Back to the Beach @ Huntington State Beach – 04/29/2018
It’s that time of year again for music festival season and Back to the Beach Festival at Huntington State Beach on Saturday and Sunday April 28 & 29 helped get the season off to a blistering start. Two days in the sand with the beautiful Pacific Ocean in the background in Surf City USA featuring 311, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Aquabats and more on Saturday then a killer lineup featuring The Interrupters, Save Ferris, Fishbone, Goldfinger and Sublime with Rome on Sunday. Curated by SGE Wolrdwide led by John Reese who is responsible for most music festivals in Southern California, along with Travis Barker and John Feldmann, collectively they really put together a fun filled, family oriented spectacle right on historic Huntington Beach (Thank You).
After a fantastic first day on Saturday headlined by 311, Back to the Beach really knocked it out of the park on Sunday. With the day kicking off shortly after noon, The Untouchables, The Aggrolites and Mustard Plug heated up the early part of the day priming all in attendance for the best part of the entire weekend.
LA based ska punk rockers The Interrupters really took it up a few notches when they hit the stage with Aimee Interrupter on lead vocals and the three brothers Kevin Bivona on guitar, Justin Bivona on bass, and Jesse Bivona on drums completing the band. The Interrupters played a fun filled set that had the fans singing and dancing throughout.
Another female fronted ska/punk band was up next and picked up right where Aimee and The Interrupters left of . . . Monique Powell and Orange County natives Save Ferris put on another energizing set that certainly was a fan favorite up to this point in the day. Powell welcomed Angelo Moore from Fishbone out on stage with her to perform The Reel Big Fish song “She Has a Girlfriend Now” (Moore took the stage with his band Fishbone after the Save Ferris set completed).
Fishbone took the stage at about 5:20pm and succeeded in delivering an energetic, chaos filled set led by vocalist/saxophone player Angelo Moore with Fishbone original members John Norwood Fisher on bass, Walter A. Kibby II on trumpet/vocals, Philip “Fish” Fisher” on drums, Christopher Dowd on keyboards/vocals along with John Bigham on guitar the band created some old school Fishbone magic.
Punk rock veterans Goldfinger led by guitarist/vocalist John Feldmann along with Blink-182’s Travis Barker on drums was without a doubt the most anticipated performance of the day. These guys came out firing on all cylinders with an extremely high energy performance that featured the horn section from Reel Big Fish, Reel Big Fish vocalist Aaron Barrett joining Goldfinger on stage as well as Fishbone’s Angelo Moore and No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal. Feldmann at one point also also jumped out into the crowd and proceeded to walk on the audience during the performance. A killer set by a killer band!
Sublime with Rome
Sublime with Rome featuring Rome Ramirez on vocals and original Sublime bass player Eric Wilson took the stage to close out the weekend festival to several thousand fans and treated them to 60 minutes of their feel-good reggae infused ska rock. The entire crowd was singing along to such hits as “Smoke Two Joints” and “Let’s Go Get Stoned” and the band finished the night with their two biggest hits “What I Got” followed by “Santeria”.
The inaugural Back to the Beach Festival appeared to be a slam dunk success based on the large crowds and all having a great time. Feel good music, a kid zone, vendors galore, games, VIP, on the beach . . . Back to the Beach had something for everyone. We are all looking forward to the 2019 Back to the Beach announcement !!