This year the Scallywag! festival expanded to a total of five cities – Denver, Austin, Auburn, Boise and San Diego. This past weekend the Scallywag! festival concluded at Waterfront Park in San Diego, and featured performances by: Rancid, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Hepcat, Less Than Jake, The Interrupters and Beach Goons. Additionally, unlimited craft beer tastings from top breweries were available from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Aside from regular general admission tickets, fans had two VIP packages 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.
For an unspecified reason, San Diego natives Beach Goons, arrived on stage nearly half an hour later than their originally scheduled set time. It is unknown if the delay was caused by the band, or if it was the result of technical difficulties. Regardless, thanks to the efforts of the hard-working stage crew the set times were quickly back on schedule.
The Interrupters performed at all five of this year’s Scallywag! events, and were recently added to the lineup for Wrex The Halls which is also presented by 91X. Despite having issues with her monitors, lead vocalist Aimee Interrupter performed like a true professional. The Interrupters set included “A Friend Like Me”, “On a Turntable” and “She’s Kerosene” from their latest album Fight the Good Fight.
Next up was Less Than Jake, who made their way to the stage as “The Imperial March (Darth Vader’s Theme)” from Star Wars played over the speakers. The band opened with “Gainesville Rock City”, and also performed “Last One Out of Liberty City” and “The Science of Selling Yourself Short”. About half way through their set, front man Chris DeMakes invited a gentleman from the crowd to join them up on stage because he looked “like someone who likes to drink beer and have a good time”. Later, Less Than Jake were joined by the twins from The Interrupters, Jesse and Justin Bivona, who operated the toilet paper guns.
I had the privilege of seeing Hepcat earlier this year at the Back to Beach festival, and was quickly reminded of how well their laidback sound fits with an afternoon at the beach. Hepcat’s performance included “Can’t Wait”, “Hooligans” and “The Region”.
While the stage was cleared and reset for The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, their horn section could be heard warming up backstage by playing Reel Big Fish’s mega hit “Sellout”. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones wore matching pink blazers adorned with their logo. During their hour-long set, the band performed a number of hits including “The Impression That I Get”.
Bay area punks Rancid had the honor of closing out the final night of the Scallywag! festival, and they did not disappoint. Rancid opened with “Radio” from the album Let’s Go, and also performed “Roots Radicals” and “Ruby Soho” from …And Out Come the Wolves. If you didn’t catch Rancid at Scallywag!, they will be playing on Sunday at Surf City Blitz with Social Distortion, Bad Religion and more!
The Scallywag! festival continues to be one of my favorite festivals to attend, and I look forward to its return each year. If you still haven’t been to the Scallywag! festival, you’re missing out on a great day of beer tastings and live punk/ska music.
– Martin Shook
All photos by: Martin Shook