Haddonfield’s notorious serial killer Michael Myers will once again stalk, hunt and terrify guests at Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights in an all-new maze based on “Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers.”
Event producers announced on Tuesday that it was time to resurrect Myers and bring to life the fourth installment of the slasher franchise created by John Carpenter. The attraction will take guests back to Haddonfield, Illinois, on Halloween night where all the nightmares began. Myers has escaped Smith’s Grove Sanitarium and is feeling extra stabby and targeting his niece, Jamie.
Guests will have to dodge Myers, sporting his signature white mask, navy jumpsuit and that oversized bloody kitchen knife, as they make their way through the mental hospital and other popular locations recreated straight from the 1988 horror film.
Halloween Horror Nights officially opens on Friday, Sept. 14, and runs on select dates through Saturday, Nov. 3. Other mazes that have been revealed include the 1982 supernatural thriller, “Poltergeist,” the popular Netflix series “Stranger Things,” the latest installment of “The Purge” franchise, “The First Purge” and cult-classic “Trick ‘r Treat.” The notorious killer clown, Hollywood Harry, will be back to terrorize the Universal backlot in the all-new Terror Tram: Hollywood Harry’s Dreadtime Storiez and the permanent “The Walking Dead” attraction will be filled with more walkers than ever.
Single and multi-day general admission and VIP passes, Frequent Fright Passes and more are all on sale now at HalloweenHorrorNights.com.
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The Aquabats launched a month-long Kickstarter campaign and need your help to bring back ‘The Aquabats! Super Show!’
Sometimes even superheroes need a little help.
Orange County-based punk rock band and TV superheroes the Aquabats are now rallying and calling upon their Legion of Righteous Comrades via a month-long Kickstarter campaign in an effort to create new episodes of their beloved, Daytime Emmy Award-winning kid’s television series, “The Aquabats! Super Show!,” and to release their first new album since 2011’s “Hi-Five Soup!”
The campaign, which officially kicked off online on July 31 at bringbacktheaquabats.com, will culminate with a four-hour live performance filled with special surprise guests and a telethon-style push for pledges at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles on Saturday, Sept. 1. As of press time, the band has garnered just over $300,000 of its $1,110,000 goal. Aquabats will also be raising money during a special screening of three episodes of “The Aquabats! Super Show” at the Art Theatre in Long Beach on Saturday, Aug. 18. The event will be followed by a Q&A session, meet and greet and photo ops with the band.
Money raised would fund the full-time return of the Aquabats with the first new episodes of “The Aquabats! Super Show!,” which aired for two seasons on The Hub Network and was cancelled in 2014 after the network went under and was rebranded as Discovery Family. Of course, the Aquabats have a lot of famous friends and they’ve called upon them to join in on the campaign via a series of entertaining videos that will be uploaded to the site throughout the crowdfunding journey.
Actor and musician Jack Black plays the Wizard of Hollywood in the initial campaign video and helps Aquabats leader, the MC Bat Commander (Christian Jacobs), summon the Legion of Righteous Comrades, which includes Tom Dumont and Adrian Young of No Doubt and Dreamcar; oted accordion player and satirist “Weird Al” Yankovic; Kate Micucci of musical comedy duo Garfunkel and Oates; Oscar Nunez of “The Office”; Blake Anderson of “Workaholics”; rock band Imagine Dragons; actor Thomas Lennon from “Reno 911!”; former Aquabats drummer and current Blink-182 anchor, Travis Barker, and more.
“The Bat Commander called and people said ‘Yes, sir. Let’s do this!’” Jacobs said via a recent phone interview. “The comedy and music people really get what we’re trying to do because it’s silly, it’s fun and it’s light-hearted so those people have really stepped up. I mean, we got Imagine Dragons in there and New Found Glory and the Vandals. We haven’t put some of those episodes up yet, but they’re coming. We’ll have other guests and surprises too that I don’t want to spoil, but that’s what makes this Kickstarter fun is that we really are kinda getting the band back together so to speak.”
Black has also officially signed on to executive produce the new season of the TV show and if the crowdfunding effort is successful, they will immediately start production with his company, Electric Dynamite.
The campaign is highly interactive and includes a slew of incentives for fans that pledge any amount ranging from $10 to $1,000,000. People who make smaller donations receive things like Legion Membership, social media shout-outs from the band, stickers, albums, DVDs, exclusive wallpapers and ringtones, posters and T-shirts.
Higher pledges will get donors things like limited-edition art prints and accessories from designers such as Paul Frank, the ability to be an extra, actor or even a producer for an episode of “The Aquabats! Super Show!,” a day of go-kart racing, a pizza party or a live performance at your house with the Aquabats where you can choose the set list. They’ll also do a personal voicemail greeting, record a private song or album just for you or give you the ability to write and shoot your own private episode of “The Aquabats! Super Show!”
There are several other incentives listed on the Kickstarter page, but it all ends with the highest bid, which is $25,000 (the maximum pledge Kickstarter will accept) plus an additional $975,000, which will buy you your very own island and the title of Prime Minister (for a three-year term) of what will be legally dubbed Aquabania. This bidder would find and buy a private island with the Aquabats and the band would handle all of the paperwork and agree to charter a boat and cruise out to the new island at least twice a year during the three-year Prime Minister tenure.
“Doesn’t that sound like fun?,” Jacobs asked. “Your own island. A lot of the rewards came from the fans and the requests we get like ‘Can you come to my house and play a show?’ or ‘Can we come to the headquarters?’ or ‘Will you play mini golf with me?’ We have a lot of rewards that include spending time with fans because it creates such a good vibe. We have such a good fan base made up of grandparents, parents and kids so we based a lot of the rewards off of things we could all do together and to give the fans what they really want, which is face time together and that’s fun for us, too.”
Jacobs said that once the show went off the air, fans would still come up to the band at shows and appearances and ask if they’d ever produce new episodes. It was actually the fans’ suggestion to start an online funding campaign, much like the ones that brought about’ the return of the TV series “Veronica Mars” or the feature film, “Super Troopers 2.”
“I hesitated a bit and had some reservations with crowdfunding, but my perception of it was a little off from what it really meant,” he said. “Rather than just trying to get people’s money, we’re really just trying to give them what they want and that’s to be a part of this so we said, ‘OK, let’s do this.’ It’s a community thing and we’re all a tribe and the fans have been so supportive and amazing.”
More than just the financial aspect of a crowdfunding page, Jacobs said that in this day and age networks and streaming services take notice of the number of people participating in a campaign and not just necessarily how much money is raised.
