MUSINK Day 1 Featuring Descendents @ OC Fairgrounds – 03/16/2018
Now in its 11th year, Travis Barker’s MUSINK packed the OC Fairgrounds once again during a three day run that ran from Friday, March 16th through Sunday, March 18th. Billed as America’s largest tattoo and music festival, Barker has curated an event that brings together musical performances from punk, rock & hip hop artists with hundreds of world famous tattoo artists.
Musically, Friday definitely belonged to old school Southern Californian punk bands. The Adolescents (originally from Fullerton) led the charge early and were followed up by Strung Out, FEAR and the night’s headliner, Descendents. All bands were formed in the 1970s and ‘80s and this was reflected throughout the Friday evening crowd as an older demographic was present in the audience.
With their expressive lead singer Jason Cruz leading the way, Strung Out got the early arriving crowd pumped up with their melting pot of punk, metal and progressive rock. They shredded their way through a dozen songs during their set with “Analog” and “Nowheresville” as noticeable highlights. The night’s biggest surprise appearance was by Travis Barker, who guested on drums for one song early in their set. Barker was everywhere this evening, spending time side stage for many of the performances.
FEAR, the pioneering LA hardcore punk outfit that formed in 1977 brought decades of crass and vulgarity to the stage immediately following Strung Out. Frontman, Lee Ving (the only original member still touring) was able to pack in a ton of songs into his set including “I Love Livin’ In The City” as each tune was no more than 2 minutes each. The band had a ton of hardcore fans in the crowd, many of which dusted off old tour t-shirts for this special event. Midway through the set, Ving brought out Johnny Backbeat (drums) and guitarist, Burt Good—both of who were original members of the band.
Rain was forecasted throughout the day and probably kept many potential attendees away. Fortunately for those in attendance the rain held off until almost 9pm, midway through the headlining set of the evening by South Bay punk rockers, Descendents. Opening with “Everything Sux”, the band breezed through 34 (yes, 34) songs during their 90 minute set which concluded right before the 10pm venue curfew.
Like FEAR, Descendents formed way back in 1977. Lead singer Milo Aukerman has kept the current lineup (guitarist Stephen Egerton, bassist Karl Alvarez and drummer Bill Stevenson) together since 1986. Classic hits “Suburban Home”, “Bikage” and “I’m The One” closed out the epic set from these living punk legends.
On a weekend where diversity was welcomed with open arms, day one of MUSINK was a rousing success and set the stage for the rest of the weekend—including day two which sold out early, promising sets by rockers Good Charlotte and headliners Blink-182.
Strung Out Photo Gallery
FEAR Photo Gallery
Descendents Photo Gallery