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Review | It’s Not Dead Fest 2

 It’s Not Dead Fest 2 | August 26, 2017 | By Melissa Rodriguez

         It was 107 degrees outside in San Bernardino, but that didn’t stop hundreds of punk rock fans from showing up dressed head to toe in black attire. Having missed out on the first run of the It’s Not Dead Festival in 2015, I was really thrilled to be seeing a bunch of my favorite bands at this year’s festival. 

Keeping to his traditional style with Warped Tour, founder Kevin Lyman didn’t announce set times until after the doors had opened. The lineup contained so many punk rock legends from over the last few decades and spread across four different stages; it was almost impossible to see everyone playing.  

Fans were already lined up to watch the first bands perform and were not disappointed with Spider, Channel 3, and Wraths (featuring Jim Lindberg of Pennywise) opening the show on the first 3 stages.  Their energy was just what the fans needed to get in the mood for a long day, filled with amazing music and memories. 

The intense heatwave didn’t stop festival goers from rocking out and dancing along to the Interrupters, who were the second band to perform on the main stage (and the only band on the lineup from the first festival). The rotating main stage was such a genius idea, and wasted no time dealing with set changes between performances. Once one band was finished, the next band was rotated in (some even started playing as the platform was still in rotation).  The main stage included performances from Good Riddance, GBH, Buzzcocks, and OFF! 

An hour into the festival, you could see fans making trips to the Vans merch tent to purchase $20 beach umbrellas to shield themselves from the desert heat. For the fans who didn’t want to carry around a giant umbrella, the festival also featured an art gallery set up inside a giant circus tent. The gallery featured lots of awesome art work and photos from past music gigs, some dating back almost 30 years. 

Although it was difficult to catch all the amazing bands performing on the different stages, there was a great turnout at the side stages for acts such as Slaughter and the Dogs, The Flatliners, The Unseen, and The Casualties (with David Rodriguez of the Krum Bums). Jimmy G, of Murphys Law, even managed to get one of their younger fans from the crowd into his arms and singing along with him. 

As the sun had begun to set, fans moved to the main stage to catch the final performances of the evening. The Adicts gave a vibrant performance, full of streamers and joker cards being tossed into the crowd. Me First and the Gimme Gimmes did not disappoint with their wide array of cover songs; “Hope you guys know, we are a cover band.”  

Finally, Drop Kick Murphys and Rancid closed out the show with a conclusion to their “From Boston to Berkley” summer tour. DKM went on at around 8:30pm; about 9 hours after the doors to the festival had initially opened. But judging by the crowds singing and pitting along, you would had never guessed they had been dealing with record breaking heat all day. Unfortunately, this little lady got knocked in the head with a jug of water from the crowd during DKM performance. Maybe they thought I looked thirsty? In any case, I had to miss out on Rancid’s performance and called it a night. 

Walking away from the performance I realized that this festival really lived up to its name; punk is definitely not dead. 

Beach Weather | The Maine

Beach Weather & The Maine | Photography by : Angel Haines

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Staten Island Spring Art & Music Festival

On Saturday I met & shared a tent with Audrey GreenEyes at what happened to be both of our first vending experiences. I’m so happy with the results of the event, even though I only displayed a small amount of my photography on canvas, and in a binder. I’m left with no more business cards, new clients , and I even made my first sale. Its safe to say next time around will be bigger & better. Its only up from here. If you are in need of some delicious treats head over to @cheesecakesforchange on Instagram, $5.00 from each purchase goes to charity. Please check out the talented artists I had the pleasure of meeting at this event. HUGE thank you to my family & friends that came out to support my dreams.

Thank you @sitalentnyc for having me.

April 29th, 2017 | Lyons Pool Park | Staten Island New York

Photography & review by Cristine Trimarco

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Mya’s first concert | The Dollyrots

Mya, 10, attended her first concert on March 22, 2017. She went with her aunt, aunt’s best friend, her grandma, & her grandpa. The concert was held at the Fubar in St. Louis, Missouri. The Dollyrots consist of punk rock couple Luis Cabezas, guitarist/vocals, Kelly Ogden, Bassist/ vocals. The drummer on this current tour who has been with them a few years is Rikki Styx. A member of the Two Tens who opened for The Dollyrots. Mya has been listening to The Dollyrots since she was 3 years old. She has collected all of the cd’s and put stickers all over her room. She was really, really excited to get to see them in person. She was hoping to meet them, but she got to do more than that. We had got to the concert, waited patiently, and stood in the front row. Finally the show we had waited months for had finally started. We were seeing The Dollyrots in real life. It was AWESOME! They played lots of songs from “Kick Me To The Curb” to songs off the new album ‘Whiplash Splash’ It was exciting to hear the new songs live. This album was put out via PledgeMusic with support from the fans. The band worked hard recording and packing the packages up. It was released on March 24th. Those who had pledged got it a month earlier, How sweet! Be sure to check it out. Kelly Ogden, lead singer/ bassist, dedicated”Jackie Chan” to Kritter, Mya’s Aunt, because one of the DVD’s Kritter had found at the Goodwill was a Jackie Chan DVD. Then she gave Mya a shout out for being at her first concert. Then at the very end the most exciting thing in the world happened for Ms Mya. During the last song, “Because I’m Awesome” Kelly came down in the crowd. She sang with all of us and then she grabbed Mya by the hand and took her on stage. Mya got to sing the last verse of the song. She handled it like a rock star. Singing with Kelly was a life changing moment. She even got to hit the drum! Mya’s Grandma and Grandpa couldn’t see this from where they were sitting but they wanted to include a special THANK YOU to the Dollyrots. What a special way to enjoy a first concert. She also got to meet the band after the show for autographs and photographs. They are just the sweetest people on the planet.

Write up by Katie Ritter.  | Photos by Thomas Ricks of KPRL11.com

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Set It Off starts tour on in TWO days.

Never before seen photos of Set It Off in honor of Set It Off heading out with Simple Plan from 3/10 through 4/18, then again on 5/27 to 5/29 in the United Kingdom.

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  Photos by :Cristine Trimarco @ Loud Fest in NJ.

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