“Even if someone can only contribute $10 it really helps,” he continued. “More than just wanting the money, we want people who never heard of the show to hear about it and show them that it’s amazing and they can go ‘Oh I wonder how they got this guy on the show?’ or say ‘Man, I love these guys, they are ridiculous!’ That’s what we’re trying to build and actually show the studios that there’s a demand for it. Even if we just get one special made, that helps show that people are interested, people care and that there’s a place for it and hopefully we can get that word out.”
#BringBackTheAquabats! Fundraiser Screening
When: 11 a.m. (doors at 10:30 a.m.) Saturday, Aug. 18
Where: Art Theatre, 2025 E. 4th Street, Long Beach
Tickets: $15 suggested donation per person on-site; All-ages welcome.
Also: The Aquabats’ Four Hour Benefit Show beings at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1 at El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. $50-$125 at ASX.com.
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Shinoda has been out on select tour dates promoting his “Post Traumatic” album, which dropped back in June. He played the side stage at KROQ’s Weenie Roast in Carson in May, performing a mix of his solo material as well as fan-favorite Linkin Park songs. The album deeply explores Shinoda’s feelings after the 2017 death of his longtime friend and Linkin Park frontman, Chester Bennington. Shinoda continues to honor Bennington in live settings by letting the audience sing his parts of the familiar Linkin Park songs.
— kelliskye (@kelliskye) May 12, 2018
Tickets to both shows are $49.50-$125 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at Livenation.com. There’s also a KROQ Street Team presale from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9. Signing up to be a Street Team member is free at KROQ.com.
Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/08/07/linkin-parks-mike-shinoda-is-coming-to-the-hollywood-palladium-and-house-of-blues-anaheim/
Halloween Horror Nights: How to get tickets, R.I.P. Tour passes and more for Universal Studios Hollywood
With the ever-expanding haunting season almost upon us Universal Studios Hollywood has announced that tickets are on sale for its 2018 Halloween Horror Nights, which kicks off Friday, Sept. 14.
So far, the theme park has announced a number of attractions, including mazes based on the popular Netflix series “Stranger Things,” the Blumhouse Productions film, “The First Purge” and one modeled after director Michael Dougherty’s cult classic, “Trick ‘r Treat.” The notorious killer clown, Hollywood Harry, will return to terrorize the Universal backlot in the all-new Terror Tram: Hollywood Harry’s Dreadtime Storiez. The permanent “The Walking Dead” attraction, inspired by the hit AMC television series, will be up and running with more walkers than ever and the award-winning hip hop dance crew, The Jabbawockeez will return with an all-new Halloween-themed show for Halloween Horror Nights.
With more attraction announcements coming in the next few weeks, Halloween Horror Nights fans can purchase an array of passes, including the after 2 p.m. day/night combo ticket; reserve the exclusive R.I.P. Tour; or pick up the Frequent Fear pass that allows multiple visits during the seasonal run. Halloween Horror Nights dates are Sept. 14-15; 20-11; 27-30; October 4-7; 11-14; 18-21; 25-28, 31 and November 1-3.
General admission passes are $67-$97. The Universal Express tickets, which allows one-time express access to each maze, ride and show are $149-$229; The after 2 p.m. day/night ticket combo grants access to all daytime attractions plus Halloween Horror Nights for $99-$139 (and can be upgraded to a Universal Express ticket for $179-$269).
There are also passes for those who want to keep going back, including the two-night Fear Pass for $109; The Frequent Fear Pass with up to 21 available visits is $169; The Ultimate Fear Pass, which includes up to 29 evenings of scares, is $350.
The R.I.P. Tour is an exclusive behind-the-scenes experience for groups of up to 12 people that includes themed photo ops, props and a scareactor make-up demonstration. It includes Universal Express passes with unlimited access to all mazes and rides as well as private VIP trolley transportation to the backlot mazes and Terror Tram, along with reserved VIP seating at the Jabbawockeez live show, complimentary valet parking and a special VIP entrance to the event for $279-$399 per person.
All passes are on sale at HalloweenHorrorNights.com.
Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/08/07/halloween-horror-nights-how-to-get-tickets-r-i-p-tour-passes-and-more-for-universal-studios-hollywood/
Fair food is always fun. It’s innovative, it’s exciting, it’s colorful, it’s over-the-top, some of it comes on a stick and most of it is so bad for your health, but it’s a once-a-year indulgence worth unbuttoning your jeans or slipping on your stretchy pants for.
The spread this year at the annual OC Fair, happening through Sunday, Aug. 12 in Costa Mesa, is pretty spectacular with a generous array of culinary masterpieces fit for fair fan consumption. Each year, all of the concessions are able to compete in a number of categories for the coveted OC Fair Concessionaires Cup, held in the Culinary Arts section located in the heart of the OC Fair & Events Center.
The best fare was broken down into the following categories: Ethnic dish, healthy alternative, beverage, dessert, fried, on-a-stick, on-a-bun, new creative flavor and owner’s favorite. A panel of 16 judges, including this reporter, tasted more than 50 different types of food on the culinary stage in front of a live audience on Wednesday. Comprised of chefs, culinary students, foodies, experts in produce and nutrition labeling and myself, an avid lover of many fair foods, were up to the challenge of figuring out the best of the best.
Pairs of judges were given specific categories to taste and judge and my judging partner and I were selected for best ethnic and healthy alternative. Once we were all settled, the food started coming and it seemed to never stop. Plates upon plates were put in front of us from the refreshing shrimp ceviche from Pepe’s Mariscos (which my judging partner raved about, but I didn’t taste because I am deathly allergic to all seafood) to the highly Instagram-worthy and delicious Maui Pineapple Bowl from Chicken Charlie’s. Both of those dishes scored ribbons in the competition.
Though we were tasked with focusing on our own categories, we shared other food with judges in other categories. My eyes were bigger than my stomach, that’s for sure. We shared Biggy’s Spicy Turkey Leg, which was bursting with flavor and Tater Twister’s Smokehouse Tots that were smothered with creamy mac and cheese and topped with bacon (that one also scored a ribbon in the best new or creative flavor category).
Since it was about 100 degrees outside, we all started to sweat. Two hours into eating and we still weren’t finished. The staff was generous with handing out mini bottles of water and I made the mistake of slugging too much. I’ll admit, it was an amateur food judge move, but this is why I write about music for a living and not about food. However, I persisted and bit into the best on-the-bun winner Big Dogs 2’s Soworan Hot Dog which was tasty, but also very spicy. Down went another eight ounces of water.
When it came time for desserts, Chicken Charlie’s Fried Pineapple on a Stick was a clear judge favorite and ended up scoring the ribbon in the best fried food category while Crutchee’s Cream The Works! was getting gobbled up, judges fighting for that chocolate-dipped strawberry. The Works! ended up winning not only best dessert but scored the cup for best in show.
