What a better way to celebrate National Beer Day then at a Beer & Taco Festival?! KLOS hosted the Sold Out Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, Ca on April 7, 2018. This is the first stop of 7 different dates in California, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Washington and Oregon. Not only was there over 100 craft beers on tap for your tasting pleasure, our favorite was Ska Brewering, but there was also tasty gourmet tacos, Lucha Libre wrestling and live music. Headlining this years show was The Offspring but they were not the only band that people came far and wide to see.
First up is an alternative rock trio from Los Angeles, Ca called Naked Walrus. They have the intensity to play any size crowd and they are no strangers to the festival scene as they played Warped Tour and Summerfest last year. Seeing as they only had a 25 minute set, they did not waste time before laying down some sweet melodic rock.
Los Kung Fu Monkeys, yes you read that right, were up next with their ska/punk/big band sound. If you like The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, then you will definitely dig this band. We had a chance to grab them for a few moments before they went on to get a little more info on them and their roots.
Next would be a band I really haven’t heard much from for awhile. Unwritten Law would come out to a packed crowd and kill it. They still sound the same after all this time and they would play several favorites such as “Up All Night” and “Seein’ Red” which Scott Russo’s son would get on stage and sing with them.
The next band would have the crowd moshing to a punk cover of Uptown Girl. Me First & The Gimme Gimmes play covers but punk versions. I know you are thinking, “RadChad, I don’t know about this.” but trust me, this is something you have to see for yourself. And not one genre was safe from them putting their own twist on it as they covered songs from Cher and Elton John to R. Kelly and Boyz II Men. They really got the crowd pumped and ready for the next band.
As The Vandals started their set, people were really starting to crowd in front of the stage. The Vandals are a punk band that has been around since the 80’s and are still going strong. They put on a great show and really kept the energy of the audience going. They really whipped up the crowd into a moshing frenzy. Guitarist Warren Fitzgerald would take over on vocals to finish out their set with “I Have A Date.”
Punk alumni’s and Hermosa Beach natives, Pennywise came out to a jam packed crowd and started their set with “Wouldn’t It Be Nice”. Jim Lindberg, vocals, would joke with the crowd saying, “No matter how many tacos you guys had here, I know there is still a couple of you that will stop at Jack In The Box when you leave here and get 2 more tacos to eat on the way home.” It was Jim’s wife birthday and he would lead the audience in singing Happy Birthday to her. Pennywise would get the crowd moshing even more and saw more and more people crowd surfing, old to young. They would finish their set with their anthem, “Bro Hymn”.
After Pennywise was done and before the next band, they had the Taco Eating Contest MC’ed by Chronic Taco’s own Weeman. Defending his championship and trying to beat his record of 159 tacos from last year, Takeru Kobayashi went up against rival Molly Schuyler and several other contestants. Kobayashi ended up the WINNER, WINNER, TACO DINNER with a whopping 154 tacos eaten in 10 minutes but was just short of beating his record from last year. Watching this competition is like driving by a car accident, at some point you just can’t stand to watch anymore but you just can’t take your eyes off. After officially being announced as winner, Kobayashi would stand up with trophy in hand and pull up his shirt to show off his extended stomach that looked like an alien might just burst out at anytime.
Now on to the main event, and dare I say the thing everyone truly came for, The Offspring. Offspring would hit the stage to a packed crowd and opened with “You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid”. They had the crowd singing along word for word on every song they played. They played mostly songs from their earlier albums Americana and Smash with songs like, “Gotta Get Away”, “Bad Habit”, “Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)” and “The Kids Aren’t Alright”. For a band that has been around for over 3 decades, The Offspring still sounds just as good as they did when they first came onto the scene.
All in all, it was a fitting end to an awesome day full of beer, tacos, lucha libra wrestling and great music.
You still have a chance to see for yourself how much fun this festival is on one of their 5 more stops in different cities and states to catch the Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival.
4/7/18 Dana Point, CA
4/8/18 Sacramento, CA
4/28/18 Denver, CO
4/29/18 Albuquerque, NM
5/5/18 Tuscon, AZ
5/12/18 Auburn, WA
5/13/18 Portland, OR
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