When the Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival first came across my Facebook screen, I was immediately taken back to my freshman year of high school when my brother had introduced me to the whole punk music genre and I had fallen in love. I then became obsessed with the sounds of bands like Pennywise (who I have seen over ten times and been backstage and sang Bro Hymn Tribute standing next to Jim Lindberg….but I digress) and The Offspring.
Knowing some of my favorite bands of all time were going to be playing at the same place near my house, I jumped on the chance to cover the show as media! If you were there, you know that on May 12, 2018, the White River Ampitheater in Auburn set the stage for one of the most epic nights ever to hit the South Sound. If you weren’t there, you missed out on a great party with thousands of your closest friends!
VIP gates opened at NOON and the music began promptly at 3:00 p.m. with Los Kung Fu Monkeys followed by Unwritten Law, Lit, Against Me!, Pennywise (which by the way, their new album is out and you can listen to it here – you are going to love Won’t Give Up the Fight) and The Offspring ended the evening. I was quite impressed that the bands adhered to the strict time schedule. Everything started right on time and no sets went over. The running joke of the day was how old everyone was, not just in the bands, but in the crowds. Looking around, it was so awesome to see that us “oldies” in our 30’s, 40’s and beyond could still survive the circle pits and crowd surfing. We were all there to watch the legends we grew up with on stage together, and Auburn definitely showed up! So much so I heard rumors that the taco vendors ran out of tacos! Just type “#sabrosotactfest” into Instagram and see for yourself how much fun everyone had!
Between sets, fans could head over to check out awesome Lucha Libre wrestling matches that were so fun to watch.
For me personally, seeing Pennywise and The Offspring on stage got me right in the feels. Jim Lindberg of Pennywise is phenomenal and he has quite the resume as an author with his 2008 book Punk Rock Dad: No Rules, Just Real Life and the documentary, The Other F Word. I highly recommend reading the book and watching the documentary about fatherhood in a punk rock world.
And The Offspring on stage – talk about nothing but fun! Lead vocalist Dexter Holland belted out the tunes we all knew and loved including an incredible toned down version of Gone Away (it was haunting). And all of us know the words to Bad Habit. Right?
Congrats to the folks behind the Sabroso Festival and the rest of the bands and crew for an incredibly successful second to last stop on the tour. I’m so proud of Washington for showing up to support the legends of the punk rock world. They laid the foundation for all other bands to follow and to be there and support them after all these years just makes the heart happy.
Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received two comped press passes for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.