Some other favorites included Candyland’s Chamoy Apple, which scored best on-a-stick, Pink’s Hot Dogs pastrami and bacon chili cheese fries, Australian Battered Potatoes with chicken salt, the Texas Donuts Ham and Pineapple and Unicorn donuts and Old Tyme Lemonade’s BBQ Lemonade. The latter selection may not sound appetizing, but it’s made by grilling lemons before squeezing them, which cuts a lot of that super sweetness out making it one of the most refreshing beverages available.
I’m not quite sure how the pros do it. I took small bites, attempted to pace myself and yet I still feel like I need to take a nap. I do, however, have a greater appreciation for these culinary masters and I will eventually be ready to return to the OC Fair for more food. Bacon Wrapped Pickles and Dole Whip, I’m coming for you.
Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/07/25/oc-fair-2018-what-its-like-to-eat-like-a-judge-at-the-oc-fairs-concessionaires-cup/
In 2005, Franklin, Tennessee, pop rock band Paramore was stoked to sell out 300-or-less capacity Southern California clubs such as Chain Reaction in Anaheim or the Knitting Factory in Los Angeles. Though the group has since gone on to sell out shows at much larger local venues including Irvine Meadows Amphitheater and Honda Center in Anaheim, the fact that in 2018 the band performed in front of a sold-out crowd at a landmark like the Forum was an important milestone, vocalist Hayley Williams expressed.
“It has always felt like a weird second home to come to California,” she said from the stage during the set Wednesday night. “You always treat us so well.”
Southern California fans have watched Paramore grow from naive teenagers traveling across the country in a van into the consummate professionals with numerous tours, awards, accolades and five albums under its belt.
“Thank you for giving us grace and giving us the opportunity to grow up messy in front of you,” she said.
Last year Williams was put on blast for the “anti-feminist” lyrical content in the band’s 2007 breakthrough hit, “Misery Business.” In light of the #MeToo movement, people weren’t taking too kindly to the line “Once a whore you’re nothing more, I’m sorry that’ll never change.”
“We don’t have regret,” Williams said addressing the issue before launching into the popular song. “But, we look back and go ‘That’s not very empathetic’ and ‘That’s not very cool.’ It was just a page in my journal. That was just a girl I got in a fight with over a guy and that’s so stupid because ladies, guys aren’t really a thing to fight over.”
When it came time to deliver the line, Hayley covered her mouth with her hand and let the audience fill in the gaps.
Overall the evening was electric and had a high, palpable energy. As Paramore rolled out songs off of its latest ’80s pop/rock-infused album, “After Laughter,” including “Rose-Colored Boy,” “Told You So,” “Hard Times” and “Caught in the Middle,” the maturity of the band become even more obvious with those tunes stacked around earlier singles such as “crushcrushcrush” and “Ignorance.”
The production was massive with tons of fun lighting and video screens that doubled as mirrors. Williams kept the crowd pumped as she danced around and high kicked her red, sparkly kitten heels into the air, whipped her blonde locks back and forth and pogo jumped along with her loyal devotees during “That’s What You Get.”
Midway through the show the band gathered at the front of the stage for an acoustic set that included a cover of Drake’s “Passionfruit,” the fan-favorite “Misguided Ghosts” and a new song, “26,” during which Williams sings about her troubled marriage. It was an emotional moment, one that ended with Williams shedding a few tears as the audience cheered to lift her back up.
She took her own advice and didn’t play pretend in front of her fans, which was something she talked about in a speech earlier in the set before the band played “Fake Happy.”
“This is yours,” she said, raising her hands and scanning the venue. “You’re family, you’re safe here. This is good. The best thing about tonight is that for at least two hours … we ain’t gotta worry about nothing. All we need to do is dance and sing and maybe cry. Tonight we can be really, really happy. Let’s start by celebrating that tonight is not one of those nights that we have to pretend to be happy.”
Foster the People also delivered the goods Wednesday night. There were a lot of people in the crowd sporting older Foster the People swag and chatting about seeing the band in small clubs around Los Angeles and Orange County. They’ve certainly come a long way from doing monthly Monday night residencies at Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa, however after putting out “Pumped Up Kicks,” it was obvious that the band would rapidly grow out of the local scene.
The older material was given a bit of a punch during this live set, which had it sitting well alongside the newer songs off the band’s third album, “Sacred Hearts Club.” While fans swayed and sang along to “Coming of Age” and “Don’t Stop (Color on the Walls),” the newer “Lotus Eater” was a refreshing change of pace with its punk rock edge which was only heightened by it being followed with a cover of the Ramones’ “Blitzkrieg Bop.”
Paramore’s After Laughter Summer Tour
With: Foster the People
When: Wednesday, July 18
Where: The Forum, Inglewood
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Dirty Heads will launch its Vacation Pineapple Session Ale with a party at Huntington Beach’s Four Sons Brewing
Lots of fabulous ideas, partnerships and collaborations stem from people gathering and indulging in frosty pints of beer.
For a few years, Dirty Heads’ drummer Matt Ochoa and percussionist Jon Olazabal have been bellying up to the bar at Four Sons Brewing in their hometown of Huntington Beach. As the pair got chatting at the brewery with the Four Sons – Deven, Dustin, Derek and Drew Dufresne – they decided to create their very own Dirty Heads beer. The final product is Vacation, a pineapple session ale named after the band’s recent single. Four Sons Brewing will host a Vacation launch party in Huntington Beach at 5 p.m. on Friday, July 27 and Dirty Heads fans can check the band’s official Facebook and Twitter pages for the exclusive RSVP invite.
“We’ve actually been fans of their beer for years,” Olazabal said during a recent interview. “We love that it’s a family-run brewery and they run their business the way we feel we run our band and it was just this perfect kind of natural fit. It turned out they were fans of our band, too, so the collaboration just kind of happened over a few beers in their tasting room.”
Ochoa and Olazabal are the craft beer connoisseurs of the reggae, rock and hip-hop group and when they’re out touring across the country, they often put in the request for venues to provide them with a couple six-packs of local craft beer for their dressing room.
“We always try to find breweries that we haven’t been to and trying to taste beers we’ve never tasted before,” Ochoa said.
The guys didn’t just put their name and label on this can and call it a day either. They were a part of the entire brewing process from start to finish, including canning the beer, which took place at the brewery just last week.
It all began a couple of months ago with selecting a style of beer. Originally it was going to be a lager, Four Sons’ Deven Dufresne said in a recent interview, however they switched it up to a session ale so they’d be able to add some different flavors to create “the perfect beach beer” to match the Dirty Heads’ laid back, surf, sun and Southern California vibe. Four Sons gave the guys a list of 25 different fruits to choose from and they came in to taste the session ales infused with flavors such as watermelon, mango, strawberry, blackberry and apricot.
