Wednesday, November 22

Punk in Drublic at The Concord Pavilion – Worth the Wait

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Punk in Drublic
Concord Pavilion
October 29, 2017

All photos by Raymond Ahner.

After being postponed for two weeks due to poor air quality from the recent North Bay fires, the Bay Area date of the first Punk in Drublic Festival took place at the Concord Pavilion this past weekend and proved to be well worth the wait.

Get Dead

Get Dead

Soon after the gates opened, the concourse of the Pavilion was packed with punks enjoying the free beer samples. With over twenty different local breweries taking part, there was plenty to choose from, including 21st Amendment, Speakeasy, Faction Brewing, and Calicraft to name just a few. And although the sample glasses were only a couple of ounces, more than a few in attendance seemed to be enjoying themselves just a bit too much, not that that’s a bad thing, especially on a Sunday afternoon.

 Bad Cop Bad Cop

Bad Cop Bad Cop

With just about as perfect weather as you could ask for, the music kicked off with San Francisco based Get Dead, who had the dubious task of getting the crowd away from the beer tents, and down towards the stage. It took a song or two, but they definitely succeeded. Picking up right where Get Dead left off, Los Angeles-based BadCop Bad Cop took it up a notch, and brought the rest of the crowd to the front of the stage with their stellar set of old-school inspired punk rock, led by Stacey Dee, also of San Francisco’s Angry Amputees.

Strung Out

Strung Out

After the afternoon got a little retro with the Mr. T Experience, So. Cal’s Strung Out set proved to be the highlight thus far, complete with a rocking punk rock cover of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Bark At The Moon.”

 Bad Religion

Bad Religion

Due to the change of date for the festival previous Headliners Flogging Molly were replaced by Bad Religion and the punks didn’t seem to mind a bit. The band blasted through a roughly hour long set, highlighted by “American Jesus,” “New Dark Ages,” and “Recipe For Hate.” They were the perfect rabbit pulled out of the hat.

NOFX

NOFX

Walking onto the stage wearing both a dress and scowl while shaking his ass as “Lets Do The Timewarp Again” blasted over the PA, NOFX frontman and Punk In Drublic embassador Fat Mike was in quite the jovial mood as he and his band closed out the festivities with a classic set that pretty much summed up what Drunk In Public was all about. A day of beers, smiles, and good old fashioned Punk Rock.

Check out this slideshow with more photos of all the bands by Raymond Ahner:

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Raymond Ahner is a professional freelance photographer residing in San Francisco, California. Growing up in the Bay Area, Raymond was lucky enough to witness both the Punk and Thrash Metal scene of the 1980’s explode literally right in front of his eyes. It was a pretty special time in his life and is what instilled his love for live music. Over the years Raymond has been fortunate enough to combine his passion for live music with his love of photography. And although he will always love shooting the big arena Rock show, it is in a tiny, packed to the rafters club were he his most at home with his gear.

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