X / Los Lobos / The Blasters at O.C. Observatory 12.27.18

All Photos by Deb Frazin

Last night I kissed 2018’s ass goodbye the best way I possibly could: by driving down to the O.C. Observatory to see X, Los Lobos and The Blasters play. You already know it was great. It’s ALWAYS great every time these bands play a live show.

The Blasters were fun from beginning to end (as usual). I could’ve listened to Phil Alvin sing all night long. Everyone in the front row was dancing through the entire set. The chicks love ’em!

Up next was Los Lobos. They played a long, satisfying set. I always dig when David Hidalgo breaks out the accordion (the sound of that accordion always melts my heart), and I really loved their cover of The Allman Brothers’ “One Way Out”.

Finally, X hit the stage. I’ve seen them a zillion times since 1980, and I STILL get excited whenever I see them play. I always look cool on the outside, but on the inside I’m like a teenage girl at a 1965 Beatles concert when X starts playing! They opened with “Beyond and Back”, and ended with “Nausea” (which I found remarkably appropriate, because for me, this year was loaded with poverty and spit). Goodbye 2018.

Enjoy the photographs and the videos (I work hard, so you don’t have to)!


Deb Frazin

About Deb Frazin

Deb Frazin is a photographer based in Los Angeles with a focus on DTLA street photography and punk rock culture. Her work has been published in photography books, on album covers, and has been featured in numerous publications including The Los Angeles Times. You can find her now in Razorcake.
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