“The mango was actually pretty good, but the apricot wasn’t working for us,” Olazabal noted. “I mean, it looked good on paper, it just didn’t pan out well. I can’t remember all of the flavors we did, but when the pineapple hit, it kind of jumped out at us and we kept coming back to it. It’s the perfect summertime fruit for that.”
Unbeknownst to the Dirty Heads, the Four Sons had already done their own taste test and were secretly hoping the guys would pick the pineapple.
“Yeah, we tried them all ahead of time and we liked the pineapple the best but didn’t want to say anything to try to influence them,” Dufresne said. “We wanted them to be the deciding factor and they picked the same one we did, so it worked out pretty well.”
After the style and flavor was selected, Dirty Heads’ bassist Dave Foral designed the artwork for the can, which includes the band’s octopus logo. It’s definitely something Ochoa and Olazabal agree is the ultimate band trophy and keepsake that will look good displayed on a shelf or in their refrigerators.
“We’ve always been beer guys and now we have our own and we put a good amount of work into it so there’s a lot of pride involved in it,” Olazabal said. “We would never just slap our name on something and release whatever random thing they had. We were there for the whole process so it’s beyond cool to have this can and this cool art, but it’s also what’s inside the can that we’re very proud of.”
Though one might expect a band like the Dirty Heads go to for something strong and hoppy, Ochoa said the goal was to make the beer light and drinkable and it comes in at 5 percent alcohol by volume. Olazabal said his taste has changed throughout the years, but he likes a good Mexican lager or a heavier IPA with a nice meal. Ochoa likes his IPAs a bit lighter and isn’t opposed to a cold and refreshing Coors Light, however he likes the way Vacation turned out since it’s just a hint of pineapple and not “a super fruity beer that just blasts you in the face.
“We wanted it to reflect us and the music so we were thinking something light, crisp, refreshing, like summertime,” he said. “It had to be something you could grab and go to the beach and drink a couple cans or something you could grab a six-pack of and share with your buddies.”
This probably won’t be the only beer collaboration between Dirty Heads and Four Sons since even the Dufresnes’ parents, Duke (aka Dad) and Daune (aka Mom), are now big Dirty Heads fans.
“The best part about working with these guys is that we’re always interested in the music side of things so I ask Matt and Jon how they come up with certain things because that’s interesting to me, but the fact that they’re just as interested in what we’re doing here, makes us feel pretty good, too,” Deven Dufresne said.
Dirty Heads Vacation Pineapple Session Ale Release
When: 5 p.m. Friday, July 27
Where: Four Sons Brewing, 18421 Gothard Street, Suite 100, Huntington Beach
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Composer Max Richter doesn’t want a boisterous standing ovation or to hear loud cheers during the live performance of his album, “Sleep.” He prefers the quiet sounds of breathing – or even a bit of snoring.
Richter will bring “Sleep,” an eight-hour classical music experience, to Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles on Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28. However, this isn’t a standard concert. Guests are issued cots instead of seats, are encouraged to wear loose fitting and comfortable clothing and are expected to fall sleep as the overnight performance runs from 10:30 p.m.-6:30 a.m. on both nights.
“There is almost always some snoring,” Richter said during a recent phone interview. “I get sort of a weird sense of validation when I hear it. That makes me really happy, actually. It’s quite comforting as well, almost like having a cat purring.”
Richter was born in West Germany and currently resides in London, England. He has written and composed music for theatrical performances, operas, ballets and feature films, but “Sleep,” is a body of work based on the neuroscience of sleep, on which Richter consulted neuroscientist David Eagleman about how the brain functions during sleep.
“The origins of ‘Sleep’ really go back to the lullaby tradition,” Richter explained. “Music and sleep have been connected throughout human civilization and it’s really universal. I guess the neuroscience sheds a kind of light on that from a scientific standpoint as people have done research to show that certain kinds of sounds can be used to support and promote the kinds of healthy aspects of sleeping like learning and memory consolidation. There’s a lot of interesting research to it and I wanted to make a piece which made that connection between sleeping and music and also a piece which could work as a holiday really from our data-saturated world.”
Though he’s as guilty as the rest of us about not unplugging from technology as often as he should, Richter admits that he doesn’t have a lot of trouble sleeping. He does the typical stuff and avoids later evening stimulants, makes sure to buy dark curtains and turns off and tucks away any tech devices before bedtime.
“Around the world we are very much sort of always ‘on’ now,” he said. “We have this 24/7 screen-based culture and sleep is kind of eroded by that and we find it increasingly difficult to switch off. One of the aspects of the piece is to sort of make an environment which supports that kind of switching off and stepping off that hamster wheel for a moment.”
Richter performs at the piano live with some 215 pages of sheet music for the duration of the show and is accompanied by musicians and singers that played on the “Sleep” album, which was originally released via Deutsche Grammophon in 2015. “Sleep” has been performed live in New York City, at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas, as well as in London, Berlin and Sydney. However, “Sleep” will be presented for the very first time outdoors when it comes to Los Angeles.
“We’re going to have this whole world of city sound interacting with us so that’s going to be fun,” he said. “The other thing that is exciting is that we’ll have the sky. Of course, being in a concert hall you’re looking at the ceiling, but hopefully it’s clear and we’ll have some amazing stars, maybe we’ll see some planes and then the light of the sun will come up and that’s huge.”
For the first seven hours of the performance, the music is pretty low frequency and as the event comes to an end and the sun begins to rise, the music picks up and the frequency gets a little higher in the final hour, much like those non-jarring, pleasant-sounding sunlight alarm clocks.
“One of the things that’s interesting is that you get a community forming at the gig,” he noted. “Sleeping is normally a private and intimate thing and you’re sleeping now with hundreds of strangers overnight and it’s like you’ve gone through something together. It’s almost like a little campfire thing and in the morning they all get up and go breakfasting.”
The Music Center Presents Max Richter’s “SLEEP”
When: 10:30 p.m. Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28
Where: Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles
Tickets: $60-$80 for sections A and B with cot included; Free for listening area section C (there is a $6 handling charge, a ticket is required for this section and no cots are included). Tickets can be purchased in person at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Box Office at 135 N. grand Ave., Los Angeles, by phone at 213-972-0711 or online at musiccenter.org/sleep.
Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/07/17/yes-the-composer-of-an-8-hour-concert-titled-sleep-really-wants-people-to-snooze-through-it/
Social Distortion, The Offspring, Pennywise, Rancid, Suicidal Tendencies, Bad Religion and more will hit the beach Saturday, Oct. 27 and Sunday, Oct. 28 for the inaugural Surf City Blitz. The punk rock concert will also be paired with the second annual Moto Beach Classic world-class motorcycle racing event at Huntington State Beach as part of the SeaLegs Live Event Series.
