Chris Loomis

MUSINK Featuring The Vandals @ OC Fairgrounds – 03/10/2019

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The Vandals @ MUSINK 2019 – 03/10/2019

After Suicidal Tendencies and Hatebreed on Friday night then Limp Bizkit rockin the house on Saturday night, day 3 (Sunday March 10) of the 2019 Musink Music and Tattoo Festival was a stacked lineup of old-school punk rock that included Voodoo Glow Skulls, Anti-Flag, T.S.O.L., Dead Kennedys, FEAR and headliner The Vandals. Curated by Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, the three-day event included over a dozen musical acts performing inside the Hanger and hundreds of tattoo artists from all over the world inside the various exhibit halls spread over the fairgrounds as well as a car show and a Ms. Musink contest.

The music kicked off at 3:30pm on Sunday afternoon with Voodoo Glow Skulls and Anti-Flag getting the early crowd primed and ready for the remainder of the evening. Jack Grisham along with Ron Emory (guitars) and Mike Roche (bass) are all original members keeping T.S.O.L. legit regarding the history of the band. Along with Greg Kuehn on piano/synths and Antonio Hernandez on drums belted out their angst driven songs including such classics as “Superficial Love”, “Abolish Government”, “Fuck You Tough Guy” among many others. The crowd in typical punk rock fashion had a circle pit going throughout the set. T.S.O.L. set the bar very high for the rest of the bands.

T.S.O.L. Photo Gallery

Without a doubt the Dead Kennedys are a household name having helped carve out the punk rock scene back in the late 70’s/early 80’s. Yes, Jello is gone but that’s OK as vocalist Ron “Skip” Greer is absolutely killer on vocals and has such an energetic and provocative stage presence. That coupled with the musical talents of original members East Bay Ray on guitars and Klaus Flouride on bass along with the VERY talented long-time member D.H. Peligro on drums. The band cranked out music from throughout their storied history and of course played “Holiday in Cambodia”, “Nazi Punks Fuck Off” and “California Uber Alles”. Again, the fans in attendance kept the mosh pits going and the crowd surfing began during the DK set.

Dead Kennedys Photo Gallery

Lee Ving, such a legend, without a doubt one of the originals to shape the sound and style of Californian hardcore punk. 2019 has Ving turning 70 years young and he is still taking control of the stage and kicking ass like nobody’s business and that is exactly what he did at MUSINK. FEAR also has longtime members Philo Cramer on guitars and Spit Stix still killing it on drums. “Fuck You Lets Rodeo” as well as “I Don’t Care About You” were highlights and Jimmy the Robot from The Aquabats even made an appearance on Saxaphone. WOW – did we really just see T.S.O.L., Dead Kennedys and FEAR back to back to back – YES and so far, an incredible night!

FEAR Photo Gallery

The humor/sarcasm filled music of The Vandals was next and the band was set to close out three days of MUSINK magic. A hometown show being from Orange County, The Vandals led by vocalist Dave Quackenbush kicked off their one hour set with “The Legend of Pat Brown” and energized the fans for one last go at the circle pits and crowd surfing. The band was certainly honored to closeout the weekend and graciously thanked all for coming as the exhausted and sweaty fans gave showed their appreciation.

MUSINK has become one of Orange County’s premier music/lifestyle festivals and it seems to get bigger and better each year. Travis Barker and SGE do an AMAZING job each year on improving MUSINK and we THANK YOU both for delivering first class festival experiences here in Southern California. Musink 2020 can’t get here fast enough!

The Vandal Photo Gallery

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