Feed Your Soul with GOSPEL BRUNCH at House of Blues Anaheim!

(SoCal Locale was invited to attend a Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues in Anaheim for free.)

The new House of Blues Anaheim is pleased to introduce a reimagined Gospel Brunch experience happening every Sunday!

SoCal Locale readers can get $10 off each ticket using this code: CHICKEN

House of Blues’ new Southern-inspired soulful menu features signature brunch dishes like biscuits and gravy, seasoned potatoes, chicken and waffles, smoked brisket, an omelette station, and the best darn collard greens in Orange County! (Seriously, their greens are incredible!) Mimosas are available at the bar, or you can upgrade to bottomless for $15!

The electrifying, uplifting and unprecedented gospel show is unlike any other brunch experience available. Gospel Brunch is perfect for families, visitors and special celebrations. The band gets the whole audience up and out of their seats twirling napkins, dancing, and singing praises.

The non-denominational Gospel Brunch is perfect for anyone, no matter how spiritual they are, or aren’t. The band sings songs like “Oh Happy Day,” and “Lean on Me,” that everyone can sing along to.

Feed your body and your soul with Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues Anaheim, every single Sunday at their new location in the Anaheim Gardenwalk.

Click here to buy tickets, and don’t forget to use code CHICKEN for $10 off each ticket!

Get Your Country On This Saturday with the ShipKicker Music Festival!

This Saturday, the Queen Mary will host the ShipKicker Country Music Festival for the third time. It will be held at the Waterfront Events Park on Saturday, July 1st starting at 1 PM.

Headliners include Lee Brice, Jake Parr, Daniel Bonte & the Bona Fide, and more. Take a break between performances in the beer garden, or enjoy outdoor games like cornhole. Come hungry as there will be a great selection of food trucks and vendors waiting for you.

Other Artists Performing:

  • Jerrod Nieman
  • Swon Brothers
  • Honey County
  • James Rensink (Battle of the Bands Winner)
  • Eric Van Houten
  • Carmel Helene
  • Alicia Kelly
  • Alexandria Corn
  • Melissa Farrior

Music fans can delve into the world of line dancing with lessons in the ShipKicker Saloon. The Saloon will also offer a bar, performances from artists like Alicia Kelly, and a bumpin’ dance floor.

Want tickets? Get them at the door for $59 or buy them online in advance fo $49. If you want to skip the line, upgrade to VIP for access to a private bar, front-of-stage access, trailer bathrooms, a shady lounge area, and ship access until 6 PM.

If you get there early, check out Redneck Rodeo and the Morgan Leigh Band at the Parking Lot Party starting at 11:00 AM. If you can’t get enough country after the festival, there’s always the afterparty at Cowboy Country in Long Beach; where you can two-step all night long.

Get your tickets online now to save $10! 

SCHEDULES
PARKING LOT PARTY
11:00am Redneck Rodeo
12:00pm Morgan Leigh Band

SHIPKICKER SALOON
1:00pm Line Dance Lesson
1:15pm Alicia Kelley
2:00pm Line Dance Lesson
2:15pm Alexandria Corn
3:30pm Line Dance Lesson
3:45pm Melissa Farrior
5:00pm Carmel Helene
6:15pm Eric Van Houten

MAIN STAGE
1:00pm Jake Parr
2:00pm James Rensink
3:15pm Honey County
4:30pm Daniel Bonte & The Bona Fide
5:45pm The Swon Brothers
6:00pm Line Dance Lesson
7:00pm Jerrod Niemann
8:30pm Lee Brice

Party on with ShipKicker! We hope to see you this weekend!

Sabroso: Craft Beer, Tacos, Music, and More! Tickets on Sale Now

The Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival is back for its 4th year, and this time they’re heading to the beach!

The ultimate taco and craft beer celebration, presented by KLOS and powered by Gringo Bandito, is proud to announce an all-new location at the scenic Doheny State Beach in Dana Point on Saturday, April 8th, 2017.

This year’s music lineup will be headlined by Orange County-based, multi-platinum rock band The Offspring, along with performances from Sum 41, Rival Sons, Lit, and Unwritten Law, as well as the world’s first and only heavy metal mariachi band, Metalachi. There will also be roving mariachi band performances throughout the festival.