The two-day fest will kick off with The Offspring, Pennywise, Suicidal Tendencies, Fear, T.S.O.L., Snuff, Mad Caddies and the Voodoo Glow Skulls on Saturday and wrap up with Social Distortion, Rancid, Bad Religion, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Interrupters, The Wrecks and Aaron Lee Tasjan on Sunday.
In between sets guests can check out Super Hooligan street bike flat track racing on the sand, drag and mini- bike racing as well a display of custom motorcycles and other artwork. The sprawling festival area will include numerous shaded areas and a prime view of the Pacific Ocean as well as several Instagram-worthy photo op set ups, games and other attractions.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, July 20 at SurfCityBlitz.com. General admission tickets start at $49.50 for single-day admission and at $89.50 for weekend admission. Single-day VIP passes start at $129.50 and includes amenities such as premium stage views, private restrooms, seating areas, food vendors and bars. Ticket and VIP pass pricing will increase closer to the show date.
Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/07/16/social-distortion-and-the-offspring-will-headline-the-two-day-surf-city-blitz-in-huntington-beach/
“Craft beer has become a journey with no end,” Cameron Collins, co-founder of Orange County’s Brew Ha Ha Productions said as he tasted a few new beers at his 5th annual Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa on Saturday.
The event, which took place in three four-hour sessions over the weekend, included over 80 tastings of craft beer from a wide variety of vendors. Though Brew Ha Ha Productions hosts numerous craft beer events throughout the year – including the Brew Ho Ho at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim near Christmas and its flagship event, Brew Ha Ha, which will take place at Lakeview Park in Silverado on Sept. 15 – new craft breweries are constantly popping up and existing breweries are continuously challenging themselves to create new and interesting beverages.
“It’s all about what’s new, what’s different and it’s about exploration,” Collins added as he pointed out that according to the Brewers Association, 40 percent of people over 21 now identify as craft beer drinkers, a statistic that’s up up 5 percent from 2015.
Every year there are new trends in craft beer and while Mexican lagers and hazy IPAs are still on the rise, Collins said that brut IPAs, a beer that’s dry like champagne, are becoming increasingly popular. While no brut IPAs were on site on Saturday, there were plenty of new flavors to choose from, mixed in with a few festival favorites.
San Juan Capistrano-based brewery Docent Brewing impressed with its refreshing Infinite Zest. It’s a saison-style beer with a lemon twist and a subtle grapefruit aftertaste. However, the fruit doesn’t overwhelm the taste buds and it actually tastes like real juice instead of sugary syrup.
Sour beers, which were a huge trend a couple of years back, have come a long way from making everyone in the crowd pucker up. Funkwerks from Colorado (which has recently partnered with Brooklyn Brewery from New York with 21st Amendment from San Leandro) had a tasty raspberry provincial. Though it’s a raspberry sour, it does have a citrus aftertaste. It’s smooth and doesn’t dry out your mouth or make your lips pucker.
Speaking of sours, Wild Barrel Brewing in San Marcos scored with its San Diego Vice with Mango sour beer. It’s an extra special concoction as it’s a Berliner Weisse-style ale with mango and while it’s billed as a sour, it was really just more tart. It was definitely worth a second, or maybe even a third taste during the event.
Keeping with fruity beer, Lost Winds Brewing Company from San Clemente should win awards for the witty names of its brews alone. Its Wit Me Baby One More Time blackberry wit is a Belgian white ale brewed with actual blackberries. At first smell it’s super fruity, but has a hint of clove and a tart finish. It would go great with a big ol’ scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Just three months ago the beer from Cigar City Brewing out of Tampa, Fla., became available on the West Coast after being purchased by Colorado-based Oskar Blues Brewery, a regular at the Southern California Brew Ha Ha tasting events. Cigar City brought its Jai Alai IPA, which savvy craft beer drinkers took note of and made sure to check off their tasting list. Jai Alai had a citrus and tropical fruit flavor with the fruitier notes really popping with the hops at the finish.
There were also plenty of new Mexican lagers to try out. Brew Hee Haw was the first event Chihuahua Cerveza from Newport Beach has ever done and it went well. Folks were lured in by the company’s adorable tiny Chihuahua statue-topped taps and tasted its variety of Mexican-style lagers including the Rosado. The brewery will be officially opening its tasting room in September.
Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/07/15/oc-fair-2018-craft-beer-fans-were-treated-to-new-tastes-at-the-5th-annual-brew-hee-haw/
Alt 98.7 FM announces its Big Adventure music, comedy, cosplay and comic festival coming to Costa Mesa
Alt 98.7 FM presents Big Adventure, a brand new festival that incorporates music, comedy, cosplay, gaming, sci-fi and fantasy all in one spot Saturday, Nov. 3 and Sunday, Nov. 4 at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa.
Big Adventure is a celebration of all things pop culture and fandom and will include live evening performances by Empire of the Sun, Modest Mouse, Phantogram, Cold War Kids and more alongside stand-up sets by comics such as Jim Jefferies, Patton Oswalt, Kristen Schaal, Natasha Leggero and many others.
During the day, guests can check out television, film, gaming and comic book panels featuring fan-favorite cast members from hit shows and films, as well as numerous other special guests. They will also be able to participate in interactive VR experiences, laser tag, table top and video gaming and sit in on tech demos and discussions.
Patrons can visit the artist alley where some some of the comic book industry’s top artists and creators will discuss and sell their works, as well as be available for signings and meet-and-greets. So far, participating comic companies include Skybound, Boom! Studios, Kodansha Comics and Top Cow Productions. Participating artists include Andrew Robinson, Andy Belanger, Chris Burnham, Ivan Brandon, Matt Hawkins, Robert Wilson IV, Matt Wilson, Brent Schoonover, Tim Doyle and more.
The event, which is produced by Orange County-based Synergy Global Entertainment (Musink Tattoo Convention & Music Festival, Ohana Fest), will include a massive comic exhibitor village, a marketplace with handmade and exclusive items, carnival rides and games and roaming cosplay performers.
A limited number of pre-sale tickets will be available to Alt 98.7 FM listeners at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 12 at alt98.7.com. Listeners are encouraged to check the website for more information on obtaining pre-sale passwords.
General tickets for Big Adventure will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, July 13 at bigadventurefest.com. Single-day early bird tickets start at $39.50 and weekend passes start at $69.50 while supplies last. Single-day VIP Lounge and Festival Admission starts at $99.50 and Weekend VIP Lounge and Festival Admission starts at $198.50. The Ultimate VIP Comedy & Panel Preferred Seating and VIP Lounge with Festival Admission starts at $249.50. Prices will gradually increase closer to the festival date.
