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Punk Rock Bowling 2012 | May 25-28, 2012

The 14th annual Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival descended upon  Las Vegas over Memorial Day Weekend for a booze and sun-fueled kick-off to summer that packed the local hotels and seriously tweaked the general nature of folks wandering the streets of Downtown … overwhelming the ambling retirees, road-trippers, gawkers, homeless and despair-soaked street performers with a mob of punks intent on a good time.

With poker, bowling, pool parties and a diverse roster of dozens of bands, PRB is like adult summer camp with something for everyone and too much for any single person to take in.  And while the festival stage hosted some great acts (including notable performances by The Street Dogs, G.B.H., The Briefs, Real McKenzies, Old Man Markley (x2), 7 Seconds, Far From Finished, Youth of Today, The Adicts), it seemed like much of the action was happening at the late night club shows.  Having to choose between the alternatives was no easy task and I certainly can’t complain about the results; Youth Brigade (original line-up), The Bombpops, Agent Orange, Dead To Me, The Dickies, Good Riddance, and the Avengers all absolutely ripped it up.  Sounds like a whole lot of awesome?  Well it was.

Overall it was a great vibe and between all the events, I only witnessed one fight and the incident where some very angry guy nailed Dave Wakeling of the English Beat in the head with a bottle during their first song (seriously, what possible reason could there be to hate on Dave?).  However, I walk away with a few regrets … missing the Dwarves at the Country Saloon, Dr. Know with Kyle on vocals, Real McKenzies at the Gold Spike pool, Manic Hispanic and Punk Rock Karaoke.  Maybe next year …

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Friday Nightclub Show @ Azul Tequila

The Generators

Youth Brigade

Youth Brigade

Cockney Rejects

Cockney Rejects

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Music Festival Day #1

The Dips

The Dips

Holding On To Sound

Holding On To Sound

Far From Finished

Far From Finished

Real McKenzies

Real McKenzies

The Briefs

The Briefs

The English Beat

The English Beat

The Adicts

The Adicts

NOFX

NOFX

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Saturday Nightclub Show @ Country Saloon

The Bombpops

The Bombpops

Dead To Me

Dead To Me

Good Riddance

Good Riddance

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Music Festival Day #2

Old Man Markley

Old Man Markley

The Street Dogs

The Street Dogs

Hepcat

Hepcat

Cockney Rejects

Cockney Rejects

Rancid

Rancid

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Sunday Nightclub Show @ Country Saloon

Agent Orange

Agent Orange

The Avengers

The Avengers

The Dickies

The Dickies

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Pool party with Old Man Markley at the Golden Nugget

Old Man Markley

Old Man Markley

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Music Festival Day #3

Dead Ending

Dead Ending

Youth Of Today

Youth Of Today

7 Seconds

7 Seconds

Hot Water Music

Hot Water Music

G.B.H.

G.B.H.

Pennywise

Pennywise

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