During the festival, taco lovers can indulge themselves in $3 gourmet tacos from top local chefs and restaurants, who are competing for the coveted Sabroso “People’s Choice” awards. Attendees can select their favorite via a Text-To-Vote system during the event. There is also a “Best Of Show” award, chosen by a panel of highly acclaimed and pre-selected food judges.

The 2017 Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival will feature renowned craft breweries including Bottle Logic, Bootleggers, Riip Brewing, Pizza Port, TAPS Fish House and Brewery, Stereo Brewing, Fall Brewing, Barley Forge, Ritual Brewing, Modern Times, Artifex Brewing and more.

If music, beer, tacos, and the beach aren’t enough, attendees will also be entertained by lucha libre style wrestlers like Red Spider, La Golosa, Lady Lee and Mariachi Loco, who will take to the ring for four action packed qualifying matches, followed by a championship match.

Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival will run from 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM on Saturday, April 8. VIP entry begins at noon, to include an extra hour of complimentary exclusive tastings in the VIP lounge. The festival is only open to attendees 21 and older.

For more info and tickets, head to www.SabrosoTacoFest.com!

ShipKicker Festival Showcases Up & Coming Country Artists

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Over the weekend, we were invited to attend the second annual ShipKicker Music Festival. This 1-day festival took place just outside the Queen Mary in Long Beach, at the Waterfront Event Center.

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Headlined by Easton Corbin, ShipKicker also featured artists like Dylan Scott, Honey County, Dylan Uribe, and Daniel Bonte and the Bona Fide. Other country performers included Clare Dunn, the Scotty Mac Band, and Stephen Wesley.

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Between bands; country lovers played corn hole, learned line dances in the Saloon, checked out the food trucks, and hung out in the Beer Garden. Cowgirls and cowboys of all ages had the chance to wear giant cowboy hats and write on a community chalk wall. The VIP tent offered refuge from the sun and a private bar. Local radio station GoCountry brought hosts Graham and David out to entertain the crowd between sets. There were plenty of activities to keep the whole family busy!

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Where else can you go to get a cowboy hat made entirely of beer cans, learn to line dance like a pro, AND watch top country artists while you lounge under the California sun? The ShipKicker Festival was so much fun and we can’t wait to go back next year.

Find out more information about ShipKicker here.

Take It Back to the 80s & 90s at the Gen X Room!

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Looking like the 80s/90s with the acid wash jacket.

How many of you remember the 80s and the 90’s jams? I’m sure a lot of you do – and those that don’t may have been exposed to that music era of enjoyment. I was able to experience it at The Gen X Room in downtown Los Angeles on Friday May 13th. Get ready to read about all the fun. You will wish you were there by the end of this. Ha!

It was a Friday night free of children, time to dress myself for the theme and then ride in style with the loaned Kia Optima SX T-GDI sporty sedan. I brought along my parent friend April. Her friend, Ana, was going to join us as well. It was a packed car ride but we all were comfortable. Our outfits were on point. I actually had time to blow dry my hair. Yay!

April was dressed the part with her side ponytail.

April was dressed the part with her side ponytail.

The skyline is shining bright.

The skyline is shining bright.

Now when I drove in to downtown the skyline was dark and the lights of the buildings lit the night sky like a glow bracelet or wand. Downtown Los Angeles was all aglow with the interior office lights and more. The lights were bright, the night was clear and my pulse was getting faster and faster with anticipation. I had the 80s/90s satellite radio station going. It was prep time. Get into the spirit. Time to make the floor burn. We all sang along to a few of the tunes too.

 

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Photo booth time with props and the vinyl record backdrop.

So we arrived. We parked a block away from the venue. Just a hop by the famed Orpheum Theater, then a skip down a block and bam! We were at The Gen X Room 80’s & 90’s Dance Flashback Celebration hosted at the Biergarten Downtown LA on Broadway. Yes it was an uber retro building with brick and concrete exposure. A large sized space with ample everything.

What greeted us was a wall full of vinyl records. A photo booth backdrop. Some glow bracelets, necklaces, blinking glasses, feather boas, hats, hair clips and wands. Even a guitar cutout! Just all the swag props to create a fun moment. Here is a photo of what that looked like. None of us were conservative about our accessories. We piled them on.