The Big Adventure festival dates at the OC Fair & Event Center were originally slated for the Chris Hardwick-curated ID10T Music Festival + Comic Conival, which is also produced by SGE. Hardwick revealed on his ID10T Podcast and during an interview with The Orange County Register back in February that the popular fest, which took place over two days at Shoreline Amphitheater in Silicon Valley last year, would move to Costa Mesa in 2018.
Recently Hardwick has stepped down from moderating “The Walking Dead” and other panels at San Diego Comic-Con later this month and AMC pulled his show, “Talking With Chris Hardwick,” while it investigates allegations of sexual assault made by his ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra, which Hardwick has since denied. SGE commented that the ID10T Festival, which had yet to be fully announced or go on sale, was already going to be postponed due to Hardwick’s obligations to other projects.
“This is one of 25 festivals we produce every year,” SGE responded via email. “We have a great relationship with Chris and look forward to continuing our conversations about collaborating on an event together in the future.”
Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/07/09/alt-98-7-fm-announces-its-big-adventure-music-comedy-cosplay-and-comic-con-festival-coming-to-costa-mesa/
For its ninth annual craft beer festival, Orange County’s Brew Ha Ha Productions has announced that its flagship event will take place in a new location on Saturday, Sept. 15. The festivities have been moved to Lakeview Park in Silverado, not far from its original location at Oak Canyon Ranch.
“Lakeview Park offers beautiful views with more shade, a better breeze, and should also increase cell reception,” Cameron Collins of Brew Ha Ha Productions said via a press release.
More than 100 craft beer tastings will be available to patrons from noon to 4 p.m. (1 p.m.-4 p.m. for general admission) from breweries such as Artifex, Offshoot Brewing, Stereo Brewing, Funkworks, Bootleggers, Chapman Crafted and many more. Food trucks such as Mess Hall Canteen, Viking Truck, Meat Up BBQ and Fiesta Gourmet will also be on site. Admission includes a commemorative festival tasting glass, live entertainment, yard games and other on-site activities, as well as access to the Golden State Cigar Lounge and craft beer seminars by industry experts.
There is also a shuttle service that will take Brew Ha Ha attendees from the event to the Tustin Metrolink Station, making it easier to catch an Uber or Lyft, as well as the bus or the train for a safe ride home.
Tickets for the 9th annual Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival are on sale now at ocbrewhaha.com. General admission tickets are $45 (1 p.m.-4 p.m. unlimited tastings) and VIP tickets are $65 (noon-4 p.m. unlimited tastings). Designated driver tickets are $20. Lakeview Park is located at 5305 Santiago Canyon Road in Silverado.
Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/07/02/the-annual-brew-ha-ha-craft-beer-festival-returns-sept-15-in-a-new-location/
Universal Studios Hollywood is now serving Butterbeer ice cream inside The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
The iconic Butterbeer beverage is now being served up in the form of ice cream inside The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood.
Butterbeer is a favorite among the students of Hogwarts and has been served at various carts located throughout the Hogsmeade Village as well as inside the Three Broomsticks restaurant and Hog’s Head pub.
It’s available cold or frozen during the warmer months of the year and also served up hot for a limited time during the winter months. Universal has also created a sweet Butterbeer Potted Cream dessert and sell Butterbeer fudge in the Honeydukes sweet shop.
Now, Butterbeer, with all of its rich butterscotch and shortbread flavor, can be enjoyed as ice cream. The cool treat is now available at the carts throughout Hogsmeade and at the Three Broomsticks.
It may be overkill, but for an extra sweet experience, create your own Butterbeer float and plop the ice cream into a cool cup of Butterbeer.
Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/06/28/universal-studios-hollywood-is-now-serving-butterbeer-ice-cream-inside-the-wizarding-world-of-harry-potter/
The OC Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup will return to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa during the annual run of the OC Fair on Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15.
During tasting hours attendees can experience unlimited samples of more than 80 regional favorites and some rare craft beers from breweries like Artifex Brewing Company, Bottle Logic Brewing, Tustin Brewing Company, Wild Barrel Brewing Company, Three Weavers Brewing Company, Barley Forge Brewing Co., Bootleggers Brewery, 21st Amendment Brewery and more.
Nestled ext to the Pacific Amphitheatre inside the OC Fairgrounds the OC Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup will include three tasting sessions from noon-4 p.m. and 6-10 p.m. on Saturday, July 14 and noon-4 p.m. on Sunday, July 15. The event is open to those 21-and-over and includes a commemorative tasting glass, access to yard games, live music and free admission to the OC Fair.
Tickets are $55 at BrewHeeHaw.com and if they’re still available, day-of prices are $65 each. There is free parking and shuttle service available on Saturday and Sunday from the Experian parking structure located just off the Bristol Street exit on the 405 freeway and the OC Fair Express bus service will be up and running from 10 a.m.-midnight from a variety of locations for just $2 each trip.
Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/06/25/oc-fair-2018-tickets-to-the-5th-annual-oc-brew-hee-haw-craft-beer-roundup-are-on-sale-now/
Rock music and party legend Sammy Hagar announced the details for his inaugural High Tide Beach Party & Car Show, which will take place on Saturday, Oct. 6, at Huntington State Beach.
The show will be headlined by Hagar and his band, The Circle, featuring former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, drummer Jason Bonham of Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience and guitarist Vic Johnson. Other performers include REO Speedwagon with special guests Joe Satriani, Vince Neil and more who will perform with The Circle during the music fest.
Orange County’s Reel Big Fish will also perform alongside Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, Tijuana Dogs and Green Day drummer Tré Cool’s side project, Dead Mermaids.
The car show portion of the festival will include a showcase a collection of luxury, exotic, European, custom, classic movie and hyper cars as well as an array of specially curated food and beverage options including a beachside outpost of Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina where they’ll be serving up authentic, handmade tacos and offering cocktail pairings featuring Santo Mezquila and Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum.
The ticket presale begins at 7 a.m. Thursday, June 28 and the general public on sale starts at 7 a.m. Friday, June 29, at HighTideBeachParty.com. General admission is $45-$65.50; Reserved seating is $65-$85.50; The front of the stage standing pit is $99; VIP packages are $300 and reserved shaded cabanas are $5,000.
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The BETX Fan Fest kicks off at L.A. Live with Celebrity Dodgeball, fashion shows, live music and more
For a sixth year the BET Experience took over the L.A. Live Campus in downtown Los Angeles as thousands of stylish music fans lined up early Friday afternoon to get into the Los Angeles Convention Center for the first day of the free BET Experience Fan Fest.
Each year BET Networks teams up with AEG for a four-day extravaganza that all leads up to the annual BET Awards, which celebrates the best in music, movies and sports. This year it will be hosted by actor, comedian and singer Jamie Foxx at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, June 24. The show will air live starting at 5 p.m. on BET.
