The 5th annual Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival powered by Gringo Bandito kicked off this past Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Doheny State Beach. The event featured lucha libre style wrestlers, gourmet tacos, craft beer from renowned breweries, and performances by: The Offspring, Pennywise, The Vandals, Me First & The Gimme Gimmes, Unwritten Law, Los Kung Fu Monkeys and Naked Walrus. Fans who purchased VIP tickets were able to enjoy beer tastings beginning at noon, while those who purchased general admission tickets had to wait until 1 p.m. Unlimited tastings were available until 4 p.m., and then cash bars opened up.
For the second year in a row, the Sabroso Festival was completely sold out. This resulted in long lines to get into the event for both VIP and general admission ticket holders. Due to limited amount of available parking at Doheny State Beach, shuttle service was offered between the Outlets at San Clemente and the festival.
Los Angeles base alternative rock band Naked Walrus kicked off the festival’s musical performances just before 1:30. Next, Los Kung Fu Monkeys, a ska punk band based out of Mexico and Canada, performed infectious hits such as “TJ Es Me Hogar” and “Taking It Easy” from their latest album Rudeboy Rockers. Los Kung Fu Monkeys are playing all of the Sabroso Festival dates, and will also be performing between Sabroso dates. You can catch Los Kung Fu Monkeys at The Echo in Los Angeles on April 19, House of Blues Anaheim on May 4, Soda Bar in San Diego on May 6, or this summer with the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. To purchase tickets for any of the band’s upcoming shows, check out their Facebook page here.
Unwritten Law performed at last year’s Sabroso Festival, and has returned for all dates of this year’s festival. Their performance included fan favorites “Save Me” and “Seein’ Red”. Next it was everyone’s favorite punk supergroup cover band, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. Watching vocalist Spike Slawson dance around while singing Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” or Cher’s “Believe” was very entertaining. Towards the end of their set, the Wienerschnitzel hot dog made an appearance in the crowd and, according to Slawson, was receiving more attention than the band. This prompted Slawson to jokingly announce that since the band had been “upstaged by a hot dog”, they would wait until everyone was done paying attention to the hot dog.
The Vandals’ performance included guitarist Warren Fitzgerald playing his guitar with a beach ball, their hit “Anarchy Burger (Hold the Government)” and an extended version of “I Have A Date”. Pennywise, who co-headlined the event, performed their hit songs “Alien” and “Bro Hymn”. The band also performed excellent covers of Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me” and Bad Religion’s “Do What You Want”. On April 20, Pennywise will be releasing their 12th studio album, Never Gonna Die.
The 8th annual Gringo Bandito Chronic Tacos Challenge was held prior to The Offspring taking the stage. The contest consisted of professional eaters from around the world, including Takeru Kobayashi who was defending his world record from last year – 159 tacos in 10 minutes. Also featured was Molly Schuyller who ate 139 tacos in 10 minutes at last year’s competition. Kobayashi ate 154 tacos in 10 minutes, which unfortunately wasn’t enough to break his record, but it was enough to maintain his title.
The Offspring, who headlined last year’s festival, closed out this year’s festival too. Seeing a band like The Offspring, who have tons of hits, is always great. Their performance included “Why Don’t You Get A Job?”, “All I Want” and “You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid”. It was great to see The Offspring return for Sabroso this year, and hopefully this will be a new annual tradition for them.
It was great to have the Sabroso Festival return to Doheny State Beach. This year’s event was more organized than last year, proving that the organizers learned from last year’s shortcomings. The addition of water bottle fill up stations, and more shade would be great additions to next year’s Sabroso Festival.
– Martin Shook
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