This last weekend I had the privilege of attending It’s Not Dead Fest 2 in San Bernadino, California, and I gotta say it was an amazing experience.
I feel like those who say “Punk’s dead!” have clearly never been to a punk show before. It was quite the site to see punks of all ages gathered in the Glenn Helen Amphitheater and forming large circle pits while acts like Reagan Youth, Guttermouth, and the legendary GBH played their sets hard and fast.
I’ve written in previous posts that it’s a special feeling when you get to see one of your favorite bands play live, and it was that same feeling I relished when OFF! took the stage. Seeing Keith Morris up there yelling out his lyrics while the band tore it up was easily the highlight of the day for me.
What was really great was seeing newer acts like The Interrupters playing alongside punk and ska veterans like The Selecter, The Adicts, Buzzcocks, and Rancid. It was truly a unique experience. I’ve been to other music festivals before, like Warped Tour for example, where the bands were so diverse fans butted heads or even avoided each other altogether.
This was not the case with It’s Not Dead.
Whether you were their to see Dropkick Murpheys, Mad Caddies, or even Me First & The Gimme Gimmes, everyone got a long and had a good time. It was a weird sort of Punk paradise where everyone got along to express their love of the genre as well as their disdain for the current administration. This is not a political blog, however, so I will not be diving into that territory!
All in all I can say, with confidence, that punk most certainly is not dead, you just gotta know where to look for it.
In fact, there are two big events coming up in October where you can see for yourself. Ye Scallywag! on October 21st will feature such acts like Pennywise (who are fantastic live, by the way), The Vandals, and The Adolescents, and I, personally, am looking forward to attending Fat Mike’s Punk ‘n Brew Fest on October 28th in Huntington Beach. NOFX, Bad Religion, Goldfinger and more will be rockin’ the stage while attendees get to enjoy various craft beers.
Sounds like a damn good time to me!
So ignore what the radio and MTV ( whatever that even is anymore) tells you. Punk, and honestly Rock in general, is not dead. It’s alive and well, and still going strong after 30+ years.
For Info on Ye Scallywag! check out the website Here
For info on Punk ‘n Brew, click Here