To get the community involved in all of the fun BET and AEG offer a two-day BET Experience Fan Fest (on Friday and Saturday) that is completely free and open to the public alongside several ticketed events inside Staples Center and the Novo that this year include performances by LL Cool J, Ludacris, Chris Brown, SZA, Rae Sremmurd and more.
Friday’s events kicked off with 50 Los Angeles County high school students aspiring to break into the music business participating in the BET Experience Youth Program at the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live. They got to sit in on the Roc Nation Music Industry panel discussion and will get to spend the rest of the weekend behind-the-scenes learning different aspects of the music industry.
The kids mixed in with the enthusiastic fans that poured into the convention center and immediately began enjoying the myriad of themed activations. After walking down the BET Walk of Fame, which featured stars on the ground with BET artists, actors and sports figures on them, patrons jumped at the chance to sit on rapper T.I.’s throne that highlighted the BET series “Grand Hustle.” They learned to dance like Bobby Brown in a “Dance Dance Revolution” video game-style activation supporting BET’s “The Bobby Brown Story.”
— kelliskye (@kelliskye) June 23, 2018
It’s complete sensory overload fueled by as many free samples of flavored Coca-Cola as you can double fist. Several areas blared a variety of styles of music as fans played basketball on the half court set up in the Kicksperience area. Those not wanting to play actual basketball could grab a Playstation controller a few feet away from the court and play the video game version with “NBA 2k18,” which was available for free play at several kiosks throughout the event.
The Kicksperience features a ton of fashion and new and vintage sneakers including highly sought after Air Jordans. At first glance, a collaborative pair of Levi’s 501 denim Air Jordan 4’s looked to be the most exclusive, going for about $700. However, the diamonds in the rough were a pair of rare off-white and red Air Jordan 1 Retro High sneakers that were going for a cool $2,500.
Over at the BETX House of Fashion & Beauty, fans got their makeup done, received mini-facials and got tips on makeup application and skincare regimes. They also got their hair styled by professionals that were also giving out free hair care products to both men and women. Fans that weren’t getting done up were seated around a catwalk, ready for a fashion show by Mangishi Doll.
The BETX Main Stage featured a slew of up-and-coming talent that throughout the Fan Fest includes sets by Tee Grizzley, Bryant Myers, Jessie Reyez, Molly Brazy and Leikeli47.
Both Brazy and Leikeli47 also performed in between rounds of the first-ever BET Celebrity Dodgeball Game, which featured a slew of familiar faces including Ray J, who served as a coach, comedians Ha Ha Davis and Michael Blackson and some of the stars of the VH-1 series’ “Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood” and “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” including Mama Dee and Nikki Mudarris.
Commentators Christian Crosby and Gia Peppers kept the energy high along with DJ Brittany Sky as the teams battled it out in three rounds of playground-style dodgeball. No one played by the rules and it got super competitive but it was a lot of fun. Despite BET adding a chainlink fence around the basketball court it will use for the Celebrity Basketball Game on Saturday, red rubber balls still managed to fly into the crowd. Clearly none of the talent prepared or practiced for this, but it was an exciting free-for-all and everyone on the court looked like they were having a blast and the crowd was into it.
When: Friday, June 22
Where: L.A. Live and the Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
Also: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, June 23
Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/06/23/the-betx-fan-fest-kicks-off-at-l-a-live-with-celebrity-dodgeball-fashion-shows-live-music-and-more/
The final run of the Vans Warped Tour, officially the largest and longest running traveling music festival in the United States, kicked off at Pomona Fairplex on Thursday, June 21.
Thousands of fans lined-up to make sure they wouldn’t miss their favorite bands, since at Warped Tour the schedule changes with each show and even huge acts could wind up playing early-day sets. Those in the know made a beeline for the iconic inflatable schedule board and snapped photos of the schedule or scribbled important set times on their bare arms with a Sharpie.
The Pomona date boasted a line-up of bands that included veteran acts such as Reel Big Fish, The Used and Simple Plan as well as popular artists like Motionless in White, Black Veil Brides, We the Kings, Tonight Alive, The Amity Affliction, Echosmith, Mayday Parade, 3OH!3 and more. The tour also stops by SDCCU Stadium Lot in San Diego on Friday, June 22, Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View on Saturday, June 23 and the Ventura County Fairgrounds in Ventura on Sunday, June 24.
In 24 years, the bands may have changed at Warped Tour, but the overall vibe is very much the same. There are still aspiring artists outside the gate trying to get people in line to listen to their music on their phones (it used to be actual CD players) or handing out download cards (OK, that used to be actual CDs).
There are still posters plastered everywhere – on the fences and even taped the the ground – that display what time certain artists are playing, on which stage and the time for the signing at their merch booths. Fans still line-up in long lines in the blistering heat to get autographs and quick photos with their favorite bands and they still sprint from stage to stage in order to complete the sort of scavenger hunt of music that comes with having dozens of bands play on eight different stages.
Back in November, festival producer Kevin Lyman announced that 2018 would be the 24th annual Vans Warped Tour would be the last. Lyman has given up 24 of his summers to Warped Tour and wanted to put it to bed to possibly become an educator and continue his work with FEND (Full Energy, No Drugs) a movement to bring awareness to the opioid crisis. There were plenty of spots at Warped Tour this year where fans could get information on a slew of initiatives including FEND, the anti-tobacco group Truth and a wall of support where patrons could share their stories of struggle or add messages of hope.
“I like what they do with the public service stuff and they get a lot of these initiatives in front of the kids and throughout the years it really has saved lives,” Tazy Phyllipz, host of the Ska Parade radio show, said. He’s been to most of the Vans Warped Tours and has been grateful for Lyman’s support of the ska music scene.
“I’m thrilled to be here today for Warped Tour and Kevin Lyman really is the absolute best,” he continued. “There’s nothing else like Warped Tour, which is why no one has been able to compete with what Kevin has done. He just got the formula right. I’m going to just miss so much about it.”
— kelliskye (@kelliskye) June 22, 2018
The sentiment of sadness over it being the final date was shared by many Warped fans, who scooped up lots of commemorative merch from a variety of tents and tried to make the most of the day even as attendance swelled to over 15,000 by mid-afternoon.
Natasha Lumy, 25, from Brazil, has traveled all the way to the U.S. to catch a total of five Warped Tours including dates in Orlando, Florida in previous years.
“It’s just an amazing thing that we don’t have in my country,” she said having just stood in a line to get her new Vans Warped Tour trucker hat signed by one of the performing acts. “I love it. I’m going to miss this vibe. It’s just so cool and there are so many stages and so many bands here and I really hope this isn’t the the last one.”
There are rumors circulating, but no concrete announcements, that Warped Tour could become a one-off festival that still takes place annually in Southern California.
