In its 21st year, the Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival still provides an amazing time.
Headliners Rancid , The Descendents and The Specials capped oﬀ each night of great music from bands both young and old. Highlights included punk legends The Stranglers, The Damned, Pennywise, The Dead Boys and Street Dogs. Many of the bands got the circle pits swirling on the 3rd street stage–a great addition to the festival.
FLAG brought the music of Black Flag to the Main Stage on Saturday night with Keith Morris respectfully reminding the crowd, “ I’m not sure why we’re playing after The Damned, but if it were not for them we all might not even be here right now.”
Sunday The Adolescents took the stage with the entire banner and all of the side screens showing “SOTO” in the band’s classic font from the blue album–a ﬁtting tribute for the fallen Orange County music legend.
In their PRB debut direct from Sweden, The Hives tore apart the Main Stage on Monday night with singer Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist addressing the crowd mid-set with, “What’s Up Punks? Gentleman Punks? Lady Punks?” Asking, “Is there such a thing?” Also adding, “We’re not sure if we’re any better than the rest of the bands on the bill.” Then they proceeded to rule the set and the crowd, proving you did not have to start your band in the late 70’s or early 80’s to make a statement at a punk rock show.
Refused was another band that had a great set. Even The Vandals’ Joe and Dave told the crowd during their pre-Refused set,“Refused is coming on next–they’re going to tear it up–you guys better save your energy. “
With too many club shows to list or cover, I caught The Weirdos, The Stitches, The Dils The Exploited, Iron Reagan and more. All the bands went oﬀ! We’ll be back next year–wouldn’t miss it.