Following the success of last year’s festival, Ye Scallywag! triumphantly returned to Waterfront Park in San Diego this past weekend. This years festival featured musical performances from Pennywise, Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, The Vandals, Lagwagon, Strung Out, The Adolescents and Western Settings. Unlimited craft beer tastings from top breweries were available from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Fans who purchased VIP packages had two options to choose from. The first option was for VIP lounge access and early entry to the event so that they could start tasting at 12:00 p.m. The second option added access to a side of the stage viewing platform, which was connected to the main stage. There was also an early entry admission which did not include VIP lounge or side stage access, but did allow fans to begin tasting at 12:00 p.m. – an excellent deal for those who wanted to get in an hour of tastings while the lines were short.
San Diego natives, Western Settings, kicked off the event, followed by The Adolescents and Strung Out. The craft beer tents closed at 4:00 p.m., which happened to coincide with the end of Strung Out’s performance. As unfortunate as the timing was, Strung Out managed to attract quite a few enthusiastic fans who helped them close out their set. If you weren’t able to catch Strung Out at Ye Scallywag!, they will be performing at Punk ‘N Brew this Saturday in Huntington Beach.
Now that the complimentary tastings had ended, fans had to choose between sobering up or paying for drinks. Fortunately, Lagwagon was making their way to the stage around this time, and kept the party going as the sun began its descent. The Vandals followed Lagwagon, and after performing a few songs the band opened up the floor to requests from both fans and band members.
Notably, the most entertaining band of this year’s Ye Scallywag! festival was Me First And The Gimme Gimmes. If you’ve never seen Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, they are “not a cover band…not a tribute band…” they are “…THE cover band” according to lead singer Spike Slawson. In addition to Slawson, the touring band includes Joey Cape and Dave Raun of Lagwagon, Chris Shiflett of the Foo Fighters and Jay Bentley of Bad Religion.
Shortly after 8:00 p.m., the moment everyone had been waiting for arrived as Pennywise took the stage to close out the event. Pennywise opened with “Fight Till You Die” from their album Full Circle, which was followed by “Can’t Believe It” from Straight Ahead. Pennywise has been around for nearly 30 years, and in that time they have headlined their fair share of festivals, so they know how to end an event. Prior to their last big hurrah, the band brought everyone together to sing their cover of “Stand By Me”. To no one’s surprise, but also not to their disappointment, Pennywise closed out the evening with the fan favorite “Bro Hymn”.
I’ve had the pleasure of attending quite a few beer and music festivals now, and the festivals held at Waterfront Park continue to be my favorites. These festivals tend to offer more craft beer tastings, have food and beer pairing demos, and the weather tends to be nicer. 91X really knows how to put a festival together, and I can’t wait to see what the announce next!
– Martin Shook
All photos by: Martin Shook