John Perez, 19, and Brandon Tinaza, 18, both of San Dimas, certainly hope that’s the case since it has become a tradition for them to hit up Warped Tour to see their favorite type of music live. They took a break from checking out the stages to cool off on the inflatable water slide.
“It’s the only place to come to really see good hardcore music,” Tinaza said. “I am sad it’s going away.”
Brother and sister, Carlos Robles, 28, and Alondra Sanchez, 20, or Moreno Valley planned on soaking in every minute of the show and turned out early. Robles and his buddy, Jacob Fitz, 21, of Anaheim, were both donning denim kilts, a wardrobe choice they made simply because “It’s just refreshing and there’s a breeze.”
“I probably will cry tonight,” Robles said of Warped Tour coming to an end. “I’m probably going to walk around, see a couple bands, rock out and just get sweaty. This place is the best kind of therapy.”
“This is anger management at its greatest,” Fitz added, pointing to the mosh pit.
“Everyone has fun, people don’t get hurt and not everyone goes to jail. This was my yearly concert. I mean, they killed the Mayhem Fest and I hope they continue with Knotfest at least, but Warped Tour was it for me, every year.”
Sanchez enjoyed tagging along with her older brother, who brought her to her first Warped Tour just last year.
“Last year we saw Gwar and it was so good,” she said.
The fun atmosphere and discovering new bands is what made her want to return in 2018. She had just come from watching L.A.-based death metal band Nekrogoblikon for the first time. The band brought out its goblin-costumed member, John Goblicon, which was a surprise for many, however Sanchez said she was unfazed since “I mean, it’s right there in the name,” she said with a laugh.
Vans Warped Tour
When: Thursday, June 21
Where: Pomona Fairplex, Pomona
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Vestal Village will take over Bolsa Chica State Beach with live music, tent and RV glamping and you can even bring your own yacht
Typically held out in an undisclosed location in the desert as an exclusive invite-only event during the annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio in April, Vestal Village has grown to be one of the most popular live music and entertainment experiences of the season.
This year the general public can get in on that exclusivity as Vestal Village hosts its 10th anniversary event at SeaLegs at the Beach on Bolsa Chica State Beach in Huntington Beach Friday, June 29-Sunday, July 1. For its first public event, Vestal Village includes live music on three different stages from artists such as Dead Sara, Black Lips, The Bash Dogs, Mickey Avalon, Solar Sons, Coast Club, Vincent, Caliconcious, Wandering Gypsies, Robert Jon and the Wreck and many more.
There’s a hangover cabana hangout, a stargazing area, camping on the beach in “glamping” tents or RVs and there will be yacht services for fancy folks who bring their own yachts to the party. Yes, that’s #BYOYacht.
There is an event on Thursday, June 28, however that is invite-only and not open to the general public.
A three-day event pass (10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Sunday) is $99 and camping isn’t included. There’s an after-party and camping pass for $99 that includes admission from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday-Saturday and access to the bottomless beer and wine bar (to purchase this ticket and camp overnight an glamping tent or RV pass must be purchased as well). The Sunday Sesh Pass is $99 and includes bottomless beer and wine from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and access to the DJ performances all day on Sunday only.
It’s $199 to bring in your own RV to camp or to stay in an unfurnished 10′ by 17′ khaki glamping tent provided by Vestal Village.
Here’s where the really over-the-top options kick in.
A fully furnished khaki glamping tent is $499 and includes a queen size bed, plus you get to take everything it was stocked full with by the sponsors with you when the event is over. For $1,999 you can stay in an RV with air conditioning that sleeps up to six. For $4,999, you can stay in a brand new Airstream trailer which sleeps four to six and includes two full size beds and a couch. It also has air conditioning and comes with six VIP passes.
For the super beachy fans, you can roll up on your own yacht and drop anchor out near the event site and receive full VIP access for your party of up to six people for $2,999. Each yacht will include its own concierge back and forth to the event.
A full description of each package and all of its ammenities can be found at VestalVillage.com.
Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/06/21/vestal-village-will-take-over-bolsa-chica-state-beach-with-live-music-tent-and-rv-glamping-and-you-can-even-bring-your-own-yacht/
Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood announces that Pennwyise and the Joker are coming to its Horror Made Here Halloween event
With the mega success of New Line Cinema’s 2017 remake of “It,” Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood has announced that it will bring guests up-close-and-personal with the films’ frightful clown protagonist, Pennywise.
Horror fans can also relish a slew of mazes, scare zones and other horror-themed activities on the legendary Warner Bros. back lot in Burbank during its seasonal event dubbed Horror Made Here: A Festival of Frights.
.Patrons can try to escape Pennywise in the Neibolt House maze and DC fans will get the chance to experience the characters from “Batman: Arkham Asylum” as they wind through the attraction based on the Gotham City institution for the criminally insane. The Joker will decide the fate of guests as they also encounter fellow super villains such as Harley Quinn, Scarecrow, Two-Face and more.
Horror Made Here: A Festival of Frights has been extended from just six evenings in 2017 to now 13 nights in 2018. It all kicks off on Friday, Oct. 5 and will run on select dates through Halloween. More mazes, specific dates and other details will be announced throughout the summer.
Tickets start at $59 per person and go on sale beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1 at Horrormadehere.com. A new VIP Fright Pass has also been added this year which will include front-of-line access for each attraction, a night tour, free priority parking and two complimentary beverages.
Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/06/20/warner-bros-studio-tour-hollywood-announces-that-pennwyise-and-the-joker-are-coming-to-its-horror-made-here-halloween-event/
Lauryn Hill will celebrate the 20th anniversary of ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’ with Dave Chappelle and De La Soul at the Hollywood Bowl
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Lauryn Hill’s acclaimed solo debut, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,” Ms. Hill will embark on a summerlong trek to celebrate the milestone with a slew of special guests.
Some of the stops will include support from artists like NAS, M.I.A., Santigold, A$AP Rocky, SZA, Big Boi and Busta Rhymes, however her newly announced evening at the Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday, Sept. 18 will feature comedian Dave Chappelle and hip hop trio, De La Soul.
A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to the MLH Foundation which contributes support for education, health care, agriculture, technology and community-based businesses and development of initiatives throughout the Diaspora.
Tickets are $49.50-$249.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, June 22 at 800-745-3000 or Ticketmaster.com. There is also a Citi Cardmember pre sale and a VIP Package pre sale (which includes meet and greet, autograph signings and special side stage viewing perks) that begins at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 19. The Live Nation pre sale begins at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 21.
Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/06/18/lauryn-hill-will-celebrate-the-20th-anniversary-of-the-miseducation-of-lauryn-hill-with-dave-chappelle-and-de-la-soul-at-the-hollywood-bowl/