 

I was there on behalf of Angela Bishop. Thank you darling. What a great chance to have some VIP treatment too. Myself and my guests had some complimentary appetizers and a delicious cocktail. Oh the bar counter was this cool clear broken looking glass. Wow! The VIP mezzanine was nice and had various seating options too. The food was delicious! Veggie or pepperoni flatbread pizzas, crispy chicken tenders and freshly made potato chips. I REALLY loved the fresh potato chips! It was a snackers delight dinner if you will. I ate it up! HA!

A nice green cocktail. I don't remember the name the bartender said it was.

A nice green cocktail. I don’t remember the name the bartender said it was.

Now the music got us going. We danced the night away. So much so that we needed to ask for ice water. It got sweaty. There was freestyle, recognizable 80s and 90s jams. Now my friend April did request a lot of songs. Plus she knew a lot of the words. If my sweat drenched clothes of the night didn’t tell you I burned the floor then you need to get your eyes checked. Teehee!

All in all it was a cool hip fun funky fresh night. I did enjoy seeing some other guys out there on the dance floor moving and shaking. There was even some breakdancing. Seriously good too! I mean man those guys moved! Awesome. I did enjoy being able to take some of the props home to my children. Laser rings and glowing rings. Sunglasses too! Well I had a lot to take. Remember I wore it all, the opening pic of this blog shows that.

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Wearing all the free swag

 

I highly recommend going to the next one which is on June 11th. It will be at the same place, same time and lets make some more fun memories. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/events/550534238461512/ . There will be great drinks specials, 80s/90s inspired cocktails, raffle prizes this time around and VIP tables available. So who’s coming and theme-dressed in their best!

It’s Not Dead is Coming to San Manuel Amphitheater!

Excitement and anticipation are boiling over for It’s Not Dead, the inaugural punk rock festival from co-founders Kevin Lyman, John Reese and Live Nation’s Rich Best, which takes over San Bernardino’s San Manuel Amphitheater on Saturday October 10.

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All tickets are general admission and available on the festival website for $42.50, with general parking included. Kids 10 and under are free. Prices do not include ticket service fee. Tent camping is available at the adjacent Glen Helen campground.

In addition to 3 stages, jam-packed with 35 punk and ska greats such as Bad Religion, Pennywise, Descendents, NOFX and many more, the festival will feature a Vans Old-Skool Jam, with demos by legendary skaters such as Mike Frazier, Steve Caballero, Christian Hosoi, Omar Hassan and Neal Hendrix, along with pros Lizzie Armanto, Alex Perelson, Josh Borden and BMX rider Dennis McCoy.

Additionally, the festival will host a pop-up art exhibition titled, ‘Art’s Not Dead’ and a ‘Punks Well Read’ book signing area, both curated by renowned punk rock photographer Lisa Johnson.

The art show will exhibit and sell works from many of the underground scene’s most acclaimed artists and photographers like Mark deSalvo, Dave Naz, Natalia Fabia, Lisa Johnson, B.J. Papas, Greg Attonito, Chris Shary, Craig “Skibs” Barker, Jeff Alulis, Jason Cardwell and many others.

The book signings, hosted by official festival bookseller Stories Books & Cafe out of Echo Park, will highlight such celebrated punk rock authors as Jeff Alulis, Jack Grisham, Cecil Castellucci, Shawna Kenney, Jim Lindberg, David Nazworthy, Christian Picciolini, John Roecker with Dylan Melody, Oriana Small and Shanti Wintergate & Greg Attonito (Playdate).

For more on all the happenings of the festival and the full band lineup, visit http://itsnotdeadfestival.com.

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Who: You!
What: It’s Not Dead Festival
When: Saturday, October 10 (Doors Open at 12:30pm)
Where: San Manuel Amphitheater Festival Grounds

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VOWWS: “The Great Sun” Video Premiere and Upcoming Shows

LA-based Australian/Iranian Industrial-Pop duo VOWWS is excited to share the new lyric video for “The Great Sun.” The single is the follow up to the duo’s recent collaboration with Gary Numan “Losing Myself in You” and appears on the band’s forthcoming album due for release this Summer on Cleopatra Records. Check it out below.

If you like what you see, go check out VOWWS at one of their three upcoming LA shows this month.

06.06 – Los Angeles, CA – Bar Sinister (with William Control) – info here.
06.13 – Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Theater (with The Warlocks) – info here.
07.18 – Los Angeles, CA – 3 Clubs Hollywood – info here.

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