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Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival: The Offspring, Pennywise & The Vandals

Sunday

Apr 8, 2018 – 4:00 PM

1600 Exposition Boulevard
Sacramento, CA 95815 Map

  • The Offspring
  • Pennywise
  • The Vandals

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The Offspring: The Offspring were our favorite punk band of the 1990s and continued their successful run well into the new millennium. The screaming vocals of Dexter and the intense guitar riffs of Noodles made them rock gods during the golden age of KROQ and Southern California rock music. In their near quarter century as a band, the Offspring are still going strong and are currently on tour. Don't miss a date on the Offspring concert schedule 2011. Use Eventful as your source for The Offspring tour dates and concert tour information.

The Offspring was founded by high school classmates Dexter Holland and Greg Kriesel who met each other on their cross-country team. They decided to form a band when they were denied entrance into a Social Distortion concert. They hired Noodles, the school janitor, on lead guitar and released their first single "Ill Be Waiting" in 1987. The band continued to record even though Dexter was conducting research for a PhD in Molecular Biology at USC. The band was signed to an indie label deal with Nemesis Records and released their self-titled debut in 1989. While the record didn't take off, they scored huge buzz with their sophomore album, Ignition, released in 1992. The Offspring tour dates included a near two-year outing alongside punk rockers Pennywise and So-Cal favorite No Doubt. The Offspring, along with other So-Cal acts, were about to explode onto the Mainstream rock scene.

The Offspring released their breakthrough album and biggest hit to-date, Smash, in 1994. The album was a runaway hit and featured the singles "Self Esteem" and "Gotta Get Away" before selling over 16 million copies worldwide. The bandmates decided to start their own label, Nitro Records, and signed acts such as the Vandals and Guttermouth. The Offspring themselves then signed with major label Columbia Records and released Ixnay on the Hombre in 1996. While the album reached platinum status, it was considered a departure from Smash and sold only a fraction of the amount of records. The Offspring were not out of the count and returned with the multi-Platinum album Americana in 1998 which featured the hit "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)". They closed out the decade as one of the top rock acts of the '90s and continued to tour and record.

During the 2000s, the band released Conspiracy of One in 2000, Splinter in 2003, and Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace in 2008 all which were certified Gold or Platinum. The Offspring tour dates included a headlining stint on the Vans Warped Tour and a Europe and Japan wide tour in 2005. In 2008, The Offspring tour dates included a headlining stint alongside Incubus on the Soundwave Festival and they headlined the 19th annual KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas. The guys are currently in the studio recording their ninth album. In addition, an extensive Offspring concert schedule has been planned for 2011. The Offspring tour dates are booked on a national tour this summer and fall. The Offspring concert schedule 2011 also includes a headlining stint at the Reading and Leeds Festival in the UK. Use Eventful for more on Offspring tour dates and venue information!

Pennywise: Pennywise formed in 1988 in the south bay of Los Angeles in the same small coastal community of Hermosa Beach that produced three of the most infamous hardcore punk bands of all time, Black Flag, the Circle Jerks and the Descendents. The four band members, guitarist Fletcher Dragge, original bass player Jason Thirsk, drummer Byron McMackin and vocalist Jim Lindberg, began playing local backyard keg parties to increasing crowds, and with the help of friend Marc Theodore of Theologian Records, recorded a five song E.P. A Word from the Wise. A college radio DJ liked what he heard and gave it to Brett Gurewitz, guitarist and songwriter for L.A. punk legends Bad Religion, who was also starting his own label, Epitaph Records. Epitaph was already putting out Bad Religion albums as well as those of hardcore acts NOFX, Insted, and Down By Law. The band gave Brett a ghetto blaster recording of some new songs and he signed them to their first record deal. The result was their heralded, eponymous 1991 self-titled debut which immediately struck a chord with hardcore fans and action sports enthusiasts alike. In defiance of grunge, the disc helped to define the then-emerging West Coast punk movement. Astoundingly, 1993’s Unknown Road sold a few hundred thousand copies and rather typically at the height of the punk resurgence of 1994 the major labels came calling. But the four-piece elected to stay put and released another Epitaph smash with 1995s About Time. When the tragic death of Thirsk the next year put the future of the collective in serious doubt, they rallied and regrouped with new bassist Randy Bradbury for Full Circle. The popularity of Pennywise continued to swell as the 20th Century ended, first with the success of 1999’s Straight Ahead, followed by the riotous 2000 concert disc Live at the Key Club and the groups highly praised 2001 disc Land of the Free? An ensuing tour was highlighted by a sell-out gig at the 14,000-seat Long Beach Arena. After taking a year off for introspection, the group reemerged stronger than ever in 2003 as evidenced by the glowing accolades From The Ashes received. In early 2005, as Epitaph reissued remastered, content enhanced versions of the groups first four albums, the band reconvened to craft what would ultimately become The Fuse. After performing the more shows worldwide than they’ve played in recent years to support The Fuse, including a string of sold out House of Blues shows in L.A. and Orange County, the band again headlined the Vans Warped Tour in 2007, an entity they and a handful of other influential artists help turn into the longest running and one of the most successful American Music Festivals. As of now the band is hard at work on their yet to be titled next album, scheduled for a march 2008 release.



