If Sunday started a little slow, then Monday’s festival took a few bands to even get out of the gate. It’s a shame too, because San Francisco’s Stagger and Fall opened the day with a killer set that very few got to enjoy.
Compared to the other days, Day 3 definitely had a tenser vibe which no doubt was at least partially brought on by an increased police presence. Not that anything bad had transpired so far during the weekend but I imagine that the reputations of some of the bands may have brought them out. And if you know your punk rock history, you’d know that things always seemed to go okay until the cops show up. Fortunately, while things always felt a little on edge, there were no incidents.
With a Tuesday morning flight head of me, what better way to close out a long weekend than with Punk Rock Karaoke. Steve Soto (Adolescents) on bass, Stan Lee (Dickies)and Eric Melvin (NOFX) on guitar and Derek O’Brien (lots of bands that you’ve heard of) on drums made for the perfect backing band for drunken revelers. Lucky for those in attendance, the song list was full by the time I got there but it was nevertheless pretty cool to see the band joined by Sean Stern (Youth Brigade), Karl Alvarez (Descendents, ALL) and Dick Lucas (Citizen Fish, UK Subs) belting out some punk classics. Normally I would spare you from the pictures but this set is worth checking out.
I’m already looking forward to next year.
- Stagger And Fall
- Citizen Fish
- Manic Hispanic
- The Dwarves
- Leftover Crack
- Agnostic Front
- Cock Sparrer
- Punk Rock Karaoke
Be sure to check out highlights from Day 1 and Day 2.
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