Fans who purchased early entry admission or VIP tickets were able to enjoy beer and wine tastings beginning at 11 a.m., while those who purchased general admission tickets had to wait until noon. I had the privilege of entering the festival at 11 a.m., and I would highly recommend purchasing a ticket with early entry for any craft beer festival. During the first hour, the tasting lines were quite short, however, once the gates opened for general admission the tasting lines quickly grew. Unlimited tastings were available until 3 p.m., and then cash bars opened up.
In addition to over 100 breweries and wineries, the festival also featured seven punk bands which began playing just before noon. The first band up was The Bombpops, a female fronted punk quartet based in southern California. The crowd which gathered to watch The Bombpops was rather small, but the band didn’t seem to mind.
Next up was Wakrat, pronounced “Wok-Rat”, which features Tim Commerford of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave. Wakrat’s debut album release party will be taking place on November 16th at the Troubadour, tickets are only $10 and on sale now!
Reel Big Fish is currently on tour celebrating the twentieth anniversary of their sophomore album Turn the Radio Off, which features their hit single “Sell Out”. Prior to playing “Sell Out”, Reel Big Fish teased the audience by mentioning the next song they would be playing was their “big hit from the 90s”. In true Reel Big Fish fashion, they played other popular 90s songs, and intentionally credited the wrong bands. Pearl Jam was given credit for Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, Blink-182 was credited for Lit’s “My Own Worst Enemy” and Goldfinger was credited for “The Impression That I Get” by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones.
Against Me! played a nearly continuous set, with minimal downtime between songs, and kept the crowd engaged the entire time. Against Me! released their seventh studio album, Shape Shift With Me, on September 16th and they are currently on the Vox Populi Tour with Bad Religion. Against Me! will be touring Europe this December, and recently announced that they will be touring with Green Day next spring, tickets are on sale now. You can catch Against Me! at Valley View Casino Center on April 8, 2017.
Goldfinger’s lead singer John Feldmann had some problems with his microphone during their first song, “Spokesman”, but fortunately the issues were resolved quickly. Feldmann, was joined by Mike Herrera of MXPX, Philip Sneed of Story of the Year/Greek Fire, and Branden Steineckert of Rancid/The Used. Goldfinger’s set included the hits “Spokesman”, “Counting the Days”, “99 Red Balloons” and “Superman”, which Feldmann thanked Tony Hawk for including on the soundtrack of the first Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater video game. Goldfinger was joined on stage by the Reel Big Fish horn section while they performed “Get Up”.
By the time Bad Religion took the stage, the crowd had enjoyed four to five hours of drinking, and so naturally cups, bottles, etc. began to fly through the air. Bad Religion opened with “You Are (The Government)” from their album “Suffer”, which was followed by “I Want to Conquer the World”. During their third song, “21st Century (Digital Boy)”, vocalist Greg Graffin was joined on stage by Fat Mike of NOFX. Bad Religion formed over 35 years ago, making them the oldest band performing at Ye Scallywag!, and Graffin made sure to remind the crowd that Bad Religion as a band is “getting old”.
NOFX closed out the Ye Scallywag! festival, and entered to “The Time Warp” from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Their set featured hits such as “Stickin’ In My Eye”, “Linoleum” and “Don’t Call Me White”. Former drummer Scott Sellers, who briefly replaced current drummer Erik “Smelly” Sandin while he was in rehab, joined the band to perform “Six Pack Girls”.
The Ye Scallywag! festival featured a great beer and wine selection in addition to an amazing punk rock lineup. Ye Scallywag! has come and gone, and now we must eagerly await the festival’s return in 2017.
– Martin Shook
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