The Vandals: Orange County punk veterans the Vandals traced their roots back to the earliest days of their local scene, but didn't really make much of an impact as recording artists until the

'90s. By that time, their snide, terminally juvenile humor and catchy punk-pop had done a great deal to set the tone of Orange County's thriving punk and ska scene. Clear spiritual forefathers of bands like the Offspring, blink-182, and Less Than Jake, the Vandals took their cues from early punk comedians like the Dickies and the Descendents, ratcheting up the wiseass factor and delighting in dumb, lowbrow jokes. Sometimes satirical and mostly silly, the Vandals also remained staunchly independent for their entire career, releasing records on a variety of punk indies that afforded them financial and creative control. What was more, their steady lineup from 1989 on afforded them a degree of stability uncommon in punk circles. Solid career management allowed the Vandals to thrive up into the new millennium, over two decades after their formation.

The Vandals were founded in Huntington Beach, CA -- also home to the Crowd and T.S.O.L. -- by guitarist Jan Nils Ackerman in 1980. Their inaugural lineup was completed by vocalist Stevo, bassist Steve Pfauter, and drummer Joe Escalante. Their riotous early shows around Orange County got them banned from several venues, but also worked up enough buzz that their 1982 debut EP, Peace Thru Vandalism, was released by Bad Religion's Epitaph label. It featured signature early numbers like "Anarchy Burger (Hold the Government)," the local radio hit "Urban Struggle," and "The Legend of Pat Brown," about a real-life roommate of Escalante's who went after some undercover cops with his car at a Vandals show in Costa Mesa. The following year, they appeared as themselves in director Penelope Spheeris' punk drama, Suburbia.

The Vandals continued to play around Orange County when they could over the next few years, including a tongue-in-cheek benefit show for the Young Republicans in 1984. The following year, they issued their first full-length LP, When in Rome Do as the Vandals, on the small National Trust label; it featured new bass player Chalmer Lumary, as well as the local radio hits "Lady Killer" and "Mohawk Town." Substantial personnel shifts ensued over the next few years; ex-Fallen Idols singer Dave Quackenbush joined up later in 1985, and Escalante switched from drums to bass. More members came and went; guitarist Warren Fitzgerald came on board in 1987, and drummer Josh Freese joined in 1989, completing a new Vandals lineup that would endure for over a decade afterward.

The album Slippery When Ill, a snarky piss-take on country music that was later reissued under the title The Vandals Play Really Bad Original Country Tunes, was released in 1989. The group subsequently signed with punk indie Triple X, with which they made their first big splash via 1991's Fear of a Punk Planet. With their back catalog out of print, the Vandals next re-recorded much of the band's early material on the 1994 live album Sweatin' to the Oldies. In the meantime, Fitzgerald moonlighted as the guitarist for Oingo Boingo until the group's dissolution in late 1995. Freese also began to branch out with recording sessions for Suicidal Tendencies and Infectious Grooves; by the late '90s, he had become an accomplished session drummer for a wide variety of pop and alt-rock acts, and also served stints in Guns N' Roses (the inactive, studio-bound incarnation) and Maynard James Keenan's prog-metal side project, A Perfect Circle.

With the California punk revival in full swing by 1994, the Vandals switched over to the Offspring's new imprint, Nitro Records, for which they cut two albums -- 1995's Live Fast Diarrhea and 1996's The Quickening. Later in 1996, Escalante and Fitzgerald formed their own label, Kung Fu, which was designed to ensure the band's financial independence in the wake of their growing cult popularity on the punk scene. They inaugurated the label at the end of the year with the holiday album Oi to the World: Christmas With the Vandals, and soon set about signing other acts as well. The Vandals returned to Nitro for the 1998 set Hitler Bad, Vandals Good, and completed their contract with 2000's Look What I Almost Stepped In. Having built up Kung Fu into a viable enterprise, they subsequently left Nitro to stick with their own label. Meanwhile, Fitzgerald embarked on another side gig, playing lead guitar with the newly electrified Tenacious D on their 2001 debut album. Freese's session career was also booming by this time, and although he remained a studio regular, he was often replaced during live gigs by a rotating cast of four to five drummers, the most prominent of whom was Brooks Wackermann (later of Bad Religion). Now firmly committed to Kung Fu, the Vandals returned in 2002 with Internet Dating Superstuds.

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