ended up knocking them down. All the while security was trying to get the barriers back up, Jason was taking shit to the crowd until the barriers were back up and secure and they could go back to playing their music.
Los Angeles’s own Goldfinger have toured in 53 different countries but So Cal is where they love to play the most. John Feldmann is the only original member in the band and they had a 19 year old from Compton, Ca filling in on drums for the night who learned the complete set in 6hrs and, in my opinion, did a great job. They played some classics and some songs off their newest album, The Kinfe. When they played “Put The Knife Away”, there was an all ladies circle pit started. They also went on to play “Tijuanna Sunrise”, “Super Mario” and finished with “99 Red Balloons”.
Just as the sun was setting, Bad Religion, consisting of Greg Graffin, Brett Gurewitz, Jay Bentley, Brian Baker, Jamie Miller & Mike Dimkich, came on and everyone that had been standing in the beer and bathroom lines made their way to the stage. Bad Religion was formed in 1980 in the San Fernando Valley. They opened their set with “American Jesus’ and everyone in the audience sang along with every song. By the end of their set though, there were more problems with the barricades in front of the stage that caused some more delays.
It was about 8pm when NOFX would come out and play. NOFX arrived on stage with El Hefe mysteriously absent. Fat Mike entertained the crowd until El Hefe finally arrived on stage with a can of Punk In Drublic in hand. I honestly would have like to see them play a longer set as they were the headliner and it was Fat Mike who helped put this together but they were done by 9pm.
Being that this was the first year of the Punk’n’Brew festivals, I think there are a few kinks to work out but all in all, it was a good time with fellow punkers, good music and good brews.
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